Hawaii - Pacific Chapter of ACHE

Winter 2014

Message from your ACHE Regent, Winter 2014

Coral T. Andrews, FACHE

The Annual ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership is scheduled for March 16-19, 2015 in Chicago and registration is now open.  This year's theme is "Healthcare in Motion:  Leadership Center Stage." Congress provides a great opportunity for banking your continuing education credits while also providing for robust networking whether you are a seasoned executive or early careerist.  There's something for everyone.

The Annual ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership is scheduled for March 16-19, 2015 in Chicago and registration is now open.  This year's theme is "Healthcare in Motion:  Leadership Center Stage."  Congress provides a great opportunity for banking your continuing education credits while also providing for robust networking whether you are a seasoned executive or early careerist.  There's something for everyone.


Here's a snapshot of the headlines from the 2015 Congress on Healthcare Leadership Program:

  • "Political Update 2015:  Impact on Healthcare" - With a keen eye focused on the evolving healthcare landscape, industry leaders will hear how key health policy initiatives may take shape following the recent Congressional and State general elections.  Chairman-Elect, Richard D. Cordova, FACHE will greet attendees at the Opening Session followed by an introduction of Stuart Rothenburg, PhD, Editor and Publisher of the Rothenburg Political Report.
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  • "The Future is Already Here:  Will You Jump or Get Pushed" - This session will focus on the competencies that healthcare leaders will need to achieve in order to be well positioned to meet market mandates by 2020.
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  • "Population Health:  Is it Possible for Diverse Populations?" - We were fortunate to receive tremendous support by our sponsors, our ACHE affiliate partners (the Institute for Diversity and the American Hospital Association), and many others in the recent presentation of the Diversity Panel Program. Our panel guests did an outstanding job and reminded us that Diversity at all levels of an organization improves the quality of care.  As Chief Executives, how have you prepared your organizations to optimize the success of population health initiatives which serve your diverse constituents?

Christine M. Candio, RN, FACHE, ACHE Chairman, reminds us that "Healthcare in Motion" provides for new ways to collaborate as healthcare executives.  Change brings challenges but also opportunities.  As healthcare leaders, we strive for quality in the delivery of services to our patients, our communities, and our organizational partners. 

 

We are fortunate to have a vibrant Chapter that is already planning for 2015.  I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Jennie H. Chahanovich, FACHE, who was recently elected as the Incoming Regent, March 2015.  As a former Board Chairman for the Hawaii-Pacific Chapter, Jen brings extensive leadership experience, compassion, and enthusiasm to her new role.  

 

The Chapter Board continues to work diligently to provide meaningful educational and networking programs to its members.  It's a partnership.  Remember that the value of membership in ACHE is optimized when you engage, invest, and commit. Calling all leaders...Center Stage.

 

Hope to see you at Congress!

 

Coral Andrews, FACHE

Regent for Hawaii/Pacific 

Message from the Chapter President

Darlena Chadwick, BSN, MSN, FACHE

We had some very exciting things happen in our chapter this year. I want to thank our outstanding board, sponsors, and members! This year flew by and as I reflect we had an outstanding ACHE year!

Aloha Everyone,

 

We had some very exciting things happen in our chapter this year. I want to thank our outstanding board, sponsors, and members! This year flew by and as I reflect we had an outstanding ACHE year!

 

In February we had a successful meeting with Ian Lazarus speaking on total quality management and six-sigma; he is an outstanding speaker and we had great attendance. Additionally, we had our ACHE chapter social and FACHE discussion which was a great session that offered members an opportunity to learn and ask questions about the road to fellowship.

 

In April we partnered with HAH with face-to-face credits for our membership. The highlight was a panel discussion with the CFO of HHSC, Gerard Livaudais, MD and Executive Director of Hawaii Health Partners (Hawaii Pacific Health) and Whitney Limm MD – VP Clinical Integration at the Queen’s Medical center talking about future integration between hospitals and providers including ACO models, payor issues, and the challenges facing PCP-Specialist risk sharing. In August we had the chapter breakfast with Diane Smalley speaking on "For the Love of Healthcare Leadership," and to end the year in November we had the Diversity and Inclusion Panel Discussion with expert speakers from across the United States.

