It's been a very busy
spring for ACHE, and we'll start with AWARDS!
At the ACHE Congress in
late March, Alan Weisman, Regent for Maryland accepted ACHE's Chapter
Merit Award on behalf of MAHCE. The award is presented for exceeding
the standard for advancement to Fellow of eligible members, scoring 13.04%
against the goal of 9.1%.
We credit this award to
all the members of MAHCE who attended programs, directed operations and participated
in any way over a number of years to make the Maryland chapter of ACHE one of
the best. We also believe that much of our chapter member's success can be
attributed to the MAHCE Board of Governors Exam Review course, revised,
updated and nurtured over the years by Jody Goldsmith.
This year Jody, Alan,
Randy, Neel, Greg, Toni, Christina and myself presented on May 3
& 4. We were fortunate to have Tina DiFranco, BSN, JD, Exec
Dir, School of HHS, University of Baltimore present the LEGAL portion of the
course for the 3rd year in a row. The Happy Hour after Day 1
was very well received and we had a chance to learn about some of the attendees
from Southern Maryland, virtually every metro county of Baltimore-DC and
Arlington, Falls Church, Portsmouth and Warrenton, Virginia. We had a
great military representation with 12 attendees including US Army CPN Mike P.
from Fairborn, Ohio who won the long-distance award.
Megha Kachalia of
Medstar Health is the new Program Director succeeding Terri Palazzo who took a
new position in North Carolina this winter. Megha's team that is working
on developing strong, quality programs for your continuing education and
professional development and welcomes any volunteers to help develop the
core purpose of our organization’s existence. If you are
interested in getting involved please contact Megha: firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-722-6671.
Christina Farias facilitated a relationship with a new sponsor, welcoming The
Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES). Established in 1959
by 11 NIH scientists to facilitate a collegial environment and provide
educational and professional services for the scientific community.
Christina is the Executive Director of this organization and also serves as our
very organized Operations Director for 2017-2018. If you are
interested in getting involved with assisting Christina, please contact her at
We welcome four
new Board members:
· Membership Director -
Jan Van Londen, Managing Director at Prism Healthcare
· Secretary – Neel
Pathak, Administrator, Dept of Ambulatory Services, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
· Community Outreach
Director – Vamsee “V” Potluri, Ambulatory Care Operations Director , Veteran’s
Administration Maryland Health Care System
· Faculty liaison – Mark
Bittle, Director, Master’s in Health Administration program at The Johns Hopkins
Bloomberg School of Public Health
We thank Toni Esezobor,
Gary Desravines and Georgetta Robinson for their dedicated service on the Board
for the last several years.
The MAHCE Board of
Directors met on June 8th to prepare the Strategic Plan for 2019-2020. Please
share your thoughts, ideas and suggestions by reaching out to any of
Thank you all for your
continuing support and involvement in MAHCE.
Scott D. Burleson, MBA,
Association of Healthcare Executives