In This Issue
Regent's Message
Message from Your ACHE Regent
President's Message
President's Message
Local News
Multi-Chapter Education Summit
Articles of Interest
Improved Communication Leads to Higher Patient Outcomes, Lower Readmission Rates
National News
ACHE Joins a Partnership Focused on Improving Diagnostic Quality and Safety
National News
Postgraduate Fellowships: Creating Future Leaders
Message from Your ACHE Regent

Message from your ACHE Regent

Summer 2019

Colleagues – As we find ourselves in the middle of another hot Oklahoma summer, I’m reminded of the great work that each of you do every day to care for the communities you serve. Your commitment to your career and your professional affiliation with ACHE demonstrates that you expect the very best of care for the citizens of our great state. I hope each of you can enjoy some time off this summer with friends and family to re-charge for what inevitably will be another busy season ahead of us.

At our last Sooner Healthcare Executives’ (SHE) board meeting, representatives from the Oklahoma Hospital Association (OHA) presented an overview of the “Oklahomans Decide Healthcare” ballot initiative for Medicaid expansion. Oklahomans Decide Healthcare is a coalition of voters and patients, medical professionals, business executives and healthcare advocates committed to expanding access to healthcare for nearly 200,000 Oklahomans. If you need more information, please reach out to Lynne White, Vice President of Government Relations and Political Action with OHA by phone or email.

I am pleased to see that our chapter has been so active lately. First, our annual educational face-to-face in May was well-attended and very well received. Jake Poore presented the day-long program and shared his many ideas, research and thought leadership on the patient experience. Our board chair, Chris Whybrew, FACHE, heard Jake previously and knew he was what we all needed to hear, so we moved from our typical panel format to a one-speaker format this year. We had incredible support from the Education and Network committee, our student volunteers from the OU MHA program who helped get us to the right places (in the rain no less), our sponsors and to Jake himself who did a great job. A special shout out to OU for providing the incredible space at the Samis Education Center on the OU Children’s campus - what an incredible venue. All our sponsors’ support helps keep our programming costs reasonable so each of them are greatly appreciated.

Our Education and Networking committee has also been busy planning several social events, both in Oklahoma City and in Tulsa recently to provide members with time to socialize and network – many thanks to Rizan Mohsin for leading these efforts. Additionally, we have found a gem in Alicia McAlpin who has volunteered to assist the chapter with marketing and promotions; she has hit the ground running. Her first order of business is to improve the user experience of our webpage, so be looking for changes and enhancements.

As your Regent, please know that I am here to assist in any way. Don’t every hesitate to reach out. I am committed to increasing our membership, increasing our number of Fellows across the state, increasing diversity amongst our membership and having our chapter stand out and be recognized for the exceptional work that is occurring. If I can be of any assistance to you, I’m just a phone call or email away.

Tim Johnsen, FACHE

Regent for Oklahoma