President's Message

Tracy Schmidt, FACHE

Dear UHE Membership:

It has been a pleasure to serve as the UHE president these past two years. I feel the Board’s decision to have a two-year term has helped in the continuity of our chapter programs and events.  I was much more knowledgeable the second year which helped increase our participation of chapter events significantly in 2009. Thanks to all the committee co-chairs and board members who have done the actual leg work.  A special thanks to Carlos Madsen who has chaired our Education Committee the past two years and committee members who have provided consistent, interesting and diverse educational events.

On a personal note I have appreciated the opportunity to meet many of the chapter members and get to know you a little better. I am impressed with your great leadership qualities and commitment you all have of improving the lives of those living in Utah and our surrounding states.

I encourage all of you to stay active in ACHE and find ways to encourage your peers to join ACHE and participate in our local Chapter events.

Please give your support to Bob Cash as he provides leadership as our new Chapter President starting April 1, 2010.

Tracy Schmidt
Utah Healthcare Executives

From the Regent's Desk

David D. Clark, FACHE

Utah Healthcare Executives
Regent’s Column
David D. Clark, FACHE

March 2010

Recognition and Appreciation:
This month, Tracy C. Schmidt, FACHE, will conclude his term as UHE chapter president.  When you get a chance, please join me in thanking Tracy for his extraordinary leadership and commitment to ACHE.  Tracy has been a valuable resource for many members of ACHE and a very effective mentor.  Tracy will begin his service--in a lighter yet significant role--as immediate past president on the UHE leadership team.

Robert C. Cash, FACHE, will become the new president of UHE.  A recent Regent’s Award recipient for excellence in healthcare leadership, Bob is the administrator and CEO of Logan Regional Hospital.  He is committed to ACHE’s mission and I’m confident he’ll step right into his new leadership role and do very well.  Please join me in supporting Bob in his new position.

I appreciate the UHE board members for their willingness to also serve as members of the Regent’s Advisory Council (RAC). We have many goal-oriented and high performing healthcare leaders on the UHE leadership team who give unselfish service to strengthen ACHE’s goals and objectives here in Utah, focusing on professional development, networking, membership advancement, integrity, ethics and mentoring.

During the recent UHE chapter meeting, we had the opportunity to hear an exceptional presentation on patient safety, likening our industry to the airline industry; e.g. safety checklists, strong focus on processes and individual accountability, etc.  Following the chapter meeting, it was my privilege to extend the 2010 Regent’s Awards to two outstanding professionals who also serve on the UHE board: Bob Cash, FACHE and Michael R. Olson, FACHE.  Committee reports were discussed during the UHE board meeting that followed the presentations.

Concluding comments:
Thanks for your commitment to professional development, leadership excellence, networking, and mentoring.  Once again, during the upcoming Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago, the UHE will be recognized as a high-performing chapter or chapter of merit.  During the past three years, it has been a pleasure to serve as Regent for the state of Utah.  I will “hand the baton” over to Joseph M. Krella, FACHE, president and CEO of Utah Hospital Association, who will step in and provide valuable leadership for our state’s healthcare leaders.  I have come to know Joe and respect him as an energetic and visionary leader who is also very committed to our profession and to making Utah the healthiest state in the U.S. I have full confidence in him.

I appreciate your commitment to ACHE’s Code of Ethics and other important initiatives.  Let’s stay engaged in leadership development and look for ways to improve the health of the communities we serve.  Thank you.  And thanks for your support over the past few years!

Executive Spotlight: Tim Pehrson

by Becky Kapp, BSN, MBA, FACHE

Tim is the CEO of Intermountain Healthcare’s Urban North Region which includes McKay-Dee, Logan Regional and Bear River hospitals.  Additionally he is the CEO of McKay-Dee Hospital, a 350-bed tertiary care center in Ogden, Utah.   Tim has 17 years of progressive healthcare leadership experience in various organizations, crossing most sectors of the healthcare industry (hospitals, physician group practice management, and both not-for-profit and publicly-traded health plans experience).  Tim received his bachelor's degree in History from Brigham Young University and received a Master's of Health Services Administration (MHSA) degree from the University of Michigan.

Tim is active in the business community as a member of the Ogden/Weber and Davis chambers of commerce, where he sits on both chambers' Government and Legislative Affairs Committees. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Tim is a Board member of the following organizations: Utah Hospitals & Health Systems Association, Davis Applied Technology College Foundation, the Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Foundation, and the Wells Fargo Community Board.  He is a former Board Member of the Davis County Children’s Justice Center and the Utah Healthcare Executives (UHE) Board.

Tim enjoys golfing, snow and water skiing, and spending time with his family.  He and his wife Janice have six children.



Awards and Advancements

Utah Healthcare Executives presented its ACHE Senior-Level Executive Regents Awards at the February UHE meeting in Salt Lake City. The awards, given by Utah Regent David Clark, were presented to Robert Cash, Administrator/CEO of Logan Regional Hospital, and Michael Olson, Administrator/CEO of American Fork Hospital. Both administrators were recognized for meeting criteria in the following areas:

•    A Fellow of ACHE
•    A CEO, COO, or other senior-level executive title within the organization
•    Demonstration of leadership ability
•    Demonstration of innovative and creative management
•    Executive capability in developing his/her organization and promoting its growth and stature in the community
•    Contributions to the development of others in the healthcare profession
•    Demonstration of leadership in local, state, or provincial hospital and health association activities
•    Participation in civic/community activities and projects
•    Demonstration of participation in ACHE activities and interest in assisting ACHE in achieving its objectives

We congratulate Bob and Mike for their service to UHE and the greater Utah healthcare community! 


