December 2021
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From the Desk of the KAHCE President
Message from Your ACHE Regent - Fall 2021
Thanks to our 2021 Sponsors!
Fellowship Achievements
KAHCE Members Join LinkedIn Group
Wayne UNC Health Care: Enhancing a Positive Culture
Keeping the “Community” in Community Hospital
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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 Regional Medical Center
Hutchinson, KS

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Message from Your ACHE Regent - Fall 2021

It is a joy to spend a few minutes with you again and bring you some news from ACHE and our local Kansas Chapter. It has been a unique year…complete with lots of starts and stops, and we continue to push thru the pandemic and all the issues surrounding it. With sincere gratitude and admiration, thank you for your steadfast leadership and dedication to our communities over the last year-plus. The one thing that stands out to me is the heroic effort by so many healthcare personnel across our state. On behalf of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Kansas Association of Healthcare Executives, Thank You…We appreciate you and your commitment. You embody the spirit of ACHE and the core values associated with our professional society.

It is November…the seasons are changing, and as I drive around, I see such vibrant colors on the different trees. That also means we are in the window for renewing memberships and accounting for all of our necessary credit hours for recertification. If you haven’t done so recently, I would encourage each of you to go onto and review your account and ensure you’ve documented all your education, service hours, etc. The pandemic has forced us to be creative about education opportunities, and it has been a struggle at times. Fortunately, our Chapter and ACHE as a whole have shifted a significant number of education opportunities to online or webinar formats. Because of the known and unforeseen challenges we face, the ACHE Board approved an extension of Virtual Face-to-Face opportunities through March 31, 2022. I would encourage all that are pressed for getting hours for recertification or qualifying for the Fellow status. Please visit the ACHE Learning Center link. Some of the upcoming offerings are:

  • Leaders Conference (Virtual Face-to-Face), Nov 23rd – Dec 21st.
  • Making the Business Case for Quality (Virtual Face-to-Face), Nov 23rd – Dec 21st. An Overview of Health Law: Liabilities, Compliance, and Leadership (Virtual Face-to-Face), Nov 24th – Dec 17th.
  • Epidemiology Meets Strategy: Leading Healthcare Organizations in a New Reality (Virtual Face-to-Face), Dec 6th – Dec 16th.
  • 2022 Congress on Healthcare Leadership, In Person, March 28th – March 31st. Hyatt Regency Chicago.
  • In preparation for the upcoming Congress, ACHE is currently accepting proposals for the Management Innovations Poster Session. Narratives should be submitted as an email attachment to by January 18, 2022.

Recently, I received the results from this year’s (2021) Chapter Member Needs Survey Results. Overall, our results reflected that of ACHE across the enterprise. Our response rate was 23% (252 surveys sent / 57 surveys received back). This was a slight decrease from last year but still enough to identify areas for emphasis. Based on what was reviewed, I am asking for your input and feedback on a few key areas. I would like to take one or two of these topics and engage the Regent’s Advisory Council on some strategies to address:

  1. How familiar are you with your Chapter's activities and services, and how can we get better?

  2. We experienced a significant drop in our Networking Opportunities score…How can we do better? What suggestions do you have to help us better meet your needs and expectations?
  3. Our website was rated pretty low; what would you want to make it better and more beneficial to you as KAHCE members?

Overall, we have a strong, wonderful chapter. We are blessed with a chapter that has strong representation from large, small, VA, and military healthcare organizations, as well as many small business owners and companies. Our current chapter strength is 459 members, spread across most of the 105 counties in Kansas. The diversity of our membership is something that we want to celebrate as it all has to come together for continued and future success. It is important to celebrate the good things we’ve experienced this past year. Since January, we’ve embraced 66 new members, recertified 18 Fellows, and welcomed three new Fellows. A hearty congratulations to those three new Fellows: John S. Fitzthum, FACHE, Sameh F. Moawad, MBChB, DO, FACHE, and Todd Blackinton, FACHE. Outstanding accomplishment…Great Job!

Thank you for allowing me to spend a few minutes with you. It is a pleasure and privilege to serve as your Regent. I look forward to hearing from you…meeting and visiting you…and working on the things we should focus on next as healthcare leaders. I’ve asked for your input and engagement on multiple topics, and I encourage you to contact me with your input…it is vitally important to me and our local chapter. Have a fantastic holiday season!


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

(620) 899-0566
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