Idaho Healthcare Executive Forum

Winter 2014

ACHE National News

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 For more information, visit

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 for the full selection criteria. Abstracts should be one page in length and submitted as an email attachment to 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 streamline 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
  • The Reference Manual, found at, 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

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

If you are not currently a Fellow apply for Fellow Status today

The importance of earning the distinction of board certification as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives cannot be overstated. Take the next step in advancing your career by achieving Fellow status benefits your 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 and 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.

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. For more information go to to review all requirements and apply.

Regent Message

Happy Holidays!

This time of the year, it’s always nice to look back at what we’ve accomplished over the past year. I’ve been extremely proud and appreciative of the work that our newly formed education committee has accomplished this last year. The panelists and quantity of education offered has been tremendous. IHEF was able to offer 7 face to face credits this year as well as over 15 qualified credits – and all local! The board of IHEF has also grown in size – so be sure to check out the website for details on your local leaders and how to get involved and stay active in the chapter. Thank you to everyone who attended our luncheon and meetings with IHA this fall in October. It was a great turn out and I know I really enjoyed the presentation and updates from ACHE. Remember – if you are tracking your Qualified Education credits, you need to log these sessions on your education page within 
As a reminder, registration for Congress is open. I’d love to see a great showing from our state. This year’s theme is Healthcare in Motion, and there are some great offerings spanning a multitude of current and future issues. Please visit the website and consider attending. It’s a great experience and opportunity to network and meet other healthcare professionals:

IHEF Education Committee Report

As Sandee mentioned, this is a great time to look back on the year and reflect. I'm very proud of the work our amazing group of education committee volunteers did this year. We set a goal to offer enough Face to Face credits to allow IHEF members to get/stay certified without having to travel out of state. We encourage your participation in ACHE national and regional events, but know that those are not always an option, especially in our state. So, we aimed to deliver you 4 Face-to-Face and 8 Qualified credits in 2014.

I'm thrilled to report that we offered 7 Face-to-Face credits and 19.25 Qualified credits, well beyond our goal. An effort like that is the result of outstanding volunteers and teamwork, including the education committee, the board, and our gracious moderators and panel members who contributed to our profession pro bono. I want to specifically recognize our committee members, who were Ben Rogers, Eric Bultez, Angela Byington, Rosey Rupp, Phil Harrop, and Dave McFadyen. Great job, team!
We won't rest on our laurels, though, and are already planning an ambitious education calendar for 2015. We are also excited to add Tiffany Whitmore and our student member, Abraham Ortiz, to our committee. We will continue to draw on partnerships with IHA and other groups while we deliver valuable education to you.
If you have suggestions about anything related to IHEF education, please do not hesitate to contact me or any of our committee members. Here's to a great 2015!
Brad Turpen
IHEF Education Chair

Article of Interest

The Secrets to Career Fulfillment

Adapted from "5 Stealth Ways to Make Monday Better," by Chester Elton,

Come Monday morning, employees can yearn for the upcoming weekend and feel unmotivated and unhappy. However, research show 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 valuable opinion. Also consider activities outside of work such as volunteering or new hobbies to obtain greater fulfillment.