Patricia (Pat) Vassell, DNP, RN, director of nursing at Riddle Hospital, part of Main Line Health, has been selected as one of six scholars for the 2020 Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program, which is administered by the American College of Healthcare Executives. More than 70 outstanding executives applied for this prestigious national program.
“This is an incredible honor for Pat, and I couldn’t be more proud,” says Matt Magargal, regional vice president of patient care services at Riddle and Paoli hospitals, both part of Main Line Health. “Pat demonstrates her commitment to our patients, colleagues and the nursing profession each day, and I know she will benefit tremendously from this program so that she can further advance her leadership skills within the organization.”
The year-long program helps further prepare mid- and senior-level careerists to advance to higher leadership roles. Scholars will benefit from a specialized curriculum that includes strategies for navigating challenges in career advancement and enhancing executive presence; one-on-one interaction with a specially selected mentor; and participation in formal leadership education and career assessments.
“Main Line Health has a deep commitment to advancing diversity, respect and inclusion throughout our organization and in the communities we serve,” says Barbara Wadsworth, DNP, RN, chief nursing officer at Main Line Health. “The Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program truly helps support its scholars to expand upon their skills and diversify the leadership of organizations, and I’m so incredibly proud of Pat for being selected for this program. She is so deserving, and I know she has a bright future ahead of her at Main Line Health.”
The Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program was established by the Foundation of ACHE’s Fund for Innovation in Healthcare Leadership to honor Dolan, who served as president and CEO of ACHE from 1991–2013, for his long-standing service to the profession of healthcare leadership and to further his strong commitment to achieving greater diversity among senior healthcare leaders. Scholars will receive tuition to attend ACHE’s most notable educational offerings, including ACHE’s 2020 Congress on Healthcare Leadership and 2020 Senior Executive and Executive Programs.Enhanced self-awareness, critical leadership skills and an expanded network of leaders will prepare scholars for their future roles. For more information about the 2020 scholars and the Executive Diversity Program, visit ache.org/executivediversity.