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Board of Directors

Gerald Vicenzi, FACHE

Past - President

Peter J. Wright, FACHE; NH Regent

President - Elect

Tina Legere, FACHE


Patsy Aprile, FACHE; Regent - Maine


Jill Berry Bowen, FACHE; Regent - Vermont

Karen Clements, FACHE

Kevin Donovan, FACHE

Dawn LeBaron, FACHE

Dennis Tobin, FACHE



Message from Your Maine ACHE Regent - Winter 2013-2014
Patsy Aprile, FACHE

Patricia (Patsy) Aprile, FACHE
Regent for Maine
President and CEO
Goodall Hospital

Message from Your ACHE Regent
Winter 2013-2014

Congratulations to our Northern New England Association of Healthcare Executives chapter for its outstanding November education sessions!  Thursday’s Face-to-Face session was instructed by Chip Caldwell, FACHE.  We learned that successful organizations react quickly to environmental changes and do so in an endless process of rapid succession.  He urged all of us to develop an environment of change as highly performing systems have demonstrated that their success, in large part, is due to their ability to do just that.

Having an opportunity to gain 6 Face-to-Face credits taught by a great facilitator, at a great facility with wonderful networking opportunities was wonderful.

Please mark your 2014 calendars for next November 6 and 7 as we offer another educational event that will be sure to be worth your time. The venue will be held in PORTLAND, MAINE next year.

I am pleased to inform you that our chapter is financially sound and as such we were able to offer an all-expense paid stipend to one worthy early careerist from Maine.  NNEAHE is proud to be able to offer this opportunity to its membership. Thank you to all who submitted nominations!

It was my absolute pleasure to award Gerald J. Vicenzi, FACHE, chapter president, with this year’s Maine Regent Award.  Here are a few words about Gerry:

“This strong leader has previously held the position as treasurer for our chapter for a 3 year term.

He then went on to become the Regent for the State of Maine from 2009-2012. Gerry now serves as our chapter president. As such, he has brought us together for strategic planning, governance and succession planning, policy development and scholarship funding.”

Gerry has gone above and beyond for ACHE and our chapter and it was my great pleasure to be able to recognize his numerous contributions.  Thank you Gerry!

Lastly, It will not be long until NNEAHE offers its next Face-to-Face education opportunity. Look for an upcoming email asking you to mark your calendars in May for more Face-to-Face credit opportunity to be offered in Portsmouth, NH.  Registration information will be emailed to you in early spring.

National News
Winter 2013-2014

Register Now for the 2014 Congress on Healthcare Leadership

ACHE’s Congress on Healthcare Leadership brings you the best in professional development, exceptional opportunities to network with and learn from peers, and the latest information to enhance your career and address your organization’s challenges in innovative ways. The 2014 Congress on Healthcare Leadership, “Where Knowledge, Ideas and Solutions Connect,” will be held March 24–27 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, and registration is now open at

Join us and be part of the dynamic, energizing event that draws world-class speakers and more than 4,000 healthcare leaders from across the nation and around the world.

This premier healthcare leadership event provides:

  • Education on current and emerging issues
  • More than 140 sessions of practical learning from healthcare’s top leaders
  • Opportunities to connect with your peers
  • Career-enhancement workshops

Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program Scholars Selected

Six scholars have been selected for the inaugural Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program from a pool of 85 applicants. The year-long program will help further prepare these mid- and senior-level careerists to advance to higher leadership roles. Scholars will benefit from specialized curriculum opportunities addressing barriers in career attainment and developing executive presence, one-on-one interaction with a specially selected mentor and participation in formal leadership education and career assessments. The scholars and their respective organizations are:

  • Leslie Burnside, system director, network development & physician relations, UNC Health Care, Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • Jaquetta B. Clemons, DrPH, system director, community health/benefit, CHRISTUS Health System, Irving, Texas
  • Heriberto “Eddie” Cruz, vice president, operations, Access Community Health Network, Chicago
  • Gayathri S. Jith, FACHE, senior vice president, strategy and operations, Valley Presbyterian Hospital,Van Nuys, Calif.
  • Jan Manary, RN, Captain, Nurse Corps, U.S. Navy, Reserve Component, Arlington, Va.
  • Patrick Ramirez, administrative director, UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco

“This is an impressive group of healthcare executives to compose our inaugural cohort,” says ACHE President and CEO Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE. “We are confident these scholars will not only benefit from the program offerings but will make strong contributions to healthcare as they advance in their careers.”

The Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program was established by the Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives to honor Dolan, who served as president and CEO of ACHE from 1991-2013, for his long-standing service to the profession of healthcare leadership and to further his strong commitment to achieving greater diversity among senior healthcare leaders. Scholars will receive tuition to attend ACHE’s most notable educational offerings, including the 2014 Senior Executive Program or Executive Program and ACHE’s 2014 Congress on Healthcare Leadership. Enhanced self-awareness, critical leadership skills and an expanded network of leaders will prepare scholars for their future roles.

“ACHE is pleased there has been tremendous interest in and support for the Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity program,” says Bowen. “We are thrilled to be able to expand our support to diversify the leadership ranks in healthcare, and we are enormously grateful to the community of ACHE leaders that supports this program and made this possible.”

For more information about the selected scholars and the Executive Diversity Program, visit

Thank You to 2013 Premier Corporate Partners

ACHE would like to thank our 2013 Premier Corporate Partners who have all recommitted their support for 2014. Through their support, our Corporate Partners demonstrate commitment to the future of healthcare leadership and improving healthcare delivery. For more information, please visit

  • ARAMARK Healthcare Technologies
  • Cardinal Health
  • CareFusion
  • Conifer Health Solutions
  • Philips Healthcare
  • Trane Global Healthcare Practice

Apply for a Tuition Waiver

To reduce the barriers to ACHE educational programming for ACHE members experiencing economic hardship, ACHE has established the Tuition Waiver Assistance Program.

ACHE makes available a limited number of tuition waivers to ACHE Members and Fellows whose organizations lack the resources to fund their tuition for education programs. Members and Fellows in career transition are also 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
  • Online Tutorial (Board of Governors Exam preparation)
  • ACHE Board of Governors Exam Review Course

All requests are due no less than eight weeks before the program date, except for 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.

If you have questions about the program, please contact Teri Somrak, associate director, Division of Professional Development, at (312) 424-9354 or For more information, visit



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