For this month's member spotlight, we feature ACHE Hawai'i member and Chapter Secretary Sally Belles, MBA-HCM, BS, RDN, CDE
Can you please tell us about your background?
I currently work at Queen's Medical Center-Punchbowl as a physician integration specialist. I was born and raised on the island of Oahu, and obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I went on to complete a didactic internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. I subsequently returned to Hawaii and worked as a clinical dietitian nutritionist and certified diabetes educator for well over 20 years. A special interest in the area of population health and chronic disease management led to roles in provider support services as well as project work. I'm fortunate for the many opportunities I've had to engage and collaborate with providers, clinic staff, and community partners.
Why did you join ACHE and how long have you been a member?
I initially joined ACHE in 2016 while completing my MBA in Healthcare Management at Shidler College of Business Administration. I was encouraged by one of my mentors at the time, who also is a member serving in various leadership roles in ACHE. I knew joining was an important step to expand my network and gain a working knowledge in the area of Healthcare Management.
How has ACHE impacted your career or leadership style?
Networking provided me access to mentors and job opportunities. Educational events geared towards managing change in such a dynamic field as Healthcare Management has been invaluable. I've been privileged to serve as Communications Committee Chair and currently as Secretary for the local chapter Board of Directors.
What would you say to someone who is interested in joining ACHE?
Don't hesitate. ACHE provides numerous resources and opportunities for healthcare leaders, early careerists and students alike.
Do you have any thoughts or insights pertaining to healthcare based on your position or background?
Being an active member of the Hawaii-Pacific Chapter of ACHE has not only helped to shed light on the growing need to positively impact health outcomes in Hawaii, but also how healthcare organizations can come together to develop creative solutions. It's both an amazing and challenging time to be working in healthcare.
Sally Belles, MBA-HCM, BS, RDN, CDE