American College of Healthcare Executives
Winter 2010-2011
In This Issue

Message from the Regent - Winter 2011
Message From Our New President 2011
Legal Briefs - It's All About Healthcare Information Technology
Board of Directors Bio - Norman Wilder, MD, MBA, FACHE
National News - Winter 2011
Tips on Effective Mediation of a Dispute
Tailor Your Crisis-Management Approach


What is your "professional" New Year's resolution?

Mentor a new healthcare leader
Obtain my FACHE
Write an article for the AHEN newsletter
Attend ACHE Congress or Seminar
Learn something new
Volunteer for an AHEN committee

Chapter Officers

Vic Rosenbaum, FACHE


Treasurer/Assistant Treasurer
Chris Galloway

ACHE Regent for Alaska
Michelle Calvin-Casey, FACHE

Board of Directors
Michael Powers, FACHE
Norm Wilder, MD, FACHE
Charlie Franz, FACHE
James H. Brooks, Jr., FACHE
Debbi Lehner, FACHE
Annie Holt, FACHE
Vivian Echavarria, FACHE
Capt. Robert Traylor, CPHIMS 





Message from the Regent - Winter 2011
Michelle E. Calvin-Casey, FACHE, SPHR

Hello Friends and Colleagues!

As 2010 has come to an end and 2011 looms before us I would like to encourage you to either become active or maintain your active status in the Alaska Healthcare Executives Network (AHEN). AHEN is the professional membership society for healthcare executives in Alaska and its mission is to meet its members' professional, educational, and leadership needs; to promote high ethical standards and conduct; to advance healthcare leadership and management excellence; and to promote the mission of ACHE and other appropriate professional organizations affiliated with the Chapter.

How can you be active in our local chapter? Become a board member, serve on a committee, and participate in chapter events. These are just a few ways to support our local chapter. Your participation in chapter events and on the board helps to make our chapter stronger.

The AHEN Board has offered some fantastic opportunities to our Alaska members over the years, a dedicated group of professionals for sure. Be involved, be active and support our local ACHE chapter.

Save-the-Date for 2011 Congress on Healthcare Leadership

Mark your calendars for March 21 – 24 and join me in Chicago for the ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership – this year’s theme is Forward Together. As a regular attendee of this event, I have witnessed firsthand the quality educational programming and networking that occurs. This is one of the largest gatherings of healthcare leaders in the world and by far one of the best professional development and networking opportunities you will have.

I have been attending Congress for the past nine years and make a point to budget this into my personal budget to ensure my professional development. As a member of a number of professional societies, this is by far the best value for your dollar. Demonstrating our commitment to your professional development is important. With dollars tight in our organizations and our homes, I can think of nothing more effective than the ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership.

As healthcare reform begins to unfold, this opportunity to hear from leaders in the field and network with colleagues is more important than ever.

Whether you are new to Congress or you have attended many times before, you will find it to be one of the best values for your educational dollar and a great way to make the most of your membership in ACHE. Join more than 4,000 of your colleagues for the premier healthcare leadership event that brings:

  • Education on current and emerging issues
  • More than 140 sessions of practical learning from healthcare’s top leaders
  • Opportunities to connect with your peers
  • Career-enhancement workshops

Mark your calendars now. Registration and housing opened November 15, 2010.

Tuition Waivers

Elected Leaders may grant a limited number of Tuition Waivers between April 1 and March 31 each year for specified ACHE educational programs. The Tuition Waivers are intended for ACHE affiliates who need financial support to attend an ACHE program.

Tuition Waivers may be used for the following ACHE programs:

  • ACHE Webinars
  • Congress on Healthcare Leadership (excluding Pre-Congress Programs)
  • Online Seminars
  • The Online Tutorial
  • Self-Study Program
  • 2-Day Seminars offered at ACHE Clusters

Please contact me by February 1, 2011 if you are in need of assistance. There are currently two (2) waivers available. Priority will be given for financial need.

Did you apply for Fellow and Complete Requirements by Dec. 31 to Participate in 2011 Convocation?

ACHE Members who seek to take the next critical step in their healthcare management careers by advancing to Fellow and meet the application requirements (hold a master’s or other advanced degree, have a minimum of two years of healthcare management experience and currently hold a healthcare management position) should apply now. Fellow applicants who successfully meet all requirements needed to attain their FACHE® credential by Dec. 31, 2010, including passing the Board of Governors Examination, will be eligible to participate in the 2011 Convocation Ceremony at the Congress on Healthcare Leadership where they will receive formal recognition by ACHE leadership and their colleagues.

If you missed this deadline, don’t wait! Get your paperwork together and plan ahead to participate in the 2012 Convocation Ceremony. An experience you do not want to miss!

Members can apply for Fellow conveniently online and learn more about the steps and requirements needed to advance at

If you are currently a Fellow, do not let your certification lapse.

The requirements to recertify are:

  • Three years' tenure as a Fellow or three years since you last recertified (eligible to apply for recertification at the beginning of your recertification year)
  • Participation in two healthcare and two community/civic affairs since your advancement or last recertification.
  • Fulfillment of one of the following requirements:
  • Completion of 24 hours of continuing education credit, of which at least 12 must be Category I (ACHE education) credit, since your advancement or last recertification. The balance of your 24 hours may be either Category I or Category II (non-ACHE education) credits.
  • Successful completion of the Board of Governors Examination in Healthcare Management

These requirements are being updated effective January 1, 2014 as part of a continuing effort to ensure that the process maintains its rigor, reflecting current trends and the significance of the FACHE credential as an indicator of professional excellence and commitment.

Thank you for your active participation in ACHE and AHEN, and here is to a happy and healthy 2011!  See you in Chicago!

Michelle E. Calvin-Casey, FACHE, SPHR
Alaska Regent – ACHE
Assistant Professor of Management – University of Alaska Southeast
Management Consultant
4449 Julep Street
Juneau, AK 99801
Tel: 907-723-0222
Fax: 888-900-1590

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