Kentucky ACHE Chapter

Winter 2019


Kentucky ACHE Corporate Partnership Opportunities

It's time to start planning your 2019 Sponsorship commitment. Please consider the ACHE Kentucky Chapter in your annual marketing plan.

It's time to commit to your 2019 Sponsorship! Please consider the ACHE Kentucky Chapter in your annual marketing plan. In 2019 there are even more ways to benefit from your sponsorship;
  • Quarterly eNewsletter Recognition

  • Website Recognition

  • ACHE Session(s) Recognition at KHA Spring and Fall Events

  • New!!! Regional networking events in planning for 2019

Download the Sponsorship Form Here

Please contact Pam Kirchem for more information.


Welcome New Members!

We have New Members and we're so glad!

William Betts, Winn Army Community Hospital

Lisa Kay Blank, St. Elizabeth Healthcare

Laura Cantor, Canter Associates

Tom Carrico, Hardin Memorial Health

Jose Caleb Cariano-Guzman

Peter Hall, Waystar

Crystal House, US Army Cadet Command

Christopher James Liekweg, University of Louisville Physicians

Sarah Kercsmar, Faculty, University of Kentucky

Kimberly Jo Morton, Gill Heart & Vascular Institute

Jansen Brooke Reader, DermCARE Practitioners

Davis Robinson, St. Elizabeth Healthcare

Jasmin Saunders, CSL Plasma

Joey Wayne Waddell, LifePoint Health

Elizabeth Blair Walling, Marcum & Wallace Memorial Hospital

Negin Alizadeh-Rad

Perry Arnold, University of Louisville

Mohammed Bu Abdal, Western Kentucky University

Veronica Campbell, VA Medical Center

Corey Cox

Madelyn Mae Kaehler, University of Kentucky

Justin Tyler Kellum, University of Kentucky

Rukhaiya Khatoon, Western Kentucky University

Yulia Perevozchikova,

Salima Perkins

Christen Sikora, University of Kentucky

Maurice Spaulding

Brett Stricharczuk, UK Healthcare

Hunter White, University of Kentucky


Member Reinstatement

Take advantage of complimentary career tools when you reinstate your membership.

You may have received an email, or know someone who has, regarding reinstatement of membership. Please consider returning to ACHE and the Kentucky Chapter. 

 Reinstate Your Membership Immediately on My ACHE!

Regain access to your valued ACHE member-exclusive benefits including chapter membership, discounts on our premier educational programs, staying informed through widely respected publications like Healthcare Executive magazine and access to career resources such as the interactive CareerEDGE™ tool.

Questions? Email ACHE's Customer Service Center at or call (312) 424-9400 to have your questions answered Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time.

We thank you for your past membership and look forward to welcoming you back to ACHE!


Thank you for taking the Education Needs Survey

Your Opinion Matters

Your Opinion Matters

I hear a number of members thanking Kentucky ACHE for all of the education offerings made available to us. In fact, several have said we offer enough educational hours that our members can recertify with the Board of Governors without leaving the state. Last fall the Education Committee conducted a survey of our Kentucky members asking questions on a variety of education related topics. Thank you for taking a few minutes to respond to that survey. Because you voiced your opinions, your Education Committee is taking action to further improve our offerings.

Your responses show you still would like a wide range of topics to be offered. Among the highest vote-getters were Changing Healthcare Trends, Developing Leadership Skills, and Crucial Conversations. The committee is continuing to evaluate how educational offerings can be made more convenient and at the lowest cost.

I would like to thank the members of the Education Committee who are passionate about providing top quality programming to meet our members’ needs.

Education Committee

Frank Schneider, Chair, Gateway Rehabilitation Hospital, Florence

Alan Coppock, Regent,, Corbin

BC Childress, Owensboro Health, Owensboro

Jaqueline Wood, PWC, Louisville

Pam Kirchem, Kentucky Hospital Association, Louisville

Rebecca Cartright, Baptist Health, Lexington

Susan Carmical, TriHealth, Lexington

Keep checking the newsletters and website for updates to our educational offerings.

Get Noticed!

