Greater Charlotte Healthcare Executives Group

Winter 2016

President's Message

Greetings from your Chapter President

Joann L. Spaleta, FACHE

President Joann Spaleta is excited about 2017 events and engagement

Greetings from Your Chapter President

2017 will soon be here! Where has the year gone!The Chapter has accomplished and exceeded many of our goals and provided service to the community and our members.We provided 12 hours of Face-to-Face Education credit, over 25 hours of Qualified Education, networking opportunities, a Board of Governors Exam Prep Review, the second year of our mentoring program that reaches across the Chapter region, and a day of service. As we onboard the 2017 Board members, the planning has started in the Chapter to provide membership with services to enrich their professional lives and provide education hours for certification/recertification. 

Plan Your Career with ACHE Resources

As you set your personal and professional goals for 2017, the ACHE Career Resource Center is devoted to supporting your career success in the healthcare environment. To help you navigate this ever changing marketplace, ACHE brings you a unique, interactive and comprehensive tool for planning and managing your career - CareerEDGE®, a complimentary benefit to ACHE members. CareerEDGE includes assessments, a strategic career planning framework, job site links and more. I invite you to explore the available resources to support your goal development and give you a competitive edge in your career and future endeavors.

The Gift that Gives Back

The Fund for Innovation in Healthcare Leadership, a philanthropic initiative of the Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives, was created to bring innovation to the forefront of healthcare leadership. Consider making a personal donation or a donation to recognize others as a tribute or memorial to ensure the healthcare profession has the visionary leaders and management systems that are needed to improve healthcare delivery. Through this donation, ACHE will be able to develop future leaders, promote diversity and inclusion, explore emerging complex ethical issues, and encourage innovation in healthcare management. Consider making a commitment to the future of healthcare management by supporting ACHE's Fund for Innovation in Healthcare Leadership. There are several ways to donate to the Foundation of ACHE's Fund for Innovation in Healthcare Leadership. Whichever way you choose, your contribution can make all the difference, no matter the amount. Please contact Timothy R. Tlusty, Vice President, Development, at (312) 424-9305 or for more information.

Membership Activity

We held our membership drive in October as well as a networking and education event at the uptown campus of UNC Charlotte and through these efforts, we have increased the awareness of ACHE and GCHEG. Our goal for 2017 is to continue to increase the membership to 700.  There is still time this year to introduce a colleague to GCHEG and ACHE by using this link: If you have questions or want any of our Board officers to talk to a group about the benefits of ACHE and GCHEG, please reference the Chapter website: 

2017 GCHEG Board and Committees

The 2017 GCHEG Board of Officers, Members at Large, and Committee Chairs/Vice Chairs will be announced by mid-December. The nominating committee assembled a slate of members who are engaged to volunteer their time and talents to serve the Chapter. After the membership elections, the Board ratifies the slate. The official announcement to the membership will occur after the individuals are notified of the results. An orientation for the new Board will occur before January. 

I want to encourage everyone who is interested in getting more involved in the Chapter to look at the opportunities to serve now or in the near future: officer, director-at-large, committee chair or vice chair, committee member, feature writer in our newsletter, help with the website, serve as a mentor… the possibilities are endless. Your presence and attendance at planned educational events, networking events, day of service and functions increase your opportunities to get involved in any way that fits your schedule. Contact any Board member to get more information about how you can get involved with the Chapter. Get involved today in a committee…your service will help the Chapter grow and meet our 2017 goals.


As we move into 2017, I want to take the opportunity to thank the 2016 GCHEG Board for their service and dedication to the Chapter. GCHEG has worked hard to serve the membership through all of the activities we have been involved in this year. It has been an honor and privilege to serve as the President of the Chapter for the last two years. I am happy to pass the baton to Jon Myers, current President-Elect who will serve as your President in 2017. 

Our first education event will be in late January as a 1.5 Face-to-Face Education credit. Our annual dinner and education event will be in April/May. A survey was sent out to the members to rank the 2017 education topics. Be sure to let us know what topics are important to you and your professional development.

