|Message from Your ACHE Regent - Spring 2018|
**This message from your ACHE Regent was originally emailed to all KAHCE members.**
Greetings from Your Kansas Regent!
Attending the ACHE Congress in Chicago this year was full of great experiences. As a member of the newly elected Regents, I attended an orientation session on Friday, March 23 and the Council of Regents and our District Four meeting on Saturday, March 24. The highlight was the Convocation Ceremony on Sunday, March 25 when new FACHE members were presented with their pins and new Regents and Governors were introduced. It was a great ceremony! Congratulations to our new Kansas FACHE members: Regan E. Baron, RN, FACHE; David Cohen, FACHE; Kimberly Hlobik, FACHE; Michael L. Jensen, FACHE; Brenda Mills, FACHE; Darren S. Odum, FACHE; and Carrie L. Saia, RN, FACHE.
Attending a stellar educational program held at the Wichita Marriott on April 26 was a great way to get started on my first year as Regent. The Education Committee under the leadership of Trenton Stringer did a fantastic job of lining up excellent speakers for four panels which offered a total of 6 ACHE Face-to-Face credits under the title, “Patient-Centered Care in Modern Times.” Many thanks to these knowledgeable panelists for taking the time to prepare for this event despite their very busy roles in their respective organizations. We had a good turnout, and the Q & A discussions reflected the high engagement of our attendees. Thanks to the efforts of Robert E. “Bob” Bregant Jr., FACHE and our Sponsorship Committee there were excellent financial support for this event from several Kansas companies. I would like to personally thank title sponsors, Murray Company and KaMMCO; event sponsors, Bukaty Companies and Cox Business; and networking sponsor, STL Communications. If you missed this event, you can check out the flyer to review the topics and speakers. We are always open to the feedback from both attendees and those members who did not attend to help us in planning future programs here in Kansas.
The day before our spring program in Wichita, I had the opportunity for a Higher Education Network visit to Wichita State University. I appreciate my host, Associate Professor Deborah Lehner, MHA, FACHE for inviting me to speak to her Healthcare Administration class on Aligning Healthcare Human Resource Policies with Quality Standards. It was also a great opportunity to share my personal experiences as a healthcare executive and the value of membership in ACHE in advancing my career.
I am also happy to report that I have re-instated the Regents Advisory Council (RAC) for each year of my 3-year term of office. The RAC is like a consulting group for discussion of specific topics related to the Regent’s duty to serve as a chapter advocate and a liaison with ACHE. Effective June 1, 2018 through May 31, 2019, there will be 12-14 members serving on the Kansas RAC, including both KAHCE members as well as two non-members who are healthcare executives. My plan is to have healthcare providers from urban and rural facilities, healthcare education faculty and healthcare sponsor companies represented on the RAC. The goals of the Kansas RAC are to address building membership, to support advancement to FACHE and to facilitate relevant continuing education of healthcare leaders. I will report topics we discuss and any recommendations made in future Regent letters.
Finally, congratulations to the ongoing success of our Bi-state Kansas City Local Program Council, the only ACHE-sanctioned and chartered LPC shared by two state chapters, Kansas and Missouri. The recent program sponsored by KAHCE was held at the University of Kansas Research Building in Fairway, KS on May 3, 2018. The report from Justine Karungi, FACHE, KCLPC co-chair, was that this event was well-attended and the panel members were exceptionally knowledgeable in presenting on the topic, “Leading a Successful Multigenerational Workforce.” It is great to hear that there are many engaged members of the KCLPC group working collaboratively to achieve the goal of bringing quality face-to-face education programs to the Kansas City area.
Please let me know if I can provide any assistance or support by contacting me via email at Kansas Regent. Thank you for all you do as leaders for the improving the healthcare of Kansans!
Patricia Sanders-Hall, FACHE
Regent for Kansas