Hawaii - Pacific Chapter of ACHE

Summer 2019 Vol. 2

Messages from Chapter Leadership

Message from the Regent

Hawaii-Pacific Regent, Gidget Ruscetta communicates ACHE's mission to advance healthcare leaders and the field of healthcare management excellence.  She encourages members to volunteer to further sustain a commitment to leadership, training, lifelong learning, diversity and inclusion.


Spring/Summer 2019

It was nice to see so many Hawai'i Pacific Chapter members at Congress this year! There were many excellent sessions on topics ranging from wellness to capitation - all the learnings and takeaways were so interesting and informative. I can't wait to see what next year has in store for us as leaders. I encourage you all to work with your respective employers to attend Congress next year as healthcare is changing at a rapid rate, and you're sure to find the event beneficial. Recommended sessions include topics on inclusion, diversity, physician leaders, wellness, burnout and much more. Also, be sure to take advantage of all networking opportunities. This is a time for you to build relationships nationally that will serve you well into the future.

Additionally, don't forget to carve out a little time during your week to log onto the ACHE.org website to review current events, the Leader-to-Leader Rewards Program and new articles published regularly to support your lifelong learning. Related, please contact me at gidget.ruscetta@palimomi.org if you would like to suggest any leaders in the chapter for an award at the annual breakfast. I am looking for those individuals who have gone the extra mile for patients, a colleague, the chapter and/or their community.

In closing, I encourage you all to volunteer as mentors in our community so we can continue to embrace lifelong learning and help foster those who will be leading the healthcare of tomorrow.




Gidget Ruscetta, FACHE
Regent for Hawaii/Pacific
Pali Momi Medical Center/Hawaii Pacific Health

Message from the Chapter President

Darlena Chadwick, MSN, MBA, FACHE

Chapter President, Darlena Chadwick shares recent chapter events and educational opportunities including plans to strengthen partnerships with our military colleagues and corporate sponsors.

Aloha Chapter Members,

We have been busy this year with several events. The HFMA conference - Sustaining a Financially Vibrant Healthcare Organization, which was outstanding. Thanks so much to the panel members and our moderator Lara Yamada. We then held our social mixer at the Stage Restaurant, which was a lot of fun. We also had a great event with our military partners at the Officers Club at Joint Base Hickam. Thanks so much to Colonel Kara Gormont for hosting and coordinating this event. It was a great turnout with fantastic people and delicious food!
We are striving to have a robust year with several new events; the education committee is working hard and would welcome suggestions. I want to welcome our new Chair of the Diversity Committee, Major Jackie Kim. She has great ideas so more to come!      
I hope everyone took the time to fill out the annual chapter survey. Your voice is very important and we want to hear what we are doing right and what we can do better. 
We are very proud of our outstanding newsletter, hope you are enjoying it and we welcome ideas for articles and feedback from you. Thanks to all of you for your continuing support and participation. Please take advantage of our educational offerings and don’t hesitate to let us know how we can be of service to you.
Our goal continues to be to bring relevant educational opportunities here in Hawaii that satisfies face-to-face and qualified education credit requirements. We also want to thank all of our great sponsors for making this possible. 
THANKS SPONORS- we look forward to engaging you for continued support in 2019.


Darlena Chadwick, MSN, MBA, FACHE
President, Hawai‘i-Pacific Chapter of ACHE
Queen's Health System
Office: (808) 691-4742   


Articles of Interest

The Magic of Interprofessional Collaboration

Chris Meister, OTD, MBA, ORT/L, FACHE

Healthcare organizations lead the way to improve the health of patients and communities. The Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) guidelines create opportunities for healthcare providers to share and incorporate best practice standards that contribute to safer care and improved patient outcomes.

