CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) has announced that The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT®) has evaluated and recommended college credit for transformative leadership skills development courses delivered by the CHS Performance Excellence Center. For more than 30 years, colleges and universities have trusted ACE CREDIT to provide reliable course equivalency information to facilitate their decisions to award academic credit. Carolinas HealthCare System is one of only a few health care systems in the country listed in the ACE National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training.
"This extraordinary achievement is not only a remarkable opportunity for CHS teammates, but a confirmation of the excellent regional and national reputation of the Carolinas HealthCare System," says Michael E. Johnston, DM, Vice President for Corporate Operations. "The significance of this recognition represents exemplary academic rigor and the increasing demand for higher order thought leadership throughout the industry."
The American Hospital Association (AHA) found that health care organizations are beginning to invest in training and leadership development as top priorities to meet the fast-paced evolutionary demands in the industry. In its annual survey report of health care CEOs, the AHA reported that nearly 80% of respondents indicated that they had established in-house training and custom leadership development to equip clinical and non-clinical professionals with transformative leadership skills.
The CHS Performance Excellence Center's Lean Leadership Development Program is the capstone for upwardly mobile leaders, and its graduates earn 30 semester hours of college credit. In addition, for each of the Lean Education Certification levels, teammates earn 1 semester hour for a total of 33 academic semester hours of college credit.
Dr. Johnston adds, "To remain the first and best choice for care, Carolinas HealthCare System has committed to provide exceptional, high quality transformational leadership training through the Performance Excellence Center."
About Carolinas HealthCare System
Carolinas HealthCare System (carolinashealthcare.org), one of the nation's leading and most innovative healthcare organizations, provides a full spectrum of healthcare and wellness programs throughout North and South Carolina. Its diverse network of care locations includes academic medical centers, hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, physician practices, surgical and rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, nursing homes and behavioral health centers, as well as hospice and palliative care services. Carolinas HealthCare System works to enhance the overall health and wellbeing of its communities through high quality patient care, education and research programs, and numerous collaborative partnerships and initiatives.
Founded in 1918, ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents and more than 200 related associations nationwide. It provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy. For more information, please visit www.acenet.edu or follow ACE on Twitter @ACEducation.
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