Erlanger’s Chief Nurse Executive Earns Top Management Credential

Erlanger Health System Chief Nurse Executive, Jan Keys, DNP, FACHE, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s foremost professional society for healthcare leaders.

Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. Only 7,500 healthcare executives hold this distinction, according to the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). To obtain fellow status, candidates must pass a comprehensive examination, meet academic and experiential criteria, earn continuing education credits, and demonstrate professional and community involvement. ACHE fellows must undergo recertification every three years.

Dr. Keys has been Chief Nurse Executive of the Erlanger Health System since 2013. She is a graduate of Dalton State College of Nursing and earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Nursing from State University of West Georgia. She has a Wharton Business School Fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania and has a doctorate degree in nursing practice from the University of Tennessee.

She is a member of several regional, state and national healthcare organizations and has served as a member of the board of directors of several local and state organizations.

“It is an honor to become a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives,” Dr. Keys said. “The mission of Erlanger Health System is to deliver healthcare services of the highest quality to all those in need. The community deserves that level of care, provided by staff that is committed to standards of excellence. I am proud to be recognized by ACHE for achieving this level of professional development.

“We are extremely proud of Dr. Keys and her achievement of obtaining fellow status in such a prestigious society,” said Kevin M. Spiegel, FACHE, Erlanger President & CEO. “She truly represents the highest standards of healthcare leadership, and we at Erlanger are fortunate to have her on our team of professionals.”