Share Your Professional Announcements

Improve your visibility in the healthcare field and build your professional brand by sharing career updates with ACHE. Have you started a new job or been promoted recently? Are you planning to retire? Let ACHE know for a chance to be listed in the "On the Move" section of Healthcare Executive magazine. All you have to do is email the job title, organization and location of both your former and your new job, as well as a high-resolution headshot, to

List Your Postgraduate Fellowship With ACHE

ACHE would like to know if your organization is offering a postgraduate fellowship for the upcoming year. If so, we encourage you to add it to our complimentary Directory of Postgraduate Administrative Fellowships at

As a healthcare leader, you know how crucial it is to attract and develop highly qualified professionals in your organization. Gain exposure and attract top-notch applicants by posting your organization’s program on ACHE’s Directory. You may add a new listing or update a previous one at any time by completing the Online Listing Form.

Questions? Please contact Audrey Meyer, membership coordinator, at (312) 424-9308 or email, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time.


What's Happening in Kentucky


1.5 Face-to-Face credit hours in February 2019

"Managing for Morale - Effective Management Techniques to Retain your Staff"

February 21, 2019 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Frankfort Country Club: 101 Duntreath Street Frankfort, KY 40601 

1.5 Face-to-Face Education Credits 

$35 members, $75 non-members, Students are Free

Register Here

Networking Event to follow panel discussion...details coming soon, check our website.


Join us for the 90th Kentucky Hospital Association Annual Convention


Register Here

Let's get Social

Exciting News from the Board's Communications Committee. In addition to our WEBSITE and to this Newsletter, we're getting SOCIAL ----------> Follow Us on LinkedIn

Regent Update

Message from Your ACHE Regent - Winter 2019

Exciting news, for our Kentucky Chapter, the new Regent is one of our very own! 


A Time of Transition

It is hard to believe it has been nearly three years since I took on the role as Regent for Kentucky. I have enjoyed the challenges of the job and the people with whom I have had the privilege of working. You can be confident that the Kentucky Chapter of ACHE is working hard to meet the needs of our membership.  You can also be assured that your new Regent, Alan Coppock, FACHE, will do a great job. Normally, Alan would assume his duties at Congress in March this year. However, because I left St. Elizabeth Physicians on January 18, Alan took over as Regent effective on that date. I will become the Vice President of Wilson Health Medical Group in Sidney, Ohio on January 28. It has been my privilege to serve as your Regent, and I hope you will welcome Alan as warmly as you welcomed me. My best wishes for a prosperous 2019. 

Carl Whittenburg, FACHE
Regent for Kentucky


New University of Louisville Healthcare Leadership program graduates

The University of Louisville awarded bachelor degrees to five healthcare leadership students at the end of the Fall 2018 semester. These students completed the new online, competency-based education (CBE) program for adult learners in the healthcare industry seeking to complete their undergraduate education. The program provides enrolled students the opportunity to earn up to 48 college credit hours from their industry-provided training and development through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Additionally, students are provided flexible year-round enrollment and course completion choices through the “Flex Pace” version of the program; alternatively, students may enroll in regular “Set Pace” eight-week terms.

Ryan Hoskins, Cardiovascular Systems, Inc., completed the program within 22 months of his first enrollment while Hailey Shepherd, Baptist Health Medical Group, earned her bachelor’s degree in 25 months. Other 2018 graduates include Joanna McChristian, Kathryn Pass, and Dallas Nichols. The program achieved its first graduate, Rachel McClain, Humana, Inc., in Fall 2017 after just one year of program enrollments. The range of time to graduate for the program’s first six graduates ranged from 11 to 25 months.

The Healthcare Leadership program was developed based on the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) competency model to address workforce development demands from healthcare organizations in Kentucky and across the region. Additional information about the program is available at:




Hospitals Prioritize Clinical Documentation Improvement

Clinical documentation improvement was identified as a top priority by hospital technology, financial and physician leaders in a recent Black Book Market Research report.

“Because of increased patient engagement, the need for proper clinical documentation improvement driving quality outcome scores has never been more essential,” says Doug Brown, managing partner of Black Book.

Highlighted below are four additional findings from the survey.

  • Nearly 25 percent of all U.S. hospitals now outsource some or all coding functions.

  • Ninety-one percent of hospitals with more than 150 beds that outsource their CDI processes reported significant increases in appropriate revenue and proper reimbursements in the third quarter of 2018.

  • Eighty-eight percent of hospitals confirm documented quality improvements and increases in case mix index within six months of CDI implementation.

  • Eighty-nine percent of hospital financial officers say that the above factors do influence their motivation to adopt CDI practices.

