Summer 2013
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KAHCE Annual Meeting & Education - Save the Date: November 13, 2013
SAVE THE DATE - September 12, 2013
KAHCE Membership Update
Adding Value to Student Membership
Mentoring Matters
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National News - Summer 2013
Avoid Complacency in Presentations
Focus on Professional Growth
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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
National News - Summer 2013

National News
Summer 2013

ACHE’s New President and CEO Takes the Helm

ACHE welcomed its new president and CEO, Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE, on May 13. Bowen was executive vice president and COO at ACHE and replaces Thomas C. Dolan, PhD, FACHE, FASAE, who retired as ACHE’s president and CEO on May 10 after 27 years of service to ACHE and the healthcare management profession. Bowen looks forward to working with ACHE’s Board of Governors, Regents, chapters and staff to help ACHE members be successful leaders in transforming healthcare. To learn more about Bowen, read her interview in the July/August 2013 issue of Healthcare Executive.

Executive Diversity Program

The Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives is still encouraging donations to the Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program. Gifts—no matter the amount—will shape the future of healthcare leadership. Visit to make a donation.

2013 Congress Recap

Nearly 4,000 healthcare executives recently gathered in Chicago to participate in ACHE’s 56th Congress on Healthcare Leadership. This year’s Congress offered attendees opportunities to learn, connect with colleagues, share knowledge and insight, and gain fresh perspectives so that together we can design and implement strategic initiatives to meet the challenges of healthcare delivery. Relive or experience for the first time some of the best leadership presentations from Congress at Finally, save the date for next year’s Congress! The 57th Congress on Healthcare Leadership will be held March 24–27, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Fund for Innovation Offerings

ACHE is offering a new special session funded in part by the Foundation of ACHE’s Fund for Innovation in Healthcare Leadership. On Tuesday, Sept. 24, in conjunction with the San Diego Cluster, ACHE and the Fund will present “The Innovation Center: Taking Action to Improve Care and Reduce Costs,” led by Valinda R. Rutledge, former director of the Patient Care Models Group at the U.S. Center of Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Innovation Center). During this valuable, half-day session, you will gain an understanding of the Innovation Center and the impact that various funded initiatives will have on the delivery of healthcare to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and on healthcare organizations that deliver that care. See how the Innovation Center supports healthcare leaders in creating new care delivery models. Discover opportunities to deliver better health, improved care and lower costs to people with the highest healthcare needs in your communities.
In addition, leaders from three organizations that are participating in different pilots with the Innovation Center will share their experiences, outcomes and challenges in implementing these pilots. Participation in this workshop qualifies for 4 hours of ACHE Face-to-Face Education credit.

As a result of this program you will identify breakthrough strategies leading healthcare organizations are developing to:

  • Improve patient safety
  • Promote care that is coordinated across healthcare settings
  • Invest in primary care transformation
  • Create new bundled payments for care episodes

For those already participating in the San Diego Cluster continue your professional growth with this special offering. Or, participate solely in this program and discover tremendous opportunities for improving patient care and the overall health of the communities you serve. Visit for details.

This program is just one way the Fund brings innovation to the forefront of healthcare leadership. For more information about the Fund for Innovation in Healthcare Leadership, visit or call ACHE’s Customer Service Center at (312) 424-9400.

Exam Online Community Offers a Complimentary Interactive Learning Platform

Members preparing for the Board of Governors Examination can access the Exam Online Community as a complimentary and supplementary resource that can boost their confidence and help them succeed. The Online Community is an interactive platform to learn and glean study tips from other Members taking the Exam. Plus, there is the opportunity to discuss Exam topics with experts for better understanding and the option to participate in study groups. Interested Members can join the Exam Online Community at

Postgraduate Fellowship Area of Provides a Vital Resource to Healthcare Organizations and Entrants

Postgraduate Fellowships are essential to attract and develop highly qualified healthcare management professionals. ACHE offers robust online resources on postgraduate fellowships at whether an organization seeking to develop a postgraduate fellowship, an organization that wants to find the best candidate or new healthcare management entrants looking for a fellowship opportunity. The site includes the Directory of Fellowships in Health Services Administration for organizations to post their fellowship opportunities and for students to find opportunities they want to pursue. Additionally, resources for organizations looking to start a Fellowship include sample manuals, templates and checklists.


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