Hawaii - Pacific Chapter of ACHE

Spring 2018
Vol. 1

Messages from Chapter Leadership

As I close out my term as the Hawai'i-Pacific Regent - I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the outstanding support I have received over the past three years.


As I close out my term as the Hawai'i-Pacific Regent - I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the outstanding support I have received over the past three years. It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve the chapter and its members. I plan to continue to be active and will help in any way needed to continue the advancement of our Hawai'i-Pacific Chapter.

Please help me welcome Gidget Ruscetta, FACHE, COO at Pali Momi Medical Center as the newly elected Regent. I am confident she will do an outstanding job for the Chapter.

I hope to see many of you at the 2018 Congress on Healthcare Leadership March 26-29 in Chicago.



Jen H. Chahanovich, FACHE
Hawai‘i-Pacific Regent
Wilcox Medical Center
President & Chief Executive Officer
Office:  808-245-1122
Cell:     808-524-6644



Message from the Chapter President

Looking ahead to 2018, challenges facing leaders in healthcare administration are ever present.  This year ACHE and our chapter have resolutely put the focus on targeted goals to meet the specific needs of our members including plans to meet these goals.

Aloha Hawai'i-Pacific Chapter Members!
Our Board of Leadership had a board orientation and planning session in January. While this orientation was well-attended, I am happy to report to you that our board this year is energetic, robust, and excited about continuing to improve the services and offerings to our chapter membership.  
Here are some of the key targeted goals we have in store for the chapter this year as well as some of our plans to meet these goals:
1.  Membership: Along with development of an increasingly diverse membership and board this year, our goal is to continue to engage our new and existing members--making sure we are meeting our members' needs. We already have 2 membership-specific events under our belt this year with our New Member breakfast (Feb. 16) and our Spring Social Mixer (March 7). We have received valuable feedback from new members as well as interest in getting involved with the board and our events.  
2.  Education: Increase Face-to-Face credit opportunities for our members' credentialing and re-certification needs. The avoidance of costly travel for members to get the educational credits they need is something we have taken seriously this year. As a result, we are planning a 2-day educational conference that will provide up to 12 face-to-face credit hours.  
3.  Sponsorship: To assist in funding our quality education and networking events, we seek to establish appropriate and mutually beneficial partnerships that not only provide meaningful benefit to our members, but also provide appropriate recognition and exposure for our sponsors at our chapter events. This process began in January and is in progress.  
4.  Distance Learning: Provide cost-effective educational opportunities that not only benefit Hawai'i members, but also our chapter members in Guam and various other islands in the Pacific.  
Regarding Distance Learning (#4), I am excited to announce that ACHE this year has enacted a program that allows Chapters with 'geographic challenges' to enhance membership and engagements by offering up to 3.0 hours of Face-to-Face education credit via live streaming video. In addition, there have also been improvements to the credit approval process in general and we look forward to taking advantage of this opportunity to provide these credit opportunities to our remote members.  
The 2018 Congress on Healthcare Leadership is approaching on March 26. If you are attending Congress this year, please do join us for the dinner we are hosting on Monday, March 26, 6:30PM at Quartino Ristorante. Please check your e-mail for the RSVP invite and details.
It is an honor and privilege to serve as your President and I look forward to a great year.  

Micah B. Ewing, MBA, FACHE
President, Hawai‘i-Pacific Chapter of ACHE
Hawai'i Pacific Health
 Office: (808) 535-7063   
 Fax:    (808) 697-3687

Article of Interest

Starting your Journey to be a High Reliability Organization by Stopping

Contributed by Kelly Wheeler, MBA, MHA, LSSMBBI

Stopping to Mistake Proof Errors:  The Case for Adopting Lean Principles


Healthcare administration is a dynamic discipline and healthcare leaders continue to pursue excellence in the areas of quality, safety and efficiency.  The healthcare industry has advanced and benefited by borrowing from and utilizing lessons learned from other industries


Chassin and Loeb, characterized health care quality and safety as showing pockets of excellence on specific measures or in particular services at individual health care facilities in their article, The Ongoing Quality Improvement Journey:  Next Stop, High Reliability (1.).  In 2014, former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel directed a 90-day review of the Military Health System which focused on access to care, safety, and the quality of care.   The final report found that the Military Health System (MHS), provides quality care that is safe, timely, and comparable to civilian sector performance.  However, there were areas in which the MHS excelled and there was considerable variation across the system, for specific clinical measures and for individual medical treatment facilities (2.).