Education Update

Join us in sunny St. George on Friday, April 16th at 7:30 a.m. for a conversation on healthcare leadership with ACHE Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE. The breakfast will take place in the Courtyard Marriott St. George Conference Center and is free for UHE members to attend. The program is offered as a part of the Utah Hospital Association's Spring Meeting on April 15-16. To download a copy of the registration brochure, click here.

ACHE National News

ACHE Executive Program Scholarships

ACHE is pleased to announce the opportunity for members to apply for full scholarships to attend the Executive Program. The Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. Executive Program scholarships provide assistance to ACHE affiliates whose organizations lack the resources to fully fund their tuition. 
The ACHE Executive Program is designed to help healthcare middle managers refine their knowledge, competencies and leadership skills. Participants will have the opportunity to learn, share and grow professionally together over the three multi-day sessions. The program will cover such relevant topics as appraisal of personal leadership, managing disruptive behavior, talent development, understanding hospital governance, conflict management, measuring financial success, physician integration and improving patient safety and clinical quality.

The Executive Program, a three-part series of sessions, will be held at the following locations and dates: Chicago (June 21–22), San Diego (August 9–11) and Orlando (October 18–19). Participants will attend all three sessions.

To apply for a scholarship, please submit the following documents by April 9, 2010:

•    A statement explaining how you, your organization and your community will benefit from your participation in the Executive Program

•    Current job description and resume
•    A brief description of your organization, which includes size, scope of services, and whether it is a for-profit or nonprofit organization
•    A letter of support from your organization’s CEO or other senior executive endorsing your candidacy to receive scholarship funds

Please submit these documents with your registration form via mail, fax or e-mail to:
    Rebecca Stacy, Program Coordinator, Division of Education
    American College of Healthcare Executives
    1 N. Franklin St., Ste. 1700
    Chicago, IL 60606
    Telephone: (312) 424-9362
    Fax: (312) 424-0023

For more information on the Executive Program or the Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. scholarships, please go to

ACHE Senior Executive Program

The Senior Executive Program prepares senior healthcare leaders for complex environments and new challenges. Past participants have been senior directors, vice presidents, COOs, CNOs and CFOs—many of whom aspire to be a chief executive officer and believe the Senior Executive Program assists them in that goal. It consists of three sessions, each two-and-a-half days in length. Locations and dates are as follows: Chicago (June 21–23), San Diego (August 9–11) and Orlando (October 18–20).
Participants grow professionally in a supportive learning environment over the three sessions. The Senior Executive Program includes such relevant topics as improving board relationships, increasing personal influence, financial management in the era of payment reform, confronting disruptive behavior, influencing public policy and reducing medical error.

Enrollment is limited to 25 healthcare executives. For those individuals whose organization lacks the resources to fully fund their tuition, a limited number of scholarships are available. For more information, contact Rebecca Stacy, program coordinator, Division of Education, at (312) 424-9362 or go to

Senior Executive/Executive Program Informational Teleconference

Join an informational teleconference on Wednesday, March 31, to learn more about the faculty, content and expected outcomes of the programs. The Senior Executive Program session begins at 2:00 p.m. CST; the Executive Program session begins at 3:00 p.m. CST. Call (877) 676-6548, follow the prompts and use code 443507077.

Power Pack Your PowerPoint

Are your PowerPoint presentations putting audiences to sleep? You can take your PowerPoint from boring to boardroom quality with just a few simple tips. Instead of using PowerPoint as the visual equivalent of a road map to your speech, try thinking of PowerPoint as a magazine, a great Web site or even a movie.

PowerPoint is an excellent visual tool that can be used to win people to your point of view, but most people don’t take advantage of all that it has to offer.

Don’t give your audience the same old/same old. Make your presentation more powerful by putting these expert tips into action.

1. Use words sparingly.
A common rookie error is to write everything you want to say on the PowerPoint slide. Bad idea. Your audience members can read too, and they’ll be bored in minutes if you’re just reading the presentation word for word.

In order to engage your audience in what you are actually saying, use words sparingly on the PowerPoint slides. One sentence to make them think is far better than 10 bullet points that put them to sleep. Use text sparingly to point out key issues, ask questions or make a call to action.

If you need notes to remember what to say, keep them with you. Use the slides to keep momentum going.

2. Make it visually appealing.
“A picture is worth a thousand words” is definitely true in PowerPoint. A single image can make a powerful statement about your message—and make your message much more memorable.

Thankfully, you are not limited to the clip art that comes with PowerPoint. One of the best resources for royalty-free, high-quality images is at
(DGL stands for Design Gallery Live.) There is a box at the top of the page that allows you to search over 150,000 images, including photos and clip art. They’re easy to download and add to your presentations, and they make a huge impact.

Or consider adding your own images. Would you rather see an Excel spreadsheet of the shipping department’s fourth quarter results or a photo of the guys in the shipping department, hard at work and smiling in front of a sign that says “98% Delivery Reliability”? Which one would you remember?

3. Keep it simple.
It can be tempting to use all of PowerPoint’s bells and whistles, including dissolving transitions, sound effects and slide printouts. But the most effective presentations are not the ones that use a Star Wars-style title fade or a door knock sound; they’re not the ones with 15-page handouts. They’re the ones that leave you thinking about the key points of the presentation after the slides are all done.

Keep it simple when you design a PowerPoint presentation. You don’t have to use every single PowerPoint feature to be a power user. Determine what your main points are and focus on those. Sell the message you want to get across. Use PowerPoint as a tool to communicate with your audience.

By using PowerPoint to power pack your presentations, you’ll make your message
—and yourself—more memorable. Change the way you think about and use PowerPoint, and all of your presentations will be a success.

Adapted from “Power Pack Your PowerPoint,” by Marie Bouvier. For
more information, visit


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