Spring 2013 Volume 6 (2)
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LPC's Provide Outreach Opportunities
Texas Health Resources in National Spotlight for Population Health
IT Integration Brings Benefits, Risks
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What can STC improve to increase member satisfaction?
Offer more networking opportunities.
Publicize events earlier.
Offer more face-to-face education events.
Offer scholarships/fee waivers for events.
Angelo A. Armondo, MHA FACHE
Vice President
Frederick A. Swiderski, MHA, MBA, FACHE
Immediate Past President
Amjed Baghdadi, MHA, MBA, FACHE
Gail S. Nelson
MAJ James H. Hall, MHA, MBA, FACHE
President's Message
Angelo A. Armondo, MHA, FACHE, President, STC-ACHE


In my last message, I chronicled some of the events that the main chapter conducted last year.  I am equally pleased to congratulate both of our local program councils (LPCs) for their efforts last year and this year.  The Coastal Bend LPC (CBLPC) conducted several educational/networking events and a philanthropic activity with their local food bank.  Diane Schultz, CBLPC Chair is preparing to conduct their first educational event (June 14th) where two panel discussions (3.0 Face-to-Face [F-to-F] Hours) will be provided for the ACHE membership in their area.  Diane also continues to look for “a few good people” to help her manage the CBLPC, but it has not slowed her down one bit! 

Meanwhile, the Rio Grande Valley LPC (RGVLPC) conducted networking events, while establishing the infrastructure to conduct their first educational event.  This February event was very successful and stimulated interest in conducting other educational events with more networking events to follow later this year.  Sadly, we have lost some of our LPC leaders: Frank Ferrigno, Cindi Brent and Jessica Rye.  Fortunately, Jeremy Bradshaw has stepped up to be the RGVLPC Chair and has recruited committee members to support efforts there.    My hat is off to both LPCs as well as the chapter’s steadfast support, primarily in the person of Jim Whitmire, our Director for Outreach.  He has done an outstanding job in representing ACHE throughout our chapter area and assisting these two LPC to grow and mature.  Thanks JIM!!!

In addition to the STC-ACHE’s full slate of educational, networking, advancement, and philanthropic activities, we are endeavoring to do more to provide additional “Value-Added” opportunities for you, our membership.  We have: increased our philanthropic activities this year spearheaded by Joyce Brown; established a Marketing and Sponsorship Committee chaired by Karla Strawn; established a Diversity Initiative to craft ways to encourage more diverse participation in all chapter activities chaired by Tammy Williams; included LPC committee members in our off-site strategic planning conference; purchased our 1st ACHE educational program (3.0 hours) for delivery on July 19th at our Summer Educational Event thus providing a total of 4.5 F-to-F hours put together by David Overton and the Programs Committee; and continued our collaboration with the Central Texas Chapter—ACHE to enhance our Joint Educational Event on October 25, 2013.  This collaboration included jointly purchasing a table at the Thomas C. Dolan Tribute Dinner at the Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago to help honor him for over 27 years of outstanding ACHE national leadership (22 years as President & CEO).   


On another front, ACHE National has asked the South Texas Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives to conduct a 6-month pilot program on leader development for ACHE Chapters.  The results of this pilot program will be briefed at the Chapter Leader’s Conference in October in Chicago.  Also, I am also pleased to advise you that our recently approved Chapter Board of Director’s Policy and Code of Ethics was shared with ACHE National and is already being used as a model by other chapters.


As you can see we are a very active ACHE chapter, yet we are not satisfied!  Again we are doing more to provide you with additional opportunities to be involved with “Your Professional Society”.  We want your input and your participation.  This July you will receive a survey from ACHE asking about your knowledge of and participation with the STC-ACHE.  We hope you will take the time to evaluate and support the chapter’s collective work on your behalf to enhance your relationship to ACHE and provide opportunities for professional education, networking, and collaboration. Each chapter officer and member of the board of directors is available to you to ask questions, provide input or provide ideas on how the chapter can improve or become better to support YOU!


We have many activities scheduled between now and the end of the year.  I hope to see as many of you as possible at each of them.  I would also urge you to apply to take the Board of Governor’s Examination to become a fellow.  From now through the end of June, ACHE is offering to waive the $200 registration fee for those who apply.


I ask each of you to participate with us fully and to freely offer your talents and ideas to improve our chapter and what it can do for YOU!


For Leaders who Care!



Angelo A. Armondo



South Texas Chapter

American College of Healthcare Executives

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