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College Of Healthcare Execs Names CHLA’ S Cordova As Chair-Elect


Richard Cordova

The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) has nominated Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) President/CEO Richard Cordova as its chairman-elect, setting the stage for Cordova to become the organization’s first Latino health-care executive to be named to the role when the international society meets to vote on Cordova’s three-year term in March.

If elected, Cordova, a fellow of ACHE and most recently a member of the college’s board of governors, will succeed current ACHE Chairman-elect Christine Candio, CEO of Inova Alexandria Hospital and senior VP of Inova Health System in Falls Church, Va.

“Rich has an outstanding track record as a leader in health care,” ACHE President/CEO Deborah Bowen told Modern Healthcare magazine. “I think he brings a lot to the table in terms of integrity, lifelong learning and diversity.”

The more than 40,000 executives who comprise ACHE lead hospitals, health-care systems and other health-care organizations around the globe. ACHE offers its FACHE- credential, signifying board certification in health care management and its established network of more than 80 chapters provides access to networking, education and career development at the local level.

In addition to being board-certified in health-care management as a fellow of the ACHE, Cordova has served on a variety of committees, provided mentorship for other members, supported legislative and policy work at state and federal levels, and is past-chair of the Institute for Diversity in Health Manage-ment (an organization which the ACHE co-founded).

In this new role, Cordova is expected to expand the diversity among health-care executives at a critical time in the development of the industry. In an exclusive interview with Modern Healthcare magazine, Cordova also said he plans on “bringing together diverse professions—doctors, nurses, executives—across the healthcare continuum as the industry changes. With the integration and transformation of health care, the ACHE is the perfect organization to bring these professional pieces together,” says Cordova.

Cordova wants to advance partnering with other professional organizations through education and training, conferences and networking. Ellen Zaman, FACHE, director of Community Affairs at Children’s Hospital and a fellow and long-time member of the ACHE, said one of the reasons Cordova was sought for a leadership role within the ACHE early, was that he sees things with a wider view than most and takes action. “Rich is open to new ways of thinking and he sees the importance of mentoring the next generation of leaders,” says Zaman, board member of the Health Care Executives of Southern California chapter. “My belief is that he will bring a new mindset to the organization and new ways of thinking and operating.”

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