 

Highlights:

  • We are very pleased to have awarded seven individuals each with a $1,000 scholarship. These individuals are either seeking fellowship or renewing fellowship. Thank you to our sponsors!!
  • We opened dialog with the University of Hawaii Shidler School Of Business for co-developing a MBA in Healthcare Management degree/concentration to satisfy the unique market needs of our community. We are proud to say this happened in record speed and we had 8 individuals begin the program this year.
  • Our newsletter made headlines with winning ACHE award for excellence.
  • The Hawai'i Program provided a valuable educational opportunity for our ACHE members with 24 face-to-face educational credits towards the FACHE credential.

We continue to have a need for volunteers for our committees—newsletter, sponsorship, membership and education.  This is an excellent time to get involved in our chapter.  We want your voice heard so please come share your innovative ideas!

 

Thanks to all of you for your continuing support and participation. Our goal continues to be to bring relevant educational opportunities here in Hawaii that satisfies face-to-face credit requirements and supports the development of our future leaders.  I also want to thank all of our great sponsors for making this possible. 

 

It has been a pleasure serving as the President of our local chapter and will continue to support and assist in any way I can.

 

Respectfully,

Darlena Chadwick, BSN, MSN, FACHE

 

 

Guam Local Program Council

Lieutenant Joseph M. Fromknecht, Medical Service Corps, United States Navy, President, Guam Local Program Council

The Guam Local Program Council continues to make strides with the ACHE program in providing membership, networking, and educational and leadership development opportunities for healthcare professionals in Guam.

The Guam Local Program Council continues to make strides with the ACHE program in providing membership, networking, and educational and leadership development opportunities for healthcare professionals in Guam.  

The Guam Local Program Council is planning a social get together involving a presentation from CAPT Comlish and a tour of United States Naval Hospital (USNH) Guam.  The USNH Guam has a rich history, dating back to August, 1899.  For more information about the history of USNH Guam, please visit:  http://www.med.navy.mil/sites/usnhguam/information/Pages/CommandHistory.aspx

 

 
From the Guam Networking Event, March 2014

Regards,

Lieutenant Joseph M. Fromknecht,
Medical Service Corps, United States Navy, President, Guam Local Program Council

 

Recent Chapter Events

Hugh McLean & Kelly Wheeler

The Hawaii-Pacific Chapter of ACHE hosted a panel discussion with distinguished guest speakers with the topic of Diversity & Inclusion in health care.

 

Hawaii-Pacific Chapter of ACHE Diversity & Inclusion Panel Discussion

The Hawaii-Pacific Chapter of ACHE hosted a Diversity & Inclusion panel discussion for 1.5 Face-to-Face education credits on November 19, 2014 at Tripler Army Medical Center.  Distinguished speakers included moderator, Mr. Jim Gauss, Chairman of Board Services, Witt/Kieffer, Ms. Diane Paloma, Director of the Native Hawaiian Health Program for The Queen's Health System, Ms. Velois Bower, Senior Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for CHRISTUS Health (Dallas, TX) and the new Commanding General of the Army Pacific Regional Medical Command, Brigadier General Patrick Sargent. The event was highly successful with over 45 members and guests present.  The panel discussion focused on the importance of diversity in the healthcare environment and how inclusion leads to better patient outcomes, increased revenues, and increased patient safety.

 

 
Pictured above from Left to Right:  LTC Hugh McLean, Chair, Hawaii-Pacific ACHE Education Committee; BG Patrick Sargent, Commanding General (CEO equivalent), Army Pacific Regional Medical Command; Ms. Diana Paloma, Director, Native Hawaii Health Program, Queen's Medical Center; Mr. Jim Gauss,  Witt/Kieffer; Ms. Velois Bowers, Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion, CHRISTUS Health; Ms. Coral Andrews, Hawaii-Pacific ACHE Regent; MAJ Charlotte Hildebrand, Chair Hawaii-Pacific ACHE Diversity Committee

Future events

Look forward to a military luncheon to be scheduled in January/February 2014 with guest speaker Mr. Art Wallace, Health Care and Nursing Executive & Consultant for Navy Medicine West.