Without a doubt, our patients deserve the very best from all of us. In a large, complex health care system it is sometimes difficult to determine what that means. In my opinion, people from different professions, specialties, and departments coming together to implement best practices is a great example of such an effort.
Hawai’i Pacific Health has been part of a national initiative for several years now, focused on improving outcomes for surgical patients. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is leading an effort to incorporate Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) guidelines into our daily work. The goal is to standardize the care pathway per type of procedure so each patient can take advantage of a carefully crafted bundle of best practices throughout the episode of care. By offering care that is proven to improve outcomes, we are also addressing cost of care and patient experience.  Regardless of the type of procedure in question, there are common principles that facilitate early recovery.
These are:
  • Best practices to prevent harm, such as DVT prevention and pre-operative bathing.
  • Patient activation and engagement in care.
  • Ensuring the patient is adequately prepared for surgery.
  • Regional anesthesia and multi-modal pain management.
  • Avoidance of drains and catheters.
  • Early mobility after surgery.
  • Early oral intake after surgery.
You may be thinking that this sounds pretty straight forward – nothing really new or controversial. You are right about that. The challenge is not in agreeing with the outcomes research, but rather to create work flows that ensure we practice to this standard for every patient, every time.

We have seen great examples throughout Hawai’i Pacific Health of surgeons, anesthesiologists, hospitalists, emergency room physicians, nurses, therapists, case managers, operating room leaders, dieticians, pharmacists, service line leaders, quality department leaders, surgical clinical reviewers, executives, staff educators, peri-op nursing staff, clinic leaders, and others coming together to work towards a common goal of better outcomes.

Some of the work done this year, which has resulted in improved outcomes:
  • New, comprehensive education books for colorectal and orthopedic surgery patients.
  • New order sets incorporating best practice standards of care.
  • Creating an application that pulls information from various IT system and enables leaders to see the progress being made, both process measure and clinical outcome data.
  • Staff and provider education on new policies, protocols, and pathways.
  • Collaboration with IT to make sure as much of the change is hard coded and automatic, such as pre-selecting certain items on order sets or flagging patients as an ERAS patient in the EHR.
 Examples of clinical outcome improvement: 
  • Urinary catheter use decreased by 63% for patients with elective hip or knee replacement
  • Average morphine milligram equivalents per day decreased by 17% for patients with elective hip or knee replacement
  • Use of multi-modal pain management strategies increase by 31% for patients with hip fracture
Though this particular initiative with AHRQ is just for adults at the moment, the team at Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children has worked on a similar effort for the past couple of years. From a bone & joint perspective, we have focused on patients who undergo hip preservation surgery and the patients who have surgery for scoliosis, often teenagers. In the same fashion as already described, an interprofessional team met regularly for a period of time to research best practices, discuss how to best integrate them into our work flows, and implement these changes through staff education and standard protocols. The result has been patients who feel better prepared for surgery, have better pain control, are able to mobilize quicker, and go home sooner.

The number one ingredient for success in these types of initiatives is a motivated work group, often led by a physician champion or other clinical leader who is passionate about improving the patient journey.

Another rewarding part of the journey with ERAS has been to see the hospitals in the State of Hawai’i collaborate – sharing data, discussing best practices, learning from each other. It is a wonderful thought that Aloha will ultimately contribute to safer care and better outcomes.


Change and Readiness in the Military Health System

Col Kara Gormont, USAF, MSC
Military readiness is a vital component of the Military Health System (MHS).  Read more to learn what readiness really means.

All healthcare organizations are subject to regulations, oversight, compliance, cost constraints, patient satisfaction scores, and a multitude of other pressures that inform choices and impact bottom-line resourcing decisions. The Military Health System (MHS) has all of those pressing concerns and one additional impact that supersedes all others; readiness.

What does 'readiness' mean? Readiness for the MHS can mean a lot of different things depending on who you ask, but one thing that rings true for all is that every MHS medical professional needs to be ready to respond to our nation's needs to the full scope of their clinical ability. Unfortunately, our current system does not always deliver on that requirement.

Our direct care system is comprised of 120,000 employees, 55 hospitals, and 300 clinics, and a partnership with a purchased care system which delivers care to 9.6 million beneficiaries across the world (Burns, 2016). The 'direct care' is delivered through utilizing Army, Navy, and Air Force personnel assets. These three military services all have their own headquarters, formulate their own strategic priorities, make purchases, and deliver products and services through their own structures. The Senate MHS Reform overview noted that the MHS was "designed decades ago, and over time has emphasized delivery of peacetime healthcare at the expense of strengthening operational medical force readiness (Senate MHS Reform Overview)."  Currently, there is very little collaboration, economies of scale, joint oversight, and partnership amongst the services.

