Hawai'i-Pacific Chapter of ACHE
A quarterly e-newsletter for the Hawai'i-Pacific Chapter of ACHE September 2021
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Messages from Chapter Leadership
Message from the Regent
Message from the Chapter President
Article of Interest
How Providers Can Continue to Support Mental Health Services Post-Pandemic
A Call for Aloha
News & Committee Updates
Membership Report: New Fellows, Members, and Recertified Fellows
Career and Leadership
Ask an Exec!
Member Spotlight: Suzanne Asaro
ACHE National News
Connect With Your Peers
Our Exclusive On-Demand Content Library Can Help Advance Your Career
Healthcare Consultants Forum Member Directory: Connecting Executives to Consultants
ACHE Blog and Podcasts
2021 Premier Corporate Partners
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Calendar of Events
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ACHE Resources
Career Corner
Board of Governors Exam at Pearson VUE Testing Centers
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CHAPTER OFFICERS

   

 

REGENT
Micah Ewing, MBA, FACHE
micah.ewing@hawaiipacifichealth.org

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

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

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

DIRECTORS

Suzanne Asaro
asarosk@ah.org

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

Josh Carpenter
josh.carpenter@trane.com

Cheryl Kozai
cheryl.kozai@hphmg.org

Col Michael D. Foutch
michael.d.foutch.mil@mail.mil

Robyn Polinar
robyn.polinar@kapiolani.org

Carolyn Voulgaridis, JD, RN
carolynvoulgaridis@gmail.com


COMMITTEE CHAIRS

Glenn Kawabata | Communications
glenn.kawabata@straub.net

Jessica Niles | Communications
jessica.niles@straub.net

Jackie Kim | Diversity

Eunice Park | Diversity

Kristen Croom | Education
kcroom@queens.org

Jackie Kim | Education

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

Nash Witten, MD | Membership
witten@hawaii.edu

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

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

Aaron Predum | Sponsorship
aaron.predum@hawaiipacifichealth.org


Career and Leadership
Ask an Exec!
Jessica Niles, MBA, RN-C

This month, Darlena Chadwick, MSN, MBA, FACHE, Vice President of Patient Care for the Queen's Health System and Immediate Past Presdietn of ACHE Hawai'i-Pacific Chapter, took time to share insights into her background and approach to leadership.

Describe for us your unique path to leadership.

My career started in the Air Force right out of high school and the Air Force Reserves for over 20 years. The Air Force taught me discipline and the importance of teamwork.

My daughter Tabatha was diagnosed with cancer and as you can imagine, everything in my life changed, including my career path. I was amazed by the nurses and the wonderful compassionate care they gave to my daughter and family. I knew then that I wanted to make a difference in the pursuit to end cancer, and decided to go to nursing school.

Once my career started as a nurse, it was difficult for me as a prior Master Sargent in the Air Force not to be in a leadership role. For those who know me, I embrace change and always strive for excellence. I approached my CEO and requested a leadership position which accelerated my civilian leadership path. I have continued to work in Oncology my entire nursing career, in order to be that person that can affect policy changes and lead programmatic development.

During my early leadership at Queens, we quickly opened a comprehensive cancer center and started the first hospital based navigation and survivorship program to better serve our patients and their families. I continue to grow as a leader and have taken on many other areas of focus (Neuroscience, Imaging, Pharmacy, Lab, Pathology, Hamamatsu Joint Venture and of course Oncology); all of which I still find fascinating and challenging.

Tell us of an individual who influenced you the most and why:

My daughter Tabatha. She is a smart young woman that is also career oriented, yet always manages to be a great mom and role model to my two amazing grandchildren. Strong and courageous, she doesn’t let anything stop her from pursuing her dreams for herself and her family. Tabatha’s resilience and sense of humor help carry me through life with a positive attitude.

Who or what influenced your leadership style?

I’m so fortunate to be able to say I have never had a bad boss. Every person I’ve worked for has influenced me in a unique and different way. My team is incredible and has taught me that kindness really does matter.

What were important early leadership lessons for you?

Never think you know everything - I learn daily. Be humble and get to know your people.

What types of professional development activities did/do you find of value and why:

I attend as many learning opportunities as I can. ACHE has been an organization that allows for growth, development, and the opportunities to network with other leaders. I attend Congress, networking events, and stay current with other healthcare executives across the country.

Are there any habits, practices, or activities you established to further cultivate your leadership style?

Rounding - being visible is extremely important and helps me to listen, learn and provide support to others.

What advice would you give to those looking to advance in the area of health care administration and leadership?

Go for it! It is the most rewarding job you can ever hold. Again, be a visible leader and know you can make a difference!

What are some things you've done in terms of influencing your facility's organizational culture?

I actively participate on numerous committees and believe you have to get involved to make things better. I bring back information to my organization on many topics like diversity, burn out in the work place and evidence based practice. This creates conversations that change the culture for the better.


Mahalo, Darlena, for sharing your story and thoughts with us!

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