American College of Healthcare Executives of Central Florida

December 2017

Message from the President - Q4-2017

As 2018 begins, I reflect on the past year with great pride. The great works being done by your local Central Florida ACHE Chapter continues.

In keeping with the established trend of informative and interesting events, the Programs Committee, led by Donny Abraham, RN, FACHE, continues to deliver. This quarter we heard from expert panelists on the topics of Population Health, Managing you Clinical Supply Chain, Healthcare’s Role in Formulating Public Policy and Optimizing Patient Throughput. We also had some special events like meet the CEO at Central Florida Regional Medical Center in Sanford. Wendy Brandon, CEO, and her team were very gracious in hosting us for this event. We also had our Annual FHA / ACHE business meeting and dinner in conjunction with the Florida Hospital Association annual meeting. Our Regent, Don Henderson presented awards to several of our Chapter’s leaders for Recognition of their service to the chapter. Those recognized were: Sara Yepes, Early Careerist award, Shannon Elswick, FACHE, Senior Careerist award, and Rick Smith, FACHE received the Regents Award. During the FHA Annual meeting, your Central Florida Chapter also co-sponsored a Board of Governors Exam review course for those preparing for the Fellow exam. Over 40 members participated and we now anxiously await the members to sit for the exam. Congratulations and Good Luck to all.

Your Central Florida chapter continues to enjoy great success with attendance at every event. With that success, we have been fortunate enough to “give back” to several organizations and help those less fortunate. The chapter made a donation this year to Big Brothers / Big Sisters of backpacks, notebooks and other school supplies for over 30 needy children. We are also participating in our 2nd annual Baby DJ donation this year during the Holidays. The Board of Directors will be donating Christmas Gifts to those less fortunate through this program. Another example of how we as Healthcare leaders can “give back” to those in our communities. 

I would encourage you to mark your calendars for the 3rd Annual CF-ACHE Gala and awards event. This year’s event will take place at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld located at 6677 Sea Harbor Drive, Orlando, FL 32821. The 2018 Gala theme is Healthcare Through the Decades: Past, Present, and Future. During the event, we will highlight several organizations and their innovations to healthcare. There are 5 awards presented at the Gala: Distinguished FACHE Service Award, Gift of Life Champion, Diversity and Inclusion, President’s Award and Innovation Award. We hope you will make plans to attend. A registration link can be found on the CF-ACHE website at

I am excited to announce the Board of Directors, Officers and Committee Chairs for your Central Florida Chapter for 2018. They are as follows:

ACHE of Central Florida – Slate of Officers and Board of Directors for 2018

President-Donny Abraham, RN, FACHE Central Florida Health

President-Elect-Vic Rosenbaum, FACHE, Orlando Health

Secretary-Frank Fiorito Florida Hospital

Treasurer-Kelley Lamb, Florida Hospital

Past President-Rick Smith, FACHE, Orlando Health

Regent-Don Henderson, FACHE, Central Florida Health

Programs Chair -Vic Rosenbaum, FACHE, Orlando Health

Programs Chair-Elect-Tecsh Holloway, Orlando Health

Sponsorship Chair-Nathaniel Torres, Johnson & Johnson

Sponsorship Chair-Elect- vacant

Membership Chair-James Jiloty, Healthcare Performance Solutions

Membership Chair-Elect-Dawn Lacska-Tommerdahl, Florida Hospital            

Communications Chair-Sara Yepes, The Hartford

Communications Chair-Elect-Mathew Abbene, Florida Hospital

Diversity & Inclusion Chair-Aurora Realin, Florida Hospital

Diversity & Inclusion Chair-Elect-Jorge Galva, JD

Higher Education Chair-Shannon Elswick, FACHE, University of Central FL

Senior Executive Advisor-Cami Leech-Florio, FACHE, St. Francis Hospice

Local Programs Chair-Courtney Holcomb, Florida Hospital Waterman

Local Programs Chair-Elect-Clayton Davis, Central Florida Health

Student Representative -Jason Washington, University of Central FL

Please join me in welcoming these newly elected officials to their roles. The official induction of officers will take place at the Gala event on January 20, 2018. With that transition, my term as President will come to an end. I would like to say again what an honor and privilege it has been to serve in this role this past year. I would be remiss not to say THANK YOU to the Board members who worked alongside me this year as we continued to advance the successful legacy of the Central Florida Chapter. We have made great strides this year and with the group listed above, I have no doubt the success will continue. I will continue to support Donny and Vic in my role as Past President in this coming year and I look forward to meeting more members throughout the year at our events. I would also like to thank all the Host Sites that allowed us to hold our Board meetings and educational events at their facilities. These include:

Orlando Health Central Hospital             

Rollins College


Adventist Health Systems

Nemours Children’s Orlando                   

Leesburg Regional Medical Center

Orlando Health- ORMC                          

Osceola Regional Medical Center

Halifax Health                                      

Central Florida Regional

Florida Hospital Celebration                   

Florida Hospital Waterman

Orlando Health Heart Institute

Thank you to everyone who participated in our events this year. We look forward to a great 2018.


Rick E.Smith, FACHE

President, Central Florida Chapter ACHE




Message from Your ACHE Regent - Q4-2017


 Dear Colleague:


Years ago I was a newly-minted MHA with very little practical experience beyond the part-time jobs I had working at a local hospital in an entry-level position.  Fortunately, my MHA program assisted me in securing a one-year residency experience that would enable me to begin to learn about what the “real world” of hospital administration was all about.


I am very indebted to the hospital in Maryland that was kind enough to create a spot for me as an administrative resident.  I would also like to thank Alan Channing, LFACHE (just retired as CEO of Mt. Sinai Health in Chicago).  Alan was a wonderful mentor, and he allowed me to have a small desk in the corner of his large office for the entire year.  While there, I tried to be seen but not heard.  Alan went out of his way to make sure that no conversations or interactions were off limits to me during this period.  It immediately became apparent that reality was far different from the theoretical constructs that I had learned.


The reason that I am resurrecting this ancient history is that you, as a senior healthcare executive in Florida, have a chance to mentor the next generation of healthcare leaders.
ACHE has teamed up with the American Hospital Association’s Institute for Diversity in Health Management to offer a Summer Internship Program. Your mentorship of an intern will help further the mission of ACHE and AHA to increase the number of individuals entering and advancing in the field from ethnically, culturally, and racially diverse backgrounds.  Interns will work for your organization in the summer between their first and second years of master’s training in healthcare. Here is a handy link in order to sign up:


I have found that each time I have taken the opportunity to mentor either an intern or a resident it has been a rewarding experience.  It certainly gives you the chance to “pay it forward” from those who gave you a chance when you had little or no experience.  In addition, you will have the opportunity to influence the next great generation of hospital and health system leaders who will need extraordinary preparation to successfully navigate the turbulent years ahead.


Finally, you should consider that you or a loved one will wind up in a hospital bed at some point in the future.  With luck, this could be years away, or it could be sooner than you think.  What type of qualities would you like to see in the person who ultimately will be directing the course of your care?  The efforts that we can all make now will pay dividends for us one day when we are peeking out from under the bed covers at our caregivers.   




Donald G. Henderson, FACHE

ACHE Regent for Florida - Eastern



Programs - Q4 2017


Programs Committee Updates December 2017

2017 was a phenomenal year for ACHE of Central Florida.  Our programs committee delivered 18 education programs at 15 different venues.  Overall feedback was very positive and attendance has been at record levels.  Thank you for attending and supporting our chapter events. 


Our next major program is our 3rd Annual ACHECF Gala and Awards Presentation.

Click Here to Register

Be there as our 2018 Officers and Board of Directors are inducted.  We will also honor and recognize Healthcare executives who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to the advancement of healthcare leadership and management excellence.  Healthcare comedian David Glickman will entertain us as we network with fellow healthcare executives and enjoy culinary delights, retro music and “dancing through the decades.” 

We also need your expertise!  The programs committee is in the planning phases of next year’s educational offerings.  If you are interested in learning about a specific topic, being a panelist, or hosting an event, please feel free to email me.  Below is a draft of our 2018 Programs Calendar.




Donny P. Abraham, RN, FACHE

Programs Chair and President-Elect

ACHE of Central Florida



Event Date

Credit Type

2018 Tentative Program Calendar




ACHECF Annual Business Meeting




Exploring the VA Healthcare System




Cybersecurity:  What Healthcare Organizations Need to Know and How to Prepare




Equity of Care Pledge (Diversity Topic)




Financial Implications:  The Push from Inpatient to Outpatient




Shingo Institute 2018 Conference and Discover and Enable Workshops – Lean Six Sigma




State of Healthcare in Florida Symposium




Integrating Acute to Post Acute Care Settings:  Where do we go from here?




CEO Roundtable 




Brevard LPC Topic: TBD




Leading a Successful Multi-Generational Organization




Leading and Managing Change (Lake LPC)




Meet the CEO Breakfast




Social Media and Mobile Health:  The Good the Bad and the Ugly




Early Careerist Workshop




Legalized Possession and Use of Cannabis:  A Legal & Ethical Dilemma for Healthcare Organizations





FHA/ ACHE Annual Business and Awards Dinner

FACHE BOG Exam Review




Lake LPC Topic: TBD




Volusia LPC Topic:  TBD




Healthcare Safety




ACHE National Cluster and Sponsored Events

 *TBD - Are proposed F2F sessions, pending approval

ACHE of Central Florida Communication Committee-Q4-2017

Interested in hearing about our upcoming ACHE chapter events? Would you like to join discussions around current events in health care with other like-minded professionals? Have you wanted to expand your LinkedIn network to include more local connections? ACHE of Central Florida’s group page has the answers to these questions. Our posts range from upcoming networking, professional development, and volunteering events to what is trending now in health care locally and nationally.