That structure leads to fragmentation of care, inefficiencies, and stove piping. Focusing on delivering the benefit, has led to many small Primary Care Medical Homes established throughout the world. This outpatient focus compounds the problem of providing ready medical forces.  Active duty military members spend a good portion of their career in these outpatient platforms. As you can imagine, outpatient medicine does not keep you practicing at the full scope you would need to deliver care in a warzone. Sometimes this focus on benefit delivery, can cloud our focus of preparing Airmen to remain resilient, improve health, and even in some cases deploy. The missions of delivering the TRICARE benefit, providing 'ready medical' Airmen while also ensuring 'medically ready' Airmen are not always easily balanced. In the past the MHS has had difficulty balancing these missions.

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2017 (NDAA 2017) is like a cattle prod from Congress to fix our system and focus our efforts. If you work in healthcare you have heard of transformational change. But there are few systems as large as the MHS, who have been charged with completely overhauling a system as complex as this in less than six years. The entire system will be realigned under the Defense Health Agency (DHA) no later than 2022, although there is action to move that up by the fall of 2020. Through a singular organizational structure, the DHA will integrate all medical services. This will be done through streamlining, integrating, focusing on quality, access, affordability, and readiness. The need for reform is significant, the annual appropriations for the MHS is $50 billion a year and is roughly 10% of the entire Department of Defense budget.

The stakes of getting the new system right are high. We must make wide sweeping reform to provide those who have, and are, currently serving our nation's needs. Not only must we deliver a health benefit that is patient centered, holistic, and effective; we also must get 'readiness' right. We must be able to prepare 'medically ready' military members who will protect our nation's interests. Further, we must provide 'ready medical' personnel who can take care of those military members as they protect our nation. The MHS leaders in Hawaii are ready for these challenges. We are ready to work together to enhance medical care to our beneficiaries, streamline processes to improve efficiencies, while driving down costs. We are ready, now more than ever, to collaborate with our civilian counterparts on ways to do all of those things more effectively.

ACHE Chapter Awards

2019 Chapter Management Awards

Hawai'i-Pacific Chapter of ACHE wins twice: Award for Chapter Excellence and Award for Sustained Performance!

Congratulations, Hawai'i-Pacific Chapter of ACHE! Our chapter won two 2019 Chapter Management Awards for our performance in 2018.
Award for Chapter Excellence
Awarded to all chapters that meet at least three of the four performance standards for a continuous three years.

Award for Sustained Chapter Performance
Awarded to all chapters that meet at least one of the four performance standards for a continuous three years.

What are the performance Standards?
To receive one of the 2019 Chapter Management Awards, fully chartered chapters must reach levels equal to or exceeding the following 2018 performance standards:
  • Education & Networking Performance: Chapters must provide at least 13.7 hours of chapter even programming per chapter member.
  • Net Membership Growth: Chapters must have a net membership growth of 7.7 percent.
  • Level of Member Satisfaction: Chapters must receive 4.1 or higher on a 5-point scale in chapter member satisfaction.
  • Advancement of Eligible Members: Chapters must advance a percentage greater or equal to 70% of the members eligible to take and pass the Board of Governors Exam at the beginning of the year.
Click here to learn more about the 2019 ACHE Chapter Management Awards.

Chapter President Darlena Chadwick, FACHE and 
Immediate Past President Micah Ewing, FACHE  

Calendars and Recent Events

Chapter Leaders Reception & Mongolian BBQ at the Historic Hickam Officer's Club

Col Kara Gormont, USAF, MSC

Chapter Leaders Reception & Mongolian BBQ at the Historic Hickam Officer's Club.

The Air Force clinic, located on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, is named after Lt William R. Schick, the first U.S. flight surgeon to die in combat on 7 December 1941, the day of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. At the time of the attack, the clinic was known as the Hickam Station Hospital. The facility had recently been built and opened just a few months before the attack. The hospital had a 40-bed capacity and was staffed with seven medical officers, five dentists, seven nurses, and forty enlisted personnel. Lt Schick was not one of those assigned medical officers.

