Alumni Note: Grad Named FACHE, Among Top 25 Health Care Leaders Under 40

NOVEMBER 7, 2014 – A graduate of the Master of Science in Health Systems Administration Program has been recognized for career achievement with two recent honors.

Kenneth West II (G’09), MS, chief operating officer at Medical Center of Trinity in Florida, has become a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and been named by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the top 25 health care leaders under age 40 in the United States.

“By becoming an ACHE Fellow and earning the distinction of board certification from ACHE, [health care] leaders demonstrate a commitment to excellence in serving their patients and the community,” says Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE, president and chief executive officer of ACHE.

Highest Standard

According to ACHE, fellow status, currently awarded to about 9,100 health care executives, “represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development.”

“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 [and] community involvement,” ACHE says.

Top 25 Under 40

West has also been recognized as one of the top 25 health care leaders under age 40 in the country by Becker’s Hospital Review, which notes, “Though they have reached great professional heights early in their careers, these [health care] leaders are poised for continued growth and considerable success….”

The alumnus says he is “very pleased and honored.” Each recognition is the direct result of incredible mentorships and institutions that have fostered a culture of lifelong learning and academic excellence,” he says. My experiences as a graduate of [Georgetowns] program have uniquely prepared me for what has so far been a richly rewarding and productive career. I have no doubt to anticipate the same throughout the remainder of my career.    

Patricia Cloonan, PhD, RN, interim dean of the School of Nursing & Health Studies, added her congtatulations. 

“We congratulate Ken on achieving these two important distinctions in the health care administration field,” she says. “I am continually impressed by the outstanding achievements of our alumni, who lead in settings across the health sciences continuum.” 

By Bill Cessato