—Adapted from “Black Book Survey: New Generation CDI Enhances Patient Care and Reduces Financial Risk,” Black Book Market Research, Oct. 19, 2018.

Study Connects Work-Life Balance, Burnout and Safety Culture

Healthcare is approaching a tipping point as burnout and dissatisfaction with work-life integration in healthcare workers continue to increase. Addressing work-life integration issues is crucial, as poor work-life integration has been linked to higher levels of burnout and patient safety risk, according to original research published in BMJ Quality & Safety.

Cross-sectional survey study was completed in 2016 and included more than 10,600 healthcare workers across 440 work settings within seven entities of a large academic healthcare system. Researchers created a work-life climate scale to assess the frequency of behaviors such as skipping meals, taking breaks and changing personal plans for work among healthcare professionals.

The study found that work-life climate was strongly associated with personal burnout and burnout climate, which describes how often professionals see signs of emotional exhaustion in their colleagues.

“Burnout has implications for patients, the individual healthcare worker and their families, and is linked to lower perceptions of safety culture, increased medical errors and lower quality care,” according to the study. “Targeting [work-life integration] behaviors may provide tangible interventions at the work setting level that reduce burnout.”

In addition to lower burnout, quartile analyses of the results revealed higher work-life climate scores were associated with better teamwork and patient safety norms, better leadership and increased readiness for quality improvement.

“Improving this climate should be a strategic priority for leaders interested in building capacity and resilience in their workforce,” wrote the study authors. “Improving [work-life integration] is likely to improve healthcare worker’s quality of life, organizational outcomes and, ultimately, quality of care for patients.”

—Adapted from “Work-life balance behaviours cluster in work settings and relate to burnout and safety culture: a cross-sectional survey analysis,” by Stephanie P. Schwartz, Kathryn C. Adair, Jonathan Bae, et al., BMJ Quality & Safety, Oct. 11, 2018.

National News

Save the Date for the 2019 Congress on Healthcare Leadership

Save the Date for the 2019 Congress on Healthcare Leadership

The American College of Healthcare Executives’ Congress on Healthcare Leadership brings you the best in professional development and opportunities to network with and learn from peers. At the 2019 Congress, to be held March 4–7 at the Hilton Chicago/Palmer House Hilton, you will have access to expert faculty and the latest information to enhance your career and address your organization’s challenges in innovative ways.

Join us in 2019 for countless opportunities to innovate, collaborate, grow and transform. The opening date for Congress 2019 registration and to reserve hotel accommodations was Nov. 13. Save your spot today!

Showcase Your Innovations at Congress

ACHE’s Congress on Healthcare Leadership gives you two exciting opportunities to share your innovations, network with other innovators and discuss pressing issues in healthcare with other leaders seeking similar solutions. You can apply to participate in the Management Innovations Poster Session and/or the Technology Innovations Session.

The 35th Annual Management Innovations Poster Session is a unique opportunity for you to share the innovative work being done at your organization that might be helpful to others, including innovations to improve quality or efficiency, enhance patient or physician satisfaction, implement EHRs, use new technology and similar topics.

Innovations that apply technological or digital solutions (e.g., apps, software, automated texts, etc.) to meaningfully improve the efficiency of an organization or the effectiveness and/or access of care delivered can also be submitted for ACHE’s first ever Technology Innovations Session.

Applications for both the Management Innovations Poster Session and the new Technology Innovations Session are due Jan 10. To learn more about application requirements and selection criteria, visit

Find Open Positions With ACHE's Job Center

Did you know you can apply for healthcare management positions quickly and easily with ACHE's Job Center? This member-exclusive resource allows you to search through nearly 1,500 open positions across the nation based on your preferences such as location and desired salary. We’ve recently added an Internship Tab to help students and recent graduates navigate opportunities. To gain more exposure to potential employers, all members have the option of posting a resume for review. To provide additional value, the Job Center is complete with a Career Learning Center to help you enhance your resume and leave a lasting impact during your next interview. To take advantage of these resources and more, visit

ACHE Announces Nominating Committee 2019 Slate

The ACHE Nominating Committee has agreed on a slate to be presented to the Council of Regents on March 2 at the Council of Regents meeting in Chicago. All nominees have been notified and have agreed to serve if elected. All terms begin at the close of the Council meeting on March 2. The 2019 slate is as follows:

Nominating Committee Member, District 2 (two-year term ending in 2021)

Donald G. Henderson, FACHE


Central Florida Health

Leesburg, Fla.

