June 2021
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From the Desk of the KAHCE President
Message from Your ACHE Regent - Spring 2021
Membership Report: Share the Value of ACHE and Its Rewards
Connect with Kansas Health Care Executives
FACHE Requirements Have Eased
Sponsored Students Reflect on 2021 ACHE Congress
Leading Growth in Lean Times
How Providers Can Continue to Support Mental Health Services Post-Pandemic
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Trenton Stringer
HCA Healthcare
Overland Park, KS

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

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

Brady Hoffman
Stormont Vail Health
Topeka, 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:
Richard W. (Wes) Hoyt, LTC (Ret), FACHE
Hutchinson, KS

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Message from Your ACHE Regent - Spring 2021

Greetings Kansas Chapter Healthcare Leaders,

Happy Spring and Early Summer. It is a pleasure and honor to write to you as your new Kansas Regent. I am extremely thankful for this opportunity and look forward to serving all of you for the next three years.

As I transition into this role, I want to publicly acknowledge the great leadership and mentorship we received from Patricia Sanders-Hall over the last three years. Patricia is the epitome of a selfless servant and poured her heart and soul into our chapter and helped us transition as a chapter to respond to many of the challenges we are currently facing in the healthcare profession. Thank you, Patricia! You are a “Rock Star,” and we look forward to your continued support and engagement in the chapter and with our young healthcare leaders.

Recently, I participated in the Regent’s Leadership Conference and, during the event, was reminded of our Mission, Vision, and Values, as well as our overarching goal. I believe the reminder is important as we can all get busy, and often overlook the value we bring to and through a professional society like ACHE.

Mission: To advance our members and healthcare leadership excellence.

Vision: To be the preeminent professional society for leaders dedicated to advancing health.

Core Values: Integrity, Lifelong Learning, Leadership, Diversity, and Inclusion

Our Goal: Educate, Engage, and Inspire Leaders to Improve Health

The words seem simple yet powerful as they provide the guiding light for us and our efforts. This past year has been a test for all in the healthcare profession, and our leadership throughout has never been more important. Even as I write this article, I know we have leaders in the middle of the fight, dealing with periodic spikes in new cases, as well as very tired, exhausted employees. Please keep them all in our thoughts and prayers.

It is very important for us to ensure we are representing and meeting the needs of all our members. At the time of this writing, we have just over 400 members in our chapter, representing urban centers, frontier areas, and rural/semi-rural areas. This makes for a very wide range of topics that affect our chapter and members. We are looking for new volunteers for our various committees within the chapter. These volunteers will help us achieve a balance in our governing body that represents all the different scenarios we face in Kansas. Through strong committees that represent all members, we ultimately strengthen our networking, diversity, and educational opportunities. We are also looking for seasoned leaders that are willing to be mentors for our student and early careerist members. If you are interested, please reach out to me…I would love to speak with you and get you connected with an early careerist or student. The value of ACHE isn't static and will change throughout our careers as we transition through different phases. Engaging our early careerists and students is a fundamental way to show the value of ACHE create a passion for our profession and our professional society. With recent changes to our scholarship program and the enhanced opportunities for students to participate in ACHE, we can certainly start young healthcare leaders on a path to success.

There are some exciting updates from ACHE this year:

The window for the 2020 Fellow Recertification class has been extended to December 31, 2021.

Tenure to be eligible to compete for Fellow status has changed from 3 years to 1 year. The remainder of the requirements remains constant.

Board of Governors Exam Fee Waiver Campaign: Between March 1 and June 30, 2021, Candidates who apply for initial advancement to Fellow, submit their $250 application fee, and are authorized to sit for the BOG Exam, are eligible to receive a waiver for one attempt at the Exam. (Based on the current roster, we have almost 100 members that are eligible to compete for Fellow status.)

Between Jan 1 – Sept 30, 2021, chapters may offer up to nine hours of virtual face-to-face credit via panel discussion templates. Capacity will remain at 75 participants.

ACHE is promoting a growing library of virtual face-to-face education courses. The courses cover a wide range of topics and count towards recertification requirements. (Learning Center on ACHE webpage)

Complimentary Webinars are being offered by ACHE. The webinars are generally one hour in length, and the upcoming schedule can be found on the ACHE webpage under Learning Center – e-Learning – Webinars.

In addition to visiting the ACHE website and seeing all the offerings and events, I highly encourage all KAHCE members to visit and bookmark the KAHCE webpage and stay abreast of local chapter news. This is a great way to get updates on the various committees, education offerings, and networking opportunities. Visit: https://www.kha-net.org/alliedorganizations/kahce/

Again, it is an honor and privilege to serve as your Regent, and I look forward to meeting all of you and searching for ways to make our chapter the best in the land. If I can be of service to you or your organization, and you wish to contact me, I can be reached through email (rwhoytjr67@gmail.com) or LinkedIn (rwesleyhoyt).

Thanks for all you do to represent our chapter, profession, and communities. Keep up the great work.

Richard W.(Wes) Hoyt, LTC (Ret), FACHE
Chief Operating Officer
Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System
Regent for Kansas
(620) 899-0566
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