Deborah Bowen has been promoted to president and CEO of the American College of Healthcare Executives, according a news release (PDF). She succeeds Thomas Dolan, who has headed the organization for more than two decades.
Bowen, 57, works currently as ACHE's executive VP and COO, a post she's held since 2003. She'll start her new job May 13, after Dolan's retirement. She joined the Chicago-based ACHE in 1992 as director of government relations. ACHE officials selected Bowen after a nationwide search precipitated by Dolan's retirement announcement, which came in the summer. His departure in May will cap 22 years heading the organization. Dolan will serve in the honorary role of ACHE president emeritus following his retirement.
A native of Park Ridge, Ill., Bowen comes from a social work background. She said that embracing healthcare executives from untraditional backgrounds, who studied something other than healthcare administration, will be a key organizational goal when she starts as CEO.
“We know as we move to population health, we'll need more interactions and interface with public health and other organizations like that,” Bowen said.