Lt Schick was a midwestern farm boy who overcame economic hardship, common in the depression era, to realize his dream of becoming a physician. After graduating medical school, he joined the Army, wanting to give back as tensions between America and Japan began to heat up. Lt Schick was assigned to a reconnaissance squadron, and was directed to report with his squadron to Clark Field in the Philippines. He was on one of the B-17s being redirected to the Philippines as they prepared to land at Hickam Airfield on the morning of 7 December 1941. Little did they know that as they were approaching, so too were the Japanese bombers.

As they prepared to land, the Japanese began to fire at the B-17s which, due to an administrative error, did not have live munitions loaded, leaving them defenseless. The B-17 that Schick was on was hit, and he was injured as the plane landed and broke apart from the damage it had sustained. LT Schick was taken to the Hickam Station Hospital, but knowing that his injuries were severe, placing the needs of other above his own and at a cost of great pain to himself, Lt Schick refused treatment and redirected the effort of the Hickam Station Hospital medical staff to take care of those around him. Perhaps he was aware that his fate was imminent, because Lt Schick soon passed away. His heroism and selflessness in the face of danger are why later efforts were made to rename the Hickam Station Hospital, the Lt William R. Schick Clinic.

On 20 May 2019, almost 40 military members, and members of the Hawaii Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives, met at the clinic on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to learn about Lt Schick’s story, as well as many other of the clinic’s heroes. The historian, Ms. Jessie Higa, was also present and shared countless stories with the members present that night. The history of the bombing of Pearl Harbor has many lessons that remain important to the military members of Hawaii, as well as the community, as we prepare for potential future conflict. We can learn from this day about the selfless sacrifice, clinical competency, and commitment that the staff demonstrated to solving critical problems as they worked tirelessly to save lives.

When living in Hawaii it is easy to get lost in paradise. Life is filled with Aloha and Mahalo for each other, and all that we are so lucky to enjoy on this beautiful island in the Pacific. But, the health of our community and the stability of our world are not always guaranteed. Working to bring together our military healthcare leaders, with our community healthcare leaders, is one way that the American College of Healthcare Executives' Hawaii Chapter helps to prepare our community for the challenges that might be ahead; not just a military conflict such as the attack of Pearl Harbor, but many other challenges such as accessible and affordable care, quality of care initiatives, communication and support challenges, retention and recruiting barriers, as well as community concerns such as equitable salaries and affordable housing. All of these issues concern healthcare leaders, no matter if they are on the military or civilian side of delivering care. Our healthcare network is challenged by every day stressors such as these, and opportunities such as this night give ACHE HI Chapter healthcare leaders an opportunity to get to know each other, form bonds, share stories, and even some “Ono Grindz.” This night after hearing the story of our historical healthcare leaders, the group went to the Historic Hickam Officer’s Club where they watched the sunset over Pearl Harbor and enjoyed fabulous Mongolian BBQ. Solving our island’s military and civilian healthcare problems is always better with sunsets, good food, good friends, and Aloha.   


Photo Gallery: Hickam Hospital Circa 1940-1941 & Chapter Leaders Reception at the Historic Hickam Officer's Club

Enjoy historic photos of Hickam Hospital circa 1940-1941 and our chapter leaders reception!





Calendar of Events

Calendar of events

July 2019

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07/18/19 Annual Breakfast Local Chapter Event
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August 2019

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08/19/19 Executive Program (Session 2) ACHE Special Program
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08/20/19 Executive Program (Session 2) ACHE Special Program
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
08/21/19 Executive Program (Session 2) ACHE Special Program
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08/19/19 Senior Executive Program (Session 2) ACHE Special Program
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08/20/19 Senior Executive Program (Session 2) ACHE Special Program
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08/21/19 Senior Executive Program (Session 2) ACHE Special Program

September 2019

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09/02/19 Labor Day Holiday
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09/17/19 Fall Social Event Local Chapter Event

