|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.
advance our members and healthcare leadership excellence.
be the preeminent professional society for leaders dedicated to advancing
Values: Integrity, Lifelong Learning, Leadership, Diversity, and
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
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
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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