President's Message

Kevin Johnson, FACHE

Dear UHE Members,

Hello, friends. I guess, since you are reading this, that we all survived “Doomsday” or the end of the world according to the Mayan Calendar. Let me be the first to congratulate you! In all seriousness, I hope that 2012 was a wonderful year for each of you, full of happiness and prosperity.

With Congress and the president finding a way to avoid (or maybe better said, delay) the nation going over the fiscal cliff, we are off to an interesting start in 2013. There is a new deadline of March 1 for the sequestration of federal spending, and it is anticipated that by then they will need to raise the debt ceiling. With these issues looming, it is reasonable to expect that there will be further proposed spending cuts associated with any compromise on the part of the two branches of government. We can safely expect that our industry will continue to feel the pressure for cost cutting and health reform.

During these times of great change I hope that we will all renew our commitment to our fundamental purpose in healthcare: to preserve life and to improve the health of the patients that we serve. Through the associations we share within our chapter, we have the opportunity to share ideas and work collectively toward better outcomes and results. May we continually strive to collaborate in areas where it is appropriate, and to better prepare ourselves for reform through our education and networking events. There is strength in numbers, and I hope that our efforts as a chapter in 2013 will lead to a stronger, leaner and more agile healthcare system here in the great state of Utah. Thank you for all you do to support Utah Healthcare Executives.


Kevin A. Johnson, FACHE
UHE President 

From the Regent's Desk

Bob Cash, FACHE

Welcome to 2013! 

I don’t know about you, but 2012 for me was a very busy, challenging, AND rewarding year. As a matter of fact, so was 2011, 2010, 2009…  Isn’t that what makes our involvement in healthcare administration so exciting and stimulating? It is for me. I thought I would take a minute and reflect on why such a busy and challenging occupation is also so rewarding. Here is my “top ten” list:

10.  We work in a stable profession with a constant demand for our services.
9.    Our profession is one that is valued at a level that allows us to have a reasonable standard of living
8.    We work with highly skilled professionals who are bright, caring, and passionate about the service they render.
7.    Our industry is progressive and both needs to and is seeking innovation.
6.    While we are competitive within the industry, we are also collaborative in our communities.
5.    Our product is “people” – every day we work with caregivers and those who support caregivers in delivering needed services to our friends and neighbors.
4.    The problems we are attempting to solve truly matter to each of us and those we serve.
3.    We live, serve, and work in a state that values excellence in healthcare delivery.
2.    There are so many opportunities for learning, including those offered by UHE and ACHE (not to mention daily learning in the “school of hard knocks”).
1.    I get to work with amazing people like you (and I mean it – this, indeed, is rewarding!).

Thank you so much for your tremendous contribution to healthcare, to the Utah Healthcare Executives and ACHE, and to our communities. It is a pleasure to associate with you. I look forward to continued rewards through our association in 2013.

Happy New Year!


Robert C. Cash, FACHE
Regent for Utah

Executive Spotlight: Bart Adams

Brian C. Black

Bart Adams’ journey to being the Executive Director at the Orthopaedic Facility of the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics was an unexpected one. In 1991, while in a graduate program studying medical genetics, Bart was approached with a laboratory management position at a local hospital. Bart enjoyed this management position so much that he decided to leave his genetics studies and shifted his focus to management. He later earned an M.B.A. from Indiana University.   

In 2002, Bart and his family moved back to Utah as Bart started working for IASIS Healthcare's Davis Hospital as a director, later as Chief Operating Officer at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center, and then as the Administrator at Pioneer Valley Hospital. In 2007, he joined the administrative team at the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics as the Executive Director for the Orthopaedic Facility in Research Park where he has been for the past six years.

Bart’s greatest joy is his family; his family consists of his wife, eight children, and two grandchildren. His hobbies are shaped by his family and include traveling, boating, golf and other sports, reading, going to movies, and occasionally politically sparring while doing any of the above.  

Bart’s passion for working in healthcare stems from these two things: doing work that is meaningful and makes a difference, and associating with individuals with outstanding character. He continually gives praise to those whom he associates with. When asked what one thing he wished he knew when he began his healthcare career he said, “the ability to effectively communicate frequently and thoroughly. Our ability to move forward is directly proportional to our ability to gain support of ideas and bring others along.” One piece of advice from a mentor of his can also apply to members of UHE: “work to live; don’t live to work.”  

Awards and Advancements

The American College of Healthcare Executives recognized several members with Chapter Service Awards at the November UHE luncheon. Those receiving awards included Mark Howard, LFACHENancy Imhoff, FACHE, Fritz KronMark Moody, FACHE, Barbara Ohm, FACHE, and Jason Wilson, FACHE.

The ACHE Recognition Program celebrates members’ commitment to the healthcare management profession. The program is based on points accrued through volunteer activities performed in a convocation year (April–March). UHE congratulates these members on their recognition and thanks them for their continued service! 

Recent Member Advancements

Below is a list of UHE members who have joined ACHE or passed the Board of Governors Exam and the Fellows who have advanced or recertified since January 1, 2013. Please take a moment to congratulate your colleagues for their commitment to advancing their healthcare careers. Use the online Member Directory to obtain their contact information.

