Fellow of the Association for the Healthcare Environment (FAHE)

The designation of AHE Fellow (FAHE) recognizes current AHE members for reaching the highest level of education and achievement in both the Association and in the environmental services field. Only presented to Certified Healthcare Environmental Services Professionals (CHESP), FAHE status is given to active members who have excelled in specific areas and have submitted an acceptable, original, unpublished paper on a current aspect of environmental services.

The AHE's Professional Recognition of Achievement Program is a part of the American Hospital Association's Action for Professional Excellence (APEx) Program. This program is designed to recognize career achievements in the following areas:

  • formal education
  • healthcare environmental services experience 
  • publication of articles
  • participation in national and local AHE and other applicable professional activities participation as faculty in AHE/AHA or other national and local seminars
  • institution and community healthcare projects as they relate to the field 
  • other outstanding contributions to the field

The challenging criteria associated with this program reflects the increasing complexity associated with preparation for a career in the field of healthcare environmental services management. It is designed to both encourage the members of AHE to set achievement goals that promote continued professional growth and to recognize members who have exhibited exceptional achievement in this area.

A CHESP member may apply for the FAHE designation three years from the date in which certification was received. Points submitted must have been accumulated by the applicant after attaining CHESP certification.

  • The applicant must be a member of AHE in good standing and hold a CHESP.
  • Maintain 5 years of continuous membership.
  • No lapse in CHESP for the past 2 years. 
  • AHE members may apply for recognition when they have met the tenure requirement and attained the minimum number of points.
  • The continued right to use the AHE recognition level designation of FAHE after one's name is contingent upon continuing national membership in AHE.

Application Review Schedule

Professional Recognition of Achievement applications are reviewed by the AHE Professional Recognition of Achievement Committee (PRAC).  Review occurs as the twice per year in January and June at the end of the month. Once all requirements are met, the PRAC Committee submits recommendations to the AHE board of directors for final approval.

Criteria and Application

Professional development, participation in professional and society-related activities at both the local and national level, contributes to professional development through the sharing of ideas and concepts. These activities contribute to and strengthen an individual's leadership skills, knowledge base, and professional qualifications. They are an important factor in the formula for success in the delivery of healthcare environmental services.

FAHE Application

Paper Guidelines- please read before submitting application and outline

Click here for scoring rubric, writing guidelines, and suggestions for topics. Picture must accompany application. 

Please sign and submit the agreement with your application. Submitted content becomes the property of AHE.


2016 Fellow (FAHE) Recipients

Osmond Adams, HEM, FAHE, CHESP
Senior Facilities Manager
Kaiser Permanente

Michael Catanzaro, FAHE, CHESP
Director, Environemtnal Services
Wentworth Douglass Hospital

John Scherberger, FAHE, CHESP
Healthcare Risk Mitigation

Carl Solomon Sr. MBA, FAHE, CHESP
Director, Environmental Services
UC San Diego Health System - La Jolla and San Diego

Waymon Saxon, FAHE, CHESP

Donna Butler, FAHA, CHESP
Director, Facilities
Brown University



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