Kansas Association of Health Care Executives
From the Desk of the KAHCE President
Patricia Sanders-Hall, M.A., FACHE
Greetings, KAHCE members, my article this month bundles two
topics. I have a report from attending the 2016
ACHE Congress and would also encourage you to read the latest updates on
the national Equity & Diversity
I recently had the pleasure of attending the 2016 American
College of Healthcare Executive’s annual Congress in Chicago from March
14-17. The theme of this year’s
conference was “Leading Well,” and there were hundreds of sessions offered over
the course of 4 days as well as a pre-conference course and many business
breakfast and lunch meetings and other social and networking events. I try to attend Congress at least every two
years, and I’m really glad I went this year!
I actually arrived on Saturday, March 12, and
the first person I saw when I stepped out of my taxi at the Hyatt Regency was
our Regent, Janet Stanek, FACHE. Janet
said she needed to come out for a bit of fresh air and a break. She had arrived on Friday and was in strategic
planning meetings with the regents, governors and other leaders of ACHE and, as
always, she was representing our state and our chapter very well in those
meetings related to new and revised policies.
She was planning to stay until Tuesday, and we agreed to meet again
during the next few days. I also had the
opportunity to meet with the President of the Missouri Healthcare Executives
Group, David Baltzer and met several other chapter leaders as well as students
and young careerists from our region and other states across the nation. Congress offers an exceptional opportunity to
meet, connect, share and trade ideas and to re-energize around our vision of
My choices for my sessions this year were varied. I wanted to attend a couple of the Diversity
and Inclusion sessions, wanted to hear the latest political update for
healthcare and wanted to select a number of sessions related to both my roles
as KAHCE President as well as my position as a VP at KU Hospital. Behavioral Health was definitely on my list
since UKH acquired a 54-bed inpatient pediatric facility in Overland Park last
year. This is also an area in Kansas that our chapter should explore. The need for greater awareness about
behavioral health was well-presented; including the persistence of difficulty
of dealing with the negative stereotypes associated with mental illness for
patients, facilities and providers of care.
I came away with a broader perspective about the need for a higher
quality of care, modernized facilities and changes in attitudes towards these
patients in our society. I hope our
chapter will reach out to our members who are leaders in behavioral health to
help us sponsor a similar educational and awareness program in Kansas.
The topic of diversity and inclusion in healthcare remains a
strong focus of our national organization and several sessions and networking
events were offered to further our knowledge and understanding of many of the
issues faced in this area of our industry.
The mantra of expanding the definition of diversity beyond ethnicity and
race was echoed often at this Congress, but these critical inherent meanings are
not to be dismissed as if these problems have been replaced. There are still major issues with healthcare
organizations employing leaders, using vendors and hiring staff who are racially
and ethnically diverse but the LGBT community, women, disabled persons and
others also feel the sting of disparities in receiving healthcare and in
getting jobs in this industry. Though we
have a long way to go in America to wipe out this problem, I was proud to know
that KAHCE has co-sponsored three diversity educational or networking programs
in the past three years. We are planning
more of these programs in the future and will continue this dialogue with our
members. One of the diversity and
inclusion takeaways from Congress was the joint call to action from the
American Hospital Association, ACHE,
America’s Essential Hospitals, the Association of American Medical Colleges and
the Catholic Health Association of the United States. This is a renewed campaign from the original
call to action in 2011 and which was a National Call to Action to Eliminate
Health Care Disparities and has been named the #123forEquity Pledge. A You Tube video explains this call to
action and the 123forEquity Pledge.
Publications are provided by the ACHE publishing arm, Health
Administration Press (HAP). There were also sessions with many of the
authors discussing their research and findings and offering question and answer
forums. I always take advantage of this
opportunity to find the latest publications on areas of interest. The reason our national organization is
called the American “College” is because we support lifelong learning and
advancement of healthcare leaders in order to provide the best possible
healthcare to the patients we serve both directly and indirectly. No matter what topic you may be interested in
researching, there are more than likely one or more HAP books available. Check out HAP at ache.org and watch for book
reviews in this newsletter in the coming months.
This year I wanted to pick up books that were more recently
published about population health, telemedicine and healthcare strategic design
and construction. All three of these topics will be presented at our annual
spring educational event in Topeka on April 27-28. Our chapter has maintained a strong pledge to
uphold the educational mission of our national organization, and every spring we
try to offer a robust program with face-to-face (FTF) credits so members can
increase their knowledge as well as to obtain accreditation and
re-accreditation credits right here in Kansas.
I hope you will join us for this 2-day program with many speakers
from varied backgrounds and which will offer 9 FTF credits.
There have been many changes in our healthcare industry over
the past decade, but in no other time in our history has the political and
economic climate so radically affected the way we do business today and how we
will continue to do business in the future.
