|From the Desk of the KAHCE President|
|Marion "Tony" Thompson, FACHE|
I've just returned from our annual Congress on Administration.
Several excellent sessions prompted me to reflect on the challenges we face in
today's healthcare environment and what we must do to prepare ourselves. I feel
the ACHE Policy Statement on Lifelong Learning and the Healthcare Executive
sums it up best:
"Statement of the Issue
The need for healthcare executives to
expand their professional competencies and leadership capabilities has never
been greater. Changes in both the financing and delivery of care continue to
occur at a rapid pace, and the expertise and skills needed to respond
appropriately to the resulting challenges are not easily obtained. Only through
deliberate, ongoing professional and leadership development can healthcare
executives be assured they have the management and leadership skills needed to
serve their patients, organizations and communities effectively.
A commitment to professional and
leadership development is also critical to the career success of healthcare
executives. As new patient care delivery models continue to emerge, traditional
career ladders are giving way to new paths in healthcare that include all
aspects of the healthcare continuum. An ongoing commitment to growth prepares
healthcare executives for the resulting career opportunities.
The American College of Healthcare
Executives believes healthcare executives have a responsibility to take charge
of their professional and leadership development throughout their careers and,
as part of the profession, to play an important role in supporting the
professional and leadership development of others...."
In a recent interview
ACHE Chairman Heather Rohan said, "As leaders in ACHE, we will continually
reassess the relevance and significance of what we're providing to our members
to be sure we're on target." In response to the Chair, I want you to know your
KAHCE leadership is working diligently to support you and to make certain you
feel our chapter is relevant and significant.
One example of your
chapter leadership's efforts will occur on May 2-3 in Topeka. And a concurrent off-site
session will be hosted in Garden City. (Details are included elsewhere in this
newsletter.) This two-site format is new, and I believe essential, to how we
plan to support members.
Our triple-aim for 2019
will be as follows:
- Provide face-to-face continuing education
offerings relevant to the challenges we face.
- Support members who are eligible to
advance to fellow status and the challenges they face in doing so.
- Increase net membership in the chapter
with a focus on lapsed memberships and those eligible for membership by
addressing the challenges they face in doing so.
In closing, I am pleased
to congratulate the following Kansas chapter members who recently completed all
the requirements for Fellowship. To honor these and other chapter members from
the United States, Canada, China, Pakistan and United Arab Emirates, the Eighty-Fifth
Convocation was held prior to Congress on Sunday, March 3, 2019.
- Patrick W. Altenhofen, FACHE, Leavenworth
- Julie M. Galle, FACHE, Overland Park
- Austin M. Gillard, FACHE, Clay Center
- Steven C. Kelly, FACHE, South Hutchinson
- Justen McKee, FACHE, Prairie Village
They are now board certified
in healthcare, and may now indicate as much by placing FACHE following their