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09/23/19 Board of Governors Exam Review Course ACHE Special Program

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09/24/19 Board of Governors Exam Review Course ACHE Special Program

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09/25/19 Board of Governors Exam Review Course ACHE Special Program

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October 2019

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10/03/19 CEO Circle Forum ACHE Special Program
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10/04/19 CEO Circle Forum ACHE Special Program
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
10/23/19 Leadership Development Program ACHE Special Program

14 15 16 17 18 19 20
10/24/19 Leadership Development Program ACHE Special Program

21 22 23 24 25 26 27
10/25/19 Leadership Development Program ACHE Special Program

28 29 30 31


Calendar of Educational Events

Upcoming Calendar of Educational Events

July 2019

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07/29/19 New York Cluster ACHE Education Event
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07/30/19 New York Cluster ACHE Education Event

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07/31/19 New York Cluster ACHE Education Event

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August 2019

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08/01/19 New York Cluster ACHE Education Event
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08/19/19 Seattle Cluster ACHE Education Event
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08/20/19 Seattle Cluster ACHE Education Event
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08/21/19 Seattle Cluster ACHE Education Event
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08/22/19 Seattle Cluster ACHE Education Event
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September 2019

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09/02/19 Labor Day Holiday
1 2
3 7
09/16/19 Baltimore Cluster ACHE Education Event

8 9 10 11 12 13 14
09/17/19 Baltimore Cluster ACHE Education Event

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09/18/19 Baltimore Cluster ACHE Education Event

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09/19/19 Baltimore Cluster ACHE Education Event

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October 2019

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10/14/19 Las Vegas Cluster ACHE Education Event
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10/15/19 Las Vegas Cluster ACHE Education Event
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10/16/19 Las Vegas Cluster ACHE Education Event

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10/17/19 Las Vegas Cluster ACHE Education Event

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10/21/19 New Orleans Cluster ACHE Education Event

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10/22/19 New Orleans Cluster ACHE Education Event

10/23/19 New Orleans Cluster ACHE Education Event

10/24/19 New Orleans Cluster ACHE Education Event

News & Committee Updates

News from the Education Committee

Kristen Croom, MLS(ASCP), MB(ASCP)

Understanding key differences and requirements for QEC and F2F credits

Aloha Hawaii Pacific Chapter!

The Hawaii-Pacific ACHE chapter has many exciting opportunities for obtaining Face-to-Face (F2F) credits as well as Qualified Education Credits (QEC). The education committee has been working hard to ensure we meet our goals of providing enough credits so that our fellows and our members working toward fellowship can obtain enough credits in the state.
We wanted to take the opportunity to review the key differences and requirements for F2F and QEC. Face-to-Face credits are in-depth programs designed by ACHE to provide an opportunity for discussion and learning. 
There are two different types of F2F programs that can be provided at the local level.  Local chapters can use the Education-in-a-Box product. This product provides an outline for a 1 to 1.5-hour panel discussion about specific areas of healthcare management and leadership. Our most recent panel discussion was held at the Hawaii Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Meeting. We brought a panel together of local leaders to discuss financial sustainability within each of their respective organizations. The benefits of this program are that it is usually less cost for attendees and allows the chapter to highlight and discuss events at the local level. 
The second option for F2F credits is to provide an in-person seminar through the ACHE Choice Program.   The Choice program allows the opportunity for a national speaker to come to the local chapter and provide a presentation for F2F credits. These are a great opportunity to bring well known speakers to the local chapters and allow for those that don’t get to attend clusters and congress to hear the same types of information.  These sessions are generally more expensive for the attendees but have the added benefit of learning great information without expensive travel. We plan on bringing a speaker for the Hawaii - American Organization of Nurse Leadership (AONL) in November 2019 and possible another speaker in September 2019. 
ACHE has recently created a hybrid model for F2F credits for a Board of Governors Exam preparation course.  This program allows a local chapter access to the materials use for the national BOG prep courses at the local level. The chapter is responsible for finding local qualified individuals to teach the courses or the chapter can pay to bring in a speaker from the national program. Our board will discuss if this needs to be brought to Hawaii and Guam for those considering taking the Board of Governors Exam. 
Qualified Education credits are additional options to learn about healthcare leadership and management.  These are programs that are not designed by ACHE but meet the necessary requirements to qualify for credits. These programs must address a topic directly related to the practice of management and be conducted by qualified instructors. Our last opportunity to each QEC was also at the Hawaii HFMA conference.  The next opportunity for QEC credits will be at the New Member Breakfast in June and the Annual ACHE Breakfast in July. ACHE members are also able to self-claim QEC credits on the ACHE website. 
In order to advance to fellow an individual must obtain a minimum of 12 F2F credits and the remaining 24 may be F2F or QEC. In order to recertify a fellow must obtain 12 F2F credits and 24 of F2F or QEC credits every three years. The opportunity to gain F2F and QEC is an important part of being an ACHE member.  These credits allow members to gain valuable knowledge, network with other members and become stronger healthcare leaders. 
The education committee is very excited to continue to offer a wide variety of QEC and F2F credits for our local ACHE members. Please feel free to contact Kristen Croom if you have questions or concerns about claiming Qualified Education Credits. If you have an idea for a F2F event please email Kristen at kcroom80@gmail.com, we are always looking for more ideas. 
As a member of the education committee we would like to thank all of you for continued support and participation in our local chapter.

