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The Early Careerist Network

If you are a full Member or Fellow of ACHE, and you are under the age of 40, you automatically belong to the Early Careerist Network. The ECN's resources, many of which are available online here, are designed to help you face the increasingly complex professional challenges you face. Build career momentum with the Early Careerist Network, with benefits that include the Early Careerist Newsletter, ACHE discounts, educational programs and networking and mentoring opportunities.

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Early Careerist Network Resources

If you are a member, you can access the most recent Early Careerist Newsletters using your member ID number. If you are a non-member, you can preview a sample newsletter.


Hudgens Award Winners

Find out more about the Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for Young Healthcare Executive of the Year, established to recognize early careerists for outstanding achievements in the field of healthcare management.

Summary from Mario J. Garner's nomination:

In 2013, Dr. Garner was named by the Orleans Parish Hospital Service District A to serve as president and CEO of an 80-bed hospital that was in its beginning phases of construction—New Orleans East Hospital. The hospital opened in July 2014. Dr. Garner continues to lead initiatives to restore acute and outpatient healthcare services to a primary service area of 126,000 residents within the communities of New Orleans East, Lower Ninth Ward and Gentilly—areas most devastated by the aftereffects of Hurricane Katrina and without a hospital presence within its primary service area since 2005. Prior to its citywide grand opening in August 2014, Dr. Garner authored the hospital's inaugural business plan, identified local talent to comprise his senior leadership and director teams, attained state licensure and Joint Commission accreditation, as well as led initiatives to re-establish the hospital's medical infrastructure, recruiting more than 80 local physicians to encompass the hospital's opening medical staff.


ACHE wants you to have access to networking, education and career development at the local level. As an early careerist, your local ACHE chapter is an excellent resource to enhance your work performance.

  • To become a member of the local chapter in your area you must first Join ACHE. If you are currently a member of ACHE, you can find out more about your local chapter by signing in to the chapter area of My ACHE.
  • What can your chapter do for you? Go to the Chapters area and click on the "Find an ACHE Chapter" link to learn how your chapter can help advance your career.

Participate in your local chapter for these top five reasons:

  1. Access chapter resources, including Web sites that offer local job postings and online membership directories.
  2. Network with executives who share your community commitment and discuss local healthcare news and challenges.
  3. Earn the FACHE credential with your peers! Chapters have the resources to conduct information sessions and study groups.
  4. Sharpen your leadership skills by serving on a chapter committee or task force.
  5. Attend educational programs that count toward earning or recertifying your ACHE credential without incurring hefty travel expenses.

Make a difference in your career and professional community—get involved with your local chapter. For more information about ACHE chapters or to form a chapter in your area, contact ACHE at (312) 424-9326 or chapters@ache.org.