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Essex County Hospice Executive Director Earns Top Health Care Management Credential

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Essex County Hospice Executive Director Earns Top Health Care Management Credential
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Lorraine Sciara, RN, FACHE, Executive Director of the Saint Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care Center, an affiliate of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System located in West Orange, NJ, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). ACHE is the nation's leading professional society for healthcare leaders. It is internationally comprised of more than 30,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations.

Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. In fact, only 8,500 healthcare executives hold this distinction. To obtain Fellow status, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits and demonstrating professional and community involvement. Fellows are also committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years.

Ms. Sciara, who received a nursing diploma from the Mountainside Hospital School of Nursing in New Jersey and a master's degree in Public Health from Columbia University in New York, has been leading the Saint Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care Center for more than 27 years. She currently oversees approximately 300 employees and 450 volunteers at the Saint Barnabas Health Care System's four hospice and palliative care sites - Saint Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care Centers in West Orange, at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark and Van Dyke Hospice and Palliative Care Center in Toms River. The Centers provide exceptional hospice and palliative care services to New Jersey residents facing an end-stage illness, and their families.

"I feel extremely privileged to have had the opportunity to collaborate with the American College of Healthcare Executives to earn the FACHE credential," says Ms. Sciara. "As a healthcare professional, I truly believe continuing education is the key to maintaining creativity and ingenuity in an increasingly competitive marketplace. I look forward to future development opportunities and sharing the knowledge I have gained from this experience with the team at the Saint Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care Center."

For more information regarding the ACHE or FACHE credential, please visit www.ache.org

For more information about the Saint Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care Center, please visit www.sbhcshospice.com or call 973-322-4800.

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