Nevada Chapter

Winter 2016-17

Upcoming Chapter Events

Upcoming Events - Other chapter events will be announced as finalized....

January 12, Organizing and Managing Your Practice Under Value-Based Payment (Las Vegas)

Speaker:  Karl Sundberg, Chief Operating Officer, Nevada Health Centers

Clark County Medical Society

2590 E. Russell Rd.

Las Vegas, NV  89120


January 15-18, HFMA Western Regions Symposium (Las Vegas)

Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino

3667 S. Las Vegas Blvd

Las Vegas, NV  89109

For more information and to register, go to



January 18, 8:30-10:30 am, Employer's Rights & Responsibilities Regarding Medical & Recreational Marijuana (Reno)

Panel TBA - Hosted by the Nevada Association for Employers

RSCVA Board Room

Reno Town Mall -- 2nd Floor

4001 S. Virginia St.

Reno, NV  89509


Registration and fee required:  Contact:  Gail Doyle at or at 775-329-4241

You may be able to qualify for a special $49 member rate by mentioning Nevada MGMA



January 31, Meet the CEO (Las Vegas)

Speaker:  Brian Brannman, Sr. VP of Operations, Dignity Health - Nevada Service Area

President and CEO, St. Rose Dominican - Siena Campus

Topic:  Microhospitals

St. Rose Dominican - Siena Campus

MacDonald Conference Room

3001 St Rose Pkwy Trail

Henderson, NV 89052


For questions and to RSVP, contact:




Future Dates:


March 8, 7:30-9:00 am, Annual Women's Breakfast

Leading Change....By Changing the Way You Lead!  

Women in Healthcare Leadership (Las Vegas)

University Medical Center

Location TBA

Las Vegas, NV  89106

April 8 (Tentative or TBA),  Diversity in Healthcare Leadership (Las Vegas)

Details and Location TBA...

April 20, 7:00-6:00   Back to the Basics - For the Future (Reno)

MGMA Annual State Conference

Silver Legacy Resort Casino

Reno Downtown Ballroom

401 N. Center St.

Reno, NV  89501

May 6, Nevada Health Care Forum Joint Association Charity Golf Tournament (Las Vegas)

In conjunction with the Southern Nevada Harley Davidson Owners 

100% of funds benefit the Nations of Patriots Fund and go to local wounded active duty military members and their families

Red Rock Country Club - Arroyo Course

2250-A Red Spring Dr.

Las Vegas, NV  89135

October 10 (Tentative), 10th Annual Nevada Health Care Forum

Tuscany Suite & Casino

255 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV  89169 






Outgoing President's Message

Moving on...

This is my last newsletter as your outgoing Chapter President.  It has been an honor and pleasure to serve and to get to meet and know so many of you.  We have accomplished a lot as a chapter with increased membership, successful events such as the Nevada Health Care Forum, Golf Tournament, Holiday Mixers, and Meet the CEOs.  We have won Chapter Awards together and helped students and the UNLV Healthcare Adminstration Program.  There is much more that I would have like to accomplished including more on the career resource front, offering more Face-to-Face education, and other goals.  I plan on staying involved with the Chapter, but admittedly am ready to help others take charge.  I look forward to staying in touch with you all.

New Board  and Chapter Planning

We are in the process of bringing a new board and volunteers on board and learning great ideas on how to move the Nevada Chapter forward.  Jeremy Bradshaw, CEO of Desert Springs Hospital, is our incoming Chapter President.  The Chapter Board will be meeting soon to approve a multi-year strategic plan that was developed this fall.  Please contact Jeremy at or me at or with any ideas you have.  

Your Plan for 2017

What would you like to accomplish with ACHE and your career this year.  Get Fellow Status?  Make that next career move?  Anything else?  ACHE represents a commitment to professional development and education for you and your organization. Thank you for making this investment. Please use ACHE and its career and job resources as you develop your own career plan.  There is a lot going on in the Nevada Chapter. Please see a few of the highlights below and the articles elsewhere in this newsletter and get involved.   

