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HWC’s Ernesto Lopez Selected as an ACHE Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program Scholar

 Hagerstown, MD—Hospice of Washington County’s Chief Executive Officer Ernesto Lopez  RN, BSN, MBA been selected as a 2021 scholar in the Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program. Administered by the American College of Healthcare Executives, the program has supported mid- and senior-level careerists advancement to higher healthcare leadership roles. Since 2014, ACHE has offered the program to prepare a new generation of top-level healthcare leaders who are more reflective of the diversity within healthcare organizations and the patients served. Scholars benefit from a specialized curriculum that includes strategies for leveraging their career assets and navigating challenges in career advancement; one-on-one interaction with a specially selected mentor; and participation in formal leadership education and career assessments.

Ernesto Lopez has served as Chief Executive Officer for Hospice of Washington County since September 2017. Mr. Lopez has over thirty years of healthcare experience, and prior to leading HWC, he worked with one of the largest hospice organizations on the East Coast.

View the full list of Scholars and learn more about the Dolan Executive Diversity Program at


About the American College of Healthcare Executives

The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 48,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE’s mission is to advance our members and healthcare leadership excellence. ACHE offers its prestigious FACHE® credential, signifying board certification in healthcare management. ACHE's established network of 77 chapters provides access to networking, education and career development at the local level. In addition, ACHE is known for its magazine, Healthcare Executive, and its career development and public policy programs. Through such efforts, ACHE works toward its vision of being the preeminent professional society for leaders dedicated to advancing health. The Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives was established to further advance healthcare management excellence through education and research. The Foundation of ACHE is known for its educational programs—including the annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership, which draws more than 4,000 participants—and groundbreaking research. Its publishing division, Health Administration Press, is one of the largest publishers of books and journals on health services management including textbooks for college and university courses.