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Trenton Stringer
Saint Luke's Health System
Overland Park, KS

President Elect
Todd Willert, FACHE
Community Healthcare System
Onaga, KS

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

Phil Ginder, FACHE
Hodgeman County Health Center
Jetmore, KS

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

Treasurer Elect
Tracy O'Rourke, FACHE
Stormont Vail Health
Topeka, 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 Title Sponsor:

Advancement Report
Patrick W. Altenhofen, FACHE

In healthcare, leaders continuously hear about accelerated change and that the only thing you can be certain of in healthcare is change. During this COVID-19 pandemic, constant change is an understatement. The last 3 months have been a time of tremendous change, both from a clinical and business standpoint, and leadership has never been more critical. In a recent article published by Deloitte regarding leadership, they touch on aspects of leadership during a pandemic that ties in closely with the foundation of those that have the designation of FACHE:

  1. Design from the heart … and the head. In crisis, the hardest things can be the softest things. Resilient leaders are genuinely, sincerely empathetic, walking compassionately in the shoes of employees, customers, and their broader ecosystems. Yet resilient leaders must simultaneously take a hard, rational line to protect financial performance from the invariable softness that accompanies such disruptions.
  2. Put the mission first. Resilient leaders are skilled at triage, able to stabilize their organizations to meet the crisis at hand while finding opportunities amid difficult constraints.
  3. Aim for speed over elegance. Resilient leaders take decisive action – with courage – based on imperfect information, knowing that expediency is essential.
  4. Own the narrative. Resilient leaders seize the narrative at the outset, being transparent about current realities – including what they don’t know – while also painting a compelling picture of the future that inspires others to persevere.
  5. Embrace the long view. Resilient leaders stay focused on the horizon, anticipating the new business models that are likely to emerge and sparking the innovations that will define tomorrow.

Source – Deloitte (2020) The heart of resilient leadership: Responding to Covid-19. https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/fr/Documents/about-deloitte/covid-19-resilient-leadership.pdf

As leaders in this crazy new world, I know that it is likely that designations (such as FACHE) from professional organizations are not at the top of everyone’s list. However, please know that ACHE understands these trying times and has adjusted the timeline for new fellowship applications and recertification.

Fellow Applications:

All Fellow applications on file with a 2020 expiration date have been extended and will expire on Dec. 31, 2020


Recertification deadlines have been extended for 2019 and 2020 classes. Each recertification class must have met all of the requirements, submitted their application and paid the recertification fee by the new deadlines.

2019 Recertification Class Extension is Dec. 31, 2020.

2020 Recertification Class Extension is March 31, 2021.

I hope everyone is staying healthy and as always, please reach out with any questions or concerns.


Patrick W. Altenhofen, FACHE

KAHCE Advancement Chair

VP Operations, Saint Luke's North Region

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