Kevin Roberts, FACHE

A couple of things for your information this quarter:

First, you have a unique opportunity to attend a full scale ACHE cluster this fall in Hawaii! This means that you can receive Category I credits and not have to get on a plane or stay in a hotel (unless you want to).  This occurs on August 22-25 at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa. There are two seminars:  August 22-23, "Are Medical Groups in Your Portfolio? Critical Factors to Manage Your Investment," and August 24-25, "Hospital of the Future: Strategies in an Era of Healthcare Reform." For more information or to register, go to the ACHE website.

Also, we have the Council of Regent Elections this fall. I've had the privilege to serve in this capacity and now it's time to give someone else a chance to learn and grow. The Hawaii/Pacific Regent role is a three year term and is a great way to become involved in ACHE, network in healthcare and beocme more active in your profession. If you're a Fellow, and wish to run, you must submit a letter of intent to ACHE by September 6, 2011. For more details contact Jennifer Connelly at (312) 424-9328. Feel free also to call me if you want to learn more about this role (808) 263-5142.


Kevin A. Roberts, FACHE
President and CEO,  Castle Medical Center
Regent, Hawaii/Pacific

Chapter President's Corner

Stan Berry, FACHE

Very cold and overcast, but no snow. This is the weather that greeted Hawaii-Pacific Chapter members attending Congress in Chicago this past March. The Hilton Chicago and Conference Center offered a warm atmosphere of dark walnut paneling, Baroque art and velvet furnishings reminiscent of grand hotels of a golden era long ago. As always, the three-day event was filled from early morning to late evening with breakfasts and luncheons featuring interesting speakers and deserving awardees (including our chapter), a vast number of educational offerings on pertinent topics, a bustling vendor exhibit hall, and nightly networking receptions. In fact, the schedule was so full that the annual Fellows' reception was held at 9:00 p.m. on a Monday. That's 4:00 p.m. in Hawaii!! That same evening Regent Kevin Roberts, FACHE, and I hosted a chapter dinner at a nearby Italian restaurant. Twelve of us, including the parents of one of our members, cozied up in a private dining room and enjoyed a wonderful evening of wine, food and fellowship. Everyone wore artificial leis that I had picked up at Don Quiote's on my way to the airport. For me the dinner was surely the highlight of the trip. Next year when Congress attendees from Hawaii carry on the tradition of a chapter dinner, I'll make sure that the leis are there.

Hawaii-Pacific Chapter member dinner in Chicago.

Congratulations and Kudos Corner

Gertie Francoise

The Hawaii-Pacific Chapter of ACHE was recognized during the 2011 ACHE Congress by receiving the ACHE  Award of Chapter Merit and the Award for Sustained Performance. Regent Kevin Roberts, FACHE, and Chapter President Stan Berry, FACHE, accepted the awards for the Chapter.

Kudos also to Ms. Jen Chahanovich, FACHE, the Hawaii-Pacific Chapter of ACHE president-elect, who recently received a Distinguised Service Award from the Healthcare Association of Hawaii during its annual Awards Dinner held at the Ala Moana Hotel on May 13, 2011. The award recognizes an employee whose actions have significantly improved the operations of their company or agency through efficiency, problem-solving, innovation, creativity, productivity, leadership and exemplary team spirit and customer service.



Notes from ACHE Congress March 2011

Chuck Tanner, FACHE

Mr. Chuck Tanner, FACHE, shared the following items of interest.

Topic -- Accountable Care Organizations

There is aways a "buzz" or most discussed topic during a conference. That Buzz Topic at the ACHE Congress was Accountable Care Organizations (ACO). Under the Afforaable Care Act, the topic of ACO was only four pages. So, the reason for this buzz is the program is scheduled to come out in 2014, little documentation on structure is available, most organizations use a five-year strategy and it is controversial given the lack of information (fear of the unknown). Most of the conference discussion was trying to figure out exactly what an ACO is, the reimbursement modality and the impact on the healthcare community. Rural executives, in particular, were concerned as it has impact on Critical Access Hospitals and patient flow.

Since returning, I have found some more information (recommended at the conference). The following link has many current documents and information related to this concept. In fact, some of this was only released April 5, 2011 so it is cutting edge stuff.