Based on studies of high reliability organizations, Chassin and Loeb (1.) outlined three key requirements for healthcare organizations to achieve high reliability: leadership commitment to high reliability, a safety culture, and robust process improvement.  Six sigma, lean management, and change management when used together provide a systematic problem solving approach that is considered to be more robust. 




In post-World War II Japan, resources were scarce and the need to rebuild was great.  Leaders at Toyota revisited Henry Ford’s thinking of assembly line production and flow in production while providing variety and invented the Toyota Production System, or TPS (3.).  The core of the TPS is to maximize customer value while minimizing waste.  Waste can be categorized in eight broad categories including transportation, inventory, motion, underutilized (over-utilized) talent, waiting, over-processing, over-producing, and finally, defects.  Lean organizations seek to reduce and eliminate waste, enabling the organization to be poised to provide customers with better quality at a reduced cost.  

Process Improvement Techniques for High Reliability

The TPS is characterized as a house with two pillars:  Just in Time and Jidoka.  Loosely translated, Jidoka, is “automation with a human touch.”  It is a system’s or processes’ ability to “stop and respond to every abnormality”, regardless of if the process is involving a machine or human (3.).  Toyota has accomplished this both by machinery that will shut down and by empowering employees to slow or stop the process to address the defect by the pull of an andon cord.  Andons* come in the form of visual, auditory, or process.  Many healthcare organizations have andons, such as auditory beeps when a patient’s infusion pumps or when there are errors in tubing.  Seattle’s, Virginia Mason Health System, through its Virginia Mason Production System, has a process andon for its’ Patient Safety Alert System, which enables any employee to alert managers or colleagues of quality or process defects (4.).

Poka-Yoke is Japanese for “mistake-proofing.”  Shigeo Shingo, considered the father of poka-yoke, is quoted as saying, "The idea behind poka-yoke is to respect the intelligence of workers by taking over repetitive tasks or actions that depend on the vigilance of memory” (5.).  This may include designing features within a process that assist an employee in the completion of a task that either prevents a defect or error or allows a defect or error to be easily detected in order to achieve zero-defects.  The automotive industry has applied poka-yoke to auto design features including child-proof locks, back-up cameras, to newer features of audible beeps when the car is drifting towards another lane or nearing another vehicle.  Healthcare has numerous examples of mistake proofing from color coded medical gas lines, barcoding for patients ensuring correct patient with supplies and prescriptions, mechanisms to avoid mistaking look-alike, sound-alike medications; among numerous others (6.).  


Military Enterprise Opportunity and Performance Outcomes

The Army Medical Command and Army Regional Health Command-Pacific seek zero-harm and to reduce the variation in performance for critical quality and safety measures.  In 2016, the Army Medical Command Quality and Safety Division hosted its first quality summit focused on compliance with the National Committee of Quality Assurance (NCQA) Healthcare Effectiveness Data & Information Set (HEDIS) quality indicator for appropriate imaging of acute low-back pain.  Utilizing lean thinking, root causes for performance of the enterprise to be below the NCQA 75th percentile benchmark were identified and countermeasures developed.  Common root causes included knowledge by clinical staff of clinical practice guidelines and incorrect coding.  Enterprise solutions included standardized clinical staff training and coding cheat sheets. 

