American College of Healthcare Executives
Summer 2009 Volume 2 (2)
In This Issue

Message From The STC ACHE President
Messsage From The Regent
South Texas Chapter Innovation Grant
Member and Community Leadership
Baptist Health System Chosen to Test New Health Care Approach
Remington Medical Resort-San Antonio a First in the Nation
Methodist Stone Oak Opens as Accredited Hispanic Healthcare Hospital
First Class of Nurses Receives Associates Degree
Methodist Stone Oak Hospital Captures Birth Day
Global Health Care Issues
The Alamo Area Academies
FDA News Release
Request for Hot Topic eNewletter Articles
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Integrative Center for Homeland Security
South Texas Regional Advisory Council for Trauma
National Cancer Institute
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Chapter Officers

Immediate Past President
Gary J. Meyn, MA, FACHE
San Antonio, TX

Joyce G. Brown, FACHE
San Antonio, TX

Vice President
Jeanette R. Skinner, FACHE
San Antonio, TX

Michael P. Griffin, FACHE
San Antonio, TX

Karla Krueger
San Antonio, TX

Messsage From The Regent
J. Mark McLoone, FACHE

Regents Advisory Council
M. Scott Alarcon, FACHE
LTC Lee W. Bewley, PhD, FACHE
Joyce G. Brown, FACHE
Debbie D. Cox, FACHE
Charles E. Durant Jr., FACHE
Ashley S. Hixon, FACHE
Trudy L. Land, FACHE
Gary J. Meyn, FACHE
Michael Nowicki, EdD, FACHE
David R. Pearson, FACHE
William D. Rasco, FACHE
Jeannette R. Skinner, FACHE
Corinne S. Smith, JD
Mary Stefl, PhD
Karen A. Stiefel, PhD, FACHE

I hope this message finds all of you well and happy. As we enter the new ACHE year, I would like to ask for your assistance and that of the chapters, in two areas.

First, those of us who attended the Congress leadership sessions during the weekend of March 21st, learned about the decrease in attendance at Congress in comparison to last year. This is at a time when the membership of ACHE is at an all-time high. Clearly, the decrease in attendance was the result of the impact of the overall economy and the continued approach to expense management that many organizations have taken in reaction to the current economic conditions.

As Albert Einstein said though, "In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity". One of our opportunities is that the ACHE will hold a cluster meeting in San Antonio late this year.

We have also been advantaged, due to the large number of members in our two chapters, with an increase in the number of "Regent Tuition Waivers" that I may pass along to individuals who are not in a position to support their continuing education due to funding limitations.
This is a great way for up to four of our local affiliates to gain Category I credits to maintain their credential and status with ACHE. I need your help identifying the folks who may need that support though. Last year, I received only three inquiries for use of the fee waivers. Two of those requests were from folks who are, technically, not in our District. The cluster program in San Antonio will be held in November which gives everyone ample time to plan to attend, and submit a request for the fee waiver. Let me stress that we would like to hold these for affiliates who have limited or no ability to obtain other support for their continuing education. Attendance at the San Antonio cluster may be a challenge for some of our folks who live in Waco, the Valley or other distant areas, but this is still a great way to keep expenses low in gaining Category I credits.
Secondly, I would also like to remind the ACHE affiliates of the Regent's Awards which are presented each year at the annual THA meeting. This meeting will occur in early 2010, prior to ACHE Congress. The award selections will be made late in 2009 and nominations should be forwarded directly to me, or a member of the Regents Advisory Council (the names of the members are included in your newsletter).

Listed below are some of the criteria suggested by ACHE for determining appropriate award recipients to include:

  • An affiliate of the American College of Healthcare Executives;
  • Demonstration of leadership ability;
  • Demonstration of innovative and creative management;
  • Executive capability in developing his/her organization and promoting its growth and stature in the community;
  • Participation in local, state, or provincial hospital and health association activities;
  • Participation in civic/community activities and projects;
  • Demonstration of participation in ACHE activities and interest in assisting ACHE in achieving its objectives;
  • Contributions to the development of others in the healthcare profession
  • Demonstration of leadership in local, state, or provincial hospital and health association activities.

We welcome any nominations for these prestigious awards. I believe we would benefit from the nomination of at least three persons from each chapter. As in the past year, I will make one award presentation to an ACHE affiliate from each of our two chapters, one representing the Central Texas Chapter and one representing the South Texas Chapter. 
Should we be so fortunate as to receive multiple nominations, I would schedule them for review by the Regents Advisory Council (RAC) and the RAC would make a final recommendation regarding the award recipients.

I would also like to congratulate Trudy L. Land, FACHE who has been appointed to a three year term on the Management Series Editorial Board. 

Thank you for your continued support of our profession and ACHE.


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