Hawai'i-Pacific Chapter
A quarterly e-newsletter for the Hawai'i Pacific Chapter of ACHE Summer 2018 Vol. 2
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Messages from Chapter Leadership
Message from the Regent
Message from the Chapter President
Diversity within ACHE
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Essential Leaders Skills: Critical Thinking
Drug Pricing: Transparency, Affordability and Access...Who will lead the charge?
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2018 Congress on Healthcare Leadership
Calendar of Events
Calendar of Educational Events
News & Committee Updates
News from the Education Committee
News from the Guam Committee
Updates for Students
Postgraduate Fellowship Spotlight: Kaiser Permanente
Membership Report: New Fellows, Members, and Recertified Fellows
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As a leader in healthcare, what issue concerns you the most?
Physician burnout
Value-Based Care and Payment Transformation
Rising costs of prescription drugs
Opioid epidemic
Access to behavioral and mental health services


Gidget Ruscetta, FACHE

Micah Ewing, MBA, FACHE

Nick Hughey, RN, MBA, FACHE 

Chuck Tanner, FACHE

Suzie So-Miyahira

Emiline LaWall, MA

Kecia Kelly, FACHE


Josh Carpenter | Education

Sally Belles | Communications

Bobbie Ornellas, FACHE | Diversity

Kecia Kelly | Membership, Nominating

Nick Hughey, FACHE | Sponsorship

Miguel Guevara | Audit


Travis Clegg

Andrew Giles

Nancy Hanna

Laura Bonilla

Ryan Sutherland

Delma Guevara

Angel Vargas


Denise Della

News & Committee Updates
Postgraduate Fellowship Spotlight: Kaiser Permanente
Denise Della, MPH, MHA

As an early careerist, postgraduate fellowships are unique opportunities to get first-hand experience working in a healthcare system while developing your healthcare management and leadership skills. This quarter, we are featuring the Kaiser Permanente Administrative Fellowship Program.

Kaiser Permanente Administrative Fellowship program seeks talented masters-trained individuals who are passionate about healthcare operations and who want to develop their management skills and leadership potential in a dynamic and unique environment.

The Administrative Fellowship program is designed to:

·      Identify and foster promising candidates for management and future leadership positions within Kaiser Permanente.

·      Provide Administrative Fellows with an educational, interactive, and enriching experience that will contribute to their professional development, as well as to their understanding of Kaiser Permanente.

·      Create opportunities for Administrative Fellows to enhance skills in project development, strategic implementation, and operations management.

This quarter, I had the honor and privilege of interviewing Lee Colburn, an ACHE Hawai’i Pacific Student Member and Kaiser Administrative Fellow working at the Maui Health Systems. Lee Colburn is a 2016-2018 Fellow that graduated from the University of Washington Master of Health Administration Program.


Interview with Lee Colburn, Kaiser Administrative Fellow and ACHE Hawai’i Pacific Student Member.

Q: What does the Kaiser Permanente Administrative Fellowship Program involve?   

The fellowship is 24 months long with three 8-month rotations: two at a medical center (choice of inpatient or outpatient setting) and one at the regional offices. I spent my first year in the Southern California Region. I was placed in KP San Diego in 2016 getting exposure in Ambulatory / Clinical Medical Group. I am currently working in a Maui Health Systems, a Kaiser Foundation Hospital comprised of Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital, and Lanai Community Hospital. I worked with Ray Hanh former regional chief operating officer and hospital administrator for Kaiser Hawaii Region. I also worked with Mike Rembis, the CEO of Maui Health Systems. Additionally, I participate in a monthly and quarterly call for my fellowship and participate in our fellowship exchange.

Q: As a fellow, what are some of the benefits of the Kaiser Permanente Administrative Fellowship program?

Along with receiving formal mentoring from senior executives and informal mentorship from mid management through both project and operational work, fellows receive a full-time salary and strong professional network within KP and within the alumni community. Fellows also receive paid holidays and accrue both vacation and sick leave. Fellows and their dependents are eligible for full medical and dental benefits.

Q: What did you learn from the Kaiser Permanente Administrative Fellowship Program?

The health administrative fellowship program taught me skillsets to translate healthcare administration theory into action. The health administration fellowship provided me with a vision of the vast possibilities in healthcare and how I can make an impact in a community. This administrative fellowship reinforced my belief that I am in the right organization. Through this fellowship, I was able to learn, grow, and transition from graduate school to a career path.

Q: What are your plans after the Kaiser Permanente Administrative Fellowship Program?

My plan after the fellowship is to stay in the Kaiser Permanente system by working full time in either operations management, consulting, or project management. I am also open to any position after this fellowship.


To learn more about the Kaiser Permanente Administrative Fellowship Program and their application process go to https://adminfellowship.kp.org/.


The new application will be open in August 2018. Applications are due on September 28, 2018, at 5 p.m. PDT. A final decision is made by early November.

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