|Message from Guam Program Council|
|LCDR Daren Verhulst, FACHE|
The Guam Local Program Council (GLPC) of the Hawaii-Pacific Chapter of American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) held another successful networking lunch at the Fiesta Resort World Café on
Guam on March 15, 2013. The guest speaker was Mr. Joseph Verga, Hospital Administrator and Chief Executive Officer for Guam Memorial Hospital.
The Chair of the GLPC, LCDR Daren Verhulst, opened the luncheon event with a short business meeting and then introduced Mr. Verga who provided the group with an overview of his first 180 days with
Hospital and the hospital’s strategic planning activities. Mr. Verga discussed the challenges faced by Guam Memorial Hospital (GMH) which include budgetary issues and specialty provider staffing. He provided an overview of his “ACES + Q" initiative, an acronym for accountability, cost-efficiency, excellence in service, safety and quality. ACES+Q will serve as the hospital’s guiding principles in the execution of the updated GMH strategic plan that will transform the facility financially and culturally. Mr. Verga emphasized the reality that the best financial decision does not always represent the best decision.
Members of the GLPC expressed an interest in hearing Mr. Verga’s perspective on the changing healthcare landscape on
Guam. Mr. Verga discussed the relationship with the new private hospital currently under construction and highlighted the opportunities for the two facilities to work together to improve healthcare on
Guam. The citizens of Guam will benefit from having two hospitals on
Guam that which will potentially improve provider recruiting and retention and increase opportunities for purchasing and services. Mr. Verga emphasized the changing demographics and healthcare needs of Guam and the opportunity for the two facilities to work together to improve healthcare on
"Leaders Who Care" (from left to right): CAPT Jeff Plummer,
CO, Naval Hospital Guam, Mr. Kevin Haws, COO, Guam
Regional Medical City, Mr. Joseph Verga, CEO, Guam Memorial
Mr. Verga provided his thoughts on competencies for future healthcare executives. He discussed the realities of recruiting and hiring and the importance for healthcare executive resumes focusing on what the executive can bring to the organization. Mr. Verga emphasized the importance for healthcare executive to be fluent in information technology and possess strong organizational behavioral competencies. He stressed that today’s healthcare executive must be able to communicate well, manage competing priorities, and have a customer/team orientation. Mr. Verga is board certified in healthcare management as a Fellow in the
College of Healthcare Executives.
The event was well attended by 29 healthcare professionals from diverse organizations within the private and public healthcare sectors. The GLPC meets monthly and hosts quarterly networking lunches to support the learning precepts of the ACHE, and collaborate professionally on the unique challenges facing the healthcare landscape on Guam and the