Sooner Healthcare Executives

August 2018

Regent's Message

Message from your ACHE Regent

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Message from your ACHE Regent

Summer 2018

Dear colleagues – as we find ourselves in the middle of another hot Oklahoma summer, I’m reminded of the great work that each of you day 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’ve yet to reach out for help in any of our health care arenas and been turned down; Oklahoma health care leaders are generous with their knowledge and resources. Even though we compete in some ways and in some markets, I’ve witnessed time and again how none of that ever gets in the way of doing what’s best for the health of our communities. I’m very proud to be here and please know that I want to represent each one of you in this role as Regent.

It was great fun watching the Sooner Healthcare Executives as they planned for our highly successful Summit. It was the Sooner Healthcare Executive’s Annual Healthcare Leadership Summit held on Tuesday, July 31 in Oklahoma City. We featured keynote speaker, Sarah Fontenot, BSN, JD, CSP, who spoke on “Leading with Excellence in Uncertain Times” which I think we all benefitted from. This day-long summit provided us with six face-to-face hours and one qualified education hour through ACHE. There was a reception the evening before. I’m very pleased to announce that the education committee secured corporate support and sponsorships for this program to keep the cost to our members as low as possible – incredible work! I hope you were able to take advantage of this exceptional educational offering and networking event. We had 119 people in attendance; great job to the team!

One person who has really stood out in the development of this program has been one of our board members, Yvon Fils-Aime, who is the Behavioral Health and Wellness Program Manager at the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (does that all fit on his name badge?). Yvon is passionate about continuing education and health improvement and it is evident in the work he has put into this summit (along with many others of course). Yvon tells me that he actively participates in our chapter because “…it aligns with my passion for health improvement. Part of my career has been to educate health care providers and manage diverse and complex healthcare systems and I realized that the chapter offers education and networking to address similar situations.” He adds “being part of ACHE brings more credibility to the commitment that I have to improve the quality of the health of Oklahomans and it also allows me to learn from the healthcare leaders that offer solutions”. It’s obvious that Yvon takes his role on the board seriously and has invested a lot of time planning this summit – thank you Yvon!

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. I certainly hope to see many of you at the Summit. In the meantime, if I can be of any assistance, I’m just a phone call or email away.

Tim Johnsen, FACHE

Regent for Oklahoma

President's Message

President's Message

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President’s Message – August, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

I certainly hope you are enjoying your summer.  July has come to an end quickly which means summer vacations are wrapping up and school is about to start.  On the subject of education, Sooner Healthcare Executives held a fantastic, highly successful, annual leadership education Summit on July, 31.  SHE hosted some of the most well-known, most influential, leaders in Oklahoma to moderate panel discussions and participate as panel members.  The discussion topics were timely, and the discussion content was rich with wisdom and experience. I want to express my, and the Board’s, sincere appreciation for their time and commitment to this wonderful education event.

I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Yvon Fils-Aime, SHE’s Board member and Education and Networking Committee Chairman for his wonderful leadership, and his all volunteer committee for their hard work. Thank you so much!  I cannot say enough about the wonderful job this team performed.

Looking to the near future, SHE will co-host a mult-chapter education conference with the Northern and Eastern Texas ACHE chapters in September.  This education event will be held in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  The date is scheduled for September 27th.  This education session will also be a panel event.  The topics discussed will be:

Integrating the Principles of Patient-Centered Care 

Physician-Hospital Integration in the 21st Century

Improving the Health Status of Your Community 

Palliative Care-Advancing Quality and Improving Costs

Details will be forthcoming.  So please stay tuned in to your email and SHE’s website for announcements with event details.

SHE is currently working on 2019’s Summit.  We anticipate changing the event format to a speaker presentation.  We have done several panel discussions over the past two years and there has been interest in returning to a speaker format.  Over the next few weeks, we anticipate finalizing our speaker.  I believe the speaker and topic will be very relevant to any healthcare organization.  It should be a popular event.  Stay tuned for those details as well.

One of SHE’s goals over the next two years is to develop more ACHE graduate student chapters.  We hope by the end of the summer we will be announcing a new student ACHE chapter.  If you are a student member, or are affiliated with a graduate program in healthcare administration, whether MBA, MPH, MSHA, etc., and would like to establish an ACHE student chapter, please contact me to inquire how to go about doing so.  You may reach me at 918-859-5334 or via email at

Lastly, SHE also set forth a goal to start a physician leader education forum.  This was an idea set forth by Sam McAdams, Past President of SHE.  We would be interested in knowing about seasoned physician leaders (ie. CMO, VP of Medical Affairs) who would be interested in facilitating a periodic group discussion.  This group would be limited to physician leaders only so that they can discuss pertinent topics among their colleagues related to physician leadership.  The goal is to foster physician leadership development, and to help physicians share knowledge about dealing with physician leadership challenges.

We would also like to know about physician leaders (Medical Directors, CMOs, Chiefs of Staff, VP of Medical Affairs, etc.) who would be interested in joining a group as a participant.  Those interested in leading the group, and those interested in participating in the group, are encouraged to contact me.  918-859-5334 or via email at

I certainly hope each of you enjoy the rest of the summer season.  If you have any questions about the chapter, or would like to become involved in the chapter, or have questions about the chapter, please do not hesitate to contact me.  SHE exists to serve OK ACHE members and their education needs.  As such, I look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

Chris Whybrew, FACHE

President 2018-2020


Local ACHE News

Oklahoma Annual Healthcare Executives Summit

Thank you to those that attended our 2018 Summit!

