Quarterly Newsletter of the Canadian Chapter of ACHE
Fall 2019
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ACHE Canada Member Spotlight: Leslie Benecki
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ACHE Canadian Member Spotlight: Marcy Saxe-Braithwaite
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Frances Roesch, FACHE 

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Todd Stepaniuk   

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Leslie Benecki, FACHE 

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Chair, Audit Committee

Guy Bourbonnière

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Chair, Communications 

Paula Neves, PhD

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Chair, Membership & Advancement

Todd Stepanuik   

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Chair, Programs

David Matear, FACHE

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Chair, Nominations

Danielle Swerhone, FACHE

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Let us Bring the Experts to You
Choice is ACHE's tailored professional development series designed to close competency gaps and meet individual educational needs within your organization. Choice programming offers professional development that is convenient and with a cadence that works best for your group. These programs, categorized in a meaningful way, focus on topics that affect executives and leaders in the healthcare field. During the planning phase, you have options for who, what, where, when and how programs are tailored. Additionally, every program is led by a respected ACHE expert speaker, facilitator or author possessing a real-world perspective.
Whether you are interested in hosting a single or multi-day program, or already have existing leadership development but want to enhance your programming, let us know. Visit ache.org/Choice or contact Catie L. Russo, program specialist, ACHE Department of Professional Development, at (312) 424-9362 or crusso@ache.org for more information.
Call For Proposals: Management Innovations Poster Session   
ACHE invites authors to submit narratives of their posters for consideration during the 36th annual Management Innovations Poster Session to be held at ACHE’s 2020 Congress on Healthcare Leadership. This is a unique opportunity for authors to share the innovative work their organizations are doing with other healthcare leaders.

We are interested in innovations addressing issues affecting your organization that might be helpful to others, including improving quality or efficiency, improving patient or physician satisfaction, implementation of EHRs, uses of new technology and similar topics. All accepted applicants are expected to be available to discuss their posters on Monday, March 23, between 7–8 a.m. Posters will remain on display March 23–25 at Congress.

Please go to ache.org/CongressPosterSession for the full selection criteria. Submit narratives as an email attachment to PosterSessions@ache.org by Jan. 21, 2020
Consider Applying for FACHE®       
The importance of earning the distinction of board certification as an ACHE Fellow cannot be overstated. Consider taking the next step in advancing your career and achieving your professional goals. The FACHE designation benefits the healthcare management profession and demonstrates a healthcare leader’s competence, leadership skills and commitment to excellence in the field. 
The Board of Governors Exam is the final step on the journey to recognition. Applicants who pass the Exam and successfully meet all other requirements by Dec. 31, 2019, will be eligible to participate in the Convocation Ceremony at the 2020 Congress on Healthcare Leadership.
Access Complimentary Resources for the BOG Exam
ACHE offers complimentary resources for Members beginning the journey toward board certification and the FACHE® credential. These resources are designed to help them succeed so they can be formally recognized for their competency, professionalism, ethical decision making and commitment to lifelong learning.
The Board of Governors Exam Outline is the blueprint for the BOG Exam. Every question on the Exam is associated with one of the knowledge or skill statements found in this outline. The Reference Manual includes a list of recommended readings, test-taker comments and study tips. Additional resources include a 230-question practice exam and answer key.
FACHE overview webinars provide a general look at the advancement process. Participants will learn how the FACHE credential can earn them the distinction of being the best of the best in healthcare management. The webinars cover the requirements, application process, BOG Exam, study resources and maintenance requirements. Plus, participants have the opportunity to ask questions about the advancement process. An upcoming session is scheduled for Dec. 12. Register online here. A webinar for Canadian Members of ACHE will be held Dec. 10. Please register in advance via the ACHE Canada eventbrite page.
Additional resources designed to supplement other available study resources are available as well. These include the Board of Governors Review Course, Online Tutorial and Exam Study Bundle.   

Recent Grads: US Fellowship Opportunities at Your Fingertips
After graduating from a master’s degree program, a postgraduate administrative fellowship can give students and early careerists the competitive edge needed to succeed in their career. A fellowship enhances existing skills in a low-risk setting and provides valuable exposure to the healthcare management field.
The Directory of Postgraduate Administrative Fellowships is up-to-date, easy to use and free. Recent graduates can use it to review and apply for fellowships around the United States that interest them. Each listing includes application deadlines, the program description and instructions on how to apply. In addition, a variety of other resources are available at ache.org/PostGrad.