News from the Education Committee

Hugh McLean & Kelly Wheeler

Educational opportunities are local and national and include online webinar and seminar options.

Uniformed Services University:  MedXellence Course

The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences will be conducting the MedXellence course at the Hale Koa starting January 11 through January 16, 2015. This Executive Education program is designed to educate tri-service Military Health System leaders to ask the right questions, obtain the appropriate data, and lead organizational improvement. This course is authorized for approximately 31 hours of pre-approved Qualified Education credit.

Other Educational Opportunities

Keep in mind of the many diverse ways to maintain credentialing requirements and sharpen leadership skills.

ACHE Clusters are being held in Las Vegas from 19-22 January 2015 and Marco Island from 26-29 January 2015.  Please see more information at www.ache.org.

Webinars and Online Seminars are available for earning ACHE Qualified education credits. 

Upcoming Webinar:  Wednesday, January 7, 2015, there will be a Webinar on "Blending Clinical and Non-Clinical Executive Leadership: Dyads Do Work" for 1.5 ACHE Qualified Education credit. 

Upcoming Online Seminars include:  Exceptional Leadership, Population Health: The Road to Transformation; and A Review of Health Law. 

 

 

Healthcare Finance - For Non-Financial Healthcare Executives and Managers

Micah Ewing
The University of Hawai'i at Manoa Shidler College of Business is offering a valuable and timely course in healthcare finance, supportive of a busy professional schedule.

The University of Hawai'i at Manoa Shidler College of Business is offering a valuable and timely course in healthcare finance, supportive of a busy professional schedule.  This information-abundant course enhances the healthcare leader's insight into the impact of decisions on the overall business, developing competencies to better predict healthcare business trends.  Knowledge from this course will arm students with skills to link clinical growth and improvement strategies to financial data, and strengthen presentations in the executive board room. 


The following are some of the fundamental learning targets of the course:

  • Fundamental accounting and finance concepts
  • Interpreting financial statements
  • Using financial performance metrics for healthcare business decision-making
  • Investment analysis, capital budgeting, and healthcare business risk analysis
  • Cost/volume/profit relationships; fixed and variable costs, and breakeven levels
  • Time value of money, financial ratio analysis, and opportunity costs
  • Financing a healthcare business and alternative sources of capital

More detailed course information is available at the Shidler College of Business healthcare executive program website:

http://www.shidler.hawaii.edu/programs/executive/healthcare


Faculty:

 

Hamid Pourjalali, Ph.D.
Professor of accounting, School of Accountancy, Shidler College of Business, University of Hawai'i at Manoa.  Donald A. Corbin Distinguished Professor in Accounting

 

Benjamin Bystrom, MBA
Lecturer, Shidler College of Business, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Faculty Advisor, Financial Management Association.

 

Terri Fujii, MOA, CPA
Audit Partner, CW Associates, Hawai'i

 

Wendi Barber, MBA
Vice President of Finance and CFO.
Park Ridge Health, North Carolina

 

 

 

 

Membership: New Fellows, Members, and Recertified Fellows

Art Gladstone, FACHE

The Hawai'i Pacific Chapter continues to grow membership and show consistent progress towards FACHE credentialling. 

We would like to recognize and congratulate all new Fellows, recertified Fellows, and new members. 

The Hawai'i Pacific Chapter continues to grow membership and show consistent progress towards FACHE credentialling and recertification.

 

Congratulations to our new Fellows!

 

October

Laura B. Bonilla, FACHE, Honolulu

Gidget Ruscetta, FACHE, Honolulu

 

A warm welcome to our new chapter members:

 

October

HM1 Laron C. Peller, Honolulu

Claire P. Santos, RN, Honolulu

Robbie Sewell, Kailua

 

November

COL Jennifer Bedick, Honolulu

 

And finally, a  congratulatons to our Recertified Fellows!

 

October
Art W. Gladstone, RN, FACHE
LCDR Roy A. Mckinney Jr., FACHE
Lt Col Greg W. Papke, FACHE, Honolulu

 

November

CDR Thomas W. Halliwell, FACHE

 

 

Winter 2014 Calendar of Events

Micah Ewing

The Winter 2014 Calendar of Events for ACHE, Hawaii Chapter.