Thank you to all that joined us for an exciting day of education and networking this summer. Our event was well attended and the Sooner Health Care Executive's board is already planning the 2019 Summit. 


A special thank you is given to the 2018 Summit Planning Committee:

Yvon Fils-Aime, Chair

Whitney Dockrey Miller

Gerry Ibay

Rizan Mohsin


Another Special thank you goes out to our Corporate Event Sponsors:

Administrative Consultant Service, LLC


BKD CPAs & Advisors



OU Master of Health Administration Program

Red Rock Behavioral Health Services


Be on the lookout for details about next years Summit and Networking event!

Articles of Interest

Are You Leading for Safety?

Are you leading for safety?

Are You Leading for Safety?


Healthcare leaders are guided by the highest calling—to care for those who entrust their care to us. This means that we must keep our patients and workforce safe. Improving healthcare safety requires leaders who are committed to take a stand.

That is why ACHE has partnered with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement/National Patient Safety Foundation Lucian Leape Institute and other safety experts to help healthcare leaders take a stand.

Join us and commit to leading for safety by signing the We Lead for Safety pledge online at While you are there, you can find resources, tools, self-assessments and best practices to help your organization measure, build and sustain a culture of safety.



Increase in Healthcare M&A Activity Continues in 2018

Increase in Healthcare M&A Activity Continues in 2018

The number of hospital and health system partnership transactions continues to climb, with a total of 50 transactions announced in the first half of 2018, according to a recent analysis by Kaufman Hall.

Increase in Healthcare M&A Activity Continues in 2018

The number of hospital and health system partnership transactions continues to climb, with a total of 50 transactions announced in the first half of 2018, according to a recent analysis by Kaufman Hall.

Activity remains particularly strong among not-for-profit hospitals and health systems, with 16 of 21 transactions announced in the second quarter involving acquisitions by such organizations, compared to five transactions by for-profit acquirers. When combined with first-quarter results, more than 76 percent of deals announced in the first half of 2018 involve not-for-profit acquirers, while less than 24 percent involve for-profit acquirers.

“Not-for-profit hospital and health system leaders nationwide are moving aggressively to broaden their organizations’ base and expand their presence, extending capabilities across larger geographies in order to address continued uncertainty in the industry,” said Anu Singh, managing director at Kaufman Hall. “Partnerships provide them the size and enhanced positioning within their markets to help ensure that these legacy organizations can continue their missions of providing vital care in the communities they serve.”

Here are four additional findings from the report:

Two transactions announced in the second quarter are among larger organizations with revenues between $500 million to $1 billion.

Three transactions announced in the second quarter involved religious-affiliated organizations acting as acquirers, and one involved a religious-affiliated target.

Three transactions involved academic health systems acquiring other organizations.

Three deals involved less than fully integrated transactions with the establishment of management services agreements.

—Adapted from “Hospital Merger and Acquisition Activity Continues to Rise, According to Kaufman Hall Analysis,” Kaufman, Hall & Associates, July 12, 2018. 


National News

Check Out ACHE’s Enhanced Executive Coaching Directory

Check Out ACHE’s Enhanced Executive Coaching Directory

ACHE’s Career Resource Center is pleased to bring you an enhanced version of the Executive Coaching Directory. 

ACHE’s Career Resource Center is pleased to bring you an enhanced version of the Executive Coaching Directory. Executive coaches offer personalized support to individuals pursuing professional growth. While ACHE is not endorsing the firms or individuals listed, we hope that our directory accelerates your research process as you assess the qualifications, practice methods and fees of an array of executive coaches. Not only does this upgrade provide a better experience for members seeking executive coaches, the coaches promoting their services benefit as well. 

The new platform features include:

Enhanced search capabilities for members seeking an executive coach. You can now search coach profiles based on location, area of expertise and more!

Improved profiles, including the listed coaches’ website, social media outlets and a professional headshot.

Advanced technology that provides members and coaches with a more user-friendly experience.

Check out the Executive Coaches Directory today! If you have questions or need assistance, please contact us at

ACHE Senior Executive Program

ACHE’s Senior Executive Program is designed for senior-level C-suite healthcare executives who strive to become visionary leaders. Past participants have included vice presidents, health system leaders, COOs, CMOs, CNOs and CFOs who aspire to become CEOs. The program’s locations and dates are as follows:

Chicago (June 11–13)

San Diego (Aug. 20–22)

Orlando, Fla. (Oct. 29–Oct. 31)

The Senior Executive Program is tailored for senior leaders, providing them with an opportunity to gain skills in decision making, problem solving and team building. Participants explore crucial topics impacting the healthcare environment, how to lead an organization to success and ways to achieve lifelong learning goals. Enrollment is limited to 30 healthcare executives, and participants must attend all three sessions. A limited number of scholarships are available for qualified individuals. For more information, contact Catie L. Russo, program specialist, in ACHE’s Division of Professional Development, at (312) 424-9362, or visit




Are You Due to Recertify Your FACHE Credential in 2018?

Are You Due to Recertify Your FACHE Credential in 2018?

Are You Due to Recertify Your FACHE Credential in 2018?

Demonstrate your continued dedication and commitment to lifelong learning by recertifying your FACHE® credential. Login to to learn when you are due to recertify. Please submit this application no later than Dec. 31; include your Qualified Education credits and your community/civic and healthcare activities. For more information, please visit

You may also contact the ACHE Customer Service Center at (312) 424-9400, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Central time, or email