Fall 2015
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Message from Your ACHE Regent
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Chapter Officers

Bill Sorrells, MBA, FACHE – ACHE Alaska Regent

Cynthia Holmes, MAM - President

President Elect - Vacant (to be Elected Soon)

Jonilynn Reyes, – Treasurer/Secretary, Audit Committee Chair

Colin Underwood – Board Member

Maj Wade Evans, FACHE – Board Member

Dan Meddleton, LFACHE – Board Member

Board Members/Committee Chairs

Heather Carter, FACHE – Education Committee Chair

Vivian A. Echavarria, FACHE, Diversity Committee Chair

Jay Gandy, MBA – Communications Committee Chair

Stephen J. Williams, RN MHA MBA FACHE – Membership Committee Chair


Thank you ACS for your ongoing support of AHEN.
Bill Sorrells, FACHE
Message from Your ACHE Regent
Fall 2015

It has been a beautiful fall in Alaska, and it looks like winter is knocking at our door with the recent change in weather. Lots of interesting changes likewise with the state of Alaska moving forward with Medicaid expansion/reform, and now that ICD-10 is “live” for most payers, it definitely gives us lots to work through going into 2016.  
ACHE’s vision is to be the preeminent professional society for healthcare executives dedicated to improving health. So naturally our mission is to advance our members and healthcare management excellence. One of our best programs to do this is our ACHE Student Associate program. Students receive many membership benefits including:

  • Access to the Member Center of ache.org and official LinkedIn Group
  • Community, networking and leadership opportunities offered through the ACHE
  • Publications and newsletters
  • Reduced fee for the Congress on Healthcare Leadership
  • Career advice and resources
  • Financial assistance including scholarship opportunities

I challenge all Alaska ACHE Fellows to find a student in your local community to recruit for the ACHE Student Associate program and help us “grow our own” for future healthcare leaders in Alaska.  

And speaking of the ACHE Fellow…what does it mean? The FACHE credential demonstrates professionalism, ethical decision making, competence, leadership skills and commitment to lifelong learning. It symbolizes a commitment to excellence as a healthcare leader through ongoing professional development. Board certification lets you stand out among your peers and provides personal satisfaction of achieving a goal while achieving professional recognition. If you’re interested in pursuing your Fellow certification or want to know more, contact me and I’d be happy to help you on your Fellow journey.

Safe journeys for those with travel plans as we get closer to the holiday season. Looking forward to seeing everyone throughout the year and at the 2016 Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago.
Bill Sorrells, FACHE
Alaska Regent
Sorrells & Associates, LLC
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Upcoming Events

Healthcare Privacy, Security and Compliance: Duties of Management and the Board (Thursday, November 19 between Noon - 1 pm)


Carolyn Heyman-Layne is a healthcare attorney who also provides business and transactional advice to her healthcare and non-profit clients. She assists clients with a wide variety of issues including HIPAA compliance, medical billing audits, corporate formation, real estate contracts, and healthcare policies and procedures. She graduated from Smith College in 1998, Duke University School of Law in 2001 and became a member of Sedor, Wendlandt, Evans & Filippi in 2009. She is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, co-chair of the Alaska Bar Healthcare Law section and currently serves on the boards of Anchorage Project Access, the Atwood Foundation, the Alaska Mental Health Board and Alaska Legal Services Corporation.


Join us face-to-face at the Conference Room of the Christian Health Associates on 1825 Academy Drive, Anchorage, AK  99507.  Seating is limited to 15 people and a light lunch will be provided.  Please R.S.V.P. to bill@sorrellsandassociates.com if you plan to attend in person.


The presentation will also be broadcast LIVE via GoToMeeting for those who want to join the meeting but cannot attend in person.  https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/130036517

Telephone Call Information: 1-571-317-3112, Access Code: 130-036-517, Audio PIN: 5 


ACHE Special Membership Reinstatement Offer - ends November 30, 2015


ACHE is extending a special opportunity for those that have had their membership suspended for non-payment of dues in 2015.  You are still eligible to reinstate your memebership for $50 for the remainder of 2015, plus your 2016 dues amount.  On September 30th an e-mail was sent to these ACHE members suspended in 2015 informing them of this offer.  Take advantage of this opportunity today and participate in AHEN for FREE.




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