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by Cerner Corporation
Published on March 4, 2019

Cerner announced that 15 of its associates recently earned the distinction of board certification in health care management as Fellows of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE®). The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) is one of the leading professional societies for health care leaders in the nation. The Cerner associates were recognized at the Convocation Ceremony at the ACHE 2019 Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago.

“Through the certification process, our associates gain a greater understanding of the challenges and opportunities our clients are facing in today’s health care landscape,” said Joanne Burns, senior vice president and chief strategy officer, Cerner. “Cerner values continuing education and professional development and this year, I was proud to join my colleagues in earning the title of ACHE Fellow. As the health care industry evolves, continuing education for associates is a priority in preparing our clients for the future of patient care.”

The FACHE credential represents high achievement and standards of professional development. In total, Cerner has 52 executives who have been named Fellows of ACHE.

To earn the FACHE credential, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits, demonstrating professional and community involvement and passing a comprehensive examination. Fellows are also committed to ongoing professional development and are required to undergo recertification every three years.

“The health care 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 CEO, ACHE. “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.”

The 2019 class of Cerner executives who earned the FACHE credential includes:

  • Bryan Bliven, MBA, vice president
  • Don Bisbee, MBA, senior vice president
  • Joanne Burns, RN, MPA, FHIMSS, senior vice president and chief strategy officer
  • Ashley Crosby Davidson, MS, vice president
  • Dick Flanigan, MAS, CFCHE, senior vice president
  • Julie Galle, MHA, director
  • Eric Geis, MBA, vice president
  • Chris Jennings, MS, director
  • Ami Jobanputra, MHA, MA, client accountable executive
  • Justen McKee, MBA, senior director
  • Cindy Quackenbush, MBA, BSN, RN, senior regional clinical executive
  • Jason Rawlings, MBA, vice president
  • Dan Schipfer, MBA, vice president and general manager
  • Michael Wolff, MBA, senior director
  • Lance Zeli, PHRN, MBA, senior director and nursing executive

Cerner has been a Premier Corporate Partner of the ACHE since 2015. For more information regarding the FACHE credential, please visit