Get Involved in 2017

Please take advantage of one of these or other ways for you to get involved:

1. Attend a chapter event - See the upcoming events schedule. 

2. Consider advancement to Fellow status - Take advantage of the special chapter reimbursement offer.

3. Recruit a member - Earn reward points redeemable for ACHE logo items or education.

4. Be a mentor or sponsor for an internship program with UNLV's Health Care Administration & Policy program or for other students interested in healthcare.

5. Volunteer to get involved with the chapter leadership on a committee or with the board.

6. Get career help - Check out ACHE's new CareerEdge program.  Start by visiting

It has been an honor to serve the chapter.  Best wishes in your professional and personal endeavors.  


David J. Schweer, FACHE 
President, ACHE-Nevada Chapter 
Senior Director, Strategic Planning & Market Analysis, Dignity Health or or 775-846-7558

Incoming President's Message

Dear ACHE – Nevada Chapter Members:

I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as the incoming President for our Nevada chapter of ACHE.  I would like to first thank Dave Schweer for the tremendous job he has done as our President.  I look forward to continuing to work with him and all of the board members as we build upon the great foundation already established.  As we look to 2017, I am excited for the chance to meet our members and learn from you how we can better serve you.  Among other things, we plan to offer more face-to-face education credit as well as qualified education credit opportunities.  

We wish all of you much happiness and success in 2017!

Jeremy Bradshaw, FACHE

Incoming President, ACHE – Nevada Chapter

CEO, MountainView Hospital, Las Vegas   

Regent's Message / Regent's Award

Auld Lang Syne is often sung at New Year’s celebrations.  It literally means, “old long ago.” In modern times it is better known as “times gone by.”  As we reflect on the past yearm, the ACHE - Nevada Chapter has benefited from the commitment and dedication from several Chapter members/Board members that have served consistently over the past several years.  One of these members is our Chapter President, David J. Schweer, FACHE, who is the recent recipient of the Regent’s Award.

The Regent’s Award recognizes outstanding healthcare executives meeting specific criteria including:

A Fellow of ACHE

Demonstration of leadership ability

Demonstration of innovative and creative management

Participation in civic/community activities and projects

Demonstration of participation in ACHE activities and interest in assisting ACHE in achieving its objectives.

Dave has been a member of ACHE since 1990.  Dave has held a variety of leadership position including Regent, Secretary, and is just finishing two terms as Chapter President.  Dave is also one of the founders of the very successful Nevada Health Care Forum, a joint collaboration between the Nevada Chapters of ACHE, HFMA, HIMSS, and MGMA.  He also has been active in HFMA and other professional organizations. 

2016 brings great opportunity to build upon the firm foundation of our Chapter.  As you make your New Year’s resolutions, decide to get involved in YOUR Chapter, achieve Fellow status, attend a Chapter Event, attend Congress!  We have an opportunity this year to take our Chapter to “the next level.”  Your involvement is paramount to our ability to provide you with a meaningful ACHE - Nevada Chapter experience!  Please send Jeremy Bradshaw, our incoming Chapter President ( Dave Schweer ( or or me ( your ideas and suggestions!

Wishing each of you and your families a very happy, healthy, active and involved 2017! 


Cindy Johnson, MHA, FACHE
Regent for Nevada  

Vice President – Rural Physicians Group 



National News Q4 2016

Save the Date for the 2017 Congress on Healthcare Leadership

The American College of Healthcare Executives’ Congress on Healthcare Leadership brings you the best in professional development, 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 2017 Congress on Healthcare Leadership, “Discovering Possibilities & Opportunities,” will be held March 27–30 at the Hilton Chicago/Palmer House Hilton.

Join us in 2017 and be part of this dynamic, energizing event that draws the top healthcare leaders from across the nation and around the world.

This premier healthcare leadership event provides:

  • Access to more than 150 cutting-edge professional development sessions
  • Networking opportunities with more than 4,200 professionals from around the globe
  • Innovative solutions from the nation's top thought leaders
  • The latest tools and techniques designed to enhance your career

The opening date for Congress 2017 registration and to reserve hotel accommodations was Nov. 16.

