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West Caldwell Resident, hospital executive earns

top healthcare management credential


Newark, NJ:  January 10, 2017—Nancy O’Keefe Hamstra, FACHE, MPA, Chief Operating Officer at Newark’s University Hospital recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders.


Hamstra, of West Caldwell, New Jersey is privileged to use the FACHE credential, which signifies board certification in healthcare management and ACHE Fellow status. 


“The healthcare management field plays a vital role in providing high-quality care to the people in our communities, which makes having a standard of excellence promoted by a professional organization critically important,” says Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE, president and chief executive officer of ACHE. “By becoming an ACHE Fellow and earning the distinction of board certification from ACHE, healthcare leaders demonstrate a commitment to excellence in serving their patients and the community.”


Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. In fact, only 9,100 healthcare executives hold this distinction. To obtain Fellow status, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits and demonstrating professional/community involvement. Fellows are also committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years.


Hamstra has served as Chief Operating Officer for University Hospital since 2013 upon confirmation by the University Hospital Board of Directors.  She previously served as the Executive Director of Operations. From June, 2015 until February 2016, Ms. Hamstra served as Interim President and CEO after more than 34 years at University Hospital. 


Ms. Hamstra holds a Masters in Public Administration from Rutgers University and an undergraduate degree in Community Health Services from Montclair State University.


Nancy Hamstra, FACHE, MPA

Chief Operating Officer, University Hospital


For more information regarding the FACHE credential, please contact the ACHE Division of Membership at (312) 424-9400 or, or visit the Credentialing area of


The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) is an international professional society of 40,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE's mission is to advance our members and healthcare management excellence. ACHE offers its prestigious FACHE® credential, signifying board certification in healthcare management. ACHE's established network of 80 chapters provides access to networking, education and career development at the local level. In addition, ACHE is known for its magazine, Healthcare Executive, and its career development and public policy programs. Through such efforts, ACHE works toward its vision of being the preeminent professional society for healthcare executives dedicated to improving health. The Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives was established to further advance healthcare management excellence through education and research. The Foundation of ACHE is known for its educational programs—including the annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership, which draws more than 4,000 participants—and groundbreaking research. Its publishing division, Health Administration Press, is one of the largest publishers of books and journals on health services management including textbooks for college and university courses.


University Hospital is one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers, and is the Level 1 Trauma Center for Northern New Jersey. Located at University Heights in Newark, New Jersey, University Hospital is a principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and a regional resource for advanced services across many medical specialties.  For more information about University Hospital, please visit