In This Issue
Message from your ACHE Regent, Winter 2014
Message from the Chapter President
Guam Local Program Council
Recent Chapter Events
News from the Education Committee
Healthcare Finance - For Non-Financial Healthcare Executives and Managers
Membership: New Fellows, Members, and Recertified Fellows
Winter 2014 Calendar of Events
Winter 2014 Education Calendar
Fall 2014 Financial Report
Diversity, Inclusion, and Cultural Competence A Review of the Hawaii-Pacific Chapter of ACHE Panel Discussion
Preparing for Ebola: Essential Elements for Health Care Facilities
National News - Winter 2014
The Secrets to Career Fulfillment
Many thanks to our Sponsors!
Ensure delivery of Chapter E-newsletter (Disclaimer)
National News - Winter 2014
Micah Ewing

Save the Date for the 2015 Congress on Healthcare Leadership

ACHE’s Congress on Healthcare Leadership brings you the best in professional development, exceptional opportunities to network with and learn from peers and the latest information to enhance your career and address your organization’s challenges in innovative ways. The 2015 Congress on Healthcare Leadership, “Healthcare in Motion, Leadership Center Stage,” will be held March 16-19 at the Hilton Chicago/Palmer House Hilton. More than 4,000 healthcare leaders attended the 2014 Congress on Healthcare Leadership. Join us in 2015 and be part of the dynamic, energizing event that draws the top healthcare leaders from across the nation and around the world.

This premier healthcare leadership event provides:

    • Education on current and emerging issues
    • More than 140 sessions of practical learning from healthcare’s top leaders
    • Opportunities to connect with your peers
    • Career-enhancement workshops

The opening date for Congress 2015 registration and to reserve hotel accommodations was Nov. 12, 2014.


Apply for a Tuition Waiver

To reduce the ACHE educational programming barriers for ACHE members experiencing economic hardship, ACHE has established the Tuition Waiver Assistance Program. ACHE makes a limited number of tuition waivers available to Members and Fellows whose organizations lack the resources to fund their tuition for education programs. Members and Fellows in career transition are also encouraged to apply. Tuition waivers are based on financial need and are available for the following ACHE education programs:

  • Congress on Healthcare Leadership
  • Cluster Seminars
  • Self-Study Programs
  • Online Education Programs
  • ACHE Board of Governors Exam Review Course

All requests are due no less than eight weeks before the program date, with the exception of ACHE self-study courses—see quarterly application deadlines on the FAQ page of the tuition waiver application. Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Recipients will be notified of the waiver review panel's decision not less than six weeks before the program date. For ACHE self-study courses, applicants will be notified three weeks after the quarterly application deadline. If you have questions about the program, please contact Teri Somrak, associate director, Division of Professional Development, at (312) 424-9354 or For more information, visit


Management Innovations Poster Session

ACHE would like to invite interested individuals to submit abstracts of their posters for consideration for the 31st Annual Management Innovations Poster Session to be held at ACHE’s Congress on Healthcare Leadership. We are interested in innovations on issues affecting your organization that might be helpful to others, including improving quality or efficiency, improving patient or physician satisfaction, the implementation of electronic medical records, uses of new technology and similar topics. All accepted applicants will be expected to be available to discuss their posters on Monday, March 16, between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. Posters will remain on display from March 16–18, 2015 at Congress. Please go to for the full selection criteria. Abstracts should be one page in length and submitted as an email attachment to by Jan. 20, 2015.


Access Complimentary Resources for the Board of Governors Exam

For Members starting on the journey to attain board certification and the FACHE® credential, ACHE offers complimentary resources to help them succeed so they can be formally recognized for their competency, professionalism, ethical decision making and commitment to lifelong learning. These resources, which include the Exam Online Community, the Board of Governors Examination in Healthcare Management Reference Manual and quarterly Advancement Information webinars, are designed to be supplements to other available Board of Governors Exam study resources, such as the Board of Governors Review Course and Online Tutorial.

    • The Exam Online Community is an interactive platform to learn and glean study tips from other Members taking the Exam. The community was recently redesigned, and its new look and streamlined navigation features are intended to enhance the member experience in utilizing this study tool. Participants can discuss Exam topics with experts and have the option to participate in study groups. Interested Members may join the Exam Online Community at
    • The Reference Manual, found at, includes a practice 230-question exam and answer key, a list of recommended readings, test-taker comments and study tips.
    • Fellow Advancement Information webinars provide a general overview of the Fellow advancement process, including information about the Board of Governors Exam, and allow participants to ask questions about the advancement process. An upcoming session is scheduled for Dec. 11. Register online at

Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program Scholars Selected

Six scholars have been selected for the 2015 Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program. The year-long program will help further prepare these mid- and senior-level careerists in advancing to higher leadership roles. Scholars will benefit from specialized curriculum opportunities, addressing barriers in career attainment and developing executive presence, one-on-one interaction with a specially selected mentor and participation in formal leadership education and career assessments. The scholars and their respective organizations are:

  • Larry D. Chadwick, executive director, Heart and Vascular center, Akron (Ohio) General Medical Center.
  • Marlaina Jackson, director, patient relations and spiritual services, Froedtert Hospital/Froedtert Health, Milwaukee.
  • Maximilian Julian, FACHE, managing director, Mount Sinai Health System, New York.
  • Akindele Majekodunmi, MD, chief medical officer, EveryPatient Inc., Cambridge, Mass.
  • Stephany N. Vaioleti, FACHE, NHA, chief executive officer, Kahuku (Hawaii) Medical Center.
  • Raul H. Zambrano, MD, chief of staff, West Texas VA Health Care, Big Spring, Texas.


The Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program was established by the Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives to honor Dolan—who served as president and CEO of ACHE from 1991-2013—for his long-standing service to the profession of healthcare leadership and to further his strong commitment to achieving greater diversity among senior healthcare leaders. Scholars will receive tuition to attend ACHE’s most notable educational offerings, including the 2015 Senior Executive or Executive Program and ACHE’s 2015 Congress on Healthcare Leadership. Enhanced self-awareness, critical leadership skills and an expanded network of leaders will prepare scholars for their future roles.

For more information about the selected scholars and the Executive Diversity Program, visit


Encourage Your Members to Apply for Fellow Status

The importance of earning the distinction of board certification as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives cannot be overstated. Encouraging your chapter members to take the next step in advancing their career by achieving Fellow status benefits their professional goals and the healthcare management profession as it demonstrates a healthcare leader’s competence, leadership skills and commitment to excellence in the field. The minimum requirements to submit a Fellow application include: Being an ACHE Member; a Master’s or other advanced degree; a healthcare management position with a minimum of two years healthcare management experience; three references from current Fellows (one of which must be a structured interview); and a copy of the Member’s current job description, organizational chart and resume. Upon submitting the application, applicants have three years to complete the remaining requirements for advancement to Fellow  Direct your members to to review all requirements and to apply


Fellow applicants who successfully meet all requirements by Dec. 31, 2014, including passing the Board of Governors Examination, will be eligible to participate in the 2015 Convocation Ceremony at the 2015 Congress on Healthcare Leadership.


ACHE Nominating Committee 2015 Slate

The ACHE Nominating Committee has agreed on a slate to be presented to the Council of Regents on March 14, 2015, at the Council of Regents meeting in Chicago. All nominees have been notified and have agreed to serve if elected. All terms begin at the close of the Council meeting on March 14. The 2015 slate is as follows:

Nominating Committee Member, District 2 (two-year term ending in 2017)


John M. Haupert, FACHE


Grady Health System



Nominating Committee Member, District 3 (two-year term ending in 2017)

Brian C. Doheny, FACHE

IT Director


Louisville, Ky.


Nominating Committee Member, District 6 (two-year term ending in 2017)

CAPT Anne M. Swap, FACHE

Virginia Beach, Va.


Governor (three-year term ending in 2018)

Col James J. Burks, FACHE

San Antonio


Governor (three-year term ending in 2018)

Valerie L. Powell-Stafford, FACHE


Blake Medical Center

Bradenton, Fla.


Governor (three-year term ending in 2018)

Heather J. Rohan, FACHE


TriStar Centennial Medical Center

Nashville, Tenn.


Governor (three-year term ending in 2018)

Henry Ruberte, FACHE


San Gerardo Hospital

San Juan, Puerto Rico



Edward H. Lamb, FACHE

Division President, Western Division

IASIS Healthcare

South Jordan, Utah


Additional nominations for members of the Nominating Committee may be made from the floor at the annual Council of Regents meeting. Additional nominations for the offices of Chairman-Elect and Governor may be made in the following manner: Any Fellow may be nominated by written petition of at least 15 members of the Council of Regents. Nominations must be received in the ACHE headquarters office (American College of Healthcare Executives, 1 North Franklin Street, Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60606-3529) at least 60 days prior to the annual meeting of the Council of Regents. Regents shall be notified in writing of nominations at least 30 days prior to the annual meeting of the Council of Regents.


Thanks to the members of the Nominating Committee for their contributions in this important assignment:


Gayle L. Capozzalo, FACHE

Cheray T. Burnett, FACHE

Thomas S. Elmore, FACHE

Ted W. Hirsch, FACHE

Fred B. Hood, FACHE

Barbara L. Knutzen, FACHE

Lt Col Gigi A. Simko, FACHE

Diana L. Smalley, FACHE