Call for Innovations
Management Innovations Poster Session at the 2017 Congress on Healthcare Leadership
ACHE would like to invite authors to submit narratives of their posters for consideration for the 33rd Annual Management Innovations Poster Session to be held at ACHE’s 2017 Congress on Healthcare Leadership. We are interested in innovations on issues affecting your organization that might be helpful to others, including improving quality or efficiency, enhancing patient or physician satisfaction, implementing electronic medical records, using new technology and similar topics. All accepted applicants will be expected to be available to discuss their posters Monday, March 27, between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. and posters will remain on display March 27–29 at Congress.
Please go to for the full selection criteria and submission instructions. Submissions will be accepted through Jan. 17.

Forum on Advances in Healthcare Management Research at 2018 Congress on Healthcare Leadership
ACHE would like to invite authors to submit proposals to present their research at the 10th annual Forum on Advances in Healthcare Management Research. This session will take place during ACHE’s 2018 Congress on Healthcare Leadership, which will be held March 26–29, 2018. The senior author of each selected proposal will receive a complimentary registration to Congress.

Please visit for the selection criteria and submission instructions. Submit your up-to-400-word abstract by July 10.

IFD, ACHE Alliance to Expand Healthcare Internships for Diverse Individuals
The American Hospital Association’s Institute for Diversity in Health Management and ACHE have entered into a strategic collaboration to co-promote the Summer Enrichment Program, which is designed to grow and strengthen the pipeline of healthcare leaders from underrepresented groups. The SEP places diverse graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in healthcare administration or a related field in 10-week, paid internships at healthcare organizations. As of Oct. 31, 2016, hospitals, health systems and other healthcare organizations interested in hosting an SEP intern in 2017 can register at IFD staff will work with organizations to match SEP students with host sites beginning in February. Internships generally will take place from June through August. The SEP will be administered by IFD and co-promoted by ACHE, primarily through ACHE chapters across the country.
For more information about the SEP or on becoming a host site, visit or contact Jasmin Clark, membership and educational specialist, IFD, at or (312) 422-2658; Terra L. Levin FACHE, CAE, regional director, Division of Regional Services, ACHE, at or (312) 424-9329; or Cie Armstead, director, Diversity and Inclusion, ACHE, at or (312) 424-9306.

Encourage Your Members to Apply for Fellow Status
The importance of earning the distinction of board certification as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives cannot be overstated. Encouraging your chapter members to take the next step in advancing their careers by achieving Fellow status benefits their professional goals and the healthcare management profession as it demonstrates a healthcare leader’s competence, leadership skills and commitment to excellence in the field.

Fellow applicants who successfully meet all requirements by Dec. 31, including passing the Board of Governors Examination, will be eligible to participate in the 2017 Convocation Ceremony at the 2017 Congress on Healthcare Leadership.

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 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 as the Board of Governors Review Course and Online Tutorial.

  • The Reference Manual, found at, 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. An upcoming session is scheduled for Dec. 8. Register online at

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 complementary 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 start attracting 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 Liz Catalano, membership coordinator at (312) 424-9374 or email, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time.

ACHE Announces Nominating Committee 2017 Slate
The ACHE Nominating Committee has agreed on a slate to be presented to the Council of Regents on March 25, 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 25. The 2017 slate is as follows:

Nominating Committee Member, District 2 (two-year term ending in 2019)
Dolores G. Clement, DrPH, FACHE
Sentara Professor and Director, Dual Degree Programs, Department of Health Administration
VA Commonwealth University
Richmond, Va.

Nominating Committee Member, District 3 (two-year term ending in 2019)
Stephen J. Pribyl, FACHE
District One Hospital/Allina Health System
Faribault, Minn.

Nominating Committee Member, District 6 (two-year term ending in 2019)
Adam C. Walmus, FACHE
Austin, Texas

Governor (three-year term ending in 2020)
Anthony A. Armada, FACHE
Executive Vice President and Chief Executive, Western Washington
Providence Health and Services

Governor (three-year term ending in 2020)
Nancy M. DiLiegro, PhD, FACHE
Vice President, Clinical Operations/Physician Services and Chief Clinical Officer
Trinitas Regional Medical Center
Elizabeth, N.J.

