Maryland Association of Health Care Executives
Spring/Summer Issue 2018
Scott Burleson, FACHE
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: email@example.com, 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
Message from Your ACHE Regent - Spring 2018
Alan Weisman, FACHE
spring, although you could never tell from the weather we had in March and
again, as I do in each of these messages, like to thank the Board, which
includes our dedicated committee chairs, for their hard work to make this a
I am pleased
to recognize Megha Kachalia, MD,
Chair, for her leadership of the Program Committee. The Programming
Committee plays a crucial role in the chapter. The chair of the program
committee is responsible for planning and coordination of the educational
sessions and other events to provide information on a broad range of topics to
the chapter members. The chair also recruits members to serve on the committee,
who come from a diverse background and breadth of experiences, which helps the
committee bring a variety of topics and resources to the programs. Active and
resourceful members on the committee are the key to bringing a successful
topics are selected via a multi-step process, looking at past meeting
evaluations and current events to identify topics of interest to the
members, identifying expert speakers to present the
topic, usually via their professional network. The committee chair coordinates
the topic, agenda and outline of the presentation with the speakers, helps with
presentation slides, and ensures all the equipment needs are met at the
On March 15,
our educational/networking event, entitled “Leading in a Multigenerational
Organization,” featured our panelists discussing the generational differences
in core values, lifestyle and work-related issues that pose a unique challenge
for leaders. This program was very timely as healthcare changes and our
leaders strive to manage in this environment.
For those of
you who are new to MAHCE, this is the norm for our networking/educational
events. Our topics always provide information that relates to the current
healthcare environment. I encourage you to attend on a regular basis, not only
for the education, but for networking with your colleagues.
conducted its Board of Governors Exam Review Course on May 3 and 4. There were
28 attendees and the program was led by 9 members of MAHCE who are experts in
the field. We were happy to welcome participants not only from Maryland, but
from New Jersey and Virginia. This new format of 1 ½ days was met with great
reviews and we wish all attendees the best of luck when taking the exam.
Remember, if you take our course and pass the exam, your course fee is
If you are
considering advancement to Fellow, I would like to hear from you and assist in
any way, to include speaking at your place of employment, to help you achieve
this distinction. Please feel free to call on me.
We have an
exciting year ahead of programs and networking. Please watch your email and the MAHCE website at
mahce.ache.org for announcements.
to those new Fellows shown below. I was happy to meet some of you at Congress.
Jacqualyn Anderson, RN, FACHE
Michael Cetta, MD, FACHE
Cheryl Cioffi, DNP, RN, FACHE
Steven D. Clayton, FACHE
Teara J. Collins, FACHE
Susan L. Glover, RN, FACHE
Durenda A. Juergensen, RN
Kimberly M. Justice, FACHE
Nils D. Lonnerdal, FACHE
Donna Marquess, FACHE
Michele R. Martz, CPA, FACHE
David Pierre, FACHE
E. Caroline Satyadi, DBA, FACHE
Judith A. Townsley, FACHE
Welcome to our new members:
Elizabeth A. Davies, RN, DBA
John W. Herzke, II
Joshua E. Jacobs
S. Muna Jeter, RN
Imran E. Siddiqi, MD
Kathryn A. Waldeisen
Derin A. Wilson
Capt Saira Aslam, MD
Christian J. Balcer
Gabriel S. Gomez
Carita R. Jamison
David Kamau, MBA
Charles N. Kodjo, MD
George Ruiz, MD
Jaime J. Simon Barnes, DO
Mary E. Smith
Krista L. Wall
Wanda Watlington, MD
Jamie B. White, PhD, RN
Robin C. White
Nicole K. Williams
Tasha Brown, RN
Kenneth L. Canonge
Timothy Dorsey, MBA
Cynthia J. Lozier
Edward H. Martin, II
Jeffery D. O'Neal, MBA
would ask that you become active in MAHCE as a volunteer, as there are many
opportunities where you can make a difference. Please do not hesitate to call
on me or any of the Board members. I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming
for a pleasant summer.
