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