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We have a new LinkedIn site under the name Hawai'i Pacific Chapter of ACHE. Please join us as we expand our social media outreach program to our members. The purpose of the LinkedIn site is to create a forum in which to reach out and connect with other members for the purposes of advancement within the College, share subject t matter expertise to help with health care management challenges / issues and to share events happening within our chapter. |
Coral Andrews, FACHE
Jen Chahanovich, FACHE
Martha Smith, FACHE
CHAIR, Guam Local Program Council
Lance Segawa, FACHE
Bobbie Ornellas, FACHE
Charlotte Hildebrand, FACHE
Joanne Reid, FACHE
Steve Robertson, FACHE
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Stan Berry, FACHE
Guam ACHE Networking Lunch a Success!
Chuck Tanner, FACHE
Senator Dennis Rodriguez Jr. packed the house at the ACHE Guam Local Program Chapter networking luncheon on August 14, 2012. A first term Senator with the 31st Guam Legislature and Chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee, Senator Rodriguez spoke on major issues such as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (TEFRA), reimbursements for Guam Memorial Hospital and the medical peer review process.
The Senator illuminated the challenges faced by health care leaders in Guam and discussed potential solutions to address these issues. The common denominator in all these challenges is funding and sustainability. The Senator offered options on how to innovatively address these concerns. Guam continues to sort out the full impact of the ACA and address the challenges that the comprehensive reform presents for the territories. The formidable challenges that lie ahead include the implementation of insurance exchanges and funding the Medicaid matching funds.
Beyond the ACA, local challenges surrounding funding for Public Health and Guam and Memorial Hospital (GMH) impact the access and cost of care for the people of Guam. For instance, the overcrowding of the GMH emergency department is demonstrative of a lack of access to primary care for many local residents. Upon examination, many visits to the GMH ED are not true emergencies and could be treated in a more suitable location. Senator Rodriguez discussed his proposed legislative action to incorporate an urgent care clinic at GMH to treat urgent medical issues in a less expensive and more responsive location. The Senator concluded his presentation with his appreciation for the care all healthcare professionals deliver to the people of Guam and pledged to continue his support for these efforts.
The lunch meeting, held at the World Café in the Fiesta Hotel in Tumon was the largest event to date for the American College of Healthcare Executives Guam Local Program Council with more than forty people in attendance. The luncheon was attended by health executives from the private, public, and federal sectors of the community. Local Program Council President LCDR Daren Verhulst, FACHE, presented upcoming events to the group and encouraged them to become active and give suggestions on how we can continue to improve. Members commented on their interests in continuing to meet and appreciated the opportunity to “network” with other members of the Guam healthcare community. Though Guam is a small place, it is rare when so many healthcare leaders are in the same room! The Guam Local Program Council provides a great opportunity for continued collaboration to develop health care leaders and improve the health landscape in Guam.
|Networking / Educational Event on 11/08/12 at Queen's Conference Center from 6:00 - 7:30 PM . Students in healthcare programs are welcome to attend! Additional information inside the newsletter!|