ACHE Announces Nominating Committee 2020 Slate 
The ACHE Nominating Committee has agreed on a slate to be presented to the Council of Regents on March 21 at the Council of Regents meeting in Chicago. All nominees have been notified and have agreed to serve if elected. All terms begin at the close of the Council meeting on March 21. The 2020 slate is as follows:

Nominating Committee Member, District 1 (two-year term ending in 2022)

Peter J. Wright, FACHE
Bridgton (Maine) and Rumford Hospitals

Nominating Committee Member, District 4 (two-year term ending in 2022)

Jayne E. Pope, FACHE
Hill Country Memorial Hospital
Fredericksburg, Texas
Nominating Committee Member, District 5 (two-year term ending in 2022)

John G. Faubion, FACHE
Faubion Associates Executive Search
Glendale, Calif.
Governor (three-year term ending in 2023)

Joanne Carrocino, FACHE
Cape Regional Health System
Cape May Court House, N.J.
Governor (three-year term ending in 2023)

William P. Santulli, FACHE
Executive Vice President/COO
Advocate Healthcare
Oak Brook, Ill.
Governor (three-year term ending in 2023)

Michele K. Sutton, FACHE
North Oaks Health System
Hammond, La.
Governor (three-year term ending in 2023)

Nizar K. Wehbi, MD, FACHE
Deputy Director, Center for Health Policy and Assistant Professor
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, Neb.

Carrie Owen Plietz, FACHE
Executive Vice President/COO, Hospital Division
WellStar Health System
Marietta, Ga.
Additional nominations for members of the Nominating Committee may be made from the floor at the annual Council of Regents meeting. Additional nominations for the offices of Chairman-Elect and Governor may be made in the following manner: Any Fellow may be nominated by written petition of at least 15 members of the Council of Regents. Petitions must be received in the ACHE headquarters office (American College of Healthcare Executives, 300 S. Riverside Plaza, Ste. 1900, Chicago, IL 60606-6698) at least 60 days prior to the annual meeting of the Council of Regents. Regents shall be notified in writing of nominations at least 30 days prior to the annual meeting of the Council of Regents.

Thanks to the members of the Nominating Committee for their contributions in this important assignment:

Charles D. Stokes, FACHE

David A. Olson, FACHE

Chisun S. Chun, FACHE

Donald G. Henderson, FACHE

Carle-Marie P. Memnon, FACHE

David A. Stark, FACHE

COL Mark D. Swofford, PhD, FACHE

Michael O. Ugwueke, DHA, FACHE
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Dec 10, 2019 - FACHE Board Certification Webinar for Canadian Members of ACHE
Stand out as a leader among leaders in healthcare management when you earn the FACHE credential.vJoin us  on December 10, 2019, 12 noon to 1 PM Eastern, for a complimentary Fellowship Advancement webinar for Canadian members of ACHE. Space is limited. Advance registration is required. Please visit Chapter eventbrite page for details - and check your registration confirmation email for  login instructions.
Jan 8, 2020 - CFHI 2021 Policy Circle Application Deadline
The Policy Circle aims to connect mid-career professionals who are committed to improving health care policy and practice, now and in the future. www.cfhi-fcass.ca/WhatWeDo/policy-circle  

Jan 21, 2020 - ACHE Congress Poster Session Deadline
ACHE members are invited to submit posters on management innovations for 2020 Healthcare Leadership Congress. For details please visit www.ache.org/CongressPosterSession.
Feb 11, 2020 - EXTRA Executive Training Program Deadline
Also from the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI), this recognized leadership development and quality improvement fellowship builds leadership and organizational capacity for participating teams. For details click here.
Mar 23-26, 2020 - ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership, Chicago
Join more than 4,200 health care leaders for the premier education and networking event of the year. Make connections that last a lifetime. Empower change in yourself, your organization and your community. Gain inspiration from innovative thought leaders. To register or for other education options, visit www.ache.org.


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The Canadian Chapter of ACHE is an independent chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

Vision: To be the professional association of choice for Canada's health leaders.

Mission: To promote exceptional professional development through partnerships, networks and access to national and international resources enabling health care leadership excellence.