Hawaii - Pacific Chapter of ACHE - Spring 2014  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Message from your ACHE Regent, Spring 2014
•  Message from the Chapter President
•  Guam Local Program Council
•  Recent Chapter Events
•  Regent Awards presented to Martha B. Smith, FACHE, CEO
•  News from the Education Committee
•  Hawaii-Pacific Chapter of ACHE partners with the Shidler College of Business
•  Shidler College of Business launches Distance Learning Executive MBA Health Care Management Program
•  Spring 2014 Calendar of Events
•  Spring 2014 Education Calendar
•  Spring 2014 Financial Report
•  Membership: New Fellows, Members, and Recertified Fellows
•  National News - Spring 2014
•  Got Measles?
•  Hospitals and healthcare organizations throughout Hawai‘i and the rest of the nation are feeling the effects of a normal saline (NS) shortage.
•  Military Health System (MHS) Governance Reform and the Establishment of the Enhanced Multi-Service Market (eMSM) Hawaii
•  Many thanks to our Sponsors!
•  Ensure delivery of Chapter E-newsletter (Disclaimer)


Message from your ACHE Regent, Spring 2014

Coral T. Andrews, FACHE

March has just past and spring is in the air. March signified the beginning of a new ACHE “year” as the Congress on Healthcare Leadership commenced, typically over spring break.


Spring is In the Air

March has just past and spring is in the air. March signified the beginning of a new ACHE “year” as the Congress on Healthcare Leadership commenced, typically over spring break. (I do, however, remember 2012 when the event dates coincided with the week of St. Patrick’s Day. The entire city of Chicago embodied spring: Green everywhere…green rivers, green clothing, green hair, etc. You get the picture.)

Healthcare is complex, dynamic and filled with opportunity. The dynamics of “change” can be subtle, as with spring, and at other times it may feel like turbulent and very visible change.

The following quote from Mark Twain resonated with me when contemplating and reflecting on the Springs of Health Care:
“In the spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours."

How many of you have felt that just when you get things figured out in healthcare, something changes? A new season arrives? Is there truly ever a time when healthcare doesn’t change?

In order to be prepared to weather the changes and remain relevant, healthcare executives need to keep up with their industry. You do this through a number of ways: employment, ongoing education, networking, etc. All the while, striving for mastery of your skills.

Attending the 2014 Congress on Healthcare Leadership was a perfect way to begin the spring. Chicago was buzzing with the happenings as the ACA continues phases of implementation while accommodating new flexibility in the existing law. What’s next? What leadership role will you play in readying your organization? How are you preparing the human capital assets to lead in the wake of reform? These are just a few examples of what constitutes “Congress Chatter.”

Apply for a Tuition Waiver

To reduce the barriers to ACHE educational programming for ACHE members experiencing economic hardship, ACHE has established the Tuition Waiver Assistance Program.

ACHE makes available a limited number of tuition waivers to ACHE 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
  • Online Tutorial (Board of Governors Exam preparation)
  • ACHE Board of Governors Exam Review Course

All requests are due no less than eight weeks before the program date, except for ACHE self-study courses; see quarterly application deadlines on the FAQ page of the tuition waiver application. Information can be found on ache.org/TuitionWaiver.

The Chapter has many wonderful events planned this year which seek to engage members from Hawaii and Guam. Thank you for your continued support.

As I close, I encourage you to embrace the spring. While this signals the coming of a new season in healthcare (filled with knowns and unknowns) where the “weather” may change 24 times a day, there will always be a summer that follows.