 

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MedXellence Course
Hale Koa Hotel

 

 

Jan. 11-16

2015 Congress on Healthcare Leadership
Chicago
, IL

Mar. 16-19

 

Military Luncheon
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Time & Place TBD

 

 

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FUTURE EVENTS:

 

Winter 2014 Education Calendar

Fall 2014 Education Calendar of Events.  Take advantage of numerous educational opportunities!

EVENTS THIS QUARTER:

 

Link to HI Legislature Bills pertaining to HealthCare:

StateTrack HealthCare Bills

 

 

 

Exceptional Leadership

 

 

 

1/7 – 2/18

Las Vegas Cluster

 

1/19 – 1/22

Online Seminar:  Population Health: The Road to Transformation

 

1/21 – 3/4

Marco Island Cluster

1/26 – 1/29

 

 

Steamboat Springs Cluster

2/9 – 2/12

 

 

Online Seminar:  A Review of Health Law

 

2/18 – 4/1

2015 Congress on Healthcare Leadership

 

3/16 – 3/19

Online Seminar: Management Mistakes, Moral Dilemmas and Lessons Learned

3/25 – 5/6

 

 

 

 

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Baltimore Cluster

 

 

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Fall 2014 Financial Report

Selma Yamamoto

The financial performance remains strong closing out 2014.

The financial performance remains strong closing out 2014.  The Hawaii Pacific Chapter has a current balance of $38,389.62 as of 12/16/14.  The Guam account has a balance of $379.00.

 

Diversity, Inclusion, and Cultural Competence A Review of the Hawaii-Pacific Chapter of ACHE Panel Discussion

Kelly Wheeler, Health System Specialist, Hawaii Military Health System
Many experts believe that embracing diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency will lead to increased access to quality care for all patient populations and can be a business strategy to attract new patients and market share.  

Diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence are words that are being heard more and more often in all sectors of business, including healthcare.  In Witt/Kieffer’s 2011 national survey report “Building the Business Case. Healthcare Diversity Leadership” (Gauss, J., Jessamy, H., 2012) key findings included:

  • Cultural difference supports successful decision making
  • Diversity recruiting enables the organization to reach its strategic goals

  • Diverse leadership supports positive clinical outcomes.

Many experts believe that embracing diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency will lead to increased access to quality care for all patient populations and can be a business strategy to attract new patients and market share. Jim Gauss, Chairman of Board Services for Witt/Kieffer, served as the moderator for the recent Hawaii-Pacific Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) panel discussion on diversity and inclusion. He explained that organizations that have an active interest and strategy for diversity and inclusion become magnet organizations that attract talent. He also shared that cultural competency aligns with recent and emerging reimbursement and incentives.  


Pictured above: Mr. Jim Gauss, Witt/Kieffer, Panel Moderator

As part of the Hawaii-Pacific ACHE panel discussion on diversity and inclusion, Ms. Diana Paloma, director of Native Hawaiian Health Program for The Queen’s Health System in Hawaii began by stating there is not a direct translation of the word diversity in the Hawaiian language but that the best translation is “kauaka like ‘ole,” or, people are not alike. As Hawaii was settled and developed, the racial diversity of the population has evolved much differently than the mainland United States. Today’s demographics of the islands make Hawaii the most racially diverse state in the US. Due to introduced diseases from foreigners and settlers, the Native Hawaiian population plummeted from 350,000 in 1778, to 70,000 in 1853, with extinction a possibility. Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV's vision in 1859 in response to the plummeting Native Hawaiian population had a lasting impact on healthcare in Hawaii with the establishment of The Queen’s Hospital. Present day, The Queen’s Health System Native Hawaiian Health Program was developed to address the specific health needs of Native Hawaiians. What makes Queen’s Health System even more unique is that the race distribution in staff is quite similar to that of the population in Hawaii, enabling the system to mirror the diversity of its staff to patients and provide more culturally competent care.         

The second speaker for the panel, Ms. Velois Bowers, Senior Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion for CHRISTUS Health, emphasized that diversity and inclusion have to be a strategic concern. As part of her experience at Trinity Health System, also working in the field of Diversity and Inclusion, the leadership was serious about diversity. She noted that the CEO drove the strategy by tying strategy to financial incentives for individuals. In one particular year, if there was even one leader throughout the organization that did nothing in the year to improve inclusion and diversity, no one that year would get a bonus. This created a tangible incentive for all levels of leadership to ensure that they promoted diversity throughout the organization at all levels. Now working for CHRISTUS Health, Ms. Bowers works for an organization that defines diversity as "everyone and everything with no one and nothing left out” (Diversity and Inclusion, 2014).  Key to the diversity and inclusion at CHRISTUS is training and development including its executive fellow program. This two-year program is an integral part of the health system's mission to better reflect the communities it serves. According to Ms. Bowers, it is programs like these that develop a pipeline of future executives by matching fellows with a diverse group of mentors (Selvam, 2013). The next stage for CHRISTUS is developing and promoting supplier diversity.  

The final speaker for the evening was the Commanding General (similar to Chief Executive Officer) of the Army Pacific Regional Medical Command, Brigadier General Patrick Sargent. He explained that diversity and inclusion are weaved into the fabric of the military culture through various programs including the Equal Opportunity, Equal Employment Opportunity, various policies and training including the Army’s Sexual Harassment /Assault Response Training, and various other Command policies. Through his personal experiences, he has become “comfortable through uncomfortable conversations and relationships.” Literature that he recommended included “Fierce Conversations” and “The Anatomy of Peace.”  


Pictured above:  Brigadier General Patrick Sargent

Cultural competency as defined in a 2002 field report for The Commonwealth Fund, “describes the ability of systems to provide care to patients with diverse values, beliefs and behaviors, including tailoring delivery to meet patients’ social, cultural, and linguistic needs” (Betancourt, J., Green, A., Carrillo, J., 2002). This study also cited that barriers to a culturally competent care include: lack of diversity in healthcare’s leadership and workforce; systems of care are poorly designed to meet the needs of diverse patient populations; and poor communication between providers and patients of different racial, ethnic, or cultural backgrounds. Having diversity and inclusion a part of the strategy of healthcare organizations is and will continue to be a key success factor.  


Pictured left to right: Brigadier General Patrick Sargent, Ms. Velois Bowers, and Ms. Diana Paloma

The American Hospital Association, in conjunction with other healthcare organizations such as ACHE, has several tools available, including a diversity assessment tool, how to conduct a cultural competence self-assessment, and a toolkit for collecting race, ethnicity, and primary language information from patients on its website at http://www.aha.org/advocacy-issues/disparities/assessment-planning.shtml.

As the professional membership society for healthcare executives, ACHE embraces diversity within the healthcare management field and formally recognizes that priority as both an ethical and business imperative. In general, diversity and initiatives that promote diversity improve the quality of the organization's workforce. ACHE also embraces diversity through the Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program. This year-long program was established to address the gap between diversity in the C-suite versus the diversity of communities being served by preparing mid- and senior-level careerists for C-suite jobs.  

The Hawaii-Pacific Chapter of ACHE has recently established a Diversity Committee. Interested members can contact the Committee Chair, Ms. Charlotte Hildebrand for more information at charlotte.l.hildebrand.mil@mail.mil.  

References:

Betancourt, J., Green, A., Carrillo, J. (2002).  Cultural Competence in Health Care:  Emerging Frameworks and Practical Approaches.  Common Wealth Fund.  Retrieved on 18 December 2014 from http://www.commonwealthfund.org.

“Diversity and Inclusion,” CHRISTUS Health, accessed 18 December 2014, http://www.christushealth.org/diversity-and-inclusion.

