|Chester River Hospital Center
Linda J. Hickman, vice president of patient care services at Kent & Queen Anne’s Hospital, in Chestertown, has advanced to Diplomate status in the American College of Healthcare Executives, an international professional society representing nearly 30,000 healthcare executives. The announcement was made at ACHE’s 66th annual Convocation ceremony, held recently in Chicago, during the society’s 2000 Congress on Healthcare Management.
Diplomates must demonstrate their commitment to continuing education, progression in professional experience and participation in voluntary healthcare and community affairs. They must also successfully complete comprehensive oral and written examinations covering subjects related to healthcare management.
Hickman earned a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Maryland at Baltimore in 1997; a master’s degree in business administration from Marymount University, Arlington, Virginia, in 1988 and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Wesley College, Dover, in 1987. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the honor society of nursing and the American Organization of Nurse Executives. She is also listed in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and Who’s Who in American Nursing.
She joined the hospital in 1985 and has served as vice president of patient care services since 1992. With comprehensive programs in credentialing, education, career development, publications, research and public policy, the ACHE works towards the goal of improving the health status of society by advancing healthcare leadership and management excellence.