With regards,

Kristen Croom
Co-Chair, Education Committee


News from the Guam Local Program Chapter

Geojun Wu, MHA

Geo Wu, GLPC Chair, shares GLPC updates and a commitment to working together with ACHE Hawaii-Pacific Chapter leadership.

Hafa Adai,

Congratulations and welcome aboard to the new ACHE Hawaii-Pacific Chapter President, Darlena Chadwick! GLPC is committed to working together to make positive changes in the healthcare community. 
Meanwhile in Guam, our Vice-President accepted a position stateside and although he will not be able to continue as Vice President, we wish him the best in his endeavors as we are sure he will continue to serve as a leader in the healthcare industry. GLPC Secretary, Jayar Calilung will be able to fill the role as we host another meeting and potentially find interested candidates. Our board continues to support professional development and networking for healthcare leaders. 
Although members in Guam are not able to physically attend upcoming events in Hawaii, the next remote conference (still in its planning phase) could potentially be in September! I encourage all those who can participate to be active, as this is an amazing opportunity to learn and connect with other healthcare leaders.

Geojun Wu, MHA
President, Guam Local Program Chapter
USN, MSC, Naval Hospital Guam

Student Corner

Rachelle B. Gallegos, Student Representative

Student Representative Rachelle Gallegos shares tips for FAFSA application and eligibility.

Federal deadline to apply or reapply for FAFSA is June 30th. This is the best time to think about scholarships. As part of your ACHE Student Membership, Student Associates have full advantage to apply for two scholarships. Taking advantage of these scholarship will provide supplemental financial aid that will subsidize tuition costs and expenses. 
Applications to these two scholarships are accepted between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2020!
Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship -This scholarship is available to minority students in healthcare management graduate programs.  You are not required to be a Student Associate of the American College of Healthcare Executives. However, during the selection process, preference is given to applicants who are Student Associates of ACHE.
Foster G. McGaw Graduate Student Scholarship- This scholarship is offered to provide financial aid to students in healthcare management graduate programs.
Scholarship Details

Offered annually, to students enrolled in their final year of a healthcare management graduate program. Each scholarship is worth $5,000. 
Eligibility Requirements
  • A minority student enrolled full-time in a healthcare management graduate program - MHA, MPH, MBA in Healthcare Administration or similar
  • Entering your final year (fall/spring) of full-time study
  • Anticipating graduation between Sept. 1, 2020 and Aug. 31, 2021 
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • U.S. or Canadian citizen
  • Not a previous recipient of this scholarship or the Foster G. McGaw Graduate Student Scholarship

How to Apply
Include the following with your application: 
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • Three current letters of recommendation (one must be from your graduate program director)
  • Application Essay including information on your;
    • Reason for pursuing a career in healthcare management / your career aspirations and goals
    • History in the field
    • Financial need
    • Community/Civic engagement and volunteerism
Good luck everyone! I commend you for your commitment and dedication in continuing to grow professionally and achieving your career goals. 
Rachelle Gallegos
Student Representative 
808-330-8817 (Mobile)

Membership Report: New Fellows, Members, and Recertified Fellows

Andrew Giles, Membership Chair

On behalf of the membership committee, I wish to thank all of you for your engagement and continued support to our chapter.

