March 2019
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From the Desk of the KAHCE President
Message from Your ACHE Regent - Winter 2019
Students Learn at ACHE Congress
Register for ACHE Credits - May 2-3, 2019
Seeking Nominations for New Award
Advancing in ACHE
Membership Report
Three Steps for Engaging Healthcare Providers in Organizational Change
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Tony Thompson, FACHE
Allen County Regional Hospital
Iola, KS

President Elect

Trenton Stringer
Overland Park, KS

Past President
Judy Corzine, FACHE
Stormont Vail Health
Topeka, KS


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


KHA Liaison
Ronald W. Marshall
Kansas Hospital Association
Topeka, KS

ACHE Regent
Patricia Sanders-Hall
High Road Coaching
Overland Park, KS


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KAHCE LinkedIn
KAHCE Kansas Association of Health Care Executives


KAHCE Title Sponsor:

Advancing in ACHE
Patrick Altenhofen, FACHE

I want to take the time in this first article to introduce myself. My name is Patrick Altenhofen, and I am the new Chair of the KAHCE Advancement Committee. The past two years for me has been a journey of professional growth, and I do not mean what most think when they hear “professional growth.” What I mean is understanding the need to continue to learn and challenge one’s self, outside of the standard work environment through literature, networking, and mentoring. From the input of my mentors and desire to test what I have learned, I took the Board of Governors exam. As of January 2018, I am now very proud to showcase the designation FACHE after my name. Now that I have taken and completed the journey to achieve the FACHE designation, I now strive to help others continue their journey of learning and advancement.

Over the past three months as the KAHCE Advancement Chair, I have had the opportunity to connect with some amazing folks in KAHCE. What has been even more amazing is the response I received when I sent an email out to KAHCE members who are on the cusp of taking the Board of Governors exam, and the next step toward FACHE – striving to continue learning and advancing, professionally and personally. Individuals I received responses from were of varying ages, levels in their career, and overall experience. The one thing in common is the fact that they recognized FACHE as the gold standard of health care executives.

As many of you consider your next steps of learning and advancement, I want to make sure everyone is aware that ACHE is currently allowing members to complete their FACHE application by June 30, 2019, along with the $250 application fee and all supporting documents.  In turn, ACHE will waive the $200 Board of Governors exam fee. This waiver will be valid for six months after the application is approved.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the benefits of FACHE, please reach out to me at  

Please also follow this link to get a snapshot of the benefits to obtaining your FACHE. 

Patrick Altenhofen, FACHE
Vice President, Operations
Saint Luke's Cushing Hospital
711 Marshall St
Leavenworth, KS 66048
Phone 913.684.1108 (ext. 51108)

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