It is important to continue to learn and stay current on relevant industry changes through education, be part of an organization that gives back to the members, and be of service to others. Hope to see you soon at a future event in 2017! 

Happy Holidays to you and your families! 

Joann L. Spaleta, FACHE, MBA, MHA, MT (ASCP)

Greater Charlotte Healthcare Executives Group

2016 President

Membership and Advancement

Congratulations New and Recertified Fellows

These NC healthcare executives were named ACHE Fellow or recertified in Q4 2016



  Leon Golynsky, FACHE, Charlotte

  Jonathan R. Myers, FACHE, Charlotte


Recertified Fellows


  Sandi Lane, PhD, FACHE, Concord

  Robert G. Larrison Jr., FACHE, Charlotte



  Will Behrmann, FACHE, Charlotte

  J. Gene Faile, FACHE, Wilkesboro

  Michelle C. Fortune, RN, FACHE, Morganton

  Kathleen A. Kaney, FACHE, Charlotte

  Mary Beth Kuzmanovich, FACHE, Davidson

  Ashley P. Taylor, FACHE, Charlotte

  Martha J. Whitecotton, RN, FACHE, Charlotte



  Gary D. Ballard, FACHE, Indian Trail

  Roland R. Bibeau, FACHE, Matthews

Welcome to New Members

GCHEG welcomes new members

The following individuals joined ACHE and the Greater Charlotte chapter this quarter. 

Don't forget to use ACHE's online Member Directory, accessible through, to discover and connect with your member colleagues.

New Members


Jenilyn Turner, Matthews

Lynne Ingersoll, Charlotte

Lauren E. Cooper, Pineville

Ivan Vinueza, Black Mountain

Donald K. Huston, FACHE, Greensboro

John Domansky, Mills River

Carrie Mull, Morganton

Anurag Pandey, Salisbury

Paul A. D'Amico, DO, Matthews

Tammy M. Brooks, Tega Cay

Dustin T. Ray, Indian Trail

Leonna Edwards, Charlotte

Stephanie Crane, Annapolis

CPT Becky J. Lux, Augusta

Clinnie F. Biggs Jr., Concord

Brent Lammers, FACHE, Matthews

James B. Reynolds, Charlotte

Marcie Stoshak-Chavez, MD, Oak Park

Emma M. Morgan, Charlotte

Bansari Shah, Charlotte

John Pruett, Charlotte

Amanda N. Deese, Charlotte


Emily Maciag, Charlotte

Kristi M. Sink, FACHE, Broadview Heights

Keri P. Anderson, Waxhaw

Laura Spak, Huntersville

Terrence Ziemniak, FACHE, Charlotte

Michael Lalor, MD, Winston Salem

Kelly Sing, Charlotte

Scharee Lee, Charlotte

Henri R. Levy, Charlotte

James D. Cheek, FACHE, Mooresville

John F. Snow, Troutman

Larry Morris, Fort Lauderdale

Stephen J. Lawler, Charlotte

Yvette Leger, FACHE, North Myrtle Beach

Stephanie Hardman, Jacksonville


Bruce C. Becker II, MD, LFACHE, Denver

Mark L. Casner, FACHE, Charlotte

Andrew L. Wilson, Marietta

Craig Peterson, Shoreline

Keia V. Hewitt, MD, Charlotte

Member Submitted Articles

Embracing Diversity

By Kriss Anne Carlstrom, JD, CHC, MSM, FACHE

Diversity is about more than just about equality, equal access, or affirmative action.  Rather, diversity is about recognizing and accepting the eclectic community we live and work in.  More importantly, it is about embracing the religious practices, ethnicity, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disabilities of employees and patients we serve.  As healthcare leaders, we have an ethical obligation to ensure the highest quality care is provided to our patients.  In order to achieve this goal, providers within the organization should reflect the community it serves. Absent this representation, we will fail to recognize the needs required of our diverse patient population.

