South Texas Chapter - Fall 2011 Volume 4 (3)  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Message From The STC ACHE President
•  Message from the Regent - Texas Central & South
•  Healthcare Leadership: Thoughts From My Foxhole
•  Member and Community Leadership
•  Mission Trail Baptist Hospital – Built on 108 Years of Trust
•  ACHE: For Leaders Who Care…..But Do They?
•  Home Health Referral Physician Marketing
•  Report Examines Lower Body Blast Injuries
•  Mall Sets Sights on South Texas Healthcare Clinics
•  ACHE Continuing Education At Your Convience
•  Request for Hot Topic eNewletter Articles
•  Ensure delivery of Chapter E-newsletter (Disclaimer)


Message From The STC ACHE President

Karla Krueger-Strawn, MHA

The STC-ACHE received the results of our annual Chapter Member Needs Survey.  This survey was sent to all members of the Chapter in a July email from ACHE. 

STC ACHE had a 41.2% response rate (193 of 468), which is on par with the national response rate of 41.8% (10,330 of 24,725).  Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the survey. 

The survey will be reviewed in depth during the Chapter Boards annual planning retreat in December.  Survey results will be used to make improvements to the educational programming and resources provided to the membership each year.
Here are some of the highlights from the survey.  For overall Chapter satisfaction, our membership scored 7.5 out of 10, which is an improvement over our 2010 score of 7.3 and is higher than the national average of 7.2. 

In terms of the educational Chapter events provided, the survey indicated that membership is satisfied and prefers shorter sessions with 30-60 days notice. Overall, the STC-ACHE scored above the national average and made several improvements over our 2010 scores.

Another great message from the Chapter survey is that Chapter members that are willing to volunteer.  Our Chapter is always in need of more ideas, more hands, and willing members to increase the value we can bring to our membership.  The Chapters current structure includes the following committees: Audit, Program, Membership, Communication, and Advancement. 

Below is a short description of the responsibilities of each committee and the Chairperson.  Please use the email address to contact the Committee Chair if you have interest serving a specific committee.

  • Audit Committee: Conducts annual audit of chapter finances and prepares annual reports. Chair: Maj Charles Scott Hughes, FACHE <>
  • Program Committee: Initiates, plans and coordinated educational events to include the topics, speakers, venue and menu. Chair: Angelo A. Armondo, MHA, FACHE <>
  • Membership Committee: Develops recruitment and retention strategies and ensures membership recognition.  Chair: Col Fred Swiderski, MSC, FACHE
  • Communication Committee: Maintains the Chapter website.  Chair Mary Anne Svetlik, PhD, MHA, FACHE <>
  • Advancement Committee: Plans educational opportunities for members looking to advance to Fellow in ACHE. Chair: David Tapia, MBA <>

Thank you again for completing the annual Chapter Member Needs survey.  The Board will be reviewing the results and using them to plan for Chapter improvement in 2012.