Governor (three-year term ending in 2020)
Sara M. Johnson, FACHE
Director, Executive Education
Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Governor (three-year term ending in 2020)
Edmund L. Lafer, MD, FACHE
Medical Director
Health Partners Plans

David A. Olson, FACHE
Chief Strategy Officer
Froedtert Health

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, 1 N. Franklin St., Ste. 1700, Chicago, IL 60606-3529) 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:

Christine M. Candio, RN, FACHE
Richard D. Cordova, FACHE
Brian C. Doheny, FACHE
Ed Hamilton, FACHE
John M. Haupert, FACHE
Kim A. King, FACHE
Stephen M. Merz, FACHE
RADM Anne M. Swap, FACHE

ACHE Call for Nominations for the 2018 Slate
ACHE’s 2017–2018 Nominating Committee is calling for applications for service beginning in 2018. All members are encouraged to participate in the nominating process. ACHE Fellows are eligible for any of the Governor and Chairman-Elect vacancies and are eligible for the Nominating Committee vacancies within their district. Open positions on the slate include:

  • Nominating Committee Member, District 1 (two-year term ending in 2020)
  • Nominating Committee Member, District 4 (two-year term ending in 2020)
  • Nominating Committee Member, District 5 (two-year term ending in 2020)
  • Four Governors (three-year terms ending in 2021)
  • 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 only submit 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 Richard D. Cordova, FACHE, chairman, Nominating Committee, c/o Julie Nolan, American College of Healthcare Executives, 1 N. Franklin St., Ste. 1700, Chicago, IL 60606-3529.

The first meeting of ACHE’s 2017–2018 Nominating Committee will be held March 28, during the 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. 26.

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


Now's the time to get Certified! Get your FACHE / Reimbursement Offer

Have you wanted to get your Fellow status and FACHE credential, but have been putting it off. Now is the time to act. Make getting Fellow status one of your priorities and take advantage of this offer:

Chapter Promotion - Reimbursement Offer

For a limited time only The Nevada Chapter will reimburse up to $250 for the Fellow application fee if you don not have employer reimbursement or payment for successfully completing all requirements and obtaining Fellow Status by December 31, 2017.  

This makes it the perfect time to get Fellow status.

For more information or questions, please contact Dave Schweer at or 775-846-7558.  

Please submit reimbursement requests to Larry Preston at   

ACHE Resources

ACHE offers numerous resources to members who are pursuing Fellow Status.  Go to the Credentialing section of ACHE's website at 

Members preparing for the Board of Governors Examination can access the Exam Online Community as a complimentary and supplementary resource that can boost their confidence and help them succeed. The interactive platform gives Members the opportunity to learn and glean study tips from others taking the Exam. It also provides an opportunity to discuss Exam topics with experts for better understanding and the option to participate in study groups. Join the Exam Online Community at




7 Ways Accomplished People Begin Their Morning Routine

Travis Bradberry, author of the best-selling book Emotional Intelligence 2.0, recently published an article on outlining seven early-morning habits people who want to be successful should adopt, summarized below.

1. Drink lemon water. The nutrients in lemon water improve physical and mental energy levels.

2. Exercise. Research has shown exercising can boost a person’s energy as well as their outlook. Positive, energized people tend to get more done.

3. Disconnect from technology. Avoid jumping onto your phone before you even get out of bed. Texts, emails and social media alerts can clutter the mind.

4. Eat a healthy breakfast. There’s a reason breakfast is called the “most important meal of the day.” Eating a healthy breakfast can enhance short-term memory and concentration levels.

5. Be mindful. Many successful leaders begin each day by meditating. The quiet time allows the mind to focus, combat stress and be more creative.

6. Set goals. Setting specific, feasible goals helps leaders remain calm and productive in the face of a hectic workday.

7. Say no. It’s important for leaders to honor their commitments, even if the commitment is to a quiet, work-free morning routine. People who can say “no” to taking on a new commitment that would encroach upon a previous engagement are less likely to overextend themselves.