Finding a lack of diversity among senior healthcare leaders in 2003, a coalition was created between the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL), Institute for Diversity in Health Management (IFD), and American Hospital Association (AHA) to develop Diversity and Cultural Proficiency Assessment Tool for Leaders. (1) The assessment tool consists of four sections that evaluates whether the workforce: 1) is as diverse as the community you serves; 2) provides culturally proficient patient care; 3) strengthens your workforce =diversity; and 4) expands diversity of your leadership team.  ACHE recognizes that increasing diversity of the workforce is essential to providing culturally competent care.  Thus, this tool will help you acknowledge and appreciate the cultural diversity within your organization.

Similarly, Greater Charlotte Healthcare Executives Group (GCHEG) embraces and promotes diversity that reflects ACHE’s commitment to diversity in recognizing its priority as both an ethical and business imperative.  Succession planning by the Board incorporates diversity as a key factor when slating board positions. The Board reflects minority representation and healthcare organizations as within their chapter membership. Furthermore, strategic planning sessions emphasize the importance of diversity when discussing membership growth, committee participation, and event planning.

GCHEG actively demonstrates a commitment to and successful execution of significant diversity and inclusion efforts within our chapter, community, and the healthcare management field.   For example, annual scholarships are provided to students in Masters of Healthcare Administration programs at University of North Carolina Charlotte and Pfeiffer University.  Furthermore, GCHEG recently committed to provide a scholarship to Appalachian State University and is in discussion with Gardner-Webb University as well.  Recipients serve on GCHEG’s Scholarship Committee and acts as a liaison between Charlotte Healthcare Executives Student Organization and our Membership Committee to engage students with the chapter.

GCHEG actively encourage and support members of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and communities to pursue leadership roles within the chapter, ACHE, and their respective organizations.  This is evidenced by our mentor program led by Elise Guimont-Blackburn and Richard Langholz.

“The GCHEG Mentor Program feels a significant mission to drive diversity through the composition of the mentor and mentee cohort.  During the 2015-2016 program, the cohort was made up of 32, comprised 17 different organizations throughout the region and was made up of 14 women and 18 men.  This year we’ve grown to 42 and represent 15 different organizations.  The diversity in experience, background, and thought we believe fosters continuous growth and development for future leaders,” stated Elise Guimont-Blackburn, MBA, MHA, RN-BSN.  

Similar to Massachusetts General Hospital (see case study attached to assessment tool above), our mentor program aims to widen the pool of viable talent competing for senior leadership positions that historically were closed to many because of the lack of awareness of career opportunities, educational and institutional resources, and incumbent leadership guidance.  “The GCHEG Mentor Program includes 14 of our 21 mentors having 20+ years of healthcare experience.  This extensive and diverse experience provides the mentees both greater awareness of industry change and wisdom to focus their development on the leadership competencies these executives feel are necessary for future success as a leader in healthcare,” says Guimont-Blackburn.

In conclusion, GCHEG values the diversity within their chapter and strives to foster an environment of inclusion that furthers ACHE’s commitment in recognizing contributions and supports the advancement of all, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.



• Did you know that GCHEG represents thirty-five (35) counties in Western North Carolina from Cherokee to Alleghany, to Anson?  According to the US Census Bureau, total population of these counties is approximately 3,258,004. (2)  This represents 34.17% of North Carolina’s population. (3)

• Across the state, it is estimated that 13.9% of North Carolinians have a disability that include difficulties with either:  1) hearing; 2) vision; 3) cognitive function; 4) ambulatory; and 5) independent living.  Moreover, 7% are under 5 years of age; 14.8% are between ages 35 to 64 years; 27.3% are between ages 64 to 74 years; and 50.9% are 75 years and over. (4)  Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2011 that North Carolina ranked 8th across the United States in number of HIV diagnoses. (5)

• A study in 2014 performed by Pew Research Center found 77% of adults in North Carolina are of Christian faith, 3% are of non christian faith, and 20% are unaffiliated. (6)

• North Carolina has 116,211,092 households.  48.4% are married couples. (7)  23.13% are same-sex households with 36% reporting same-sex spouses. (8)

