Hawai'i-Pacific Chapter of ACHE
A quarterly e-newsletter for the Hawai'i-Pacific Chapter of ACHE Winter 2020 Vol. 4
In This Issue
Messages from Chapter Leadership
Message from the Regent
Message from the Chapter President
Articles of Interest
The Unexpected Side Effect of COVID-19: Collaboration
Hope In Action
Career and Leadership
Ask an Exec!
Member Spotlight
News & Committee Updates
News from the Education Committee
Membership Report: New Fellows, Members, and Recertified Fellows
Student Corner
Maintaining Educational Momentum during the Pandemic
Diversity
ACHE Hawai'i-Pacific 2020 Diversity Analysis
Addressing Healthcare Disparities
ACHE National News
ACHE National News
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
Access Complimentary Resources for the Board of Governors Exam
Disclaimers/Sponsors
Ensure delivery of Chapter E-newsletter (Disclaimer)
Thank you to all our Sponsors
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Adequate supply chain
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CHAPTER OFFICERS

   

 

REGENT
Gidget Ruscetta, BSN, MBA, FACHE
gidget.ruscetta@kapiolani.org

PRESIDENT
Andrew Giles, MBA, FACHE
andrew.t.giles@kp.org

PRESIDENT-ELECT
Travis Clegg, MBA, FACHE
travis.clegg@straub.net


IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

Darlena Chadwick, MSN, MBA, FACHE 
dchadwick@queens.org


CHAIR, GUAM LOCAL COUNCIL
Geojun Wu
wugeojun@gmail.com


TREASURER
Kenny Morris
kenneth.morris@stryker.com

SECRETARY
Sally Belles
sbelles@queens.org


STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE
Rachelle Gallegos
rachelleg.0128@gmail.com

PHYSICIAN EXECUTIVE
James C. Lin, MD
jclin@hawaiipacifichealth.org

MILITARY REPRESENTATIVE
Com Stephanie Ku
stephanie.s.ku.mil@mail.mil

DIRECTORS

Josh Carpenter
josh.carpenter@trane.com

Nick Hughey, RN, MBA, FACHE
nhughey@wcchc.com

Laura Bonilla, BSN, MA, FACHE
laurab@kapiolani.org

Robyn Polinar
robyn.polinar@gmail.com

Carolyn Voulgaridis, JD
carolynvoulgaridis@gmail.com

Robert Diaz, FACHE
robert.d.diaz@kp.org


COMMITTEE CHAIRS

Miguel Guevara, CMRP | Audit
miguel.guevara@af.af.mil

Glenn Kawabata | Communications
glenn.kawabata@straub.net

Maj Jackie Lou E. Kim, USAF | Diversity
jackielou.kim.1@us.af.mil

Kristen Croom | Education
kcroom80@gmail.com

Travis Clegg, FACHE, MBA | Membership
travis.clegg@straub.net

Travis Clegg, FACHE, MBA | Nominating
travis.clegg@straub.net

Micah Ewing, MBA, FACHE | Sponsorship
micah.ewing@hawaiipacifichealth.org

Career and Leadership
Member Spotlight
Jessica Niles, RN-C

For this month's member spotlight, we feature ACHE Hawai'i member, current Sponsorship Committee Chair, and recently elected 2021 Regent for the Hawai'i-Pacific Region, Micah Ewing, MBA, FACHE.

Can you please tell us about your background?

I have 23 years of progressive health care experience with my current position being Director of Technical Architecture and Innovation. I joined ACHE in 2012 and held various committee and board positions. I was President in 2018 and recently elected the 2021 incoming Regent for the Hawai‘i-Pacific Region. My education and original background is in Electrical Engineering. I attended the University of Hawai‘i Manoa, participating in a student internship at Hawaiian Electric my last 2 years. I obtained an MBA in Health care Administration from Loma Linda University in 2012. As a student-athlete, I competed 4 years in springboard and platform diving with the University of Hawai‘i. I enjoy coaching and mentoring—I was assistant coach for the University of Hawai‘i and also coached all levels at Punahou School for 11 years. I began my healthcare career in Information Technology as a network engineer. I later expanded my focus as a system architect, and eventually moved into operational leadership. My most recent focus is our Innovation program.

Why did you join ACHE and how long have you been a member?

As I progressed in my career and my perspective broadened, I discovered that I had a passion for positively impacting the care we provide our communities. I made the decision to pursue an MBA in Healthcare Admin in 2009 because I saw an undeniable leadership challenge to transform healthcare and the need to bridge the constant crevasse between technology and this mission. Joining ACHE happened to be a checklist requirement for graduation in the MBA program I was pursuing and, admittedly, I thought I would just join as a student member and “check it off the list”. I have been a board member ever since.

How has ACHE impacted your career or leadership style?

Involvement in ACHE continually reminds me of the reality that leadership is a lifelong quest--whether you are an early careerist or late in your career, regardless of your position. I can honestly say that the interaction and mentorship from other health care executives and educational programs offered by ACHE has increased my confidence and continually affects my style.

What would you say to someone who is interested in joining ACHE?

I would say the key thing that ACHE provides is the relationships and exposure with other health care executives via networking and educational events—providing opportunities and tools to grow as leaders.

Do you have any thoughts or insights pertaining to healthcare based on your position or background?

I believe that we have an increasingly complex and worthwhile challenge in health care. The innovation and execution required to meet this challenge is made possible by continual evolution and development of leadership.

What would your words of encouragement be to early careerists about pursuing healthcare leadership positions given the ever changing healthcare environment?

I would encourage early careerists to become students of both leadership and themselves as they pursue leadership positions. Regardless of your position, I am a believer in allowing your role to evolve by pursuing opportunities to make a difference and additional responsibilities--regardless of the stage you are at in your career.

What are your hobbies?

When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my twin daughters, Kate and Haley, playing golf, traveling, and doing construction projects at home.

 

Micah Ewing, MBA, FACHE

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