If you are not already a member, please request to join the group. If you are a member of the group, please join the conversation. We would love to hear your expert opinion and have you weigh in on the discussion. The link for the group is: We hope to see you there and have you share your thoughts and insight.

Thank you,

ACHE of Central Florida Communication Committee

National News Q4 2017

Save the Date for the 2018 Congress on Healthcare Leadership

The American College of Healthcare Executives’ Congress on Healthcare Leadership brings you the best in professional development, opportunities to network with and learn from peers, and the latest information to enhance your career and address your organization's challenges in innovative ways. The 2018 Congress on Healthcare Leadership, “Be Part of Something Bigger,” will be held March 26–29 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.


Join us in 2018 and be part of this dynamic, energizing event that draws the top healthcare leaders from across the nation and around the world. The opening date for Congress 2018 registration and to reserve hotel accommodations was Nov. 14. Save your spot today!

ACHE Leader-to-Leader Program- Q4-2017

Leader to Leader REWARDS!

All ACHE Members, Fellows and Faculty Associates can earn rewards as part of the Leader-to-Leader Program. It's simple—just have your colleague reference you in the designated area on their application. And for easier recognition, fill out and distribute these Leader-to-Leader referral cards to ensure that you receive the credit you deserve for sharing the value of ACHE.

Recruit a Member → 1 point

When you are listed as the referral name on a new Member application, you will receive one point for recruiting that new Member when he or she becomes a Member. Sharing the value of ACHE is simple and effective through the Tell-a-Colleague button. Tell-a-Colleague enables you to personalize and send an email message to your colleagues highlighting the key benefits of membership with a link to the online application.

Tell a colleague about ACHE

Advance a Leader → 1 point

When you are listed as the referral name on a Fellow application, you will earn one point when he or she meets all of the Fellow requirements.

  • Tip: A quick email with the link to the credentialing area containing details on requirements, study resources and online applications. This may be all the encouragement your colleagues need to take the next important step for their career advancement.

Your points will expire on December 31 of the year following when respective points were earned.

You may redeem your points anytime before they expire. Please note that your balance may not exceed 50 points at any one time.

Earn ACHE Qualified Education Credit/Webinar Registration-Q4-2017

ACHe-learning includes webinars and online seminars for members and their organizations

Distance Education

Webinars are live, 90-minute, interactive online presentations that allow you to earn ACHE Qualified Education credits from almost anywhere.

Online Seminars are six-week programs that allow you to view materials and complete assignments at your convenience while earning ACHE Qualified Education credits.

The Board of Governors Exam Online Tutorial is a self-study program that explores the Exam topics and provides resources to focus your preparation.

Self-Study courses are composed of books and guides that you can complete on your own schedule.

Contact ACHE

For more information, contact the ACHE Customer Service Center at (312) 424-9400 or 

Frequently Asked Questions About ACHE Credentialing

Frequently Asked Questions about ACHE Credentialing



Complete ALL of the FACHE requirements to Advance

Become a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and earn the distinction of board certification in healthcare management!

Start the process by meeting the following application requirements. You must complete all application requirements including a $250 application fee in order to be eligible to sit for the Board of Governors Exam.

Be a current member of ACHE and have three (3) years of tenure. Tenure may be accumulated as an ACHE Member, Faculty Associate, or International Associate. (Student Associates are not eligible for tenure).

Hold a Master's or other post-baccalaureate degree. (A copy of your diploma or final conferred transcript is required.)

Hold an executive-level healthcare management position and have a minimum of five (5) years of executive-level healthcare management experience. (A copy of your current job description, organizational chart, and resume is required.)How does ACHE define an executive-level healthcare management position?

Submit two (2) references: One (1) in the form of a structured interview with a current Fellow; One (1) written reference from a senior-level executive (VP or higher) in your organization OR a second Fellow.

Demonstrate 36 hours of healthcare-related continuing education (CE) within the last three (3) years of submitting an application. (12 hours must be ACHE Face-to-Face Education and the remaining 24 hours can be ACHE Qualified Education or ACHE Face-to-Face Education).

Participation in two (2) healthcare-related activities and two (2) community/civic activities during the past three (3) year period. What are examples of two healthcare-related and two community/civic activities?


Apply for Board Certification 

Career Resource Center Q4- 2017

In the rapidly changing healthcare field, a career plan is more important than ever


Market Your Abilities

ACHE is committed to the career advancement of our members in the healthcare job market. We invite you to explore ACHE resources available to support you in your job search or career transition. These tools will assist you in effectively marketing your abilities and developing your personal brand.

Tools & Resources


Job Search

Cluster Information Q4-2017

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Success in 2018

As we look to 2018, we hope you can join us in celebrating the many successes that we have had as a chapter and as health providers that proudly serve our community.  You are invited to celebrate 2017 successes and 2018 success-to-come with us in three ways:

  1. Attend our 3rd Annual Gala to be held on January 20.  Click here to register link 
  2. Demonstrate your support for our chapter by having your organization become a 2018 Premier Corporate Partner.  Please see attached packet for further information. ACHECFPremierpartnershippacket.pdf