• 7.6% of North Carolina residents are foreign born. Approximately 8% of foreign born residents entered North Carolina since 2010. (7)

• Out of the 250,000 LGBT adults in North Carolina, 56% are White, 29% are African American, and 11% are Latino. (9)



1. Available at

2. Found at  Note:  estimated 2015 total population of NC is 10,042,802.  GCHEG chapter includes the following counties: Alexander, Alleghany, Anson, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Catawba, Clay, Cleveland, Gaston, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Iredell, Jackson LIncoln, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Mitchell, Montgomery, Polk, Rutherford, Stanly, Swain, Transylvania, Union, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey.

3. Found at

4. Found at  2015 estimate based on 2010 census.

5. Found at

6. Christian faiths included: 35% Evangelical Protestant; 19% Mainline Protestant; 12% Historically Black Protestant; 9% Catholic; 1% each Mormon, Orthodox Christian, and Jehovah’s Witness. Non-Christian faiths included: 1% Jewish and  <1% each Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, and other world religions. Found at  

7. Found at

8. Found at U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 American Community Survey.  See

9. The Williams Institute, LGBT People in North Carolina.  Found at

5th Annual Day of Service

5th Annual Day of Service was held Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Second Harvest food Bank of Metrolina.

Greater Charlotte Healthcare Executes Group held their fifth annual Day-of-Service on Saturday December 03, 2016 at Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (SHFBM). Forty-eight (48) chapter members and their families volunteered their time at the food bank sorting, inspecting, and stocking food in the warehouse.  First we were divided into groups to work in different areas of the warehouse.  Next, an orientation was enthusiastically provided of tasks assigned.  
For every hour of service performed provides the Food Bank with $21.88 in labor savings. Additionally, GCHEG raised $549 for the Second Harvest Food Bank.  For every $1 donated, seven (7) pounds of food is distributed to our local community.  Last year, SHFBM distributed over fifty (50) million pounds of food and household items to individuals in need in fourteen (14) counties in North Carolina and 5 counties in South Carolina.  SHFBM would not be successful without volunteers like our chapter members.  Thank you to everyone for their time and generosity given to our local community!

Career Articles

Your Career is a Marathon

Setting the Pace

• Take the time to establish a career road map, whether in written form or set out in your mind.
• Put in the extra effort to be the one who excels. Start stringing successes together, even if they’re small and don’t seem to have much to do with each other.
• Find time to evaluate and then elevate your role and aspirations from an industry perspective; monitor events in the news that may impact the healthcare field and try to anticipate change.
• Keep an eye on opportunities to move up both within and outside your organization.
• Seek a mentor who can serve as a model and a sounding board. 
Hitting Your Stride

• In order to advance, it’s best to push yourself into the “discomfort zone” and take prudent risks.
• Revisit your career road map once a year to assess both personal performance and the map itself.
• When you are thinking of making a career change, consider not only whether you like your job but also what potential your current organization holds for you.
• If upward mobility within your organization is limited, you may want to evaluate other opportunities after periods of particular success in order to capitalize on these achievements and to avoid getting overly comfortable.
• Networking will help you broaden your expertise and your visibility in the industry.
Nearing the Finish Line
• Think about what drives you at this phase of your life, and determine whether there may be ways to better align your
 work life with your evolving interests and values.
• This is a time to avoid coasting to the finish line. Don’t risk tarnishing an otherwise stellar career or becoming
the person others feel has overstayed his or her welcome by allowing your effort and enthusiasm to lag.
• Measure your personal success and the success of the organization, and make sure the relationship is mutually beneficial.
• Continue networking through industry and community organizations. Making smart choices during each career phase will allow you to go the distance.
Success means different things to different people, but true success is not guided by luck or circumstance. It is the result of conscious choices at each phase of a career and a pacing that allows one to go the distance.
Source: Schlosser, J.R., FACHE, “Your Career Is a Marathon,” Healthcare Executive, May/June 2012.

