ACHE starts hunt for new leader as Dolan pre­pares to step down

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WATCH An in­ter­view with Dolan at mod­ern­health­care.com/dolan-video

The Amer­i­can Col­lege of Health­care Ex­ec­u­tives plans to se­lect a group of fi­nal­ists by Jan­uary to re­place re­tir­ing Pres­i­dent and CEO Thomas Dolan.

ACHE Board Chair Gayle Capoz­zalo will head up the com­mit­tee that will con­duct a na­tion­wide search for Dolan’s suc­ces­sor. An out­side search firm will as­sist, and of­fi­cials from the Chicago-based ACHE aim to have a re­place­ment cho­sen in Fe­bru­ary.

Dolan set his re­tire­ment for May 2013. The pro­fes­sional or­ga­ni­za­tion’s mem­ber­ship nearly dou­bled to 40,000 dur­ing his 21 years as its leader.

While he won’t have a for­mal role in the se­lec­tion of his re­place­ment, Dolan said in an in­ter­view that the next ACHE pres­i­dent and CEO should en­sure that fu­ture health­care ex­ec­u­tives are bright, ar­tic­u­late and ed­u­cated, and that the ACHE should continue to en­cour­age more women and eth­nic mi­nori­ties to en­ter the field.

“ACHE was out in front in sup­port­ing women and peo­ple of color in those roles, and we continue to do that,” Dolan said, adding that he wants to continue to help mi­nori­ties suc­ceed in the field as an ex­ec­u­tive coach dur­ing his re­tire­ment.

Dolan also noted that the ranks of physi­cian and nurse ad­min­is­tra­tors have in­creased and the field is no longer dom­i­nated by ex­ec­u­tives with masters in health ad­min­is­tra­tion.

ACHE and its char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tion counted more than $25 mil­lion in rev­enue in 2010 and paid Dolan a salary of $833,000, ac­cord­ing to tax fil­ings. Rev­enue from mem­ber­ship dues slowed be­tween 2009 and 2010 to $6.8 mil­lion from $6.9 mil­lion the year be­fore.

Dolan said es­tab­lish­ing the first lo­cal ACHE chap­ters about eight years ago counted as one of his high­lights of his ten­ure. Dur­ing his ten­ure, ACHE added 81 such chap­ters.

His ca­reer also in­cluded ap­pear­ing on Mod­ern Health­care’s list of the 100 most in­flu­en­tial fig­ures in health­care ev­ery year since the sur­vey’s in­cep­tion in 2002. The most re­cent list ranked him at No. 72.

Af­ter re­tire­ment, the ACHE will give Dolan the hon­oree ti­tle of pres­i­dent emer­i­tus. He’ll also spend the next two years as im­me­di­ate past pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional Hospi­tal Fed­er­a­tion.

De­spite the tim­ing of his an­nounce­ment, Dolan said the U.S. Supreme Court’s rul­ing on the Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Af­ford­able Care Act had no im­pact on de­ci­sion to re­tire.

“I’ve been think­ing about this for quite a few years,” said Dolan, 64. “I think 65 is a nor­mal re­tire­ment age—as nor­mal as any­thing these days.”

Dolan led the ACHE for 21 years.

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