American College of Healthcare Executives
June 2012
In This Issue

President's Message
Message from Your ACHE Regent - Spring 2012
National News - Summer 2012
Implement Tactics to Foster Engagement
Join the ACHE Official Group on LinkedIn



Chapter Officers


Samuel B. Seifert, MHA
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center  


Wendy Hicks, RN, MSN
Novant Health, Forsyth Medical Center 


Vivian Langley, MHA
Alamance Regional Medical Center

Sherry Nance, MHA, RT(R)(N), CNMT
High Point Regional Health System

Anthony Potter, CHPA-F, CPP, FAAFS, FACHE
Novant Health  

Immediate Past President

Pamela M. Sinclair, FACHE
Advanced Home Care

National News - Summer 2012

National News
Summer 2012

Fund for Innovation Offerings
ACHE is offering a new special session funded in part by the Foundation of ACHE’s Fund for Innovation in Healthcare Leadership.

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, in conjunction with the Atlanta Cluster, ACHE and the Fund will present “Palliative Care: Impact on Quality and Cost,” led by Diane E. Meier, MD, FACP, director, Center to Advance Palliative Care, and vice chair for public policy, Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute. During this valuable, half-day session, you will gain a clear understanding of the opportunities palliative care programs can provide to your department and organization. See how a palliative care program can help address many of the medical, psychological, financial and ethical challenges that occur in the continuum of care. Equip yourself with specific strategies to develop a new palliative care program or set priorities for an existing program. Ensure your organization has adequate staff and resources to fulfill its potential in terms of both quality and cost of care.

As a result of this program, you will be able to:

* Align palliative care with organizational mission and goals
* Identify specific ways palliative care impacts quality and cost in hospitals
* Pinpoint conditions that maximize impact of palliative care service
* Introduce new tools well designed for rapid implementation of expanded palliative care services
* Identify patient characteristics that can be used to trigger earlier identification of needs

In addition, a selected panel of healthcare leaders will share perspectives on palliative care services. Participation in this workshop qualifies for 4 hours of ACHE Face-to-Face Education credit.

For those already participating in the Atlanta Cluster, continue your professional growth with this special offering. Or, participate solely in this program and discover tremendous opportunities for improving patient care and the overall health of the communities you serve. Visit for details.

This program is just one way the Fund brings innovation to the forefront of healthcare leadership. For more information about this special session and the Fund for Innovation in Healthcare Leadership, visit or call ACHE’s Customer Service Center at (312) 424-9400.

ACHE Regent Elections
The 2012–2013 Council of Regents election process is under way, with the following 19 jurisdictions open for election:

* Air Force
* Army
* California—Northern & Central
* Colorado
* Connecticut
* District of Columbia & Northern Virginia
* Indiana
* Iowa
* Kentucky
* Maine
* Nevada
* New Mexico & Southwest Texas
* New York—Metropolitan New York
* South Dakota
* Veterans Affairs
* Washington
* West Virginia
* Wisconsin
* Wyoming

Chapter officials whose territory is located in one of these jurisdictions should encourage their members to run for Regent. Serving as a Regent is a unique opportunity to exercise leadership abilities, share innovative ideas and act on behalf of ACHE members.

All Fellows who wish to run for election must submit either a letter of intent to ACHE via certified mail postmarked by August 31, 2012, or an electronic letter of intent to  Please use this form to submit the letter of intent.

Jennifer Connelly
Regent Elections Coordinator
Division of Regional Services
American College of Healthcare Executives
One North Franklin Street, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60606-3529

If you have submitted your letter of intent electronically and you haven’t received confirmation that it was acknowledged by September 4, 2012, please contact Jennifer Connelly at (312) 424-9328 or

Please note: New Regents will each serve a three-year term on the Council of Regents beginning at the close of the 2013 Council of Regents meeting during ACHE’s annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership.
Go to the Affiliates Only area of to learn more about these upcoming elections.

Tuition Waiver Assistance Program

To reduce the barriers to ACHE educational programming for ACHE members experiencing economic hardship, ACHE has established the Tuition Waiver Assistance Program.

ACHE makes available a limited number of tuition waivers to ACHE Members and Fellows whose organizations lack the resources to fund their tuition for education programs. Members and Fellows in career transition are also encouraged to apply. Tuition waivers are based on financial need and are available for the following ACHE education programs:

* Congress on Healthcare Leadership
* Cluster Seminars
* Self-Study Programs
* Online Education Programs
* Online Tutorial (Board of Governors Exam preparation)
* ACHE Board of Governors Exam Review Course

All requests are due no less than eight weeks before the program date, except for ACHE self-study courses; see quarterly application deadlines. Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Recipients will be notified of the waiver review panel's decision not less than six weeks before the program date. For ACHE self-study courses, applicants will be notified three weeks after the quarterly application deadline.

If you have questions about the program, please contact Teri Somrak, associate director, Division of Professional Development, at (312) 424-9354 or For more information, visit

Exam Online Community Offers a Complimentary Interactive Learning Platform

Members preparing for the Board of Governors Examination can access the Exam Online Community as a complimentary and supplementary resource that can boost their confidence and help them succeed. The Online Community is an interactive platform to learn and glean study tips from other members taking the Exam. Also, participants have the opportunity to discuss Exam topics with experts for better understanding and can participate in study groups.  Interested members can join the Exam Online Community at

Online Postgraduate Fellowships Area Provides a Vital Resource to Organizations and Individuals

Postgraduate fellowships are essential to attracting highly qualified healthcare management professionals and developing future leaders. ACHE offers robust online resources on postgraduate fellowships at for organizations seeking to develop a postgraduate fellowship or find the best candidate for their fellowship offerings. The site includes the Directory of Fellowships in Health Services Administration for organizations to post their fellowship opportunities and for students to find opportunities they want to pursue. Resources for organizations looking to start a Fellowship include sample manuals, templates and checklists. Visit for more information.

Help Eliminate Disparities in Care

Addressing disparities is no longer just about morality, ethics and social justice: It is essential for performance excellence and improved community health. Last year ACHE, the American Hospital Association, Association of American Medical Colleges, Catholic Health Association of the United States, and National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems collectively made a call to action to eliminate healthcare disparities. The goals of the initiative are to increase the collection of race, ethnicity and language preference data; increase cultural competency training for clinicians and support staff; and increase diversity in governance and management. To learn more about the tools and resources available to help eliminate disparities in care, visit


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