Gauss, J., Jessamy, H. (2012).  “New Research:  The Importance of Cultural Diversity in Healthcare Leadership,” Witt and Wisdom (blog), April 5, 2012,  http://blog.wittkieffer.com/2012/04/05/advancing-leadership-diversity-why-it%E2%80%99s-critical-in-2012/

Selvam, A. (2013).  “Making Progress: Sustained Efforts to Increase Minority Representation in Healthcare Executive Ranks are Delivering Results, but Barriers Still Remain,” Modern Healthcare.  Retrieved on 18 December 2014 from http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20130518/MAGAZINE/305189958

US Census Bureau. (2014).  State & County QuickFacts.  Last revised 4 December 2014.  Retrieved on 18 December 2014 from http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/15000.html


 

Preparing for Ebola: Essential Elements for Health Care Facilities

Richard Giardina RN, MPH, CIC
The past few months have presented the US health care system with new and perhaps daunting challenges when faced with the emergence of an often fatal infectious disease.  This is not the first outbreak of Ebola in history; however, it is the first time its impact has reached the dinner table with such fervor.

The past few months have presented the US health care system with new and perhaps daunting challenges when faced with the emergence of an often fatal infectious disease. This is not the first outbreak of Ebola in history; however, it is the first time its impact has reached the dinner table with such fervor. As of December 6, 2014, the CDC and WHO case count is 17,834 reported cases, 11,214 of which were confirmed by laboratory tests, with 6346 deaths (case fatality rate = 35%). The majority of cases remains confined to Guinea (2283), Liberia (7719), and Sierra Leone (7798). Four cases have been identified in the United States with 1 fatality.1  

 

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), previously known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus strains. Ebola can cause disease in humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees).2  It is highly transmissible from blood and body fluids of sick individuals. Exposed persons with no signs and symptoms (at least a fever) have not been reported to transmit EVD to others.

According to the CDC, if a patient in a U.S. hospital is suspected or known to have Ebola virus disease, healthcare teams should follow standard, contact, and droplet precautions, including the following recommendations:

 

  • Isolate the patient: Patients should be isolated in a single patient room (containing a private bathroom) with the door closed.
  • Avoid aerosol-generating procedures: Avoid aerosol-generating procedures. If performing these procedures, PPE should include respiratory protection (N95 or higher filtering face piece respirator) and the procedure should be performed in an airborne infection isolation room.
  • Implement environmental infection control measures: Diligent environmental cleaning and disinfection and safe handling of potentially contaminated materials is of paramount importance, as blood, sweat, vomit, feces, urine and other body secretions represent potentially infectious materials should be done following hospital protocols.3

 

The primary concern of the CDC is to resolve the epidemic in West Africa in order to prevent further cases from occurring and thusly keeping ourselves safe in the US. This is accomplished through good preparedness and response riding on the backs of strong day-to-day systems. It will add demands to our public health agencies and health care system. We have been asked by the CDC to be prepared to recognize a case of EVD, isolate the suspected person, use highest available PPE available at that time, and contact the health department. These interventions require practice and revision of existing procedures to ensure compliance with the CDC requirements and ultimately the safety of the hospital staff and the public.

 

Most importantly is the speedy acquisition of necessary PPE. Not every hospital needs to maintain a stockpile of PPE. Firstly, only designated hospitals will be approved to accept suspect or known EVD patients and even then, there should be a designated cadre of necessary health care workers who will provide care. This will allow for rational purchasing decisions. The Hawai‘i Association of Hospitals has worked with the CDC to provide necessary equipment to designated facilities. The HAH has an overstock of supplies on hold in the event that each facility’s supply becomes depleted. Stockpiling hundreds of supplies is not the best use of resources.

 

The challenge we face is the decision of what PPE to use. We know the science on how the ebola virus is spread--through contact with blood and body fluids. Administrators must work with facility Infection Control, Employee Health, Safety, and Nursing departments to weigh the delicate balance of actual measurable risk and perceived risk by staff. When staff is presented with two different tiers of protection, odds are they will choose the higher level. That is human nature.

 

The ebola crisis is an evolving situation due to the learnings from each micro-event or “mistake” that occurs. The CDC acknowledges that they cannot provide initial guidance for every situation that occurs. They will, however, provide current guidance based on science and current situations to eliminate risk. The best advice is to assign a designated leader in your institution to keep close to the CDC and health department websites and update administration at least weekly.


