Moffitt Administrator Earns Top Health Care Management Credential

April 02, 2008

Tampa, FL– Valerie Powell-Stafford, program administrator at Moffitt Cancer Center, became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for health care leaders.

“By becoming an ACHE Fellow and simultaneously earning board certification from ACHE, healthcare leaders can show that they are committed to providing high-quality service to their patients and community,” said Thomas C. Dolan, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of ACHE.

Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development and pursuit of leadership positions. 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 and community involvement. Fellows are also committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years. Powell-Stafford is one of 7,500 health care executives who holds this distinction nationally.

“Becoming a Fellow has allowed me to be better prepared to take on leadership roles,” said Powell-Stafford. She serves as the president of West Florida chapter of ACHE.

Powell-Stafford previously served on the Regents Advisory Board of ACHE, was the vice-president of the board of directors of Big Brothers-Big Sisters of greater Tampa and is a Leadership Tampa alumna. She received a bachelor of arts degree from Indiana University and M.H.A. from the University of Michigan.

About ACHE

The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 30,000 healthcare executives who lead our nation’s hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE is known for its prestigious credentialing and educational programs and its annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership, which draws more than 4,500 participants each year. ACHE is also known for its journal, the Journal of Healthcare Management, and magazine, Healthcare Executive, as well as ground-breaking research and career development and public policy programs. ACHE's publishing division, Health Administration Press, is one of the largest publishers of books and journals on all aspects of health services management in addition to textbooks for use in college and university courses. Through such efforts, ACHE works toward its goal of being the premier professional society for healthcare leaders by providing exceptional value to its members.

About H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research InstituteLocated in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center ( is the only Florida-based cancer center with the NCI designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center for its excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 15 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia and two in Puerto Rico. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer, as well as for ear, nose and throat. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.