Member Spotlight – John Gennaro, FACHE

John Gennaro, FACHE
Director, Erie VA Medical Center

Why did you join ACHE?
ACHE connects leaders across the healthcare industry and provides ongoing learning in the ever changing healthcare environment.  As a young careerist in 1999 I choose to join ACHE to network with leaders in healthcare and grow professionally.

Looking back, have you been lead to opportunities because of your membership in ACHE?
My status as a Fellow in ACHE has provided me the opportunity to give back to the field of healthcare.  As an active member of the local Western PA Chapter, I have been able to share my professional experience and engage the community in discussion on Veterans healthcare.

What would you tell other professionals who have not joined ACHE as to the benefits of membership?
Join! No matter an early careerist or a senior executive, ACHE, provides a professional network of peers in your local community.

Are networking opportunities throughout Western Pennsylvania something that draws your attention?
Healthcare is ever changing and dynamic.  Having members who represent all sectors of the industry allows for adult learning which you cannot pick up in the classroom or a piece of literature.

What would your words of encouragement be to early careerists about pursuing healthcare leadership positions given the ever changing healthcare environment?
Be a go to player…If you feel uncomfortable with a stretch assignment or being asked to present…Good because you are growing professionally and personally!