The American Association for Physician Leadership® announced that Jairo Mejia, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Access Community Health Network (ACCESS) headquartered in Chicago, has earned the prestigious Certified Physician Executive (CPE) certification. CPE designation indicates that a physician has achieved superior levels of professional excellence and management education while also demonstrating effective health care industry knowledge and leadership skills.
“The journey of becoming certified as a physician executive has been an amazing experience of learning, collaboration and networking,” Dr. Mejia said. “As an internist in practice for many years, this certification provides a great way for me to link my clinical knowledge along with new leadership skills that I can apply in my daily work.”
The certification is the industry benchmark for CEOs and executive recruiters seeking the most accomplished and influential physician leaders. It speaks to the physician’s commitment to improving patient care.
“The contemporary challenges facing health care today — such as variable clinical quality, persistent, high institutional costs in the face of clarifying value, and less than optimal patient experiences — require physician leaders who can interlace clinical knowledge, seasoned leadership skills and superior management acumen,” said Dr. Peter Angood, president and CEO of the American Association for Physician Leadership®.
Dr. Mejia echoed similar sentiments: “Health care organizations today require effective and knowledgeable leaders, with a clear vision and capacity to create an atmosphere of collaboration toward common goals. Skilled physician leaders can make the difference in a very competitive market, with innumerable challenges. My leadership philosophy is based on service and teamwork, and I feel this certification will help me to be a better leader for ACCESS.”
The American Association for Physician Leadership® is the nation’s largest organization solely focused on leadership education and management training for physicians. Chartered by the American Association for Physician Leadership® to establish and maintain the high standards required for physician executive certification, the Certifying Commission in Medical Management has a 20-year history as a national, not-for-profit corporation certifying physicians specializing in medical management. The Certifying Commission in Medical Management currently lists more than 3000 Certified Physician Executives.
CONTACT: Alexandra Booth, American Association for Physician Leadership®
About the American Association for Physician Leadership®
The American Association for Physician Leadership® is the only professional organization dedicated to providing education, career support and advocacy to support physician leaders as they create transformative solutions within the rapidly evolving field of health care. Founded in 1975, the nonprofit association has educated thousands of physicians worldwide and has members in 46 countries at varying stages of their careers. The association is known for its award-winning magazine, the Physician Leadership Journal, its continuing medical education (CME) courses, and its Certified Physician Executive (CPE) certification program. Based in Tampa, Florida, the association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) with commendation to provide continuing education credits, and by the Certifying Commission in Medical Management to award CPE certification. Learn more online at physicianleaders.org, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 800-562-8088.
About Access Community Health Network
Designated as a Level 3 patient-centered medical home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), ACCESS offers patient-centered, preventive and primary care services to more than 183,000 patients annually. Through its investment in technology to further improve patient care and engagement, ACCESS has also been recognized by HIMSS at Stage 6 for its adoption of its electronic health record. With 35 Joint Commission-accredited community health centers located throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, ACCESS is also one of the largest networks of community health centers in the nation. For more information, visit: www.achn.net.