It was both exciting and daunting to hear keynote speakers like Amy
Walters, a 25-year political journalist from the Cook Report who presented
analytical insights about the current presidential race and the status of
healthcare. The presentation by the past
Utah Governor and former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services, Michael O. Leavitt, indicated that we must stay vigilant and active
in watching and listening for weak
signals which bring powerful messages of changes coming in the future. He covered the shift from fee-for-service to
a value-based payment system of reimbursement and challenged us to either
support or question the ideas and resulting bills which affect healthcare
policy and practice. Dr. Robert Wachter,
Professor and Associate Chair of the UC San Francisco School of Medicine and
named one of Modern Healthcare magazine’s “Most Influential Physicians” in
2015, gave a strong talk about the futility of hoping this season in healthcare
is a fad and presented a road map to travel more successfully on the transformed
healthcare journey. There were “Hot
Topic” sessions about strategic selections for healthcare technology; analysis
of the rise of healthcare consumerism; the push for focusing on population
health solutions and how to survive under increasingly more restrictive federal
mandates. There were sessions on how to
survive being acquired and how to successfully build a new organization after a
merger. I will admit a highlight for me was to hear
the keynote address by the first African-American female U.S. combat pilot,
Vernice “Flygirl” Armour, who challenged us to always remember that our mission
is protecting those who need us the most, and that the assignments we take on
require wisdom and servant leadership but also courage and enthusiasm. It was very exciting to see how she revved up
the audience of 1,000 ACHE leaders when she ended by saying that even when the
end-target may not always be clearly visible, we should follow our mission,
stay true to our team and go in “hot” with an ever-burning desire to do our
best for the patients we serve!
I encourage KAHCE members to attend the ACHE Congress
periodically, if you can. I have always
come away with more insights and information, many new professional contacts across
the nation and a renewed energy. To this end, I hope we can be creative and
resolved in our efforts to solicit more sponsorships and scholarships for
students, early careerists and KAHCE leaders to attend Congress in the
future. I sincerely believe you get out
what you put in to every endeavor in life. For me, the Congress experience
has always positively influenced and improved my performance and outlook as a
leader on my job and in this organization.
Thanks for your support!
Message from Your ACHE Regent - Winter 2016
Message from Your ACHE Regent
The term diversity is getting a lot of press these days and can be subject to interpretation. Diversity and inclusion are core values espoused by ACHE, with specific emphasis on advocating inclusion and embracing the differences of those with whom we work and the communities we serve. As leaders, embracing differences and encouraging those to whom we are responsible for to do the same is an imperative for success.
While Kansas may not be considered a cosmopolitan area compared to other US locations, we still have diversity, whether it be related to age, race, sexual orientation or basic personal beliefs/value systems. As leaders, it is imperative to develop a heightened sensitivity about these factors when interacting with others and in our everyday decision making. I encourage you to review ACHE’s website where they have a number of diversity-related policy statements including:
"Increasing and Sustaining Racial/Ethnic Diversity in Healthcare Management"
"Considering the Value of Older, Experienced Healthcare Executives"
"Strengthening Healthcare Employment Opportunities for Persons With Disabilities"
"The Healthcare Executive's Role in Fostering Inclusion of LGBT Patients and Employees"
Please feel free to contact me if I can be of any assistance to you.
Janet Stanek, FACHE
Regent for Kansas
Sr. Vice-President & Chief Operating Officer
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KAHCE Offers 9.0 F2F Credits, April 27-28 in Topeka
Join us for robust discussions on Population Health at the Capital Plaza
Hotel in Topeka, Kansas. Topics include: ACOs and PCMHs - what they
are and how to implement them; Sustainability Implementation Strategies;
Building, Renovating or Replacing existing Healthcare Facilities; and
TeleHealth - strategies targeted to rural facilities. Approval is
pending for 9.0 Face-to-Face ACHE credits. Click here for the brochure.
Mentoring Program Kickoff
Mentoring Committee Chair, Troy DeDecker spoke to a
group of students on February 15th to kick off the KAHCE mentoring
program. Troy discussed the benefits of having a mentor and the opportunity for
KAHCE student members to be paired with a KAHCE executive through the KAHCE
Mentoring Program. The presentation generated
wide interest among students and resulted in 19 students pursuing mentorship
through KAHCE. It also encouraged
additional students to become KAHCE members.
Only members of KAHCE will be matched with a mentor.
How does it
Students filled out a one page survey that identified
their specific areas of interest within healthcare administration as well as a
brief description of their health experience.
KAHCE members who volunteered to be mentors were paired with students
based on common areas of interest. The mentors received an email with the
contact information of the student they were paired with, and then asked to
reach out to the student to begin the mentoring relationship.
involved in a mentoring relationship?
The goal of the mentoring program is to assist students
with the growth and development in their careers. In the mentoring relationship, a mentor is
someone who is willing to share their
assessments, viewpoints, and life experiences with the student to help
them succeed. A mentor can be a person that a student can “bounce ideas” off
of, and assist by sharing your areas of expertise. Meetings may occur
in-person, via phone or email as often as you want, but generally every 1-2
We need your
The mentoring committee is still looking for at least 6 volunteers to
become mentors for students. If this sounds like something you would like to be
a part of please contact Troy DeDecker at: Troy.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Troy DeDecker, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer
MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital
Healthsouth Central Region Vice President