Triangle Healthcare Executives' Forum of North Carolina

February 2016
2016 Chapter Year

A Message from Your THEF President

 A message from your THEF President.

Happy New Year, THEF Colleagues!

I am excited for all that 2016 has in store, and I look forward to serving the chapter as your President.

First, I want to start by thanking immediate past President Neil Kinard, FACHE, and my fellow THEF Board members for their leadership in 2015. Last year the board coordinated four Face-to-Face credit education events, two networking events, and several opportunities to volunteer alongside fellow chapter members. Their contributions laid a strong foundation and set us up to succeed in 2016.

The 2016 THEF Board is in full swing! After a full day retreat in December, the new Board has been busy setting goals and planning chapter activities for the year. We have a dedicated team, from a variety of local healthcare organizations, working hard to serve you and to add value to your experience as a THEF member. 

Our 2016 Goals include:

1) Continue to provide value to chapter members by offering timely, high quality, continuing education opportunities. This year, our goal is to offer at least nine face-to-face ACHE Credits. We have four face-to-face opportunities already planned for this year; as well as several networking events (see dates below). We continue to partner with other local professional organizations to add diversity to the perspectives on our panels and other offerings.

2) Grow, Diversify, and Strengthen. With over 600 members from all corners of the healthcare industry, THEF already has a strong presence in the Triangle Healthcare community. Yet, this year we hope to:

·        Grow membership by nearly 10% from both traditional areas of the industry and new ones. Our recent member survey indicated that our members work in hospitals, academia, pharma, research, consulting, physician services, and more. Potential new members may come from new hires to your organization, professionals looking to stay current in their career, or even emerging areas of the industry.

·        Strengthen involvement from senior leaders and executives. In order to cultivate knowledge and experience to further our profession, we need senior level participation!

3) Promote and Support Advancement.  For those of us eligible for, or thinking about, advancement, the chapter has tools and mentors available to help – please reach out!

4) Give back by participating in at least two community service activities. As many of us know, it is difficult to transform healthcare outcomes without addressing the social determinants of health. Join us for one of the volunteer opportunities to support local organizations working to alleviate social or health issues in our community – staring with the NC Food Bank on March 4.

5) Continue to partner with local healthcare organizations. We have a lofty sponsorship goal this year –  $8,000 to support local THEF programming. We are on our way to achieving this goal thanks to LabCorp and WakeMed!

We need your help to achieve our chapter goals. Work, life and family, can make us feel that we have time to take on more. However, one thing I have learned in my six years as an ACHE member is that the more you put in, the more you get out. I encourage you to find at least one thing you can contribute to help strengthen the chapter and enhance your experience.

A few ideas to get you thinking:

Volunteer at an event
Join us for a morning of community service
Write an article on a local healthcare issue or innovation for the next THEF newsletter
Have coffee with an early or mid-careerist to serve as a chapter mentor
Advertise a THEF event in your organization’s newsletter
Sponsor the chapter or a specific event
Invite a friend or colleague to join you at an upcoming event and/or encourage them to join THEF
Whether you have one hour or 50 hours to give, we want to hear from you. Feel free to contact me directly or to email the THEF inbox- Either way, I look forward to hearing from you and to meeting you at one of these upcoming THEF events:

  • March 4, 9am-12pm- North Carolina Food Bank- 5 spots open- RSVP to
  • March 10- Best Practices in Adapting to Local Regulations, Markets, and Trends- Registration NOW OPEN
  • April 7- UNC HESA/THEF- Panel on Telemedicine- Save the Date!

Here’s to a successful year!


Jessica Landin, MHA

President, Triangle Healthcare Executives Forum (THEF)


Earn 1.5 ACHE Face-to-Face Education Credits

Best Practices in Adapting to Local Regulations, Markets and Trends

THEF and WakeMed present a panel discussion on Best Practices in Adapting to Local Regulations, Markets and Trends.

Your THEF chapter is off to a great start! 

Make plans to attend Triangle Healthcare Executive's Forum's first face-to-face education event of 2016
March 10, 2016 at The Andrews Center at WakeMed.