—Adapted from “7 Things Wildly Successful People Do Before 7:30 A.M.,” by Travis Bradberry,, Oct. 18, 2016.

How to Sustain Healthcare Improvement Efforts: 4 Keys to Success

There are few things more frustrating than pouring time and effort into a process improvement just to see those new workflows forgotten and an organization regress to its bad habits. Highlighted below are four tips to help overcome that obstacle.

1. Test new work processes in a pilot unit. Rolling out a new work model tends to be easier when the model has already been tested on a small scale. Having a pilot unit allows management to standardize good habits and ensure the new model is aligned with the organizational goals.

2. Implement improvements on the front line. Engaging frontline clinical staffers who deal with the day-to-day operations of an organization is critical to the success and sustainability of a process improvement. Without the frontline staff, systems frequently revert to their old ways.

3. Celebrate small successes to build morale. Change is difficult and asking for too much too quickly can be demoralizing for any staff. During the early stages of major process change, be prepared to recognize small, short-term achievements that could boost buy-in and momentum.

4. Address staff grievances with improvement efforts. Positive performance reviews and promotions are not the only ways to motivate employees; frontline managers are also more likely to stick with an improvement effort if it eliminates a daily hassle in their own work processes.

—Adapted from “4 Steps to Sustaining Improvement in Health Care” by Kedar S. Mate, MD, and Jeffery Rakover, Harvard Business Review, Nov. 9, 2016.

ACHE Job and Resume Banks

Search for career opportunities and let prospective employers find you 

Looking for that next position?

ACHE’s online Job Bank and Resume Bank are regularly updated with features to make it even easier for job seekers and employers to connect.

Job seekers will benefit from improved search functionality, new job notification options, enhanced job detail pages, a mobile-friendly version of the ACHE Job Bank and more. Employers will find value in a simplified job posting process, easier job formatting options, resume alerts and other benefits. 

Registered users of the ACHE Job and Resume Bank will receive instructions for accessing their new accounts. If you have questions about the transition, please contact the Healthcare Executive Career Resource Center at (312) 424-9446.

For more info go to


Join the ACHE Official Group on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a social networking tool to help members exchange information, build contacts and share ideas. Join the ACHE Official Group on LinkedIn today to make new business contacts with other ACHE members and enhance your current relationships with a growing online network of leaders in the healthcare field. 

To join the ACHE Official Group on LinkedIn, you must have a profile. To create a profile, visit Once you have completed your profile, you are ready to join your colleagues around the country.

Click here to get started now.

Support the ACHE Fund for Innovation and the Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program

Now is the time for today's healthcare leaders, like you, to make a commitment to the future by supporting ACHE's Fund for Innovation in Healthcare Leadership.

The Fund for Innovation in Healthcare Leadership, a philanthropic initiative of the Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives, was created to bring innovation to the forefront of healthcare leadership.

Donate to the Fund today to ensure the healthcare profession has the visionary leaders and management systems that are needed to improve healthcare delivery. Together we will:

  • Inspire and develop future leaders.
  • Promote diversity among healthcare leaders.
  • Explore emerging complex ethical issues.
  • Stimulate innovations in healthcare management

There are several ways to donate to the Foundation of ACHE's Fund for Innovation in Healthcare Leadership. Whichever way you choose, your contribution can make all the difference, no matter the amount. Donate now.

For questions about the Fund for Innovation in Healthcare Leadership, please contact Timothy R. Tlusty, Vice President, Development, at (312) 424-9305 or

Learn more and donate at


The Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program was established by the Foundation of ACHE's Fund for Innovation in Healthcare Leadership to honor Thomas C. Dolan, PhD, FACHE, FASAE, president and CEO of ACHE from 1991–2013, and his long-standing service to the profession of healthcare leadership and to further his strong commitment to achieving greater diversity among senior healthcare leaders. Please see ACHE's Statement on Diversity for more information about our commitment to diversity.

The year-long program will further prepare 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. 


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