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Patricia Sanders-Hall, FACHE
The University of Kansas Hospital
Overland Park, KS

President Elect

Roger Masse, FACHE
Ellsworth County Medical Center
Ellsworth, KS

Past President
Bob Bregant, FACHE
Steele Healthcare Solutions, LLC
Shawnee, KS


George M. Stover, FACHE
Hospital District #1 of Rice County
Lyons, KS


Judy Corzine, FACHE
Stormont Vail Health
Topeka, KS


KHA Liaison
Melissa L. Hungerford, FACHE
Kansas Hospital Association
Topeka, KS

ACHE Regent

Janet Stanek, FACHE
Stormont Vail HealthCare, Inc.
Topeka, KS 

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From the Desk of the KAHCE President
Patricia Sanders-Hall, M.A., FACHE

We have had an energetic and busy first half of 2016 with a lot of work going into our annual spring educational conference in Topeka on April 27-28. The very committed and active Education Committee led by chair, Scott McIntyre and Chair-elect, Jean Garten, really put on a great program which offered 9.0 ACHE Face-to-Face credits. The program brought in many local Kansas healthcare leaders and experts and each of the 6 panels offered interesting insights on varied topics, many of which centered on the over-arching theme of Population Health. The 2015 Ache Members Survey revealed KAHCE members wanted to continue quality programs which presented strategies for successful leadership. The desire to offer diverse insights with relevance to both rural and urban healthcare settings was also a goal. This was a tall order to combine into one event but the committee took on the challenge. I was honored to serve as a panel member and a moderator on two of the panels and humbled to share the podium with the line-up of panelists. Kudos to this stellar committee for an excellent program right here in Kansas with a lot of bang for the buck!

We reported here previously that the Board approved a re-structure of the KAHCE committees to offer greater opportunities for leaders in Kansas to serve in our organization as well as to reduce the workload for these volunteer duties to a much more reasonable amount. Both of these benefits were noted as recruitment and retention strategies based on feedback from our members in last year’s survey. Our members want to serve the organization but many reported that current jobs mean very busy days with not a lot of “extra” time for volunteering. By splitting committees in more focused categories, we have a larger group of leaders who serve as chairs as well as more members willing to serve on the committees and take on very defined roles. Here’s the list of our current committees for KAHCE and along with it is my request for each member reading this newsletter to consider contacting us to serve on one of these committees in 2017:

  • Advancement: support and reporting related to members desiring to advance to achieve the FACHE credential.
  • Awards and Recognition: planning, nominating and selection for the annual (fall) presentation of ACHE awards, Regent’s award and Chapter awards.
  • Communication: responsible for building the quarterly chapter newsletter by soliciting articles from members.
  • Education: responsible for development of face-to-face credit programs as well as qualified education credit programs and networking events.
  • Equity and Diversity: promoting the ACHE Commitment to Diversity in Healthcare leadership and patient care.
  • Finance and Audit: responsible for development, oversight and reporting of the chapter budget and disbursement of funds.
  • Governance: serves as the “executive committee” of the Board and consists of elected officers: President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary and Immediate Past President.
  • KCLPC: the Kansas City Local Program Council has the mission of developing and implementing two educational programs per year in the KC metro area.
  • Membership: responsible for recruitment & welcoming of new members as well as retention of current members.
  • Mentoring: serves to offer short-term shadowing and coaching for early and mid-careerists.
  • Military/VA: represents the healthcare leaders who are in active military roles as well as leaders in V.A. hospitals and healthcare facilities.
  • Nominating: headed by the Immediate past president and responsible for development and presenting of an annual slate of officers and new board members.
  • Sponsorship: seeks corporate and individual monetary sponsorships to defer the costs of educational programs and scholarships.
  • Students and Early Careerists: development of strategies to engage and recruit students and young, new healthcare leaders.

As president I have joined the ACHE Quarterly Chapter Leaders Call, and I always enjoy sharing KAHCE updates with other presidents in District 4 as well as hearing from them. There are many good ideas shared as well as discussions about challenges we all face. The need to stay connected with healthcare leaders working in rural communities that are spread far and wide in the state has been echoed by many other Chapter presidents. It is good to share innovative ideas for engagement and inclusion of these important members in our chapter.

The President of the Missouri Chapter of Healthcare Executives (MOHEG) contacted me last winter to ask if we would approve some changes in the charter for the Bi-State KC Local Program Council. KCLPC is co-sponsored by both Missouri and Kansas and is the only bi-state LPC in the nation. The most significant change was to increase the number of represented Missouri counties to include a few rural areas which had been assigned to St. Louis. This change pulls in two MOHEG members who were felt to be very under-represented and underserved. The other changes were grammatical. The KAHCE Board unanimously approved these changes in the May Board meeting.

Finally, please mark your calendars for the educational program and annual KAHCE membership meeting , luncheon and networking reception on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at the Overland Park Convention Center. The theme for this program will be Diversity and Inclusion in Healthcare and will offer 3.0 ACHE Face-to-Face credits.

Patricia Sanders-Hall, M.A., FACHE
President, KAHCE
Vice President, Division of Clinical Professions, The University of Kansas Hospital

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