June 30, 2017
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Seven Sponsored Students Reflect on ACHE Congress
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Roger Masse, FACHE
Ellsworth County Medical Center
Ellsworth, KS

President Elect

Judy Corzine, FACHE
Stormont Vail Health
Topeka, KS

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


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


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

ACHE Regent

Janet Stanek, FACHE
Stormont Vail Health
Topeka, KS 

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Seven Sponsored Students Reflect on ACHE Congress
Heather Fuller, FACHE

If I had to summarize Congress in one word, I would say inspiring. As I listened to the opening remarks, I realized that everyone was there for the same reason. We are members of the American College of Healthcare Executives and committed to integrity, lifelong learning, leadership, and diversity & inclusion. There was nothing more inspiring than being surrounded by 4,000 other dedicated, driven healthcare leaders. From the opening session to the final reception, I remained inspired. Inspired to learn, grow, and make a difference in the healthcare field. Madison Davis

A common theme of the many sessions was the need to differentiate oneself from others by expanding knowledge and experience, wearing many hats and doing things that go beyond a job description. Another way to look at the concept of setting oneself apart is the notion of investing in oneself. Some speakers mentioned it is vital to demonstrate learning agility, show passion and practice clear thinking. The importance of taking care of oneself and maintaining work-life balance was emphasized by several speakers. I particularly liked the idea that balance of work and life might not always be possible, but the integration of the two can be achieved.

My last session was concerned with international opportunities. The speakers said that risk-taking fosters creativity and resourcefulness. They also appreciated the exposure to worldwide best practices and a chance to build lasting friendships. Malwena Zastawna

Growing up I was taught the importance of diversity; diversity of thought, diversity of opinion, and diversity of experience. The people within healthcare management encompass this diversity, and by attending Congress I was able to grow, learn, and collaborate with them. The information presented at ACHE’s 2017 Congress on Healthcare Leadership provided me the opportunity to think creatively, collaboratively and innovatively with individuals working towards a similar cause. As a future healthcare executive, I hope to use the information I learned at Congress to motivate my team and contribute to out-of-the-box ideas to remain ahead in the ever changing world of healthcare. Maha Madi

More than 4,000 diverse healthcare leaders from around the globe gathered to share their perspectives, insights, and knowledge. Having that many people so passionate about the same thing created a motivating and exciting environment! Some of the topics my sessions covered were building and sustaining an effective quality and patient safety program, core communicative competencies to become a spirited leader, redefining population health, etc. Throughout my week at Congress, I made many new connections with fellow students from across the country, as well as executives that showed wonderful leadership and the willingness to help guide new healthcare leaders. Elizabeth Murry

I was able to attend a variety of sessions during the week. The topics ranged from the transition from student to executive, integrating behavioral health and primary care, sustainable innovation, rural population health, and leading an experienced workforce. The session on integrating behavioral health and primary care was inspiring. Hearing from leaders who have successfully implemented innovative solutions that led to real health improvements and outcomes for their patients has me excited to join the workforce and start making changes and improvements myself.

In addition, networking with alumni from my own graduate program and then meeting fellow students from other universities was a rewarding experience. Everyone I met had a similar passion to my own, in that we all want to make a positive impact improving the lives of our communities. John Hart

Three words describe my experience at the ACHE Congress 2017: progress, persistence, and positivity. Regarding ACHE’s core value of lifelong learning, Congress provided an environment to network, learn, and grow. One of the seminars I attended presented on updates for healthcare policy. At the conclusion of the session, I had a sense of progress.

Several awards were presented to members of the organization, which aligns with ACHE's core value of leadership. It was encouraging and motivating to witness individuals in healthcare be recognized for their work and contributions. Many of the student track seminars provided foundations for students to become recognized leaders in the future. A common theme throughout these sessions was persistence. The facilitators relayed to students that healthcare is unlike any other industry in the world and that we must work hard and stay motivated in order to leave our mark.

Several fellow attendees provided reading lists, contacts and advice for my career aspirations. I felt a wave of positivity leaving the Congress because of renewed motivation and inspiration to continue to work towards my goals and my journey to become an integral part of our healthcare system. Jackie McCullough

I loved seeing people who are advanced in the healthcare field but willing to share their thoughts on different issues facing the industry. I heard best practices concerning many different initiatives such as MACRA, value-based care, and patient safety programs. The networking opportunities at the conference were also wonderful. It was a great chance to get to know other students and to meet executives in attendance.

Overall, Congress inspired me and got me excited about the future of healthcare. Despite the problems within the industry, a lot of incredible work and advancements are being achieved. I appreciated the overall positive feeling at the conference and the encouragement to improve the industry together in order to provide better patient care. I look forward to attending Congress again in the future and to increasing my involvement in ACHE once I become a full member. Lyndsey Harrold

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