Triangle Healthcare Executives' Forum of North Carolina

December 2016

A Message from Your THEF President

A message from your THEF President.

Dear THEF Members:

As I wrap up my year as Chapter president, I want to take a minute to thank the entire chapter for your support and engagement over the past year, and reflect on the accomplishments of the chapter as a whole. 

At the beginning of the year, we set out to accomplish some key goals, and we were able to make major progress towards them. Our 2016 goals, and our progress towards them are noted below. 

  1. Continue to provide value to chapter members by offering timely, high quality continuing education opportunities by offering at least 9 Face to Face Credits. 
    This year we exceeded our Education goal, offering the full 12 hours of Face to Face credits, and also repeated several hours in the eastern part of our chapter’s region. We continued our tradition of a half day event, attracting many new and high profile panelists to participate, and again packing the meeting room. We also brought back our Senior Executive Roundtable Breakfast, hosting three area hospital Presidents as the panelists in a small group setting that maximized conversation and networking.
  2. Grow, Diversify, Strengthen
    Our 2016 local member survey indicated that our members work in hospitals, academia, pharma, research, consulting, physician services, and more, and we know that in our market, physician leadership is a rapidly growing reality due to increased emphasis on business/clinical dyad leadership models. As such, we targeted new potential members by offering programs that appealed to multiple sects of our local healthcare industry, and were more intentional about inviting physician leaders to serve as panelists and participants in the chapter. In addition, we continued a 20 year tradition of partnering with the local student association, UNC HESA on the April education event. 
  3. Promote and Support Advancement
    Again this year, we sent targeted communication to members who were eligible to advance and offered assistance with the process. We also have started laying plans to host a Board Exam prep session in 2017. Stay tuned for more information on advancement from THEF!
  4. Give back by participating in at least two community service activities
    A group of THEF members volunteered at the NC Food Bank on March 4th, bagging over 6,000 pounds of black eyed peas, which provided over 5,400 meals for local families. In November, we did a food drive at our Networking Event, again for the NC Food Bank, right before the holidays and the food bank’s highest demand season.
  5. Continue to partner with local healthcare organizations
    This year we set a goal of raising $8,000 in sponsorship dollars to support chapter education events. We exceeded this goal, partnering with and receiving sponsorship dollars from several local organizations including WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Visantis, LabCorp, MedStaff, and the Duke Master of Management in Clinical Informatics Program. We are extremely thankful for their support, and look forward to further collaboration in 2017. 

In addition to meeting these goals, we also:

  1. Awarded three $500 Student Scholarships to deserving local students pursuing a career in healthcare administration. These students can use their award dollars towards ACHE membership or educational expenses, and will serve on a THEF committee in 2017.
  2. Worked with interested members to revitalize the Eastern North Carolina Healthcare Executives group (ENCHEG), hosting a Face to Face session and also sending a chapter member from the eastern part of the state to the Chapter Leaders Conference in Chicago in September. Thank you to Brett Anthony, Neil Kinard and Luke Waller for your efforts to serve the eastern region of our chapter! 
  3. Sent two additional Board members, including our president-elect Heather Jacobson and membership chair Erika Blackston, to the Chapter Leaders Conference in Chicago in September.
  4. Coordinated a chapter networking event at the 2016 ACHE Congress, as guests of the UNC- Chapel Hill Gillings School of Public Health at their alumni networking event.

All of these accomplishments could not have been possible without the hard work of our dedicated Board members, including Erika Blackston, Heather Jacobson, Will Holding, Simeon Furman, Frank Manole, Swati Bhardwaj, Heather Bogan, Maryanne Volkringer, Joyce Harper, Katie Price, Kate Zmijewski, and last but certainly not least, Neil Kinard. I want to send special thanks to Neil. As a long-time THEF Board member, Neil has demonstrated exceptional leadership and dedication throughout his tenure. Neil has decided to roll-off the Board for next year to focus on his family and spend more time with this son doing cub-scouts, and though he will be sorely missed, his work over the past several years has set us up for success in the future. Neil-thank you for everything you have done for our chapter!

Finally, as healthcare leaders, we have many changes to navigate ahead of us in 2017, from broad changes like MIPS/MACRA and other unknown healthcare impacts under the new administration, to local changes to network affiliations and the payer landscape.  Therefore, I hope you all have a happy and restful holiday season, and as I pass the “THEF baton” to incoming president Heather Jacobson, I wish you much success in the New Year. 

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and our chapter!

-Jessica Landin, MHA, FACHE

President, Triangle Healthcare Executives Forum


Message from Your ACHE Regent - Fall 2016

Message from Your ACHE Regent
Fall 2016

The state of North Carolina has been in the national news lately…and I am not talking about the presidential campaigns!  Unfortunately, the eastern coast of NC was attacked by Hurricane Matthew on Oct 7-8, 2016.  My home county, Robeson, was hit particularly hard.  The impact on the healthcare system was dramatic during and after the storm.  I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you that called, sent emails or text messages of encouragement and concern.  Even more, is the thanks I give to each of you that offered support in various ways.  The healthcare community has been phenomenal in responding to needs.  During the storm and immediately afterwards, Southeastern Health was cut off from the world through email and internet and roads locally were impassable from downed trees, floods or destruction.  Thank you to all the suppliers who somehow made sure we had medical supplies, linens, food and water.  Thank you to those who came to our aide and provided needed cleaning supplies and people to assist with the cleanup.  Thank you to those who have made donations to help healthcare workers who lost everything.  It is refreshing and comforting to know the broader healthcare community comes to aide in times like this.   I am proud to be a part of a community that steps up to help each other.

