Noel Adachi

Noel brings a lifetime of success as a “builder” of new strategies, execution plans, and organizational reshaping efforts that have accelerated growth and allowed organizations to be successful. She has focused most of her 35-year career on driving programs and leading organizations whose mission is to improve quality compliance and patient access to quality care. For 21 years, Noel was immersed in expanding the College of American Pathologists (CAP), an organization whose growth has been strongly tied to success in the accreditation business. Most recently at CAP, she led international strategy development and execution with full P&L responsibility doubling CAP’s market presence in priority emerging markets through appropriate resource allocation and strategic alliances, effective sales and marketing strategies, and solid relationships with key stakeholders and influencers.

Recognizing that the real health frontier is ambulatory care she joined the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) as President/CEO. For past three years,  Noel has led the transformation of this organization by building a more sustainable platform for growth including reshaping its governance model, redesigning its core IT systems, and strengthening its headquarters staff while driving an internal and external cultural shift to 1095 STRONG / quality every day. This is not just a tagline, but a philosophical platform that infuses a dedication to ongoing learning and staying quality-strong throughout the 1,095-days between onsite surveys that is key to building best practices and improving long-term results—for patients, for practices, and for the AAAHC.

Noel received her undergraduate degree in mathematics and economics from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and an MBA from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.