Upcoming Events

Check Out the GCHEG Events Calendar

Don't miss the next GCHEG event...

Our next Educational Event with Face-To-Face credit will be a luncheon panel in January 2017.
The panel discussion topic is "Mindful Leadership: Leading with Heart and Mind for Healthcare Leaders."
More information will be provided. Link to GCHEG EVENTS CALENDAR


ACHE - National News

National News Q4 2016


Save the Date for the 2017 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 2017 Congress on Healthcare Leadership, “Discovering Possibilities & Opportunities,” will be held March 27–30 at the Hilton Chicago/Palmer House Hilton.

Join us in 2017 and be part of this dynamic, energizing event that draws the top healthcare leaders from across the nation and around the world.

This premier healthcare leadership event provides:

  • Access to more than 150 cutting-edge professional development sessions
  • Networking opportunities with more than 4,200 professionals from around the globe
  • Innovative solutions from the nation's top thought leaders
  • The latest tools and techniques designed to enhance your career

The opening date for Congress 2017 registration and to reserve hotel accommodations was Nov. 16.

Call for Innovations
Management Innovations Poster Session at the 2017 Congress on Healthcare Leadership
ACHE would like to invite authors to submit narratives of their posters for consideration for the 33rd Annual Management Innovations Poster Session to be held at ACHE’s 2017 Congress on Healthcare Leadership. We are interested in innovations on issues affecting your organization that might be helpful to others, including improving quality or efficiency, enhancing patient or physician satisfaction, implementing electronic medical records, using new technology and similar topics. All accepted applicants will be expected to be available to discuss their posters Monday, March 27, between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. and posters will remain on display March 27–29 at Congress. 
Please go to for the full selection criteria and submission instructions. Submissions will be accepted through Jan. 17.

Forum on Advances in Healthcare Management Research at 2018 Congress on Healthcare Leadership 
ACHE would like to invite authors to submit proposals to present their research at the 10th annual Forum on Advances in Healthcare Management Research. This session will take place during ACHE’s 2018 Congress on Healthcare Leadership, which will be held March 26–29, 2018. The senior author of each selected proposal will receive a complimentary registration to Congress.

Please visit for the selection criteria and submission instructions. Submit your up-to-400-word abstract by July 10.

IFD, ACHE Alliance to Expand Healthcare Internships for Diverse Individuals 
The American Hospital Association’s Institute for Diversity in Health Management and ACHE have entered into a strategic collaboration to co-promote the Summer Enrichment Program, which is designed to grow and strengthen the pipeline of healthcare leaders from underrepresented groups. The SEP places diverse graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in healthcare administration or a related field in 10-week, paid internships at healthcare organizations. As of Oct. 31, 2016, hospitals, health systems and other healthcare organizations interested in hosting an SEP intern in 2017 can register at IFD staff will work with organizations to match SEP students with host sites beginning in February. Internships generally will take place from June through August. The SEP will be administered by IFD and co-promoted by ACHE, primarily through ACHE chapters across the country. 
For more information about the SEP or on becoming a host site, visit or contact Jasmin Clark, membership and educational specialist, IFD, at or (312) 422-2658; Terra L. Levin FACHE, CAE, regional director, Division of Regional Services, ACHE, at or (312) 424-9329; or Cie Armstead, director, Diversity and Inclusion, ACHE, at or (312) 424-9306.

Encourage Your Members to Apply for Fellow Status 
The importance of earning the distinction of board certification as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives cannot be overstated. Encouraging your chapter members to take the next step in advancing their careers by achieving Fellow status benefits their professional goals and the healthcare management profession as it demonstrates a healthcare leader’s competence, leadership skills and commitment to excellence in the field.

Fellow applicants who successfully meet all requirements by Dec. 31, including passing the Board of Governors Examination, will be eligible to participate in the 2017 Convocation Ceremony at the 2017 Congress on Healthcare Leadership.