Aloha Kakou! 

Thank you to those that attended the ACHE Spring Social Event on April 23, it was great to network and “talk-story” with the chapter members. Our next event will be the Annual Breakfast Meeting at the Hawaii Prince Hotel on July 18. We are also pleased to welcome the 5 new members who have joined our local chapter in April & May! Please reach out to Andrew Giles at Andrew.T.Giles@kp.org if you are interested in getting more involved with the Hawaii ACHE Chapter.

Please extend a warm aloha to our New Members.

Marisa Adaro
MAJ Martina Taylor Campbell
HM1 Jeremy Velasquez

Cindy Nguyen
LTJG Paul Winston


Congratulations to our Newest Fellow!

Kirsten Pennaz, RN, FACHE


Thank you,

Andrew T. Giles, Membership Chair
Kaiser Permanente - Hawaii Region
808-432-7960 (office)

ACHE Resources

ACHE National News

ACHE National News:  Summer Edition


Program Spotlight:

Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming Education

Develop new healthcare skills and elevate your leadership credentials this summer with a variety of professional development opportunities.

Explore the most important healthcare management topics today, network with your peers and earn ACHE Face-to-Face Education credits by attending a seminar or two in New York (July 29–Aug. 1), Seattle (Aug. 19–22) or Baltimore (Sept. 16–19).

For Members on the path to becoming board certified in healthcare management, prepare yourself during the Board of Governors Examination Review Course in Atlanta, Sept. 23–25.

Can’t get away? Schedule education for when and where it is most convenient for you with our e-learning options. Learn about physician employment and earn ACHE Qualified Education credits during the webinar, “Building Strategic Value With Your Employed Physician Network,” Aug. 27, or check out our online seminars.


Stokes Podcast: High Reliability, Good Governance

In this Healthcare Executive podcast, Charles D. “Chuck” Stokes, FACHE, president and CEO of Memorial Hermann Health System, Houston, discusses high reliability and good governance in healthcare management. Stokes, whose leadership skills led his organization to win two Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards, shares the benefits of embracing Baldrige criteria in daily operations to run an engaged and fiscally sound healthcare facility.


Burnout Is More Than a Buzzword

The topic of burnout seems ubiquitous today, especially given the World Health Organization’s recent recognition of burnout in the new version of the International Classification of Diseases—ICD-11—as a “syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.”

This critical issue is particularly prevalent in our field; approximately one in every three physicians is experiencing professional burnout at any given time.

Healthcare leaders seeking answers and solutions to this important topic can turn to ACHE for their educational needs. For instance, during the upcoming two-day seminar “Professional Burnout in Healthcare: Lead Your Organization to Wellness,” participants will learn how to recognize burnout and explore a simple and practical framework to improve overall staff wellness. This session, led by ACHE faculty Michael E. Frisina, PhD, CEO, The Frisina Group, and Harjot Singh, MD, healthcare burnout coach, TheHappyMD.com, is available at the New York Cluster, July 29–Aug. 1, where attendees can earn up to 27 ACHE Face-to-Face Education credits.

Can’t make it to New York this summer? This seminar will also be available at the San Diego Cluster, Nov. 4–7.

Interested in Earning Up to 64.25 Education Credits? There’s Still Time to Apply to Dolan Executive Diversity Program

Research suggests that greater diversity among healthcare leaders results in improved health outcomes for communities. To help diversify healthcare management leadership, ACHE is accepting applications for the 2020 Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program now through July 12. Scholars can earn up to 64.25 education credits.

This once-in-a-career opportunity for promising mid-level and senior-level careerists offers an innovative curriculum that will enhance professional and personal skills. Scholars are paired with a specially selected mentor for one-on-one interaction.

