Hawai'i-Pacific Chapter of ACHE
A quarterly e-newsletter for the Hawai'i-Pacific Chapter of ACHE Fall 2020 Vol. 3
In This Issue
Messages from Chapter Leadership
Message from the Regent
Message from the Chapter President
Articles of Interest
Connecting During COVID - Exploring Innovative Methods of Maintaining Connection
What Seniors Can Expect as Their New Normal in a Post-Vaccine World
Community Partnerships More Important Than Ever
Career and Leadership
Ask an Exec!
Member Spotlight
News & Committee Updates
News from the Education Committee
Membership Report: New Fellows, Members, and Recertified Fellows
ACHE National News
A CEO Dialogue on Empowerment and Equity
COVID-19 Resources
Board of Governors Exam at Pearson VUE Testing Centers
Calendars and Recent Events
Calendar of Events
Calendar of Educational Events
ACHE Resources
Career Corner
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Gidget Ruscetta, BSN, MBA, FACHE

Andrew Giles, MBA, FACHE

Travis Clegg, MBA, FACHE


Darlena Chadwick, MSN, MBA, FACHE 

Geojun Wu


Kenny Morris

Sally Belles

Rachelle Gallegos

James C. Lin, MD

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Josh Carpenter

Nick Hughey, RN, MBA, FACHE

Laura Bonilla, BSN, MA, FACHE

Robyn Polinar

Carolyn Voulgaridis, JD

Robert Diaz, FACHE


Miguel Guevara, CMRP | Audit

Glenn Kawabata | Communications

Maj Jackie Lou E. Kim, USAF | Diversity

Kristen Croom | Education

Travis Clegg, FACHE, MBA | Membership

Travis Clegg, FACHE, MBA | Nominating

Micah Ewing, MBA, FACHE | Sponsorship

Articles of Interest
Community Partnerships More Important Than Ever

Gracias. Mèsi. Thank you.

It’s the simple words I both heard and said over and over during my visits to Beebe’s four COVID-19 testing sites in Georgetown during the end of April and first week of May.

This tremendous multi-day event could not have been accomplished without our many partners: First State Community Action Agency, La Esperanza, La Red Health Center, Town of Georgetown government and police department, Veterans Affairs medical center in Georgetown, Nemours, Delaware National Guard, Westside Family Healthcare. Of course, we could not have led this multi-agency coalition without the guidance, support and partnership of the Governor’s Office and the Delaware Division of Public Health, which were right beside us serving our community during each day of testing.

This tremendous partnership offered a centralized location in our county for COVID-19 testing, allowing access to all and ensuring no language or transportation barrier would prevent someone from getting the information they need to better protect themselves and their families.

One thing I continue to learn about this community—and I am continually grateful for—is the robust relationship that Beebe Healthcare has with our state and community partners. It’s a partnership that stretches back long before COVID-19 rocked our everyday life. Our Population Health Team, through their extensive and long-standing work serving Sussex County in many ways alongside many of the partners I named above, has paved the way for the collaboration that was needed to make testing events successful.

These strengthened bonds will continue to help us all better serve our community as we look ahead to our expected peak in the coming weeks, and the long road to recovery after this virus has subsided.

We are all working toward the same goal: Keeping our community safe and healthy now, and when this pandemic passes, continuing to help everyone maintain their health and wellness.

Safety is at the core of everything we do at Beebe. When we collaborated with our state and community partners to expand COVID-19 testing in Sussex County, it was done to help prevent the spread of the virus and care for those who have been infected.

Safety is also why we opened the COVID Positive Care Center. Patients with the virus or who are suspected to have the virus can be safely treated and cared for – with the goal of taking care of their medical needs and keeping them out of the hospital. Beebe Medical Group also offers expanded telemedicine services to conduct virtual visits with patients from the safety of their home, and continues to operate a COVID-19 screening line for anyone to call if they have questions or need nonemergency help related to the coronavirus.

That focus on safety extends to the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus, where the proper protocols are in place to protect both team members and patients while we continue to care for all patients, including those who are COVID-19 positive.

This relentless focus on safety is why Beebe just received our second consecutive A Grade from the Leapfrog Group, the independent national watchdog organization which is committed to healthcare quality and safety. The Safety Grade is a letter grade assigned to all general hospitals across the country and updated every six months, assessing how well the hospital prevents medical errors and other harms to patients.

We take a moment to celebrate that accomplishment and then get back to work during this pandemic. Our patients deserve nothing less than our best, and I am proud of my team for their daily dedication to quality and safety.

--Adapted from “Community partnerships more important than ever,” Cape Gazette, by David A. Tam, MD, FACHE, president/CEO, Beebe Healthcare, Lewes, Del.

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