Jan Van Londen
The Maryland Chapter (MACHE) strives
to support each healthcare executive across our state with opportunities for
professional development, collegial networking and service to the citizens of
of February this year our Maryland chapter had 962 members. Of the 962
members there are 252 fellows (members that have earned the FACHE certificate)
and 91 student members. The Maryland areas with the most members are
Montgomery, Baltimore City, and Baltimore County with a total of 432 members.
2017 we had a net gain of 44 members. Our goal for 2018 is to double the
2017 growth to a net gain of 90 new members. Please help us achieve that
goal by talking to your friends and colleagues about the great benefits of
being a MAHCE member.
If you have any questions, please do
not hesitate to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Dates for 2018!
- August 2: "Gender Identity", NIH expected 1.5 F2F credits
- October 11 (all-day): expected 6.0 F2F credits
- November 15: career/networking event
Bernie Poindexter, FACHE
MAHCE, we are always looking for volunteers to enhance our committees such as
Operations, Membership, Development, Community Outreach, Programming and
One of my roles as a Board Member and Immediate
Past President is to recruit volunteers for MAHCE. Volunteers are an extremely
essential element in the success of the organization; also as volunteers become
more active in MAHCE and enjoy the camaraderie with other members, they are
often afforded the opportunity for advancement into an officer role somewhere
in the future.
If you are interested in volunteer
opportunities, please contact me at email@example.com or 619.370.8793. I look forward to
getting you involved!
Access Complimentary Resources for the Board of Governors Exam
For Members starting on the
journey to attain board certification and the FACHE® credential,
ACHE offers complimentary resources to help them succeed so they can be
formally recognized for their competency, professionalism, ethical decision
making and commitment to lifelong learning. These resources, which include the Exam
Online Community, the
Board of Governors Examination in Healthcare Management Reference Manual and quarterly
Advancement Information webinars, are designed to be
supplements to other available Board of Governors Exam study resources, such asthe
Board of Governors Review Course and Online
- The Exam Online
Community is an interactive platform to learn and glean study tips from
other Members taking the Exam. Participants can discuss Exam topics with
experts and have the option to participate in study groups. Interested
Members may join the Exam Online Community at bogcommunity.ache.org.
- The Reference Manual, found at ache.org/FACHE,
includes a practice 230-question exam and answer key, a list of
recommended readings, test-taker comments and study tips.
- Fellow Advancement
Information webinars provide a general overview of the Fellow advancement process,
including information about the Board of Governors Exam, and allow
participants to ask questions about the advancement process. Register
online at ache.org/FACHE.
Apply for a Tuition Waiver
reduce the ACHE educational programming barriers for ACHE members experiencing
economic hardship, ACHE has established the Tuition Waiver Assistance Program.
makes a limited number of tuition waivers available to Members and Fellows
whose organizations lack the resources to fund their tuition for education
programs. Members and Fellows in career transition also are encouraged to
apply. Tuition waivers are based on financial need and are available for the
following ACHE education programs:
- Congress on Healthcare Leadership
- Cluster Seminars
- Self-Study Programs
- Online Education Programs
- ACHE Board of Governors Exam Review Course
requests are due no less than eight weeks before the program date, with the
exception of ACHE self-study courses—see quarterly application deadlines on the
FAQ page of the tuition waiver application. Incomplete applications and
applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Recipients
will be notified of the waiver review panel's decision not less than six weeks
before the program date. For ACHE self-study courses, applicants will be
notified three weeks after the quarterly application deadline.
more information, visit ache.org/TuitionWaiver.
Social Media Update
You can now connect with MAHCE on LinkedIn
and Twitter to get chapter and national
updates, learn about educational programs and
seminars, and find opportunities to get involved with MAHCE. You also get
the opportunity to network, share knowledge, ask questions and learn about
industry news/trends. When you get the invitation make sure you accept it!
Please join us in our journey to further connect
through social media.
Follow MAHCE on Twitter: @MarylandACHE.
Join MAHCE’s LinkedIn Group.
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