CAHE History

CAHE began as the Pikes Peak Healthcare Executives Forum (PPHCEF). PPHCEF was founded in 1992 to serve the healthcare community of the Pikes Peak Region. In 2001, PPHCEF was selected as a demonstration group of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Through this partnership with ACHE, PPHCEF received organizational and financial support for its educational and networking programs. In 2003, ACHE launched the Partners for Success, Chapter Deployment Project. This initiative was ACHE's concentrated effort to establish local chapters throughout the United States. ACHE's goal was to ensure that every United States-based

ACHE affiliate had the opportunity to join and participate in a local ACHE chapter.

ACHE asked PPHCEF to spearhead the effort to create a state chapter of ACHE. PPHCEF agreed to ACHE's request and submitted its intent in July of 2003. PPHCEF, in conjunction with the ACHE Colorado Regent's Advisory Council and the Colorado Women's Forum in Health Administration, worked arduously to meet the criteria for official chapter status. During its first year of existence, the 2004 CAHE Board of Directors laid the foundation for the future success of CAHE. CAHE saw a dramatic increase in membership, and several programs throughout the year offered members valuable educational and networking opportunities.

CAHE's membership includes healthcare executives from Colorado hospitals, health systems, health plans, home health agencies, long-term care facilities, group practice managers, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, military and veteran's administration officials, clinical support activities, consultants, students and faculty of three colleges/universities, job placement services, and other types of healthcare facilities and services.