To be selected for one of the six coveted program positions, candidates must meet the application requirements and submit an application by the July 12 deadline. To learn more, please visit ache.org/ExecutiveDiversity.


Self-Study Courses: Learn on the Go

Effective plan execution can turn today’s challenges into tomorrow’s successes. With self-study course “Effective Strategy Execution,” you will explore how to design effective strategy and implement it.

ACHE’s self-study courses allow you to master healthcare management fundamentals or build expertise on current topics while you are traveling or from the comfort of your home or office. In just four easy steps, you can complete a self-study course and earn ACHE Qualified Education credits that can be applied toward advancement or recertification as an ACHE Fellow.

Additionally, if you purchase one self-study course by phone, you will receive a second course at 50 percent off. Call Health Administration Press Customer Service at (301) 362-6905 to take advantage of this special offer. Visit ache.org/SelfStudy to learn more.


Deadline to Save on BOG Exam Quickly Approaching

Only two weeks remain to apply to earn your FACHE® credential and save $200 on the Board of Governors Exam.

Passing the Board of Governors Exam is the final step on your path to becoming board certified as a Fellow of ACHE. If you submit your completed advancement application, the $250 application fee and all supporting documents (e.g., references) by the June 30 deadline, ACHE will waive the $200 fee to take the Board of Governors Exam pending approval of your application.

You do not want to miss this opportunity to advance your career as a healthcare leader and save on the Exam. Apply today to become a Fellow of ACHE.


Postgraduate Fellowships: Creating Future Leaders

Give back to the field by offering a postgraduate fellowship in your organization. ACHE’s postgraduate fellowship portal gives you the tools you need to develop a fellowship, including detailed resources on logistics, compensation and benefits, recruiting, onboarding and assessing fellowship candidates.

Organizations also can post their opportunities in the online directory of Postgraduate Administrative Fellowships Listings, increasing their visibility with students seeking postgraduate administrative fellowships on a national level.

Whether you are an organization in the development stages of creating a fellowship, a student seeking a postgraduate administrative fellowship or an organization ready to post or update a current listing, you will find everything you need by visiting ache.org/Postgrad.

Career Corner

 Learn more about developing your professional network

Building and maintaining your professional network

ACHE is committed to supporting its members to develop and build a wide network.  ACHE provides resources to get you started including ACHE's official LinkedIn Group.

Career Advising Network

Connect with a healthcare leader to gain valuable information and guidance on making a career transition.  Our career advising network members are here to help.

Resources for Special Groups

Take advantage of career resources addressing unique needs of diverse populations within ACHE's membership.  From students in healthcare management programs to healthcare leaders transitioning from the military, ACHE's affinity groups provide a myriad of career resources support members from diverse backgrounds.  Explore resources tailored to:
  • Students
  • Women Executives
  • Physician Executives
  • Transitioning Military
  • Early Careerists
Additional Healthcare Organizations

Expand your network by exploring resources and job opportunities provided by external healthcare organizations:


Leadership Mentoring Network (LMN)

ACHE created the Leadership Mentoring Network to expand opportunities for learning and development exclusively for ACHE members. Fill out a mentee profile today to indicate your interest in being matched with a successful female healthcare executive.

Get Started

Prospective mentors and mentees must file a personal profile with ACHE's Career Resource Center so that the CRC may identify appropriate matches.

If you wish to become a mentor, please fill out the mentor profile form.
If you wish to become a mentee, please fill out the mentee profile form.




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Thank you to all our Sponsors

The ACHE Hawai’i-Pacific Chapter is pleased to announce our valuable sponsors for this year. Our sponsors allow us to continue to offer high quality continuing education and leadership development to prepare Hawai’i’s healthcare leaders for the ever changing and challenging health care landscape.  
Platinum Sponsors
Hawai’i Pacific Health
Kaiser Permanente
Gold Sponsors
Adventist Health, Castle Medical Center
Hawai'i Pacific X-Ray Corporation
Nihon Khoden
TRANE (Ingersoll Rand Company)
Silver Sponsors
Cache Valley Electric
The Queen’s Health Systems
Many thanks to our sponsors: