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!!!
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).
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.
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!
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.
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!
College of Healthcare Executives