American College of Healthcare Executives
December 2012
In This Issue

President's Message
Message from Your ACHE Regent - Fall 2012
5 Ways to Keep Your Organization Upbeat
National News - Winter 2013

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
Cone Health 

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

Immediate Past President

Pamela M. Sinclair, FACHE
Advanced Home Care

Message from Your ACHE Regent - Fall 2012

Message from Your ACHE Regent                            
Fall 2012


In my last two or three Regent messages I think I have whined enough about the lack of clarity and confusing times we are living relative to healthcare reform. I whined that we don’t have clear regulations, costs are up and reimbursement is decreasing, efforts were underway to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), we were waiting on the Supreme Court ruling regarding to constitutionality of ACA, then there was the pending elections, Congressional and Presidential, and then there was/is the uncertainties of the current session of Congress. Well, I have whined a little about how difficult our professional responsibilities are with the related complexities. That is enough whining from me. Except for the next couple of weeks of the current session of Congress, I think we have answers. Reform is in full force. ACA/Obamacare/reform can proceed.

I hope I have not implied that our industry and the delivery of healthcare services do not need reforming. Reform is very much needed. I have been pondering a recent comment I heard: “I am not impressed by those who ‘try to survive reform’. I am impressed by those trying to reform.”
But having said all that….what is the saying or curse; “may we live in interesting times”?
This is a good time for North Carolina ACHE affiliates to plan to attend the 2013 Congress. The event will be March 11-14. At this year’s Congress, you will find solutions to your toughest challenges through cutting-edge education, exceptional networking and comprehensive career development. Details are at
The Tuition Waiver Assistance Program is a great benefit for members who lack resources to fund tuition for ACHE education programs and/or those in career transition. Details are at
Help with Board of Governors Exam. Complimentary resources are available to help with obtaining board certification in our professional field, including a practice 230-question exam and answer key. What a deal! Details are at
All four chapters, Greater Charlotte, Sandhills, Triad and Triangle, have been quite active over the past several months. I have visited educational events and/or board meetings at all chapters. I have been impressed with the quality of the education sessions. Most of the chapters have “passed the leadership baton” to new officers and board members for 2013. As always I encourage North Carolina members to attend chapter events, volunteer for leadership opportunities, network and support chapter activities. You should be receiving email messages from your local chapters. If you have not heard from your chapter lately, there is probably a snag somewhere. First check your “profile” on the ACHE website to be sure everything is correct, then contact your chapter leaders directly. Chapter information is also at
In November, Duke Endowment, NCHA and SCHA sponsored the 12th annual Small and Rural Hospital Conference. ACHE Regent for South Carolina, William T. Manson III, FACHE and I, along with the Greater Charlotte chapter, hosted a breakfast for ACHE members. Bill and I gave an update on ACHE activities.

At the conference I learned about the “Community Health Leadership Fellows Program.” This fellowship is awarded to up and coming health professionals who are in the early stages of their careers and are already working in or their organizations targets rural and other underserved communities in NC. Details of this interesting opportunity are at Click on the Fellows Program.
I am hopeful that each of you had a thoughtful and thankful Thanksgiving season. One of these years I hope to slow down enough to somehow document all my blessings and things I am thankful for. However I know the list will be very long. On a personal note, Alice and I received a new blessing when our daughter and son-in-law told us about our second grandchild that is on the way!
One more thought about the Affordable Care Act. Millions of citizens will have access to some form of health insurance come 2014. We are less than 10 months from the beginning of the open enrollment periods. Are we ready?
John W. Roberts, FACHE
ACHE Regent for North Carolina


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