In late 2017, an improvement team at Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital, with clinics across the South Korean peninsula, identified that despite provider training and coding cheat sheets, inappropriate orders for x-rays occurred regularly.  The multi-disciplinary team assessed errors were unable to be detected, so they sought to mistake proof.  The detection poka-yoke the team implemented requires the ordering provider to add specific comments in the x-ray order that the x-ray technician screens prior to imaging.  If the comments are missing, the x-ray tech is empowered to not image with a series of mitigating actions, i.e. contact the clinic officer in charge.  This mistake proofing catapulted performance from 77% to 85% at project close out and as of November 2017, 91.94% appropriate imaging compliance (90th percentile is 83.2%).  Regional Health Command-Pacific replicated this leading practice where possible and data from October 2017-December 2017 shows the command 5 percentage points higher than the enterprise’s scores and exceeding the 90th percentile.  


Healthcare organizations must re-think how care is delivered and the value-streams that support how care is delivered to remain not only financially viable, but to provide the value and the quality of care expected by healthcare consumers and payers.  There are a variety of ways that processes can be slowed or stopped and mistakes prevented or detected, thereby reducing waste and reducing cost.  Evidence from major health systems adopting lean principles suggests that lean principles of Jidoka and Poka-yoke make it possible to increase quality while decreasing cost and achieve zero-harm.  To err is human, but to mistake proof may get us a little closer to divine.  

*Note:  Andon refers to a signaling system used to call for help when an abnormal condition is recognized, or that some sort of action is required.


    1.    Chassin, M. R., & Loeb, J. M. (2011, April). The Ongoing Quality Improvement Journey: Next Stop, High Reliability. Health Affairs, 30(4), 559-568. doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2011.0076
    2.    “Final Report to the Secretary of Defense Military Health System Review.” Health.mil, 29 Aug. 2014, health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Access-Cost-Quality-and-Safety/MHS-Review.
    3.    “The Origin of the Toyota Production System.” Toyota Global, www.toyota-global.com/company/vision_philosophy/toyota_production_system/origin_of_the_toyota_production_system.html.
    4.    “Patient Safety Alert System Prevents Patient Harm.” Virginia Mason Institute, Sept. 2015, www.virginiamasoninstitute.org/2015/09/patient-safety-alert-system/.
    5.    Stamatis, Dean H. Six Sigma Fundamentals: A Complete Introduction to the System, Methods, and Tools. Productivity Press, 2003.
    6.    Grout, John R, and John S Toussaint. “Mistake Proofing: Why Stopping May Be a Good Place to Start.” Business Horizons, 2010, pp. 149–156.


Calendars and Recent Events

ACHE Spring Social Event

Our local chapter recently hosted our first networking event of the year - the "Spring Social Mixer!

We recently hosted our first networking event this year—the “Spring Social Mixer” on Wednesday, March 7 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at HASR Bistro in China Town Honolulu.  We had an excellent turn out with almost forty attendees, including several new and prospective members!  


Chapter President, Micah Ewing summarized the benefits of membership, the 2018 goals for our Chapter, introduced attending board members, and outlined the remaining educational and networking events planned for this year. Several Starbucks and Amazon gift cards were raffled to some lucky winners. As usual at HASR, the food and drinks were excellent.  All in all, the food and atmosphere were exceptional in a semi-private rear section of the restaurant.   

If you missed this year’s social, please be sure to look out for some of our upcoming networking events:  
• July 24: Chapter Breakfast at the Hawai’i Prince.
• September (TBD): Fall Social Mixer, location and time TBD.  

Calendar of Events

The Upcoming Calendar of Events for ACHE, Hawai’i-Pacific Chapter.

April 2018
Su M Tu W Th F Sa
04/01/18 (Sun) April Fool's Day Holiday
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
04/13/18 (Fri) Hospital Federation Award Application Deadline
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
04/19/18 (Thu) HFMA Annual Conference Local Chapter Event
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
04/20/18 (Fri) HFMA Annual Conference Local Chapter Event
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
04/22/18 (Sun) Earth Day Holiday
29 30          

May 2018
Su M Tu W Th F Sa
05/03/18 (Thu) Healthcare Leadership ACHE Special Program
    1 2 3 4 5
05/04/18 (Fri) Healthcare Leadership ACHE Special Program
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
05/13/18 (Sun) Mother's Day Holiday
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
05/28/18 (Mon) Memorial Day Holiday
20 21 22 23 24 25 26

