Jeptha Dalston, a longtime national leader of graduate medical education in healthcare administration, died Friday of cancer. He was 75. Dalston, known as "Jep," is the former president and chief executive officer of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration and the Accrediting Commission of Education for Health Services Administration.
Under his leadership, those organizations became the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education in 2004, the year he retired from the organization. Described by his former colleagues as one of the "giants" in the field, Dalston, who was director of executive education for AUPHA from 1991 until his promotion to president in 1999, previously served for about 22 years as CEO of three teaching hospital systems in academic medical centers, including the Hermann Hospital & Trust at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston from 1985 to 1991.
"He worked tirelessly to restructure the accreditation process for graduate healthcare management," said John Lloyd, president of CAHME and a longtime friend. "His soft-spoken manner disguised a heart that was big and a dedication that was unrelenting. Jep will be genuinely missed."