Best Practices in Adapting to Local Regulations, Markets and Trends brings together senior leaders within the health care sector to discuss key priorities and trends in North Carolina. These decision makers will share best practices for navigating the changing landscape of health care in North Carolina.

Panelists Include:

Representative Gale Adcock, NP (NC House of Representatives)
Jane Brown, MBA, Senior Strategic Advisor, Mosaic Heath Solutions/BCBSNC
John Piatkowski, MD, MBA, Senior VP, Physician Services, WakeMed Health and Hospitals
Jeff Kiser, MHA, VP of Sales and Marketing, Aetna

Discussion Moderated By:
Hugh Tilson, Jr., JD, MPH, Executive VP and Coo of North Carolina Hospital Association

Registration, Networking, and dinner buffet begin at 6:00pm. Panel Discussion to follow at 6:30pm.

Reserve your seat for this March 10th event today! Registration is now open.

THEF In the Community

Join Your THEF Colleagues at the Raleigh Foodbank

THEF Volunteer Opportunity at the Raleigh Foodbank

On March 4, 2016 from 9:00am - 12:00pm THEF will be helping to make a difference in the community by volunteering at the Raleigh Foodbank. This is a great way to help combat one of the social determinants of health impacting our community.

The Raleigh Foodbank is located at 3808 Tarheel Drive, Raleigh. Volunteers can park along the street as marked.
All volunteers MUST wear closed-toe shoes. Any volunteer without closed-toe shoes will not be able to participate. We currently have schedule 4-5 volunteers from THEF, however, if we have more volunteers we can do more to help more families. 
For a volunteer consent form, or to sign up to volunteer with THEF on March 4, contact Jessica Landin at

21st Annual UNC HESA and THEF Dinner

April 7, 2016

Save The Date!

Mark Your Calendars for the 21st Annual UNC HESA and THEF Dinner: Telemedicine in the Healthcare Delivery System

April 7, 2016 from 6pm - 8:30pm at the UNC Friday Center

Panelist include:

Alex Cho, MD, MBA - Clinical Lead for the Duke TeleHealth Office of Duke University Health System

Brian Klausner, MD - Medical Director for WakeMed Community Care

Alan Stiles, MD - VP of Network Development and Strategic Affiliations at UNC Health Care


Coming in June: 5th Annual THEF Healthcare Leadership Summit. Stay tuned for more information on this career enhancing event.

2016 Congress on Healthcare Leadership

ACHE Education

March 14 - 17, Chicago, IL

Come to Congress—one of the largest gatherings of healthcare leaders in the world—and discover cutting-edge education, best practices and unique and valuable career resources. Network with colleagues and gain insights from top thought leaders in the field.

ACHE's Congress on Healthcare Leadership brings you the best in professional development, opportunities to network with and learn from peers, and the latest information to enhance your career and address your organization's challenges in innovative ways. Join us and experience the energy of an event that draws the top healthcare leaders from around the world!

Speakers include:

Michael O. Leavitt
Former Governor for the State of Utah
Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Founder and Chairman, Leavitt Partners

Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour
Chief Breakthrough Officer, VAI Consulting and Training LLC

Amy Walter
National Editor, Cook Political Report
Parker B. Francis Distinguished Lecturer

Robert M. Wachter, MD
Professor/Associate Chair, Department of Medicine, 
University of California, San Francisco

Welcome and Congratulations

New THEF Members and Recertified Fellows

Please welcome our newest THEF members:

Theodore R. Delbridge, Greenville
Susanna L. Keilman, Durham
Dena M. Riley, New Bern
And, let's offer a hardy congratulations to our latest Recertified Fellows:
Neil F. Kinard, FACHE, Raleigh
Judith M. Orser, FACHE, Raleigh
Llewellyn E. Piper, PhD, FACHE, Jacksonville
Sandra J. Sackrison, FACHE, Edenton

THEF Member Profile

Meet Jessica Landin, Your 2016 THEF President
Take a few moments to get to know one of your colleagues.