27 28 29 30 31    

June 2018
Su M Tu W Th F Sa
06/14/18 (Thu) Flag Day holiday
          1 2
06/17/18 (Sun) Father's Day holiday
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
06/20/18 (Wed) Healthcare Administration Webinar
10 11 12 13 14 15 16

17 18 19 20 21 22 23

24 25 26 27 28 29 30


Calendar of Educational Events

Upcoming Calendar of Educational Events

April 2018
Su M Tu W Th F Sa
04/01/18 (Sun) April Fool's Day Holiday
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
04/22/18 (Sun) Earth Day Holiday
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
04/23/18 (Mon) Amelia Island Cluster ACHE Education Event
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
04/24/18 (Tue) Amelia Island Cluster ACHE Education Event
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
04/25/18 (Wed) Amelia Island Cluster ACHE Education Event
29 30          
04/26/18 (Thu) Amelia Island Cluster ACHE Education Event
04/30/18 (Mon) Leader's Conference 2018 ACHE Special Program

May 2018
Su M Tu W Th F Sa
05/01/18 (Tue) Leader's Conference 2018 ACHE Special Program
    1 2 3 4 5
05/03/18 (Thu) Fellows Seminar 2018 ACHE Special Program
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
05/04/18 (Fri) Fellows Seminar 2018 ACHE Special Program
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
05/13/18 (Sun) Mother's Day Holiday
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
05/21/18 (Mon) San Francisco Cluster ACHE Education Event
27 28 29 30 31    
05/22/18 (Tue) San Francisco Cluster ACHE Education Event
05/23/18 (Wed) San Francisco Cluster ACHE Education Event

05/24/18 (Thu) San Francisco Cluster ACHE Education Event

05/28/18 (Mon) Memorial Day Holiday

June 2018
Su M Tu W Th F Sa
06/04/18 (Mon) Santa Fe Cluster ACHE Education Event
          1 2
06/05/18 (Tue) Santa Fe Cluster ACHE Education Event
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
06/06/18 (Wed) Santa Fe Cluster ACHE Education Event
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
06/07/18 (Thu) Santa Fe Cluster ACHE Education Event
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
06/11/18 (Mon) Executive Program ACHE Special Program
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
06/14/18 (Thu) Flag Day Holiday
06/17/18 (Sun) Father's Day Holiday

News & Committee Updates

News from the Education Committee

Charlene Ruben, Education Committee Co-Chair

Aloha Hawai’i-Pacific Chapter!

ACHE's 2018 Congress on Healthcare Leadership provides the opportunity for chapter members to get involved and inspired.  We hope you take advantage of attending congress events especially the annual chapter dinner at Quartino Ristorante. Congress will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago 26-29 March 2018. A minimum of 12 face-to-face credits are available to members.

Please save the date for the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Conference, which will be held April 19-20, 2018. A total of 3 face-to-face credits will be available, and topics are currently being finalized. Stay tuned for additional information including registration.

ACHE/AONE will be held for a single day this year. Meanwhile, the committee is hard at work planning an On-Location program for fall.

If you have any recommendations for future events, please reach out to one of our education committee co-chairs! Contact information is provided at the bottom of this article.

Advancement to Fellow Local Study Options:

A key part of our Chapter Mission is to not only grow active members, but also to support the advancement to Fellow as well. Bottom line: we are here to support you! 

To meet this end, in 2016, our chapter purchased three sets of the Board of Governors (BOG) Exam Study set as found on the ache.org website (a $240 value). We currently have them staged at Wilcox Medical Center (Kauai), Queens Medical Center (Oahu) and Hawaii Pacific Health (Oahu). Recently, we received a donation set available for us at Kaiser Medical Center! To sign-out for usage, you simply have to be a current member of ACHE, a member in our Hawai'i-Pacific Chapter, and be eligible (or near eligible) to test for the BOG Exam. Simply send me an email and I will connect you with the right POC. Direct POC information will be posted on our website soon! 

