HPA senior earns prestigious American College of Healthcare Executives award

January 5, 2011

Caitlin Grim, a senior Health Policy and Administration (HPA) student at Penn State, has been honored as a 2010 recipient of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Early Career Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award.

The Early Career Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award recognizes ACHE affiliates who have significantly contributed toward the advancement of health care management excellence and the achievement of the goals of ACHE. Grim was nominated by the executive board of the Healthcare Executive Forum (HEF) of Central PA—the central Pennsylvania chapter of the ACHE. The vote was unanimous and the award recognizes Grim’s outstanding service in the chapter, as well as her leadership and innovation in her academic career and internship, which is a requirement for HPA students.

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Grim serves as vice president of Penn State’s Future Healthcare Executives, an independent chapter of ACHE. "I am very humbled and grateful to be the recipient of this prestigious award," Grim says, explaining that when she heard her name being announced as the recipient, she was “so surprised. I was sure they were talking about someone else in the room.”

Grim also serves as the HPA Club’s THON chair and a member of Penn State’s Blue and White Society. The York, Pennsylvania, native plans to pursue a Master of Health Administration degree after she graduates in May 2011.

“Cait has been a huge asset to our chapter, bringing fresh ideas and leadership. She has done an outstanding job engaging the HPA students around the vision of the Central PA HEF. Her enthusiasm and skills provide a new perspective to achieve our goal of being the premier professional organization for healthcare executives,” says Adam Hawk, Central PA HEF president.

ACHE affiliates nominated for the award are evaluated on leadership ability, innovative and creative management, executive capability in developing their own organization, and promoting its growth and stature in the community, participation in local, state, or provincial hospital and health association activities, participation in civic/community activities and projects, and participation in ACHE activities and interest in assisting ACHE in achieving its objectives.

The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of 30,000 health care executives who lead the nation’s hospitals, health care systems, and other health care organizations. ACHE is known for its credentialing and educational programs and its annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership, which draws more than 4,000 participants each year.

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