2019 Slate for Board of Directors

2019 Slate for Board of Directors

In keeping with NAHQ’s bylaws, a slate for the 2019 Board Nominations has been determined by the Nominations Committee. 



Carole Guinane, RN BA MBA CPHQ 

Carole currently serves on NAHQ’s board as the Competencies Commission Chair. Carole is an innovative executive at Sentara Healthcare with demonstrated success in increasing revenues and market share, achieving cost reductions and establishing successful physician partnerships. Carole has a reputation as a change agent, with the ability to integrate process-engineering strategies with customer requirements while delivering efficient, streamlined operations with limited resources. 

Carole’s vision for NAHQ: “With the emerging focus on quality, increased uncertainty, disruptive businesses entering healthcare, ecosystem growth, and increased competition in NAHQ’s space, it’s critical to forge relationships to position NAHQ as the absolute leader as it relates to our mission and vision. NAHQ has momentum and our time is now. We can solidify the niche that only NAHQ should fill, such as certification, and continue our competency journey, certification offerings through different venues and training expansion with academic programs and corporations. Fostering agility in a dynamic, not static, environment is needed, with our board and staff working in unison towards our goals.” 


Michael R. Friedman, MD CPHQ 


Dr. Friedman has served on NAHQ teams and provides a unique perspective to NAHQ as a board-certified anesthesiologist who has been practicing since 2005. He completed his residency training in anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medical Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Hospital for Special Surgery, where he focused on anesthesiology in various clinical settings. He then completed a Fellowship in regional Anesthesia at Hospital For Special Surgery. Dr. Friedman is involved in quality assurance and performance improvement initiatives within the Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care & Pain Management and also serves as the Physician Champion on the hospital's Saftey and Environment of Care Committee. 

Dr. Friedman’s vision for NAHQ: “I firmly believe that NAHQ should have the same “name recognition and respect” as JCAHO and it is a realistic goal. NAHQ is the oldest Quality organization in the Healthcare industry and has a solid foundation that is primed for its next chapter. The transition from “volume” to “value” based medicine has every organization and provider focused on “Healthcare Quality”. While NAHQ excels in representing numerous aspects of the Healthcare personnel spectrum, it appears to be underrepresented by physicians. I believe I can strengthen NAHQ by providing a physicians’ viewpoint as well as facilitating the strategic interaction with other organizations. In my opinion, until all aspects of the healthcare quality are appropriately represented, it will be challenging to have NAHQ evolve.” 


Eric Witte, PT DPT MBA CPHQ 


Eric currently serves on NAHQ’s Recognition of the Profession Commission and is actively involved in NAHQ’s Corporate Relations program. In this role, he has supported the advantages of partnering with others to achieve additional benefits for NAHQ members. Eric is an Executive Fellow for Kindred Healthcare. Eric continuously challenges himself to understand the intricacies of the quality outcomes of his hospital and how he can impact it on a daily basis. He has managed complex systems and has been intimately involved with functional outcomes of patients requiring rehabilitation.  

Eric’s vision for NAHQ: “I expect there to be a number of breakthroughs in healthcare over the 21st century. As we move from a fragmented, fee for-service world to an integrated, value-based world, I see those breakthroughs occurring through a coordinated, competent workforce blazing that trail. I see CPHQs within payors, providers, and regulators who will petition boards and executives with clever insights to create solvent organizations doing the courageous work of necessary change.”