National Center for Healthcare Leadership

About National Center for Healthcare Leadership

The National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) is a not-for-profit organization that works to ensure that high-quality, relevant, and accountable leadership is available to meet the needs of 21st century healthcare. A central part of NCHL’s work is supporting collaborative networks of hospitals and healthcare organizations as well as graduate health management programs and corporate partners. These include:

Leadership Excellence Networks™ (LENS):
LENS is an institutional membership group for leading healthcare organizations who recognize that their leadership development and talent management programs are integral to their strategic goals. LENS organizations seek to advance leadership and organizational excellence in their own organizations, as well as support NCHL’s mission to advance leadership throughout the field. LENS member organizations actively share their experiences with other LENS member organizations and collaborate on various interorganizational initiatives. Senior leaders from LENS member organizations participate in a variety of shared learning activities and joint initiatives through a Council structure. The current LENS Council foci are: Diversity & Inclusion, Interorganizational Coaching, Physician Leadership Development, and Talent Metrics & Analytics.

National Council on Administrative Fellowships (NCAF):
NCAF is an organization of fellowship sites and graduate health management programs who are working together to continuously improve early-career development opportunities for our next-generation healthcare leaders. NCAF works in collaboration with the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) and the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).

The US Cooperative for International Patient Programs (USCIPP):
USCIPP ( is a nonprofit membership association of American academic medical centers, hospitals, and health systems that work together to advance global access to US expertise in high-quality healthcare. All of its nearly 70 organizational members have a focus on providing care to international patients. Additionally, many of USCIPP’s members are actively involved in international education and training, management and advisory service agreements, and other collaborations with hospitals and governments all over the world. USCIPP operates on a member-driven agenda of research, benchmarking, education, and awareness-building. Its portfolio of activities includes the annual collection of benchmarking data on international patient market dynamics and US hospitals’ international program operations; an annual, in-person meeting for members; ongoing educational content related to international patient care and global collaborations; networking and information sharing among US healthcare providers; the development of an international patient experience survey initiative; business intelligence research; and more. USCIPP and its members work in close collaboration with the International Trade Administration of the US Department of Commerce to promote and maintain ChooseUSHealth (, the official branding initiative for American healthcare backed by the US federal government.


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