NOTE: If any other member wishes to donate or share their books with ACHE Hawai’i-Pacific members, please contact me anytime. 

Advance to Fellow/Recertification Reminders:

Education Requirements are 36 credit hours (12 Face-to-Face & 24 Qualified Education Credits), every three years if recertifying.

Below are some direct ACHE links to make your advancement to fellow a whole lot easier:

As always, the education committee seeks energetic, detail-oriented individuals to help create, coordinate and/or volunteer at events. If interested, let us know!

With regards,

Charlene Rueben, Capt, USAF, MSC
Co-Chair, Education Committee
Email: charlene.rueben@us.af.mil


Josh Carpenter
Chair, Education Committee
Email: josh.carpenter@trane.com
Phone: (808) 220-2078

News from the Guam Committee

Chuck Tanner, FACHE

Guam Representative Chuck Tanner puts out a call for nominations and lays out a vision for future leadsership within ACHE in 2018.  Participation and volunteerism are needed to take the GLPC to the next level.

Hafa Adai from Guam!

This year has taken off, and our healthcare community on Guam is faced with many challenges. Most of these challenges of course revolve around funding and adjusting to new Federal policies. This is also an election year so those dynamics are engaging the public as we sort out our future.

As I mentioned in the December Newsletter, I look towards passing the leadership of the Guam Local Program Chapter (LPC) to someone else, as I have applied for Lifetime FACHE status and look forward to retirement. We have recently called for nominations, if you are interested in assuming a leadership role on Guam please voice your interest or nominate a colleague! Nominations were to be submitted by March 15, 2018 and we hope to have the election process completed by the end of March.

I would especially encourage our military members to seek a position in the GLPC. As I have found that our small organization is a great vehicle for the military members to explore the challenges the civil sector has on a small remote island. It is a valuable real world experience for your career and will expose you to what you may face once you decide to hang up the uniform. Who knows, maybe you will stay on Guam!

Last year and for the first couple of months in 2018 we held our bi-weekly “Junto” meetings. I enjoyed these meetings and felt the relaxed atmosphere and laissez-fare agenda generated some great discussion.  Unfortunately the participation fell off after the New Year and the time commitment given competing events lead to the decision to discontinue them. It was a good run though, and maybe in the future someone will re-start them! 

I reiterate from the December Newsletter, that practicing in healthcare administration on a small Pacific island, seemingly far from mainstream is both a great and frustrating experience. You are truly tested to become innovative and work with the team you have. It is important to maintain linkages with other professionals and that is what the GLPC offers with our friends in Hawaii.


Chuck and his beloved dog "Puppy" wish everyone a Happy Easter from Guam.

In closing, as this is my last contribution to the newsletter and as the President of the Guam Local Program Chapter, I want to thank the Hawaii Chapter current and past leaders for their support and encouragement for Guam. It is my hope that the next group of Guam leaders will grow and take the GLPC to higher levels and push forward on improving the care we give our community. God bless you and God bless Guam. 


Updates for Students

Denise Della, MPH MHA

As part of your ACHE student membership, you have the opportunity to apply for two scholarships that provide financial aid to help offset tuition costs, student loans and expenses!

ACHE Student Corner

ACHE SCHOLARSHIPS (Deadline March 31, 2018)

As part of your ACHE student membership, you have the opportunity to apply for two scholarships that provide financial aid to help offset tuition costs, student loans and expenses.

Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarships (for minority students only)

This scholarship was established in honor of Albert W. Dent, the first African-American Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Foster G. McGaw Graduate Student Scholarships

This scholarship was established in honor of Foster G. McGaw, the founder of the American Hospital Supply Corporation.


  • Applicant is not required to be a Student Associate* of ACHE. However, during the selection process, preference is given to applicants who are Student Associates of ACHE.

