American College of Health Care Executives
Beginning her career as a staff nurse, and working her way through the ranks to achieve the success she has today, Joan Dispenza has proven herself to be worthy of the praise and accolades that she has received thus far. She has had the privilege of being a member of a number of prestigious health care groups such as: the American College of Health Care Executives, the Western New York Health Care Executives Forum and the American Organisation of Nurse Executives.
The American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE), is an international professional society of more than 400,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organisations. It is their goal to be the premier professional society for healthcare executives dedicated to improving healthcare delivery.
Within the ACHE, 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 ground breaking research.
The ACHE values coincide perfectly with the tenets that are seen in Dispenza’s work as a nurse. The ACHE values integrity, the ability to pursue lifelong learning and continually improve themselves, leadership through example and the recognition that caring must be a cornerstone of professional interactions and last but not least diversity, the embracing of the differences of those with whom they work and the communities served.
To become a member of the ACHE, you have to have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and a commitment to the profession of healthcare management. There are different membership levels within the organisation: Faculty Associate, International Associate and Student Associate.
The ACHE is one of Dispenza’s many activities outside of her work as a nurse. It ties in perfectly, and is beneficial for her as she has access to a network of more than 400,000 healthcare professionals who share the same goals with regards to the improvement of healthcare delivery.