American College of Healthcare Executives
September 20, 2012
Fall 2012 Issue
In This Issue

President's Message, 3rd Qtr 2012
Message from Your ACHE Regent - Fall 2012
National News - Fall 2012
When Change is Afoot, Help Your Staff Get On Board
Join the ACHE Official Group on LinkedIn
How to Address the Elephant in the Room
Find Out Who's Waiting to Welcome You
Ensure delivery of Chapter E-newsletter (Disclaimer)


ACHE Tuition Waiver Assistance Program

Chapter Officers

2012 AHEN Board 

Vic Rosenbaum, FACHE

Executive Director
Bill Sorrells, FACHE  

Treasurer/Assistant Treasurer
Chris Galloway

ACHE Regent for Alaska
Vivian Echavarria, FACHE

Board of Directors
Karl Sanford, FACHE
Norm Wilder, MD, FACHE
Charlie Franz, FACHE
MAJ Stephen Williams, FACHE
Jay Gandy, MBA
Annie Holt, FACHE 


NOTE: AHEN Bylaws were changed in February 2011 to allow the flexibility for new members coming from other Chapters to be able to serve on the Board.



President's Message, 3rd Qtr 2012

Alaska Healthcare Executives – I hope everyone had a great summer, and came through both rounds of the September “Severe Wind” events with minimal impact on both the work and home fronts. Now as we all get ready for the change of seasons, I wanted to provide you an overview of some of the recent AHEN happenings during the 3rd qtr:

August 2012: The ACHE cluster held Aug. 6-9 at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage was well attended.  There were two Face-to-Face sessions: the first offering was Physician Integration Strategies: Advanced Lessons from Successful Organizations. Focus - to discover best practices to effectively bridge gaps between hospital and physician interests. The second offering was Possibilities, Probabilities, and Creative Solutions: Breakthrough Thinking for Complex Environments. Focus – to realize better bottom-line results with breakthrough strategies that incorporate innovation and creativity. Comments I received from attendees at both sessions were very favorable.

September 2012: The annual AHEN Face-to-Face educational session was held September 4-5 on the front end of the Alaska State Hospital & Nursing Home Association (ASHNHA) annual meeting. This year’s education session was Managing Conflict, Confrontations and Disputes. The presenter, Stacy Nelson EdD, took us through the Crucial Confrontations course (NOTE: there is another course – Crucial Conversations) that was focused on knowing which crucial confrontations to hold and described the process for how to hold those confrontations. There were 28 folks in attendance; and the overall course evaluation was 4.7; with a 4.9 rating for the instructor (5-point scale). A special thanks to our sponsors, whose contributions made it possible to deliver this excellent learning opportunity to AHEN members for free! Thank you:

Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association
Alaska Regional Hospital
Providence Health and Services Alaska
Fairbanks Memorial Hospital
Alaska Native Medical Center

October-December 2012: Please join us for our bi-monthly "Lunch & Learn" article sessions in October and December and for the quarterly "Qualified Education" presentation in November. Please check out the 2012 Master Calendar and other information on the AHEN website at: AHEN Website.

Call for nominations to serve on the 2013 Board: An email will go out in September to all AHEN members soliciting interest to serve on the 2013 Board. If you want to get involved in the chapter, and help shape AHEN activities for 2013, please let us know.

Delivering healthcare in Alaska brings unique challenges, as well as, opportunities for networking and collaboration among healthcare professionals. Stay connected and engaged with each other – let AHEN help you do it!   

All the best!
Vic Rosenbaum, MHA, FACHE

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