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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Sponsored Students Reflect on 2021 ACHE Congress

American College of Healthcare Executives Congress on Healthcare Leadership was a valuable experience which will impact the trajectory of my education and future career. Hearing from renowned health care leaders, such as Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Gawande, about their approaches to managing evolving change throughout the COVID-19 pandemic was not only insightful, but inspiring. Learning about what worked well and what didn’t work well, will be helpful wisdom when creating leadership strategy in the future. The innovative ideas, such as utilizing Zipline drones to deliver health care supplies to patients’ homes, really opened my mind to the possibilities of the future of health care. It’s an exciting time to be a part of health care leadership, especially as we pave the way in a post pandemic world. I am grateful to be a part of health care administration and the opportunity to attend ACHE Congress. I look forward to attending in future years during my career! – Nicole Romanelli


I got the opportunity to sit in on the ACHE Virtual Congress this spring, and I was so very happy I did.  One of the presentations was called "If Disney Ran Your Hospital.”  I thought this presentation was impactful because of the real-life comparison of Disney and our hospitals across the nation.  One of the takeaways that I took from it was the "HBH - Human. Business. Human".  He said to start with the human and make the connection, then take care of your business, and exit with the human and the connection you made with that human again.  You don't want your business to be the last thing that the human remembers from their visit - you want them to remember the connection.  I think a connection with our patients is very important because a connection means you are understanding and listening to them.  It makes me think a little bit more about how I approach patients and people in general.  Another takeaway was the story about the company, Zipline.  The reason this stuck with me is because of the innovation that came with it.  Healthcare is constantly changing, and innovation is important with that change.  Even if you think your idea is small, still present it as it might just change the life of someone or a company.  -- Amber Clouse, RHIA


Having the opportunity to participate in the ACHE Virtual Congress was sensational. During the course of events, I was able to network and make connections in the field of healthcare management which have been invaluable. I’ve been working in the field of health for 7 years and am soon to graduate with a master’s degree in Health Administration. Getting to know industry expectations, particularly with the Career & Resume and Career Development sessions has been illuminating and will certainly help me land the position of my dreams. That being said, the Virtual Congress also offered several perspectives from industry leaders and innovators that provide a guiding light on the current position of healthcare and the challenges that lie ahead. The Virtual Congress has opened doors for me, and I look forward to attending future events. Being a member of ACHE, I can confidently say that the road ahead may be laden with obstacles, but events like this will offer clarity and allow for a sensible step forward. -- Mackenzi Truelove


The American College of Healthcare Executives 2021 Virtual Congress was an amazing experience! One of the most impactful sessions I attended was What Would Happen if Disney ran a Hospital. The session was unique because it broke down what makes Disney different in the entertainment industry and the cues we can take from their success and use while caring for our patients. In addition, hearing from leaders in the field of medicine including Atul Gawande and Dr. Anthony Fauci was an incredible opportunity. As a student, the insight and direction they provided was excellent. Attending ACHE Congress allowed me to explore different disciplines within healthcare administration and was a great networking opportunity. – Derek Reese


Many of the sessions I attended revolved around post-grad fellowships for Admin programs. It was great to learn from people who have, and are currently going through, fellowship programs and how they have been able to impact their careers with it. Given the highly competitive nature of these programs, having insight on the benefits of the fellowship and things to look out for, questions, to ask, and ways to approach the application and interview process were especially insightful for me as I begin my application process here in a few months. In addition to this, I especially enjoyed the sessions revolving around employee engagement and health equity. While there were sessions solely focused on finance and the business aspect, this pandemic exposed many healthcare admins and executives for not working to care for patients and employees, causing a further divide between the staff and executives. On the opposite side, it also revealed those admins who worked tirelessly to make sure that their staff and patients were well taken care of and had all the resources they needed, even when the admin team we're able to work from home while medical staff were on the front lines. Given that this is a big focus for me in my future career, it was great to see that current leaders are recognizing this importance and spreading the message to other current and future leaders! -- Edward T. Ernst Jr., PTA, Cert. VRS


I want to start off by saying thank you to KAHCE for financially paving the way for several members to attend ACHE Congress. This was my first time attending, and it was a fantastic experience. I am blessed to be a part of the KAHCE organization, and I look forward to the days ahead, where I can positively impact others the way this organization has me. I had many key takeaways from Congress, including understanding your service lines (are they profitable, are they increasing or decreasing in market share, do they fit within your mission), and knowing the reasons behind those answers; anticipation of more employer-based insurance plans (employers become payer); bridging communication through cross-training or developing cross-functional teams; and many other great topics. Thank you again, to all of KAHCE, for helping me attend and allowing me to be a part of this great chapter of ACHE. – Brady Hoffman


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