CHHR Talk from 2018 ASHHRA Conference

We took a few minutes to chat with CHHR certificate holder Gareth Holdstock, CHHR, Chief Human Resources Officer, Abrazo Arrowhead Campus, to learn more about what the Certified in Healthcare Human Resources (CHHR) certification means and why it’s important to him and his colleagues.

Why is important to be certified in health care human resources?

Certification is important, because it validates the knowledge and skills that you have as an HR professional, particularly in health care. The CHHR is valuable because it’s specifically relevant to health care and includes a lot of things that go beyond human resources, like operations within the hospital and a lot of things that are relevant to the work we do in a hospital setting today.

What makes health care HR different?

Health care is really different because of the complexity. Health care organizations are very complex and you interact with staff at every level possible, from the dietary and housekeeping staff all the way up to the CEO and physicians. There are not a lot of other positions where it’s almost like running a small town.

Why is it important to maintain your certification?

There’s a lot of change in the industry right now, so maintaining relevance is important. To maintain the certification you have to keep up with continuing education and that helps you remain current with what’s going on in health care.

What advice would give someone who is new to health care HR?

Get to know the business. Spend time on the floor with the nurses and nurse leaders. Spend time with radiology, in the OR, etc. Make it a point to understand the importance of the work we do and the impact human resources has on the organization. It’s really important to know your business to be a successful human resources person.

Find out more about what it means to be certified in health care HR.


Arizona Healthcare Human Resources Association (AHHRA) is an affiliated chapter of the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA).

If you work in Human Resources in the healthcare field and live in Arizona, you will find this professional association to be a wonderful asset. You can gain valuable information while networking with other healthcare professionals from around the state and enjoy the opportunity to exchange ideas and knowledge.  AHHRA is the only Human Resources professional association in the state that is focused on healthcare.

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Friday, March 20, 2020
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AHHRA receives Awards at the ASHHRA National Conference in Pittsburgh, PA September 15-18, 2018

Debbie Hanratty accepted the 2018 award for “Chapter Management” on behalf of AHHRA.  “The Arizona chapter is pleased to have been recognized by the National organization, ASHHRA, for our work as a board serving all our AHHRA members.”  Judie Goe accepted the “Outstanding Chapter Achievement” award for her individual contributions AHHRA.  Debbie and Judie were joined by Gary Pastore, Past-President for ASHHRA and Secretary for AHHRA.