New boss at ACHE

Or­ga­ni­za­tion’s COO will take on CEO role

Modern Healthcare - - THE WEEK IN HEALTHCARE - Ashok Selvam

The Amer­i­can Col­lege of Health­care Ex­ec­u­tives found a new leader at home af­ter a na­tion­wide search to re­place re­tir­ing Pres­i­dent and CEO Thomas Dolan, who has headed the or­ga­ni­za­tion for more than two decades.

Deb­o­rah Bowen, 57, who has been ACHE’s ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer since 2003, was cho­sen to fill the top ex­ec­u­tive post at the Chicago-based pro­fes­sional so­ci­ety, which has about 43,000 health­care ex­ec­u­tives as mem­bers.

Bowen will start her new job May 13, af­ter Dolan’s de­par­ture. Dolan, 65, will serve in the role of ACHE pres­i­dent emer­i­tus. A key or­ga­ni­za­tional goal when she as­sumes the role, Bowen said, will be to em­brace health­care ex­ec­u­tives who stud­ied some­thing other than health­care ad­min­is­tra­tion, par­tic­u­larly as providers evolve to­ward man­ag­ing pop­u­la­tion health and work more in­ti­mately with a va­ri­ety of other or­ga­ni­za­tions. She also pledged to con­tinue Dolan’s com­mit­ment to men­tor­ship and im­prov­ing di­ver­sity in health­care ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Bowen joined ACHE in 1992 as di­rec­tor of government re­la­tions and she was vice pres­i­dent, di­vi­sion of ad­min­is­tra­tion, from 1994 un­til 2000, when she left to serve as deputy ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the So­ci­ety of Ac­tu­ar­ies, Schaum­burg, Ill., be­fore re­turn­ing three years later.

“Deb­o­rah showed us that she has the vi­sion and ca­pa­bil­ity to lead our or­ga­ni­za­tion in this time of sig­nif­i­cant change,” said ACHE Board Chair­man Gayle Capoz­zalo, who headed the search for a new CEO. Capoz­zalo is ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of strat­egy and sys­tem devel­op­ment at Yale New Haven (Conn.) Health Sys­tem.

Dolan will re­ceive an an­nu­al­ized base salary of $635,935 through his May 10 re­tire­ment date, an ACHE spokes­woman said. Bowen’s an­nu­al­ized base salary will be $542,700 be­gin­ning May 13, when she be­gins a three-year con­tract as pres­i­dent and CEO.

“The trans­for­ma­tion of health­care, I think, is an im­por­tant turn­ing point,” Bowen said. “I think this is a chance of a life­time.”

Bowen pledges com­mit­ment to men­tor­ship, di­ver­sity.

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