Hawaii - Pacific Chapter of ACHE - Spring 2013  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Message from the Regent, Winter 2013
•  Message from Chapter President
•  Message from Guam Program Council
•  Calendar of Events
•  News from Education Committee
•  Importance of Education to Organizations in the Face of Change
•  Education Calendar
•  Spring 2013 Financial Report
•  New Fellows, Recertified Fellows and New Members
•  Student Involvement: Supporting your Local Chapter, Graduate Institution, and Community.
•  ACHE Recognition Program
•  5 Ways to Foster Innovation
•  Ensure delivery of Chapter E-newsletter (Disclaimer)

 

Message from Guam Program Council

LCDR Daren Verhulst, FACHE

The Guam Local Program Council (GLPC) of the Hawaii-Pacific Chapter of American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) held another successful networking lunch at the Fiesta Resort World Café on Tumon Bay in Guam on March 15, 2013. 

The Guam Local Program Council (GLPC) of the Hawaii-Pacific Chapter of American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) held another successful networking lunch at the Fiesta Resort World Café on Tumon Bay in Guam on March 15, 2013. The guest speaker was Mr. Joseph Verga, Hospital Administrator and Chief Executive Officer for Guam Memorial Hospital. 

 

The Chair of the GLPC, LCDR Daren Verhulst, opened the luncheon event with a short business meeting and then introduced Mr. Verga who provided the group with an overview of his first 180 days with Guam Memorial Hospital and the hospital’s strategic planning activities. Mr. Verga discussed the challenges faced by Guam Memorial Hospital (GMH) which include budgetary issues and specialty provider staffing. He provided an overview of his “ACES + Q" initiative, an acronym for accountability, cost-efficiency, excellence in service, safety and quality. ACES+Q will serve as the hospital’s guiding principles in the execution of the updated GMH strategic plan that will transform the facility financially and culturally. Mr. Verga emphasized the reality that the best financial decision does not always represent the best decision. 

 

Members of the GLPC expressed an interest in hearing Mr. Verga’s perspective on the changing healthcare landscape on Guam. Mr. Verga discussed the relationship with the new private hospital currently under construction and highlighted the opportunities for the two facilities to work together to improve healthcare on Guam. The citizens of Guam will benefit from having two hospitals on Guam that which will potentially improve provider recruiting and retention and increase opportunities for purchasing and services. Mr. Verga emphasized the changing demographics and healthcare needs of Guam and the opportunity for the two facilities to work together to improve healthcare on Guam.

 

 

  "Leaders Who Care" (from left to right): CAPT Jeff Plummer,
CO, Naval Hospital Guam, Mr. Kevin Haws, COO, Guam
Regional Medical City, Mr. Joseph Verga, CEO, Guam Memorial

 

Mr. Verga provided his thoughts on competencies for future healthcare executives. He discussed the realities of recruiting and hiring and the importance for healthcare executive resumes focusing on what the executive can bring to the organization. Mr. Verga emphasized the importance for healthcare executive to be fluent in information technology and possess strong organizational behavioral competencies. He stressed that today’s healthcare executive must be able to communicate well, manage competing priorities, and have a customer/team orientation. Mr. Verga is board certified in healthcare management as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

The event was well attended by 29 healthcare professionals from diverse organizations within the private and public healthcare sectors. The GLPC meets monthly and hosts quarterly networking lunches to support the learning precepts of the ACHE, and collaborate professionally on the unique challenges facing the healthcare landscape on Guam and the Pacific Islands in Micronesia.