  • Applicant must be enrolled in his or her final year (fall/spring) of full-time study in a healthcare management graduate program** and have a graduation date between Sept. 1, 2018 and Aug. 31, 2019. If you have a residency as part of your program and the upcoming fall term will be your second year of study, you may apply for a scholarship.

  • Applicant must demonstrate financial need.

  • Applicant must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen.

  • Applicant cannot be a previous recipient of either scholarship.


  • Visit ache.org/Scholarships or click here to apply now. Be sure to include the following with your application:

  1. Current resume or curriculum vitae
  2. Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  3. Three current letters of recommendation (one must be from your graduate program director)
  4. Application essay

Deadline is March 31, 2018.


Membership Report: New Fellows, Members, and Recertified Fellows

Kecia Kelly, FACHE

As we enter into an exciting new year, on behalf of the membership committee, I want to thank all of you for your engagement and support to our chapter.  Your attendance at our social events further enhances the membership experience.  I look forward to serving as your Membership Chair.  

Congratulations to all our New Members!


Rose Hata, Honolulu

Carla Gross, Honolulu

Doreen T. Nakamura, Honolulu

Lara Hazenfield (Yamada), Honolulu


LCDR Joe F. Moralez, II, Pearl Harbor

Kyle E. Daniel, Kapolei

Heidar Thordarson, Kailua

Reveline P. Gorospe, Waipahu


CPT Jacob Martin, Ewa Beach

Maritza Y. Ruiz, Honolulu

C Troy Coville, Honolulu

Richard Smith, Honolulu

Congratulations to our New Fellows!


Beau Nakamoto, MD, PhD, FACHE - Honolulu


MAJ Daniel Gilardi, FACHE - Honolulu 


Thandiwe Nelson-Books, RN, FACHE - Honolulu 


We are pleased to welcome 12 new members who joined our local chapter this year.  They bring with them an impressive diversity of backgrounds and talent.

Mahalo to those of you who attended recent social events.  Our 3rd annual “New Member Breakfast” was held on Friday, February 16 at Hawai‘i Pacific Health’s Administrative Offices located in the First Insurance Center building in downtown Honolulu.  Micah Ewing (Chapter President) held an orientation for the attendees and highlighted educational and leadership opportunities. We had a great time learning about ACHE, the chapter, how to get involved and overall the chance to talk story. Our Spring Social Mixer on March 7 was a great success. Read more about the highlights in this issue.

Looking forward to meeting more members and potential new members at future social and educational events in 2018!




ACHE Resources

ACHE National News

ACHE National News Press Release from March 12, 2018.

2018 Congress on Healthcare Leadership

March 26–29, 2018 Chicago, IL
 Hyatt Regency Chicago

The opportunity to lead is an incredible privilege—a doorway to bring about positive change in the communities we serve and to be part of something bigger. Leadership, however, can be challenging, and ACHE is dedicated to supporting you along the way.

ACHE's 2018 Congress on Healthcare Leadership provides you with opportunities to:

  • Be inspired. Benefit from cutting-edge professional development on the most current and relevant topics from the nation's most influential thought leaders.
  • Be part of the solution. Gain practical solutions to contemporary challenges in healthcare management and delivery.
  • Be among the best and brightest. Network with a global community of the best and brightest healthcare executives from across the continuum of care.

Register online today!


Make Safety a Leadership Imperative With a New, Free Webinar

Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 11–17, sponsored by IHI/NPSF is focusing on safety culture and patient engagement. What is your organization doing to celebrate the progress you’ve made and double-down on current safety-improvement efforts?

In honor of Patient Safety Awareness Week, ACHE invites you to attend “Leading for Safety,” a free, three-part webinar series that explores strategies and tactics required to lead a culture of safety within your healthcare organization. Information in the webinar is based on Leading a Culture of Safety: A Blueprint for Success, a guide ACHE jointly developed with IHI/NPSF.

Part I of the webinar series takes place tomorrow, Tuesday, March 13, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Central. Learn more and register today!

As part of ACHE’s continued commitment to help leaders lead for safety, we also encourage you to log into our new Leading for Safety microsite. We look forward to continuing to support you in your efforts to make safety a leadership imperative.

