Kansas Association of Health Care Executives - March 2019  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  From the Desk of the KAHCE President
•  Message from Your ACHE Regent - Winter 2019
•  Students Learn at ACHE Congress
•  Register for ACHE Credits - May 2-3, 2019
•  Seeking Nominations for New Award
•  Advancing in ACHE
•  Membership Report
•  Three Steps for Engaging Healthcare Providers in Organizational Change


From the Desk of the KAHCE President

Marion "Tony" Thompson, FACHE

I've just returned from our annual Congress on Administration. Several excellent sessions prompted me to reflect on the challenges we face in today's healthcare environment and what we must do to prepare ourselves. I feel the ACHE Policy Statement on Lifelong Learning and the Healthcare Executive sums it up best:

"Statement of the Issue

The need for healthcare executives to expand their professional competencies and leadership capabilities has never been greater. Changes in both the financing and delivery of care continue to occur at a rapid pace, and the expertise and skills needed to respond appropriately to the resulting challenges are not easily obtained. Only through deliberate, ongoing professional and leadership development can healthcare executives be assured they have the management and leadership skills needed to serve their patients, organizations and communities effectively.

A commitment to professional and leadership development is also critical to the career success of healthcare executives. As new patient care delivery models continue to emerge, traditional career ladders are giving way to new paths in healthcare that include all aspects of the healthcare continuum. An ongoing commitment to growth prepares healthcare executives for the resulting career opportunities.

Policy Position

The American College of Healthcare Executives believes healthcare executives have a responsibility to take charge of their professional and leadership development throughout their careers and, as part of the profession, to play an important role in supporting the professional and leadership development of others...."

In a recent interview ACHE Chairman Heather Rohan said, "As leaders in ACHE, we will continually reassess the relevance and significance of what we're providing to our members to be sure we're on target." In response to the Chair, I want you to know your KAHCE leadership is working diligently to support you and to make certain you feel our chapter is relevant and significant.

One example of your chapter leadership's efforts will occur on May 2-3 in Topeka. And a concurrent off-site session will be hosted in Garden City. (Details are included elsewhere in this newsletter.) This two-site format is new, and I believe essential, to how we plan to support members.

Our triple-aim for 2019 will be as follows:

  • Provide face-to-face continuing education offerings relevant to the challenges we face.
  • Support members who are eligible to advance to fellow status and the challenges they face in doing so.
  • Increase net membership in the chapter with a focus on lapsed memberships and those eligible for membership by addressing the challenges they face in doing so.

In closing, I am pleased to congratulate the following Kansas chapter members who recently completed all the requirements for Fellowship. To honor these and other chapter members from the United States, Canada, China, Pakistan and United Arab Emirates, the Eighty-Fifth Convocation was held prior to Congress on Sunday, March 3, 2019.

  • Patrick W. Altenhofen, FACHE, Leavenworth
  • Julie M. Galle, FACHE, Overland Park
  • Austin M. Gillard, FACHE, Clay Center
  • Steven C. Kelly, FACHE, South Hutchinson
  • Justen McKee, FACHE, Prairie Village

They are now board certified in healthcare, and may now indicate as much by placing FACHE following their name.