After reviewing this website, there is better information here than what was provided at the conference, so I will not relay that data to you. I do recommend you check out this website, even if only a cursory look. If you Google ACO you will start seeing the consultants coming out of the woodwork, too! Thus, it is my intent to alert you to a hot topic in HC administration being addressed in the mainland. It is hard to envision the impact on the Guam market, but there are some interesting items that may be interesting to explore here. So for your "professional reading" I offer this to you.

I also want to thank Stan Berry, FACHE, for hosting the dinner during the conference. It was a great time and it was great to connect with members in Hawaii!

Editor's Note: Mr. Chuck Tanner, FACHE, is the Administrator of the Guam Surgicenter/Island Cancer Center, Pacific Medical Management in Tamuning, Guam.

Hawaii-Pacific Chapter of ACHE Advancement Seminar

Joanne Reid, FACHE

    The Chapter held its 2011 Fellow Advancement Seminar on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at Shriners Hospital for Children. The event was hosted by Shriners Administrator and ACHE Board President, Stan Berry, FACHE, and facilitated by ACHE board member Joanne Reid, FACHE.  Six chapter members attended to learn the next steps in becoming Board Certified in Healthcare Management and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

     Current criteria for advancement include:

      -- Postbaccalaureate degree

      -- At least two years of healthcare management experience

      -- Three years' tenure as an ACHE Member

      -- 40 hours of CEU -- at least 12 Category I (ACHE Education)

      -- Three Fellow references -- including a structured interview

      -- Professional and Community/Civic Participation

      -- Board of Governors Examination

Becoming board certified in healthcare management is a great way to maximize your professional potential. To make it more enticing, ACHE is offering a special currently. If you submit your completed Fellow Application with the $250 application fee by June 30, ACHE will waive the $200 fee to take the Board of Governors Exam once your application has been approved!

Currently, the Hawaii-Pacific Chapter has a total of 157 members, 44 are Fellows or Life Fellows, and of the remaining members 59 are eligible to advance to Fellow status. If you were unable to attend the advancement seminar and have questions about the advancement process, visit the ACHE website and go to the credentialing tab for information and additional links. In addition, your Hawaii-Pacific Chapter of ACHE board members and Fellow colleagues are always available to assist you in achieving your career goals.  



Gertie Francoise

JULY 28, 2011. Dr. Betsy Thompson, MD, DrPH, Chief Medical Officer for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in Region IX,  will be the keynote speaker at a joint function sponsored by the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HMFA) and the Hawaii Pacific Chapter of ACHE. The meeting will be held in the Queen's Conference Room 200 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM. Registration for the event is free of charge to HFMA and ACHE members. There is a small $5.00 parking fee with validation. Please register by Friday, July 15, 200. Contact  Alinna Figueroa at 808-535-6915 or email alinna.figueroa@ey.com.

AUGUST 22 - 25,  2011.  HAWAII ACHE CLUSTER.  Be sure to check out the topics being offered at the ACHE Cluster scheduled to be held in Hawaii at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa. Here's a chance to earn valuable ACHE Category I credits toward advancement without having to fly off the island! Not only do the ACHE clusters offer the opportunity to delve more deeply into a single topic of interest, but the seminar offers a golden opportunity to network with other local ACHE members (and perhaps even some visitors from the mainland). For more details on the ACHE's upcoming educational offering, visit www.ache.org and enter "Hawaii Seminars" in the search section.

OCTOBER 25, 2011.  Rulon F. Stacey, PhD, FACHE, ACHE Chairman, has agreed to speak at a meeting of the Hawaii-Pacific Chapter of ACHE held in conjunction with the state hospital association's annual conference (Healthcare Association of Hawaii) on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 7:00 AM at the Hawaii Prince Hotel, 100 Holomoana Street, Honolulu, Hawaii. In addition to his position as Chairman of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Dr. Stacey is also President and Chief Executive Officer of the Poudre Health System in Fort Collins, Colorado.  

Don't forget! ACHE is waiving $200 of the Board of Governor's Examination fee for those who apply by June 30, 2011!

Mark your calendars for these educational, networking opportunities and be sure to register early. Come join in the activities, increase your educational awareness about Hawaii healthcare issues and just enjoy the fellowship of old and new friends. Stay tuned!


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