Access Complimentary Resources for the Board of Governors Exam
For Members starting on the journey to attain board certification and the FACHE® credential, ACHE offers complimentary resources to help them succeed so they can be formally recognized for their competency, professionalism, ethical decision making and commitment to lifelong learning. These resources, which include the Board of Governors Examination in Healthcare Management Reference Manual and quarterly Advancement Information webinars, are designed to be supplements to other available Board of Governors Exam study resources, such as the Board of Governors Review Course and Online Tutorial.

  • The Reference Manual, found at, includes a practice 230-question exam and answer key, a list of recommended readings, test-taker comments and study tips.
  • Fellow Advancement Information webinars provide a general overview of the Fellow advancement process, including information about the Board of Governors Exam, and allow participants to ask questions about the advancement process. An upcoming session is scheduled for Dec. 8. Register online at

List Your Postgraduate Fellowship With ACHE
ACHE would like to know if your organization is offering a postgraduate fellowship for the upcoming year. If so, we encourage you to add it to our complementary Directory of Postgraduate Administrative Fellowships at

As a healthcare leader, you know how crucial it is to attract and develop highly qualified professionals in your organization. Gain exposure and start attracting top-notch applicants by posting your organization’s program on ACHE’s Directory. You may add a new listing or update a previous one at any time by completing the Online Listing Form. 

Questions? Please contact Liz Catalano, membership coordinator at (312) 424-9374 or, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time.

ACHE Announces Nominating Committee 2017 Slate
The ACHE Nominating Committee has agreed on a slate to be presented to the Council of Regents on March 25, 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 25. The 2017 slate is as follows:

Nominating Committee Member, District 2 (two-year term ending in 2019)
Dolores G. Clement, DrPH, FACHE
Sentara Professor and Director, Dual Degree Programs, Department of Health Administration 
VA Commonwealth University
Richmond, Va.

Nominating Committee Member, District 3 (two-year term ending in 2019)
Stephen J. Pribyl, FACHE
District One Hospital/Allina Health System
Faribault, Minn.

Nominating Committee Member, District 6 (two-year term ending in 2019)
Adam C. Walmus, FACHE
Austin, Texas

Governor (three-year term ending in 2020)
Anthony A. Armada, FACHE
Executive Vice President and Chief Executive, Western Washington
Providence Health and Services

Governor (three-year term ending in 2020)
Nancy M. DiLiegro, PhD, FACHE
Vice President, Clinical Operations/Physician Services and Chief Clinical Officer
Trinitas Regional Medical Center
Elizabeth, N.J.

Governor (three-year term ending in 2020)
Sara M. Johnson, FACHE
Director, Executive Education
Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Governor (three-year term ending in 2020)
Edmund L. Lafer, MD, FACHE
Medical Director
Health Partners Plans

David A. Olson, FACHE
Chief Strategy Officer
Froedtert Health

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, 1 N. Franklin St., Ste. 1700, Chicago, IL 60606-3529) 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:

Christine M. Candio, RN, FACHE
Richard D. Cordova, FACHE
Brian C. Doheny, FACHE
Ed Hamilton, FACHE
John M. Haupert, FACHE
Kim A. King, FACHE
Stephen M. Merz, FACHE
RADM Anne M. Swap, FACHE

ACHE Call for Nominations for the 2018 Slate
ACHE’s 2017–2018 Nominating Committee is calling for applications for service beginning in 2018. All members are encouraged to participate in the nominating process. ACHE Fellows are eligible for any of the Governor and Chairman-Elect vacancies and are eligible for the Nominating Committee vacancies within their district. Open positions on the slate include:

  • Nominating Committee Member, District 1 (two-year term ending in 2020)
  • Nominating Committee Member, District 4 (two-year term ending in 2020)
  • Nominating Committee Member, District 5 (two-year term ending in 2020)
  • Four Governors (three-year terms ending in 2021)
  • Chairman-Elect

Please refer to the following district designations for the open positions:

  • District 1: Canada, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont
  • District 4: Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas
  • District 5: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Candidates for Chairman-Elect and Governor should submit an application to serve that includes a copy of their resume and up to 10 letters of support. For details, please review the Candidate Guidelines, including guidance from the Board of Governors to the Nominating Committee regarding the personal competencies of Chairman-Elect and Governor candidates and the composition of the Board of Governors.

