South Texas Chapter - December 2021  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Message from Your ACHE Regent - Fall 2021
Leadership and Professional Development
•  Healthcare Leadership - Thoughts From My Foxhole
Chapter Happenings
•  Diversity Committee Director Update
•  Philanthropy and Community Relations
•  Student Affairs Update
Local Program Councils
•  Moving and Shaking Local Program Councils
•  Rio Grande Valley LPC
Administrative Notes
•  Request for e-Newsletter Articles
•  Join the ACHE Official Group on LinkedIn
•  Ensure delivery of Chapter E-newsletter (Disclaimer)


Message from Your ACHE Regent - Fall 2021

I cannot believe this calendar year is nearing the end, and we are moving into the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. While still in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, we still have much to be thankful for this year. As you reflect on all you have accomplished this past year, I hope you can be thankful for all the opportunities and successes you have accomplished. If maybe this year did not go so well, then it is a time to reassess and refocus on your next challenges.

Over the past few months, I have had the honor to visit with all the Higher Education Network (HEN) graduate and undergraduate healthcare programs in our region. The reception I received at each school was overwhelmingly positive, and the questions these young students asked were thoughtful and intentional. They are eager to learn, want to be involved, and look to you, the senior leaders in healthcare, to help guide them to the future.

We recently had our Student and Early Careerist Symposium in San Antonio, and one of the greatest requests from young executives was the need for a mentor. Early careerists are craving that one-on-one relationship with a senior partner who can help guide and direct them as they move forward in their careers.

I am in search of mentors for these individuals, and I ask you to reach out to me if you want to step up and be a mentor. The time commitment is as much or as little as you can give and is worked out individually between each mentor and mentee. This is an opportunity to help mold the future of healthcare by sharing your wealth of experiences and lessons learned in an engaging and active one-on-one relationship with the next generation of healthcare leaders. Thank you to those who have already expressed interest in being a mentor.

With this said, I implore those of you who do not have a mentor, to reach out and find one. You can formally request one through ACHE at, through your local chapter, within your own organization, or to me directly at A mentor can help you build self-confidence, hone your critical thinking skills, and expand your professional network of influencers to help in your leadership growth.

As we come to the end of the year, your chapter will be holding its annual strategic planning session to discuss education, volunteer, and social events for 2022. If you have something you would like your chapter to offer, if they did something in 2021 that you really liked, or if there is something the chapter needs to do better, reach out to your chapter president and let her know. Better yet, reach out and offer to work on one of the committees for 2022.

I wish each of you a blessed holiday season and look forward to working with you in 2022.

Lynn T. Downs, PhD, FACHE
Regent for Central and South Texas