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April 2021 - Volume 17 - Issue 10
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Healthcare Network President and CEO Earns Top Healthcare Management Credential

Only 8,866 healthcare executives hold the Fellow of the
American College  of Healthcare Executives distinction 
 
February 25, 2021 – Emily Ptaszek, Psy.D., MBA, FACHE, president and CEO of Healthcare Network, the only Federally Qualified Health Center in Collier County, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders. She is now privileged to bear the FACHE® credential, which signifies board certification in healthcare management as an ACHE Fellow.
 
Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. To obtain Fellow status, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education hours, demonstrating professional/community involvement and passing a comprehensive examination. Fellows also are committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years. 
 
“The healthcare management field plays a vital role in providing high-quality care to the people in our communities, which makes having a standard of excellence promoted by a professional organization critically important,” says Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE, president and CEO of ACHE. “By becoming an ACHE Fellow and earning the distinction of board certification from ACHE, healthcare leaders like Dr. Ptaszek demonstrate a commitment to excellence in serving their patients and the community.” 
 
With an MBA and a Doctor of Psychology, Ptaszek has developed a reputation as a highly collaborative leader within the organization and throughout the community. She is passionate about building high-performing, cohesive, and purpose-driven teams that can bring their expertise to create lasting change, drive process improvement, and build healthy, trustworthy organizations. She believes leadership is about service and building genuine relationships to achieve the greatest possible collective impact—especially important as the community addresses the coronavirus pandemic.
 
For more information regarding the FACHE credential, please contact the ACHE Department of Member Services by calling (312) 424-9400, emailing contact@ache.org, or visiting www.ache.org/FACHE. 
 
To learn more about Healthcare Network and the services it provides, please visit www.healthcareSWFL.org.
 
About Healthcare Network
Healthcare Network is committed to ensuring quality healthcare is accessible to everyone in our community, regardless of job, income or insurance status. Founded in 1977 to serve migrant farmworkers and their families in Immokalee, Healthcare Network now provides care to approximately 50,000 patients annually in practices throughout Collier County including the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® and the Health and Smiles Mobile units. Healthcare Network provides primary healthcare services including family care, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, senior care, and pharmacy as well as dental care and integrated behavioral health for both adults and children. The organization’s newest location, the Nichols Community Health Center, is a 51,000-square-foot primary care medical center in Golden Gate. For more information, visit www.HealthcareSWFL.org, or to schedule an appointment, please call 239-658-3000.
 
 
About the American College of Healthcare Executives
 
The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 48,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE’s mission is to advance our members and healthcare management excellence. ACHE offers its prestigious FACHE® credential, signifying board certification in healthcare management. ACHE’s established network of 77 chapters provides access to networking, education and career development at the local level. In addition, ACHE is known for its magazine, Healthcare Executive, and its career development and public policy programs. Through such efforts, ACHE works toward its vision of being the preeminent professional society for leaders dedicated to improving health. The Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives was established to further advance healthcare management excellence through education and research. The Foundation of ACHE is known for its educational programs— including the annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership, which draws more than 4,000 participants—and groundbreaking research. Its publishing division, Health Administration Press, is one of the largest publishers of books and journals on health services management including textbooks for college and university courses. For more information, visit www.ache.org. 
 
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