Francis Maness, FACHE, assistant chief operating officer and ethics and compliance officer at Tulane Health System, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, 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, president and chief executive officer of ACHE.
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.
“Francis is a talented leader,” said Dr. William Lunn, president and CEO of Tulane Health System. “His commitment to excellence is evident in his daily endeavors, and his FACHE achievement is just another example of his dedication to providing world-class care to the patients of Tulane Medical Center and Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children.”
Maness received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and a master’s of business administration from Mississippi State University. He began his career at North Florida Regional Medical Center, serving as an accountant/financial analyst before being promoted to HCA’s North Florida/South Atlantic divisions serving in various strategically aligned leadership roles.
HCA is one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services, comprised of locally managed facilities that include Tulane Health System and 168 hospitals across the country. Maness join the Tulane Health System in 2016 as assistant chief operating officer. In this role, he provides onsite leadership at the health system’s Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children in Metairie and serves as the Tulane Health System ethics and compliance officer, ensuring compliance from governmental regulations to HCA company policies.