HCAT Quarterly Newsletter
Summer 2017
In This Issue
Message from Your HCAT President
Member Reflections
Message from Your ACHE Regent
Forum on Advances in Healthcare Management Research at 2018 Congress on Healthcare Leadership
ACHE Call for Nominations for the 2018 Slate
Tapping Community Physicians for Innovation Ideas
The Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program - Now Accepting Applicants
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2017 HCAT Board

Executive Officers:

President: Samantha Kern

President-Elect: Meredith Strand

Treasurer: Mandeline Smith

Secretary: JD McCoy

Past President: Eric M. Young, FACHE

Members at Large:

Keith Buckley, FACHE

Ruth Holmes

Mary Cothran, FACHE

Leigh Starr, FACHE

Maria Kronenburg

Stephen Friedrich, FACHE

Michele Carroll

Regent - John Harding, FACHE 


Message from Your ACHE Regent

Dear Colleagues:

            Thank you so much for your warm welcome to the Regent role! I would like to start by thanking Dolores G. Clement, DrPH, FACHE for her magnificent service as our Regent over the past four years. I have attended the formal orientation program provided by ACHE, and Dolores has done an excellent job of coordinating a seamless transition over the past several months to ensure that nothing falls through the cracks (at least I hope nothing has)!

            I was privileged to attend the 2017 ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago on March 27-30, 2017. It has been awhile since I have attended Congress, and I was very impressed and energized by the commitment of the 4,000 or so attendees. There were many excellent speakers, but also many informal learning and networking opportunities throughout the Congress. I was most impressed with the Opening Remarks made by our new Chairman, Charles “Chuck” D. Stokes, FACHE, who called us to unite around patient safety. Medical errors are the third leading cause of death for Americans, numbering more than 250,000 each year, according to a recent Johns Hopkins Medicine study. This is the equivalent of multiple jumbo jets crashing every day. ACHE has been working to develop a partnership with the National Patient Safety Foundation, which has also aligned with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.  Hopefully, we can unite as an industry and make an impact on this critically important topic.

            In more local news, we had a very enjoyable ACHE Luncheon during the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (VHHA) Spring Conference in Williamsburg on April 5-7. We were very fortunate to have Henry Ruberte, FACHE, one of the ACHE Governors, as a guest speaker. Henry travelled from Puerto Rico to be with us, and everyone enjoyed his talk about the ACHE Strategic Roadmap that is designed to help us overcome the challenges we all face. It was also interesting to hear about some of the history of the healthcare system in Puerto Rico. At this meeting, we also honored three local healthcare leaders with Regent’s Awards:

  • Senior Healthcare Executive: Teresa L. Edwards, FACHE

  • Outstanding Service: Roberta A. Tinch, FACHE

  • Junior Healthcare Executive: Alexa R. Warner, MHA

Finally, I have appointed a Regent’s Advisory Council (RAC) to assist me in serving the Region. Therefore, you may see some of these folks working with your Chapters and Higher Education Network Schools as we roll out various initiatives across the Region. Please join me in thanking the following individuals for agreeing to serve in this capacity:

  • Dolores G. Clement, DrPH, FACHE

  • Teresa L. Edwards, FACHE

  • William D. Jacobsen, FACHE

  • Bassam A. Kawwass, FACHE

  • Michael (Andy) Poole, FACHE

Best wishes to all for a relaxing summer, and please feel free to call on me if there is ever anything we can do to assist you.


John P. Harding, FACHE

Regent, Virginia - Central


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Upcoming Events

Topic: From Volume to Value: How Health Systems, Practitioner and Post-Acute Care Providers Navigate Value Based Care

  • Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 5:30- 8:00pm  
  • 5:30-6:30 pm - Networking
  • 6:30-8:00pm - Panel presentations and discussion
  •  Location:Norfolk Yacht Club, 7001 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23505
  •  Details: Many healthcare organizations are partnering with practitioners and post-acute care providers to navigate the shift from volume to value. In this program, participants will learn how health systems are coordinating care with those providers through care pathways and technology. Participants will hear from thought-leaders who have led movements in their organizations to improve transitions of care. Specific focus will be given to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service’s (CMS) Bundled Payment for Care Improvement (BPCI) program and the JenCare model. This program will also take a closer a look at how health systems partner with organizations like Remedy Partners to improve patient outcomes.
  •   Speakers:
  • Grace Hines, Corporate Vice President, System Integration, Sentara Healthcare
  • Travis Ingrodi, Network Director, JenCare Senior Medical Centers
  • Kelly Best, Post-Acute Network Representative, Remedy Partner
  • Event Moderator:
  •   Patrick Whitaker, Vice President, Strategic Accounts, Remedy Partners

o   If readers are interested in attending, they can purchase tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/from-volume-to-value-how-health-systems-practitioners-and-post-acute-care-providers-navigate-value-tickets-34893218556

Topic: The Powerful Nurse Impact on our Healthcare World: Discussion with Chief Nursing Officers on Effective Management Techniques to Retain Your Staff

  • Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 5:30 - 8:30pm
  • 5:30-6:30 pm - Networking
  • 6:30-8:00pm - Panel presentations and discussion
  • Location: Crowne Plaza Hampton - Marina, 700 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton. VA 23669

  • Details:   Staff retention continues to be a top priority for most health care executives. Health care organizations rely on the support of engaged and loyal clinical workforce to support their mission. Over the last several years health care organizations across the country have faced the significant impact of nurse shortages. High nurse retirement rates, changing demographics, insufficient staffing and the impact on stress levels of nursing are a few of the many trends impacting nurse shortages. Retention efforts are critical to reduce the burden of nurse shortages on health care organizations.  This program will take a closer look at how local health systems are recruiting and retaining staff to position their organizations for continued success.
  • Speakers:
  • Elaine Griffiths, Chief Nursing Officer, Chesapeake Regional Healthcare
  • Genemarie McGee, Corporate Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Sentara Healthcare
  • Patricia Mook, Chief Nursing Information Office, Inova Health System
  • Event Moderators:

  • TBD 



2017 Programming Committee

Michelle Carroll, Programs Committee Chair, Samantha Kern, Chernelle Hill, Tyrone Davis, Mandi Smith, Kelly Lamping, Amanda Colley, Katie Heckard, JD McCoy

Please send any suggestions for topics, networking, or community events to Michelle Carroll, 2017 Programs Committee Chair (mgcarro1@sentara.com)


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