Thank you to all who voted in the Regent election.  Results should be in soon.
Chapter Activities

All four North Carolina ACHE chapters have been very busy this fall.  Sandhills provided 4.5 hours of face-to-face education credits on Sept. 30.  Attendance was great.  The panels were excellent.  Thanks to all who worked to put together the event.

ACHE of the Triad will host an event on Nov. 16 for 1.5 hours of face-to-face credit.  The topic will be Care for the Uninsured and Underinsured.

Greater Charlotte Healthcare Executives chapter will host an event on Nov. 9 in collaboration with Pfeiffer University.  The topic will be Leadership Development for Developing Leaders.

Triangle Healthcare Executives’ Forum will host a networking event on Nov. 17 in collaboration with UNC HESA.

Keep in mind that you do not have to be a member of the individual chapter to attend any of these educational offerings.  Details can be found on the individual chapter websites.  They provide wonderful, affordable opportunities to get face-to-face credit and network with peers across the state. 

Joann Anderson, FACHE
Regent for North Carolina

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

THEF Mentorship Program

Your Triangle Healthcare Executive Forum (THEF) is launching a mentorship program, and we invite current THEF members to participate. The objective of the THEF Mentorship Program is to provide a platform for mentees to develop as healthcare leaders while creating an enriching environment for mentors to share their expertise and experience. 

For more information, or if you are interested in participating, please email Erika Blackston, Membership Chair, at 

The tentative start is March 2017.


Welcome and Congratulations

New THEF Members and Fellows

Please take time to welcome our newest THEF members:
Michelle J. Thomas, Richlands
Krishna Chagarlamudi, Cary
Leslie Colucci, Durham
Marissa Garcia, Charlotte
Moses K. Muhairwe, Raleigh
Amelia Summerell, Chapel Hill
HMCS Jazmin Davis, Jacksonville
Caroline Folger, Bullock
John S. Hudson, Hillsborough
Nitin Jindal, Raleigh
Anil Joy, DC, Cary
Richard Miller, Clayton
Amar P. Patel, Raleigh
Christopher Perry, RN, Raleigh
Christopher Scarboro, Garner
Kathleen Cross, Kitty Hawk
Ana C. Crowell, Raleigh
David Dworaczyk, Raleigh
Abhi Mehrotra, Chapel Hill
Charles Petrini-Poli, Raleigh
Laura R. Schlosser-Raifaizen, Cary
Ronni Booth, Chapel Hill
Dwight D. Fields, Cary
Jennifer S. Jones, Clayton
Regina T. Lanier, RN, Jacksonville
Josephine Malfitano, Jacksonville
Joseph W. Paul, MD, PhD, Raleigh
Danisha Simpson, Jacksonville
THEF is proud to recognize the six members who advanced to Fellow in 2016.
Carol Dorn Sanders, FACHE
Shepard R. Hurwitz, MD, FACHE
Jessica Landin, FACHE
Amy H. Montgomery, FACHE
Dawn Peele, FACHE
Yolanda Whitfield, DO, FACHE
Welcome and congratulations to all of the above listed colleagues!

Senior Executive Networking Breakfast a Success!

Thank you to everyone who attended the senior executive roundtable breakfast at MacGregor Country Club on October 20th. 
Nearly 30 THEF members enjoyed an intimate breakfast and networking event which allowed for maximum interaction with our esteemed panelists. Attendees earned 1.5 Face to Face credits, discussed building high performing teams, and got great advice from the senior executives on the panel. 
Thank you again to our distinguished panelists for a successful event!
  • Katie Galbraith, President of Duke Regional Hospital
  • Tom Gough, Senior VP and Administrator of WakeMed Cary Hospital
  • Steve Burriss, President of UNC Rex Healthcare

Have you considered getting more involved in THEF?

Participating on a committee is a great opportunity

Your THEF Board will soon begin planning for the 2017 chapter year, and we welcome volunteers to serve as committee members. Serving as a committee member is an excellent opportunity to:
  • help shape the chapter and the education and activities we provide
  • connect with other local healthcare professionals and the national ACHE organization
  • serve your fellow THEF and ACHE members
THEF Board is seeking committee members for:
  • Advancement Committee
  • Sponsorship Committee
  • Education Committee
  • Communications Committee
  • Membership Committee
To learn more and to sign up, click on the link below:

Happy Holidays From Your THEF Board Members

Wishing you all the best in 2017

Your 2016 THEF Board Members 
wish you and yours a safe holiday and a
happy, healthy New Year 
filled with 
Peace, Love and Joy.

See You Next Year!

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.

Ensure delivery of Chapter E-newsletter (Disclaimer)

To ensure delivery of your chapter newsletter, please add to your email address book or Safe Sender List. If you are still having problems receiving our communications, see our white-listing page for more details: