AHAP Announces Accreditation Professional of the Year

Press Releases, May 11, 2012

The Association for Healthcare Accreditation Professionals (AHAP) announced the winners of the 2012 Accreditation Professional of the Year Awards on Thursday, May 10. The awards were presented in Orlando, FL, at the sixth annual AHAP conference, which brings together survey professionals from across the country to discuss best practices for continual survey readiness and compliance with ever-changing standards and regulations, while focusing on patient safety and quality of care.

Winners were selected in two categories:

  • 2012 Accreditation Professional of the Year
  • 2012 Best New Accreditation Professional

"Both of these nominees are outstanding representatives of their profession," says Matt Phillion, CSHA, AHAP director. "Regulatory compliance and leadership is of the highest importance in today's healthcare field, and both of these individuals embody the best qualities of the accreditation professional."

After reviewing the nominations, the 2012 AHAP Advisory Board selected Gaye Hay, RN, BSN, CPHQ, director of performance improvement and accreditation at Hendrick Medical Center, a 500-bed facility in Abilene, TX, as the 2012 Accreditation Professional of the Year. In recognition of her accomplishments and dedication to the accreditation profession, Hay received an award during the AHAP conference and will be asked to speak at the 2013 AHAP conference as well as being featured in the upcoming issue of AHAP Insider, AHAP's quarterly newsletter.

"She is continually an accreditation game-changer," says Tim Riley, FACHE, vice president of Hendrick Health System. Hay has 23 years of quality, accreditation, and nursing experience and she directly contributed to a 33.3% reduction of requirements for improvements (RFIs) over a three-year period at her facility and as a result.

The AHAP advisory board also awarded John Finnerty, RN, BSHA, CSHA, accreditation specialist for Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, NY, with the 2012 Best New Accreditation Professional award. Finnerty assumed the role of accreditation specialist within the past two years, and has worked to improve healthcare-associated infection rates, standards compliance, and education at his organization.

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The Association for Healthcare Accreditation Professionals is a community in which survey coordinators and other accreditation specialists share the latest tested tips, tools, and strategies to implement successful accreditation programs and achieve professional growth. Its mission is to bring accreditation specialists together and provide a networking forum.