ACHCA appoints another new top exec: JCAHO's Grachek

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Marianna Grachek has been hired to become the third new president and CEO of the American College of Health Care Administrators in just over a year. Grachek is to officially start in her new role July 17.

She will replace Susan Allen Burton, who submitted her resignation just after Memorial Day, after less than 11 months at the post. Burton will officially depart the first week of August.
Grachek has had a 13-year career with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the last nine as the head of its long-term care program. Before that, she was an administrator and DON at several nursing facilities in northern Ohio.
"It's a good personal and professional fit," Grachek told McKnight's. "The mission of who I am, whether it's been at the bedside or in administration or at the Joint Commission, has been long-term care."
Grachek noted she has already held a high-profile national position in long-term care with JCAHO, "helping organizations, while now the focus will be on the individuals who run the organizations. The sign of a true professional is bringing along the next generation."
Burton said she resigned the ACHCA post to become the executive director of the Society for Technical Communications, another advocacy group based in the Washington area, with three times the budget and five times as many members as ACHCA.
Burton took over last summer after Mary Tellis-Nayak resigned from ACHCA's top post on the eve of its annual spring meeting.