Oakwood executive earns top healthcare management credential

Eric W. Widner, FACHE, division president of Oakwood Annapolis Hospital in Wayne, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders. He has also been elected to the board of the Midwest Chapter of the organization (MCACHE).

“Oakwood Healthcare is committed to providing compassionate, high quality care to our patients and communities,” says David Campbell, FACHE, Oakwood’s Executive Vice President of Operations, System Strategy & Growth. “Eric’s involvement in the American College of Healthcare Executives, as a fellow and a local chapter board member, demonstrates his dedication to high quality leadership for the physicians and staff at Oakwood Annapolis Hospital and great care for our patients.”

“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 chief executive officer of ACHE. “By becoming an ACHE Fellow and earning the distinction of board certification from ACHE, healthcare leaders demonstrate a commitment to excellence in serving their patients and the community.”

Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. In fact, only 9,100 healthcare executives hold this distinction. To obtain Fellow status, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits and demonstrating professional/community involvement. Fellows are also committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years.