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Dave Engel, FACHE
Phillips County Hospital
Phillipsburg, KS
President Elect
Heather Fuller, FACHE
Sunflower Health Network
Salina, KS
Past President
Janet Stanek, FACHE
Stormont Vail HealthCare, Inc.
Topeka, KS
Melissa L. Hungerford, FACHE
Kansas Hospital Association
Topeka, KS
ACHE Regent
Jeremy Armstrong, FACHE
St. Luke Hospital and Living Center
Marion, KS
Mentoring Matters
Patricia Sanders-Hall, MA, FACHE
KAHCE approved a standing Mentoring Committee in 2011.  The Committee Charter is to facilitate meaningful mentoring and coaching relationships for students, new graduates, early and mid-careerists in order to assist them in advancing their career as healthcare leaders.  Future plans include support of executive coaching opportunities for mid-level and senior healthcare leaders as well.  Meetings are bi-monthly.
Committee Chair: Patricia Sanders-Hall, MA, FACHE
Committee Members:
Anthony Klopfer; Health Care System Director, VA Eastern Kansas HC System
Carol Perry; Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer; Stormont-Vail HealthCare
John Hughes; Administrator, Ellinwood District Hospital
Joyce Heismeyer; COO, Kansas Heart Hospital
Justine Karungi; Assistant Director, Hoglund Brain Imaging Ctr
Meda Bower; System Director Organization and Talent Development, Saint Luke's Health System
Michael Terry; Chief Executive Officer, Salina RMC
Michelle Lunbeck; Vice President, Forums, Children's Hospital Assoc., Olathe
We need healthcare executives and leaders who want to sign up for long-term relationships of 9-18 months as mentors as well as mentors who are interested in meeting only 1-3 times for “lunch and learn” sessions, facility tours or job shadowing experiences.  Graduate students in healthcare administration, new graduates and early to mid-careerists are encouraged to contact the KAHCE Mentoring Committee if you desire to start a long-term or short-term mentoring relationship and we will do our best to match mentors with mentees for relationships which can be face-to-face, via telephone or Skype. 
Please contact Susan Cunningham at   For more information about mentoring, please go to the KAHCE website:
“A Responsibility of Every Executive”
Statement of the Issue 
The future of healthcare management rests in large measure with those entering the field as well as with mid-careerists who aspire to new and greater management opportunities. While on-the-job experience and continuing education are critical elements for preparing tomorrow’s leaders, the value of mentoring these individuals cannot be overstated. Growing through mentoring relationships is an important factor in a protégé’s lifelong learning process. In turn, by sharing their wisdom, insights and experiences, mentors can give back to the profession while deriving the personal satisfaction that comes from helping others realize their potential. For the organization, mentorships can lead to more satisfied employees and the generation of new ideas and programs.
Policy Position 
The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) believes that healthcare executives have a professional obligation to mentor both those entering the field and mid-careerists preparing to lead the healthcare systems of tomorrow.  Experienced healthcare executives can provide guidance to others in many ways, including:
  • Assisting Students and Those Entering the Field
  • Offer assistance by recruiting, interviewing and working with qualified students interested in pursuing healthcare management careers, including addressing their questions relative to pursuing appropriate ongoing education or a graduate degree.
  • Volunteer to serve as a guest lecturer, and use this opportunity to provide students with career planning guidance and insights gleaned from past experience.
  • Offer externships, internships, residencies and postgraduate fellowships.
  • Provide meaningful first-job opportunities to promising graduates and counsel them along the way.
  • Engaging in and Supporting Mentoring Relationships
  • Promote mentoring opportunities and an organizational culture that promotes mentoring.
  • Help proteges develop clear expectations about their role so they will actively contribute to the mentoring relationship.
  • Encourage development of mentoring opportunities in culturally diverse, cross-generational and group settings as well as among individuals of different genders, races and ethnicities.
  • Encourage other experienced executives from across the spectrum of healthcare organizations to engage in mentoring relationships.
  • Keep abreast of changes in mentoring philosophy and techniques so as to ensure continued effectiveness as a mentor in an environment characterized by profound and rapid change.
  • Seek out opportunities to contribute to local independent chapters of ACHE.
  • By providing guidance and engaging in mentoring relationships, healthcare leaders can benefit their organizations, contribute to the future of the profession and gain the personal gratification of helping less experienced individuals grow professionally.
Approved by the Board of Governors of the American College of Healthcare Executives on November 16, 2009.
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