References

1  CDC Website.  http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/2014-west-africa/case-counts.html. Last accessed December 10,  2014.

2  CDC Website . Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology (DHCPP) Viral Special Pathogens Branch (VSPB). Last accessed November 18, 2014.

CDC Website. http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/patient-management-us-hospitals.html. Last accessed November 18, 2014

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 tsomrak@ache.org. For more information, visit ache.org/TuitionWaiver.

 

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 ache.org/CongressPosterSession for the full selection criteria. Abstracts should be one page in length and submitted as an email attachment to PosterSessions@ache.org 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 bogcommunity.ache.org.
    • The Reference Manual, found at ache.org/FACHE, 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 ache.org/FACHE.

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 ache.org/ExecutiveDiversity.

 

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 ache.org/FACHE 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

President/CEO

Grady Health System

Atlanta

 

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

Brian C. Doheny, FACHE

IT Director

Humana

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

COO

Blake Medical Center

Bradenton, Fla.

 

Governor (three-year term ending in 2018)

Heather J. Rohan, FACHE

CEO

TriStar Centennial Medical Center

Nashville, Tenn.

 

Governor (three-year term ending in 2018)

Henry Ruberte, FACHE

CEO

San Gerardo Hospital

San Juan, Puerto Rico

 

Chairman-Elect

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

 

 

The Secrets to Career Fulfillment

Come Monday morning, employees can yearn for the upcoming weekend and feel unmotivated and unhappy. However, research shows having a positive attitude about the week can greatly increase the success level and feeling of content for employees.

The Secrets to Career Fulfillment

Come Monday morning, employees can yearn for the upcoming weekend and feel unmotivated and unhappy. However, research shows having a positive attitude about the week can greatly increase the success level and feeling of content for employees. In a survey of 850,000 people conducted by The Conference Board—a research group—researchers found those satisfied with their jobs tend to start the week off energized and motivated. Below are a few things fulfilled employees do differently.

Cut Back on the Small Talk

Matthias Mehl, a psychology professor at the University of Arizona, found people who engage in deep discussions, as opposed to small talk, are happier. This is because human beings are driven to find and create meaning in their lives. People who are more talkative can make themselves happier and more successful by focusing their discussions on substantive work issues and cutting back on short, meaningless conversations. You should strive to incorporate just one more thoughtful conversation each day regarding a work issue and avoid at least one small-chatter session.

Avoid People Who Complain

Typically, there tends to be a group of people who complain about many aspects of their employing organization. However, complaining with no solution in mind is a dangerous habit. Sometimes just thinking more positively can create a better outlook on your position and organization. Search out ways to be authentically positive such as praising a coworker’s accomplishment or a team’s achievement of project goals.

Make Every Assignment a Challenge

Start looking at each large project not only as a way to get things done but as an opportunity to learn and expand your skill set. Doing more than what is required, such as researching industry trends related to the project, talking with colleagues for best practices and creating innovative ideas, can improve both your project and your organization. The amount and quality of work you contribute to your company will likely be valued, and even on the slim chance it’s not, intrinsically you will feel better about yourself by knowing you gave a project your all.

Find a Strong Mentor

Every great employee needs that extra push to acknowledge what he or she is truly capable of. This typically means finding someone who can instruct, guide and push you to be your best. Obtaining a mentor, whether that be a boss, senior colleague or even a family member, can help you to excel in your work. To find someone who will be the most beneficial to you, ensure there is trust in the relationship, the proposed mentor has sufficient time and there is good chemistry. Once a mentorship is created, ask the coach to help you understand what success looks like; and have him assess your strengths and weaknesses and define the next steps in your career.

Stay Committed

Some people looking for lifetime fulfillment will leave their jobs or stray from a secure path in order to find themselves. However, before jumping ship, a recommended strategy is to trying to bring a purpose to your current role. Take a long look at your position and find what differences you could make in your role or what you could do to challenge yourself more. Have regular conversations with managers, peers, family members and mentors who can give a valuable opinion. Also consider activities outside of work such as volunteering or new hobbies to obtain greater fulfilment.

—Adapted from “5 Stealth Ways to Make Monday Better,” by Chester Elton, www.inc.com

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