Candidates for the Nominating Committee should only submit a letter of self-nomination and a copy of their resume.

Applications to serve and self-nominations must be submitted electronically to and must be received by July 15. All correspondence should be addressed to Richard D. Cordova, FACHE, chairman, Nominating Committee, c/o Julie Nolan, American College of Healthcare Executives, 1 N. Franklin St., Ste. 1700, Chicago, IL 60606-3529.

The first meeting of ACHE’s 2017–2018 Nominating Committee will be held March 28, during the Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago. The committee will be in open session at 2:45 p.m. During the meeting, an orientation session will be conducted for potential candidates, giving them the opportunity to ask questions regarding the nominating process. Immediately following the orientation, an open forum will be provided for ACHE members to present and discuss their views of ACHE leadership needs.

Following the July 15 submission deadline, the committee will meet to determine which candidates for Chairman-Elect and Governor will be interviewed. All candidates will be notified in writing of the committee’s decision by Sept. 30, and candidates for Chairman-Elect and Governor will be interviewed in person on Oct. 26.

To review the Candidate Guidelines, visit If you have any questions, please contact Julie Nolan at (312) 424-9367 or


Articles of Interest

How to Sustain Healthcare Improvement Efforts: 4 Keys to Success

There are few things more frustrating than pouring time and effort into a process improvement just to see those new workflows forgotten and an organization regress to its bad habits. Highlighted below are four tips to help overcome that obstacle.

1. Test new work processes in a pilot unit. Rolling out a new work model tends to be easier when the model has already been tested on a small scale. Having a pilot unit allows management to standardize good habits and ensure the new model is aligned with the organizational goals.

2. Implement improvements on the front line. Engaging frontline clinical staffers who deal with the day-to-day operations of an organization is critical to the success and sustainability of a process improvement. Without the frontline staff, systems frequently revert to their old ways.

3. Celebrate small successes to build morale. Change is difficult and asking for too much too quickly can be demoralizing for any staff. During the early stages of major process change, be prepared to recognize small, short-term achievements that could boost buy-in and momentum.

4. Address staff grievances with improvement efforts. Positive performance reviews and promotions are not the only ways to motivate employees; frontline managers are also more likely to stick with an improvement effort if it eliminates a daily hassle in their own work processes.

—Adapted from “4 Steps to Sustaining Improvement in Health Care” by Kedar S. Mate, MD, and Jeffery Rakover, Harvard Business Review, Nov. 9, 2016.

7 Ways Accomplished People Begin Their Morning Routine

Travis Bradberry, author of the best-selling book Emotional Intelligence 2.0, recently published an article on outlining seven early-morning habits people who want to be successful should adopt, summarized below.

1. Drink lemon water. The nutrients in lemon water improve physical and mental energy levels.

2. Exercise. Research has shown exercising can boost a person’s energy as well as their outlook. Positive, energized people tend to get more done.

3. Disconnect from technology. Avoid jumping onto your phone before you even get out of bed. Texts, emails and social media alerts can clutter the mind.

4. Eat a healthy breakfast. There’s a reason breakfast is called the “most important meal of the day.” Eating a healthy breakfast can enhance short-term memory and concentration levels.

5. Be mindful. Many successful leaders begin each day by meditating. The quiet time allows the mind to focus, combat stress and be more creative.

6. Set goals. Setting specific, feasible goals helps leaders remain calm and productive in the face of a hectic workday.

7. Say no. It’s important for leaders to honor their commitments, even if the commitment is to a quiet, work-free morning routine. People who can say “no” to taking on a new commitment that would encroach upon a previous engagement are less likely to overextend themselves.

—Adapted from “7 Things Wildly Successful People Do Before 7:30 A.M.,” by Travis Bradberry,, Oct. 18, 2016.

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