Describe your current role in the local healthcare market.

I’m currently the Senior Director of Market Operations for Evolent Health, serving as the senior director of operations for WakeMed Community Care, which is an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) in Wake County. In this role, I help drive operational performance of the ACO, and manage partnerships and collaborations with payers, community resources and high value specialists to further the ACO’s goals of improving quality and value of healthcare in the community.

How long have you been an ACHE/THEF member and why did you join?  

I’ve been a member for about six years. My former boss, who is an FACHE, encouraged me to join and I was excited to have the opportunity to plug into what is happening in the local market. I wish I had joined sooner!

What value have you gotten out of your membership?  

I like being able to meet and share ideas with other local healthcare professionals, and to continually learn through the continuing education opportunities THEF provides. Many of us are working on the same types of issues and challenges to improve how healthcare is operationalized and delivered, and THEF is a platform for collaboration. We are fortunate that our chapter has a diverse membership, representing all segments of the industry - from traditional hospital administration to academia, research, consulting, pharma, payers, government, etc., so there are a lot of ideas and perspectives represented.

Do you have any advice for early careerists? 

Attend THEF events and read the ACHE publications that come with your membership! Get involved in THEF and other relevant professional organizations. At work, own the opportunities you are given, no matter how small they may seem at the time.

What are the ACHE/THEF activities you are committed to in 2016? 

In addition to attending the local THEF events, I’m also looking forward to attending Congress in March in Chicago, and studying for the Board of Governors Exam (with past THEF president Carol Dorn Sanders!) in 2016.

The member profile page is a new addition to the THEF Newsletter. If you, or someone you know, would like to share how ACHE/THEF has made a difference in your career, please contact Joyce Harper, Communications Co-Chair at


Now is the Time. . .

Advance to Fellow in 2016

Become a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and earn the distinction of board certification in healthcare management!

Start the process by submitting an application.* You do not have to meet all of the requirements below (such as three years of ACHE tenure or five years of healthcare management experience) to be eligible to submit an application. Once your application is approved, we will notify you that you can take the Board of Governors Exam. You will receive an Exam registration form with testing center information. Your advancement to FACHE status is complete after you pass the Exam and meet all the requirements.

Summary of requirements to earn the FACHE Credential

  • Be a Member of ACHE
  • Hold a Master's or other advanced degree
  • Hold a healthcare management position and have a minimum of two years of healthcare management experience
  • Three references from current Fellows (one of which must be a structured interview)
  • Provide a copy of your current job description, organizational chart, and resume
  • Have a minimum of five years of healthcare management experience (as noted above two years is required to submit a Fellow application)
  • 36 hours of Healthcare Management Continuing Education credit earned during the three years preceding becoming a Fellow; 12 hours must be ACHE Face-to-Face Education
  • Participation in two healthcare related and two community/civic activities within the past three years
  • Pass the Board of Governors Examination in Healthcare Management
  • Have three years of ACHE membership tenure
For more information on Advancement to Fellow, contact Swati Bhardwaj, Advancement Chair, at

Access Complimentary Resources for the Board of Governors Exam

For Members starting on the journey to attain board certification and the FACHE® credential, ACHE offers complimentary resources to help them succeed so they can be formally recognized for their competency, professionalism, ethical decision making and commitment to lifelong learning. These resources, which include the Exam Online Community, the Board of Governors Examination in Healthcare Management Reference Manual and quarterly Advancement Information webinars, are designed to be supplements to other available Board of Governors Exam study resources, such as the Board of Governors Review Course and Online Tutorial. 

The Exam Online Community is an interactive platform to learn and glean study tips from other Members taking the Exam. Participants can discuss Exam topics with experts and have the option to participate in study groups. Interested Members may join the Exam Online Community at

The Reference Manual, found at, includes a practice 230-question exam and answer key, a list of recommended readings, test-taker comments and study tips. 

Fellow Advancement Information webinars provide a general overview of the Fellow advancement process, including information about the Board of Governors Exam, and allow participants to ask questions about the advancement process.

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