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.



Message from Your ACHE Regent - Fall 2012

Vivian A. Echavarria, FACHE, Alaska Regent

Our transition to fall has been rainier and windier than most. As we prepare for the upcoming change in our season…yes, Alaska does have a change in seasons. Unlike most states, preparation is the key to readiness.
Regent Awards Presented

Regent Awards were presented at the annual meeting on September 4, 2012 of the Alaska Healthcare Executives Network preceding the statewide Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association. The two Senior-Level Healthcare Executive awards were presented to Karl H. Sanford, FACHE and Major Stephen J. Williams, RN, FACHE. Karl’s leadership and contributions led him to serve as volunteer sub-regional liaison for our Alaska chapter. Through his oversight and support, healthcare executives in the interior region participate in chapter continuing education opportunities. Major Williams’ leadership in sustaining our continued efforts as a chapter to offering our healthcare leaders 12 hours of ACHE Face-to-Face continuing education offering that was held in conjunction with ASHNA meeting. Please congratulate your colleagues in these achievements to advancing leadership in healthcare management. Each volunteer opportunity requires the preparation and dedication for success.  Your colleagues clearly demonstrate these great qualities.

ACHE Strategic Plan Update

The ACHE board approved the 2012-2014 Strategic Plan following the review of input from Regents, chapter presidents and other members. It is posted on The changes reflect the following additions to the current initiatives:

  • Added an initiative to establish a Career Development Task Force to define ACHE’s role in advising, mentoring and coaching members to support their career development needs. It is anticipated that the task force will deliver a final report by December 2013;
  • Added an initiative to explore the use of technology to improve members’ access to ACHE’s program, products and services that are relevant to their professional needs, and
  • Added an initiative to pursue enterprise level performance excellence through a systematic process of performance improvement (using the Baldrige program criteria).

The 2013-2015 Strategic Plan is now under review and will be finalized this November. Our Alaska Chapter, the Alaska Healthcare Executives Network, has a strategic plan that serves to guide us as leaders to accomplish the goals set by your colleagues. Join our efforts and volunteer to support your local chapter. We value your input. 

ACHE Educational Scholarships

The previous Regent Tuition Waiver Program has been replaced with ACHE educational scholarships to members based on economic hardship. Should any member of our Alaska chapter have a need based on hardship, please don’t hesitate to contact me. There are new timelines specified so prepare early. 


Change of the season brings on news for our healthcare leadership nationally. The use of the term “Affiliates” creates confusion among ACHE members. The term will no longer be used. Instead the term “Member” will be referenced.

Please contact me via phone call (907) 729-1991 or email should you have questions or need any of the support material. 

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