Nominating Committee Member, District 3 (two-year term ending in 2021)

David A. Stark, FACHE


UnityPoint Health

Des Moines, Iowa

Nominating Committee Member, District 6 (two-year term ending in 2021)

COL Mark D. Swofford, PhD, FACHE

U.S. Army

Governor (three-year term ending in 2022)

Kurt A. Barwis, FACHE


Bristol (Conn.) Hospital & Health Care Group Inc.

Governor (three-year term ending in 2022)

Brian C. Doheny, FACHE

Associate Vice President

Humana Inc.

Louisville, Ky.

Governor (three-year term ending in 2022)

Michael A. Mayo, FACHE

Hospital President

Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville (Fla.)

Governor (three-year term ending in 2022)

Mary C. Starmann-Harrison, RN, FACHE


Hospital Sisters Health System

Springfield, Ill.


Michael J. Fosina, FACHE


NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital

Bronxville, N.Y.

Additional nominations for members of the Nominating Committee may be made from the floor at the annual Council of Regents meeting. Additional nominations for the offices of Chairman-Elect and Governor may be made in the following manner: Any Fellow may be nominated by written petition of at least 15 members of the Council of Regents. Petitions must be received in the ACHE headquarters office (American College of Healthcare Executives, 300 S. Riverside Plaza, Ste. 1900, Chicago, IL 60606-6698) at least 60 days prior to the annual meeting of the Council of Regents. Regents shall be notified in writing of nominations at least 30 days prior to the annual meeting of the Council of Regents.

Thanks to the members of the Nominating Committee for their contributions in this important assignment:

Edward H. Lamb, FACHE

Charles D. Stokes, FACHE

Chisun S. Chun, FACHE

Dolores G. Clement, DrPH, FACHE

Carle-Marie P. Memnon, FACHE

Stephen J. Pribyl, LFACHE

Michael O. Ugwueke, DHA, FACHE

Adam C. Walmus, FACHE

ACHE Call for Nominations for the 2020 Slate

ACHE’s 2019–2020 Nominating Committee is calling for applications for service beginning in 2020. ACHE Fellows are eligible for any of the Governor and Chairman-Elect vacancies and are eligible for the Nominating Committee vacancies within their district. Those interested in pursuing applications should review the candidate guidelines for the competencies and qualifications required for these important roles. Open positions on the slate include:

  • Nominating Committee Member, District 1 (two-year term ending in 2022)
  • Nominating Committee Member, District 4 (two-year term ending in 2022)
  • Nominating Committee Member, District 5 (two-year term ending in 2022)
  • Four Governors (three-year terms ending in 2023)
  • Chairman-Elect

Please refer to the following district designations for the open positions:

  • District 1: Canada, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont
  • District 4: Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas
  • District 5: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Candidates for Chairman-Elect and Governor should submit an application to serve that includes a copy of their resume and up to 10 letters of support. For details, please review the Candidate Guidelines, including guidance from the Board of Governors to the Nominating Committee regarding the personal competencies of Chairman-Elect and Governor candidates and the composition of the Board of Governors.

Candidates for the Nominating Committee should submit only a letter of self-nomination and a copy of their resume.

Applications to serve and self-nominations must be submitted electronically to and must be received by July 15. All correspondence should be addressed to Charles D. Stokes, FACHE, chairman, Nominating Committee, c/o Julie Nolan, American College of Healthcare Executives, 300 S. Riverside Plaza, Ste. 1900, Chicago, IL 60606-6698.

The first meeting of ACHE’s 2019–2020 Nominating Committee will be held on March 5, during the 2019 Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago. The committee will be in open session at 2:45 p.m. During the meeting, an orientation session will be conducted for potential candidates, giving them the opportunity to ask questions regarding the nominating process. Immediately following the orientation, an open forum will be provided for ACHE members to present and discuss their views of ACHE leadership needs.

Following the July 15 submission deadline, the committee will meet to determine which candidates for Chairman-Elect and Governor will be interviewed. All candidates will be notified in writing of the committee’s decision by Sept. 30, and candidates for Chairman-Elect and Governor will be interviewed in person on Oct. 24.

To review the Candidate Guidelines, visit If you have any questions, please contact Julie Nolan at (312) 424-9367 or

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