Call for Entries: 2018 International Hospital Federation Awards

The 2018 International Hospital Federation Awards recognize and honor hospitals and healthcare organizations for innovation, excellence, outstanding achievements and best practices in areas that are worthy of international recognition, including: innovations in healthcare delivery or process management; quality and safety, ethical approaches and evidence-based practices in patient-centered care; sustainable environment, energy conservation and green initiatives; addressing inequalities in healthcare service delivery to the community; and advancing healthcare for emerging and developing nations.

The awards will be presented during a special ceremony at the 42nd IHF World Hospital Congress which will be held Oct. 10–12 in Brisbane, Australia. Entry submissions are due by April 13. Learn more about the awards and eligibility requirements today.

Leadership, Physician Partnerships and Strategic Planning Featured at the Amelia Island Cluster

Set to take place April 23–26 at the Omni Amelia Island Planation Resort, the Amelia Island Cluster is the perfect opportunity to continue your education and earn up to 24 Face-to-Face ACHE credits, network with peers and discover solutions in this ever-changing healthcare environment.

The Amelia Island Cluster features eight seminars facilitated by expert faculty including two new seminars: “Creating Successful Physician Integration and Engagement Strategies for Long-Term Success” and “Solving the Enigma of Medical Group Performance: Methods to Identify and Add Meaningful Value,” which both will provide attendees with strategies for engaging physicians transitioning to a value-based world to meet the market’s needs.

Clusters are a series of two-day educational seminars held throughout the year. Seminars further your professional development with topics integral to healthcare management. Make plans to attend and register online today! 

A Plethora of Health Administration Press To-Dos at Congress

Don’t miss out on all that Health Administration Press has to offer during the 2018 Congress on Healthcare Leadership. Stop by HAP’s bookstore in the Exhibition Hall to check out the latest releases, browse books by Congress speakers, receive a special Congress attendee discount and take home a free gift with every purchase (while supplies last).

Also, be sure to join us for HAP Talks on Monday, March 26 from 12–1 p.m. in the Trending Topics Theater in the Exhibition Hall. HAP's industry-leading authors will explore the latest healthcare trends and topics in a series of short presentations. To register or learn more about Congress, visit ache.org/Congress

Career Corner

We are happy to connect you with valuable ACHE career development resources. We hope that you will find this helpful in the development of your career at any level. 


This unique learning and networking experience will yield immeasurable results for your professional development and your organization's advancement.


• Learn more about the 2018 Senior Executive Program

• Learn more about the 2018 Executive Program


 Additionally, if you would like more information or have questions, please contact Catie Russo, program specialist, division of Professional Development, at crusso@ache.org or at (312) 424-9362



To help you navigate this evolving marketplace, ACHE brings you a unique, interactive and comprehensive tool for planning and managing your career—ACHE CareerEDGE®, a complimentary benefit to ACHE members. CareerEDGE includes assessments, a strategic career planning framework, job site links and more.



ACHE's Career Resource Center is pleased to launch a version of CareerEDGE specially designed to give Student Associates a strong start to their career. ACHE CareerEDGE SE features a five-step framework for success, free assessments, career development articles, a placement and salary report, and more! To enter ACHE CareerEDGE SE, click the Enter CareerEDGE button above.


Enhance Your Leadership

ACHE is committed to the leadership development of our members. We invite you to explore ACHE resources available to support you in enhancing your leadership competencies.

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Many thanks to our Sponsors!

Sponsorship Corner

ACHE Hawai’i Chapter is looking for sponsorship and support for the 2018 year.  The focus of this year’s education and networking opportunities include:

  • Preparing leaders for the changing health care environment

  • Preparing leaders for Population Health management now and in the future

  • Preparing leaders for success through partnerships


The support from sponsors allow us to continue to offer high quality continuing education and leadership development. If you are an organization looking to be one of our valuable sponsors, we offer a variety of sponsorship packages.

Please contact Nick Hughey at nhughey@wcchc.com for more information. 


Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors!