Triangle Healthcare Executives' Forum of North Carolina

Spring 2017

A Message from Your THEF President - Heather Jacobson

A message from your THEF President.

Happy New Year, THEF Colleagues!

I am excited for all that 2017 has in store, and I look forward to serving the chapter as your President.

First, I want to start by thanking immediate past President Jessica Landin, FACHE, and my fellow THEF Board members for their leadership and contributions in 2016. Last year the board coordinated four Face-to-Face credit education events, two networking events and community service opportunities. Additionally, we secured additional sponsorship support to help keep these events at a low cost to our members!

The 2017 THEF Board held their annual treat in November and has been busy planning chapter activities, growing our committees, developing new programs, partnering with other healthcare organizations and securing sponsorship support. I look forward to serving with our Co-chairs and committee members this year in order to achieve our 2017 goals.

Our 2017 Goals include:

1) Increase membership engagement and satisfaction.

  • This year, our goal is to offer twelve face-to-face ACHE Credits and at least one hour of qualified credit.

  • We will continue to partner with other local professional organizations to increase event attendance and add diversity to the perspectives on our panels and other offerings. We already have the upcoming 22nd Annual UNC HESA THEF Dinner on Cultural and Language Challenges of Diverse Patient Populations on April 4, 2017, in which members can earn 1.5 ACHE face to face credits.

  • Grow membership by 17% from both traditional areas of the industry and new ones including the areas of healthcare continuum, academia, pharma, research, consulting, physician services, and more. This includes increasing our student involvement and growing membership with ENCHEG, our local program council on the eastern side of the state.

2) Remain financially viable and develop a plan to generate additional financial resources for the chapter.

  • Our Sponsorship committee has set a goal to raise $7,000 in sponsorship money this year. Our sponsorship Co-Chairs, Heather Bogan and Maryanne Volkringer, are off to a great start and have secured sponsorship funding from Johnson & Johnson. We are also grateful for our continued sponsorship support from Duke MMCi, and LabCorp.

3) Increase sustainability of chapter operations through effective leadership practices by sustaining active board engagement during board operations and chapter events, completing Chapter Governance self-assessments and developing strong succession planning to cultivate continued strength in the board leadership for future years.

4) Increase brand awareness and perceived value among members and key stakeholders in healthcare leadership in order to promote ACHE's Mission, Vision and Core Values.  

  • In February, several members of the board participated in a Lunch ‘N Learn panel at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in order to share the benefits of THEF and provide career advice.

  • In order to promote and support Advancement, we are planning on hosting a Board of Governor’s Prep Course for eligible members.

  • Our Membership committee is working on a strategy to increase engagement of senior leaders and executives as well as implement a mentorship program in order to cultivate knowledge and experience for professional growth.

We need your help to achieve our chapter goals. Work, life and family, can make us feel that we do not have time to take on more. However, one thing I have learned 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

  • Sign up for a committee:

  • 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 23-Networking at Mez-Registration is NOW OPEN!

April 2-UNC HESA/THEF-Panel on Challenges of Diverse Patient Populations. Registration is now Open!! Register Here


Here’s to a successful year!


Heather N Jacobson, M.S., CCC/SLP, MHA

2017 President, Triangle Healthcare Executives Forum (THEF)

Message from Your ACHE Regent

I am sitting here today reflecting on the last three years and my role as Regent for North Carolina. It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve you.  As I have told a few people, I often think of things I wish I could have done.  I always think of the great things you as members and leaders of ACHE have done in those three years.  All four chapters in North Carolina have developed stronger membership bases.  More educational hours and networking events have occurred year over year.  More mentors and mentees have entered the system. Our higher education network institutions have collaborated with local chapters to insure we have a strong pipeline of healthcare leaders for the future.  Diversity and inclusion have been an integral part of our conversations and actions.  Strategic plans have reflected great thought and understanding of the needs of our members. We have seen more nurse leaders and physicians become members and Fellows within ACHE.  This change in membership has given us a platform for change and reflects the ever changing landscape of leadership in the healthcare arena.

I want to thank all the chapter leaders, program directors at the higher education network institutions and my advisory council for the support and effort to improve our ACHE agenda during this time.  Special thanks go to Brent W. Shive, FACHE, Charles F. (Chuck) Mantooth Jr., FACHE and Jay T. Briley, FACHE for serving all three years on my Regent Advisory Council. This group made it possible for me to meet the needs of ACHE members across the state.  Without them, I could not have completed the term.  Oscar R. Aylor, FACHE, J. William (Bill) Paugh, LFACHE and other former Regents have provided much needed encouragement and support.  As I say thanks to each of those that have helped me, I want to also congratulate Alfred P. Taylor, FACHE, the incoming Regent for North Carolina.  I know he will receive the same support as I.  I am confident he will serve our state admirably.

One of the most pleasurable things I have done is to present well deserved recognition through the Regent’s Award.  On February 16, 2017, I had the privilege of recognizing three strong leaders in North Carolina.  Terrence B. Akin, FACHE, Jeffrey N. Sackrison, FACHE and Lynda Stanley, FACHE each received Regent’s awards during the ACHE breakfast at the NCHA Winter meeting.  I see each of them as wonderful role models for leadership in healthcare.  If you see them, congratulate them on their recognition.

In closing, I encourage each of you to continue your growth and development through ACHE.  I ask that you promote ACHE as the gold standard for credentials in healthcare leadership.  I ask that you consider a greater leadership role in your local chapter. Get involved, help develop others and make us the strongest network of leaders possible.  Again, I thank you for the privilege you have given me to serve you.

Joann Anderson, FACHE
Regent for North Carolina

Board of Governors Exam Fee Waiver Campaign: March 1–June 30

The Board of Governors Exam fee waiver promotion allows eligible ACHE Members to save $200 when they submit their Fellow application between March 1 and June 30, 2017.

*Eligible Members must submit their completed Fellow application, $250 application fee and meet all requirements—including the three years of ACHE membership tenure and five years of healthcare management experience—by June 30 to receive approval to take the Board of Governors Exam. Pending application approval, ACHE will waive the $200 Board of Governors Exam fee.

For more information on recent changes to the application process requirements, go to

New Fellow Advancement Requirements: Upcoming Webinar

As many of you may be aware, ACHE has New Fellow Advancement Requirements. As of January 1, new requirements are in place for members to advance to Fellow. Additional information can be obtained via upcoming Fellow Advancement Webinars. ACHE will hold the next webinar on June 8, 2017.

Upcoming Face-to-Face Education Events

SAVE the following dates on your calendar for the upcoming Professional Development sessions.

22nd Annual UNC and HESA Dinner

Panel Discussion: Cultural & Language Challenges of Diverse Patient Population 

Date/Time: April 4, 6 PM to 8 PM

Location: William & Ida Friday Center, Chapel Hill, NC 

Approved for 1.5 ACHE Face-to-Face Credit, and 1.5 CPHQ Continuing Education 

Register Here


Coaching & Mentoring: Panel Discussion 

Date/Time: May 18, 5 PM to 8 PM

Location: Embassy Suites, 201 Harrison Oaks Blvd, Cary, NC 

Registration link will be forthcoming with additional event details.




New Websites for the Journal of Healthcare Management and Frontiers

ACHE’s publishing division, Health Administration Press, has recently partnered with Wolters Kluwer, a global leader in professional information services and the publisher of more than 300 health-related journals. The partnership will expand digital distribution of ACHE’s journals to academic libraries and healthcare institutions, as well as implement best-in-class journal practices that will enhance search capabilities and online discoverability through Wolters Kluwer’s Ovid database platform.

New websites for the Journal of Healthcare Management and Frontiers of Health Services Management were launched in January and include a more robust catalog of archived content. The full run of back issues for Frontiers is currently available, and the complete archive for JHM will be developed throughout 2017. Previously, the digital editions for both journals were only available from 2006 to present day.

Digital conversion of the full run of both journals will not only extend the content available to ACHE members, it will also preserve important historical resources and perspectives for the field of healthcare administration as a whole.

As an added benefit of the partnership, ACHE members now will have digital access to both JHM and Frontiers. Previously, digital access had been limited to one journal of the member’s choice. Members who currently receive a print copy of a journal will continue to do so under the new partnership.

Members may visit the new journal websites at You will be prompted to log in with your ACHE credentials. Choose the journal you want to view, and you will be redirected to the new sites. The new sites feature a responsive design and are easily viewed on mobile devices.

Healthcare Executive magazine will continue to be available in the current digital format at and in the digital publications app. For more information about the partnership with Wolters Kluwer, your online access, or your print subscription, please contact HAP at


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:

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




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

Maryanne Volkringer at or Heather Bogan at

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