Lynn Ricci now a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives

CHICAGO, Ill. (June 9, 2015) – Lynn Ricci, chief operating officer of Hospital for Special Care (HSC) in New Britain, Connecticut has been named a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders.

“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 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 fill multiple requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits and demonstrating professional/community involvement. Fellows are committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years.

“This is more than just a personal achievement,” Ricci said. “This is an opportunity that will provide HSC access to both national standards and a vast network of successful healthcare leaders.” Ricci has been a member of ACHE since 2011, when retired HSC co-president David Crandall (himself a longtime fellow of the ACHE) suggested she pursue this distinctive credential. “I am so grateful to David for starting me down this path,” Ricci said. “Without his mentorship I may never have done this.”  

A resident of Killingworth, Ricci is privileged to use the FACHE® credential, which signifies board certification in healthcare management and ACHE Fellow status.

For more information regarding the FACHE credential, please contact the ACHE Division of Member services at (312) 424-9400, by emailing, or visit