|2017 ACHE National Congress|
|Delma Guevara, Communications Committee|
The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) hosted Congress on Healthcare Leadership at the Hilton Chicago/Palmer House March 27-30, 2017. During this event participants had the unique opportunity to gain valuable knowledge on a variety of healthcare subjects of interest, collaborate with colleagues from around the world, and network in a variety of lunches and networking events.
ACHE Congress is THE premier healthcare executive organization in the United States. Its importance comes in a variety of ways. First, from a continuous education standpoint; continuing education is the core benefit and purpose of Congress, and it is presented in a multitude of ways along the healthcare continuum. The academic sessions are diverse and can serve members from early careerists to senior executives. The next important factor is professional development; the academic benefit aids members from a leadership growth perspective. The lessons and opportunities learned at Congress help shape our perspective as well as guides us through the career planning process. This is critical in the development of successful healthcare leaders. Lastly, the networking opportunities available during Congress. While some may argue that networking is the primary benefit, without the prerequisite academic and professional know-how, networking can only take a healthcare administrator so far. When a member’s healthcare fundamentals are solid, networking doors open even farther---and ACHE’s Congress on Healthcare Leadership is a key reason why!
“I made the decision to attend Congress, because as a Health Care Administrator in the Accountable Care component of a large health care system, Congress would allow me the opportunity to learn innovative solutions from the nation's top leaders during this continuously changing health care environment. In addition, it gave me the opportunity to network with fellow members from around the country and gather incredible insight.” – Delma Guevara, Director, ACO Operations, Hawai‘i Health Partners, Hawai‘i Pacific Health
“I attended Congress for a few reasons. First, as a Healthcare Delivery administrator, mentor and leader I have a professional obligation to continually develop and enhance my educational currency/leadership tool-kit with the latest industry solutions and best practices. In addition, Congress allows me to hone my leadership skills through the observation and interactions with healthcare leaders from the front lines to the C-Suite of a medical organization, system and/or health plan. Lastly, networking through Congress allows me to secure process improvement opportunities to share with my peers in the Hawai’i Military Health System.” – Angel Vargas, Group Practice Manager, United States Air Force
This year’s hot topics included “American Hospital Association Federal Legislative and Policy Update”, “Creating a Culture of Safety: Tactical Strategies for Senior Leaders,” and “Making Sense of MACRA” among many others. In addition, the Hawai‘i Pacific Chapter hosted their annual meeting where chapter members had an opportunity to enjoy camaraderie and great conversation. If you haven’t consider ed attending Congress on Healthcare Leadership… this is a great time. The 2018 Congress will take place at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, March 26-29. Registration is scheduled to open on November 14, 2017. You can find out more information at this hyperlink.
Hope to see you there!