Quarterly Newsletter of the Canadian Chapter of ACHE
Winter 2020
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Guy Bourbonnière 

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Guy Bourbonnière

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Francisco Grajales

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Allan Katz 

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Frances C. Roesch, FACHE
Message from Your ACHE Regent- Winter 2020

It’s been a hard year. That’s the obvious, unvarnished truth. Not just for healthcare for everyone. We have experienced so much loss. Loss of health, life, wellness, balance, jobs, money, traditions, travel, and so many gatherings and hugs. Some of these have a more profound impact than others. Some are public and shared, and some are deeply private. In healthcare, the work has been relentless, and so many people have struggled and felt overwhelmed. The pandemic has forced us to reprioritize, to determine what and who are truly important, and to let the rest fade, at least for now.

Some of this has been conscious, and some has been unconscious. Which emails remain unopened or have been opened only to find the “unsubscribe” link? Which meetings have you canceled without a second thought? Which volunteer activities have you found yourself rearranging to maintain, even to a lesser extent? When time is scarce, where are you investing your precious minutes? Who is still investing in you? As the year draws to a close, what will you look to keep, to let go, in 2021?

End this year strong by renewing your ACHE membership. With ACHE as your professional association, you will be better prepared to meet the challenges next year presents, whatever they are. As we continue to experience the pressure and strain of this pandemic, learn from your peers: visit the COVID-19 Resource Centre for a wide array of resources, including previously recorded sessions available for viewing. There are also leadership and member reflections from your ACHE colleagues, with insights and experiences that have helped them meet the needs of the patients they serve.

Perhaps your New Year’s resolution will be to invest in yourself. Replenish through knowledge and a visit to the ACHE Learning Centre, which has everything from Virtual Face 2 Face program offerings, online seminars, research, and publications, to help you keep your promise to yourself. ACHE’s Congress on Healthcare Leadership will be entirely online this year. While it won’t be the same as gathering together in Chicago, this is an excellent opportunity to earn 12 Face 2 Face credits and save the time and expense of travel. Register early to hold your spot (and to secure early bird pricing, which will be in effect once registration opens until February 20, 2021).

And it wouldn’t really be the end of the year without some reflection, some gratitude, so here is mine. I am grateful to you. I am grateful for the opportunity to represent you as your Regent and to bring your needs and expectations to ACHE on your behalf. I am grateful that while my work has been significantly impacted by the pandemic, my job itself has not. This is not the case for everyone, even in healthcare, where the work seems to have no end. Cost-containment and budget redeployment are also realities. These departures from the work we value can add to the sense of loss and isolation experienced in the pandemic. During these times, ACHE has a dues waiver available for qualified members in transition. Recertification waivers are also available for those who qualify. These allow us to maintain our network, our membership, our fellowship in times of challenge. I was incredibly grateful to receive a dues waiver a number of years ago during a period of transition that was not my choice. It was a tremendous relief to not worry about the cost of my dues – or the loss of my membership – when career uncertainty was a central focus. If you need dues assistance during this time, please contact the ACHE Customer Service department at 312.424.9400.

I wish each of you a quiet holiday season, with good health and as much rest as you can find. I look forward to starting 2021 together. 


Frances C. Roesch, FACHE

Regent for Canada


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January 12 - February 9, 2021 - Service Line Planning: Developing a Consumer-Based Approach to Providing Quality Care*
*Virtual Face-to-Face Education Course
Two experienced healthcare executives will address how to evaluate your organization’s service lines by using tools to select areas for future growth such as a SWOT analysis, cultural compatibility assessment and market analysis combined into a weighted decision matrix.

January 13 - February 24, 2021 - Big Data and Analytics: A Perspective for Healthcare Leaders

During this online seminar, discover how to access the vast amounts of data readily available in your organization and leverage that data for improved organizational results. Expert faculty will show leaders how to interpret, analyze, communicate and present data with confidence. By the end of this six-week course, you will be able to more confidently solve problems, draw insights from data, manage risks and create value for your organization.

January 14, 2021 - Women Healthcare Leaders Series: Embracing Your Leadership Style
There are often many gendered barriers women healthcare leaders will encounter in the span of their careers, from sources both systemic and interpersonal. This engaging discussion will allow participants to explore their leadership style by identifying and channeling their own personal strengths and experiences into effective management. We will explore ways to continually be your authentic self while navigating and combating these pressures.

January 20, 2021 - Adjusting to the “New Normal”: Protecting Systems, Providers and Patients in an Ongoing Crisis*
*This webinar is free and eligible for 1 ACHE Qualified Education credit.
This series of educational offerings highlight the various experiences of APP leaders from across the nation in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic within some of the preeminent healthcare systems in the country. Drawing from a comprehensive white paper co-authored by APPs from these health systems, this second-in-a-series of webinars will highlight the ways APP leaders can step to the forefront and be leveraged within healthcare to create innovative responses to unprecedented demand.

January 20 - March 3, 2021 - The Emerging Healthcare Leader: A Field Guide
Building a successful healthcare career is more than just acquiring specific skills or achieving the right credentials. In today’s environment, it requires keen self-knowledge, performance, character and commitment. During this six-week interactive online seminar, you will learn from the real-life experiences of two accomplished healthcare executives who have achieved significant success in the first decades of their careers.

February 3 - March 17, 2021 - Health Law Essentials
Health law is a vast and complex field; this up-to-date online course will highlight the most crucial information for busy healthcare executives. Over six weeks, an experienced health law professor will facilitate learning by explaining legal issues within a broader context while encouraging interaction and discussion among participants through weekly postings and open forums. The course will review key law and compliance topics, including fraud and abuse, the HITECH Act, patient privacy, medical malpractice, the Affordable Care Act and more. You will leave with a better understanding of the health laws that are critical for effective healthcare administration today.

March 22-25, 2021 - 2021 Congress on Healthcare Leadership
Congress on Healthcare Leadership is the premier educational and networking event for healthcare executives. After an extraordinary year, we as leaders have an opportunity to come together and reimagine healthcare.


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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.