Triangle Healthcare Executives' Forum of North Carolina

Fall 2016

A Message from Your THEF President

A message from your THEF President.

Dear THEF Colleagues:

It’s hard to believe it’s already October! This means that THEF Board elections are upon us and I encourage anyone who is still considering contributing to the Board next year to reach out to president-elect Heather Jacobson or me this week. There is no contribution too small, so don’t miss your opportunity to participate on the Board in 2017!

I am encouraged by our chapter’s progress towards our 2016 goals. 


Our September 26th 3rd annual Transformative Care Summit was a success with over 110 people in attendance. Attendees earned 4.5 Face to Face credits, bringing us to 10.5 Face to Face credits so far this year. Our October 20th Senior Executive Networking Breakfast, featuring senior executives from Duke, Rex and WakeMed will bring us to 12 Face to Face credits for the year, which is the max allowed to each chapter by ACHE and also enough to fulfill the Face to Face credit requirement towards advancing to Fellow (FACHE). 


Speaking of advancement to Fellow, three chapter members have advanced to FAHCE in 2016. These include myself, Carol Dorn Sanders from Project Data Sphere, LLC., and Dawn Peele, from Carolina East Health System. Congratulations on your accomplishment! A ton of work goes into this, and after years of working towards the requirements to advance, I know I felt a sense of relief walking out of the testing center after completing my last requirement. I’m sure Carol and Dawn did as well! Another 15 members are eligible for advancement but have not yet completed the exam, and still another 140 are eligible to start the application process. Please let us know how we can support you in this process! 


Our generous sponsors have helped us make exceptional progress towards our sponsorship goals. Thank you LabCorp, Duke MMCi, Medstaff National Medical Staffing, Visantis Healthcare Services, and WakeMed Health and Hospitals. Your contributions are very much appreciated and help us be able to provide high quality educational programming to our members.

Networking and Community Service: 

Look for a save the date for an early November networking and charity event soon! These will round out our year and our goals of hosting two of each opportunity this year, in addition to the Face to Face education.

Finally, I highly encourage you to grab a ticket to our last education event of the year- our Senior Executive Networking breakfast. This event is members-only, 1.5 Face to Face credit, and is capped at 40 attendees to facilitate maximum participation and networking. Katie Galbraith, President of Duke Regional, Steve Burriss, President of Rex UNC Healthcare, and Tom Gough, SVP and Administrator of WakeMed Cary will talk to the group about building high performing teams over breakfast at the MacGregor Downs Country Club in Cary. A few tickets remain: Register here!

Thank you for your membership. I look forward to seeing you on October 20th or at our November networking and charity event. 



Jessica Landin, MHA, FACHE
President, THEF

Message from Your ACHE Regent


2016 is flying by.  This is my last year to serve as the Regent for North Carolina. I still have a lot I want to accomplish!  The last couple of years have been filled with learning, mentoring, networking and developing. It has truly been a pleasure to serve as your Regent. I have met wonderful people locally, statewide and nationally. My work with our HEN has been a very rewarding opportunity. All four chapters have been great collaborators with deeply dedicated leaders.  As a reminder, the Regent is an elected role. If you or someone you know is interested in serving, you must submit your letter of intent to ACHE:

I want to insure you are aware of a tool offered by ACHE...CareerEDGE. In a recent ACHE communication it was stated "CareerEDGE is a complimentary career management tool created to give ACHE members a competitive edge by helping them develop a strategic plan for their career. Since its inception one year ago, nearly 2,000 members have used the tool to advance their career development. ACHE's Career Resource Center encourages you to help your organization stand out from the competition by using CareerEDGE to develop those you lead." I encourage you to check it out.

CareerEDGE and other helpful tools are available to you as a member. If you haven't visited the ACHE website recently, take some time to check out all there is to offer. Your ACHE is a valuable asset regardless of your career level.  However, it is only as valuable as you make it. Check out the website and give me some feedback. Let me or ACHE know how we can improve.  

As always, feel free to contact me if you have questions.

Joann Anderson, FACHE
Regent for North Carolina

Upcoming THEF Events

Hope To See You At One of These Upcoming Events

In the coming months THEF will provide members with fun and educational events. Mark your calendars NOW!

As another incredible year comes to a close, make plans to attend these upcoming events.

October 20, 2016

THEF Senior Executive Roundtable Breakfast

Topic:  Developing High Performance Teams

This will be the last opportunity in 2016 to earn ACHE Face to Face credits from THEF. Join local senior executives as they discuss their strategies and experiences building high performance teams. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of these local leaders, and find out what is new at Duke Regional, WakeMed Cary, and Rex Healthcare and how these executives think about building teams to meet the demands of the local healthcare environment. This event offers 1.5 hours of ACHE Face-to-Face Education credits.

Panelists include:
Katie Galbraith, President of Duke Regional Hospital
Tom Gough, Senior VP and Administrator of WakeMed Cary Hospital
Steve Burriss, President of UNC Rex Healthcare

November 17, 2016

THEF and HESA present a year end networking event at Tobacco Road Durham. As a combination food drive and networking event, this is a great opportunity to meet colleagues while helping to feed the hungry. Register early and bring non-perishable foods to donate. All donations benefit Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.

Tickets are $10 each and includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine, and soft drinks.

Watch your email for registration information via Evite.

Thank You to our THEF Sponsors

We are grateful for their support!

We appreciate the generous support of all of our THEF Sponsors.  

Gold Level Sponsors



Bronze Level Sponsors

If your organization is interested in joining this illustrious list of THEF supporters, please contact

Maryanne Volkringer at or Heather Bogan at

Enhance Your Interviewing Skills with Interview Prep Tool

Check out ACHE's Newest Career Resource

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This innovative interview preparation tool will support you in delivering polished answers to expert-recommended interview questions to improve your effectiveness during the interview process. The Interview Prep Tool is uniquely designed to help you practice interviewing for positions at various career levels. You can even upgrade your purchase of the tool to the Enhanced Version to get a personalized critique from the ACHE Career Resource Center team. Visit our Career Resource web pages today to learn more about how the Interview Prep Tool can enhance your interviewing skills.

Welcome and Congratulations

New THEF Members and Fellows

Please welcome our newest THEF members:

1Lt Christian Kafel, Goldsboro
Andrew Robinson, Durham
Angela Brown, Durham
Ankit Khatri, Chapel Hill
Anthony O. Vann, Knightdale
Brian C. Jones, Mebane
Charlotte F. Watson, Goldsboro
Chase W. Putnam, Cary
Diana Zambrano, Wake Forest
Elizabeth H. Temples, Raleigh
HMC Michael D. Runels, Clayton
Hogan Medlin, Durham
JE B. Tuttle-Newhall, MD, Greenville
Jeffery Strickler, DHA, Cary
Jeffrey T. Jackson, Grimesland
Jennifer K. Pegg, RN, Pittsboro
Jessica R. Youells, Salisbury
Karen P. Pulido, Hillsborough
LTJG Emily Walters, Jacksonville
LTJG Rommel Rabulan, Camp Lejeune
Manijeh Berenji, MD, Durham
Megan Miller, Raleigh
Melita Ellis King, Sanford
Michael Crowley, Raleigh
Modupe Omosaiye, Morrisville
Robert Posadas, Cary
Sherry A. King, Newport
Please give a hardy congratulations to our newest Fellows.
Jessica Landin, FACHE, Raleigh
Dawn Peele, FACHE, Cape Carteret 

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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