Recertified Fellows

Joshua Spaulding, FACHE, Stansbury Park

2013 Education and Events Calendar

UHE Board Meeting, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Panel Discussion/Education Event, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Developing High Performance Teams, Lakeview Hospital, Bountiful

MARCH 11-14
Congress on Healthcare Leadership, Chicago, Illinois

Golf Tournament Networking Event, Location TBD 

UHE Breakfast at UHA Spring Meeting, 7:30 a.m.,Courtyard by Marriott, St. George

UHE Board Meeting, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Panel Discussion/Education Event, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Care for the Uninsured/Underinsured, Location TBD

ACHE Education Day at the UHA Fall Leadership Conference
Zermatt Resort, Midway
Topic TBD

UHE Board Meeting, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Panel Discussion/Education Event, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Topic and location TBD

Food Bank Networking Event, Time TBD 

UHE Board Meeting, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Panel Discussion/Education Event, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Topic TBD; University of Utah, Salt Lake City

Holiday Networking Social, Location, Time TBD


Make Plans Now to Attend the 2013 Congress on Healthcare Leadership

Changing Healthcare by Design

Join us in Chicago March 11–14 for ACHE’s 2013 Congress on Healthcare Leadership, the premier education event for healthcare executives. 

Congress allows you to make the most of your membership in ACHE and get the best value for your educational dollar. Gain the knowledge and insight needed to lead your organization through reform, including key approaches to providing greater access to care, increasing quality and patient safety, integrating technologies, enhancing workforce strategies and more.

Not only does Congress provide you with key opportunities to learn from experts in the field—it helps you connect with other healthcare leaders and advance your career. Join more than 4,500 of your colleagues for an event that offers education on current as well as emerging issues, more than 100 seminars, numerous career development programs and unparalleled networking opportunities.

The 2013 Congress will also feature:

  • NEW! Networking Exchange--Networking is one of the most valuable activities at Congress and this informal networking opportunity will allow you to do even more of it. The Networking Exchange lounge will provide a venue for participants to gather, share perspectives and discuss new approaches to the challenging aspects of healthcare leadership. Some of the tables in the lounge will designate current topics such as physician integration, patient safety and career advancement to serve as conversation starters. Optimize your Congress experience at the new Networking Exchange!
  • The Masters Series--Returning to Congress and featuring new faculty for 2013, the Masters Series is designed to showcase the approaches and outcomes of some of the healthcare field’s most successful leaders in four critical areas: physician integration, information technology, clinical quality management and leadership. The Masters Series includes four, 90-minute sessions, each featuring two presenters. Participants will learn from the expertise and real-world experiences of these “masters” of healthcare leadership.
  • Emerging Topics--Once again, ACHE is purposely leaving a handful of seminars open to make room for late-breaking topics. Please refer to for updates about these topics. Leaving these seminars open ensures that ACHE’s 2013 Congress is on the leading edge of changes as they occur.
  • Congress Express--ACHE also offers Congress Express, an innovative way to experience many of the benefits and features of healthcare’s premier education and networking event at a reduced cost—Wednesday and Thursday only. Congress Express participants still enjoy Hot Topic sessions, a luncheon session and a networking reception while earning up to 12 ACHE Face-to-Face Education credits. With Congress Express, you can leave home after work on Tuesday, enjoy a full Congress experience on Wednesday and Thursday, and be back in the office on Friday morning.
View the complete Congress brochure online at

ACHE National News - Winter 2013

Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE, Named New ACHE President/CEO

The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) has named Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE, its new president and chief executive officer. Bowen, 57, will assume the role May 13, 2013.

Bowen has served as ACHE’s executive vice president and chief operating officer since 2003. She joined the ACHE staff in 1992 as director, Government Relations. In 1994 she was named vice president, Division of Administration, a role she held until 2000 when she left ACHE to assume the position of deputy executive director for the Society of Actuaries.

Board certified in healthcare management as an ACHE Fellow, Bowen has participated in numerous national organizations and committees. In addition, she has served in board leadership roles for the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education, the Institute for Diversity in Healthcare Management and the Association Forum of Chicagoland. Bowen is currently a Baldrige Executive Fellow. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives and a Certified Association Executive.

“I am tremendously honored to be selected for this role,” said Bowen. “I look forward to continuing ACHE's great history of preserving the prestige of the credential and delivering high caliber, relevant programs that help executives address the challenges they face. Healthcare is at a critical crossroads, and the work of our members in leading organizations through this transformation has never been more important to delivering patient care.”

Bowen succeeds Thomas C. Dolan, PhD, FACHE, CAE, upon his retirement after 22 years as ACHE’s president and chief executive officer.

ACHE Job Bank Is Better than Ever! 

The ACHE Job and Resume Bank has re-launched with a new look and enhanced features to help you find jobs faster! As part of the transition, we are ensuring our resume database and candidate information is up to date. If you are a current user of the Job and Resume Bank:

Upload Your Resume
If you have a resume posted, please take a few moments to re-post your resume on the new ACHE Job and Resume Bank. Once you login to the ACHE Job and Resume Bank, simply upload your resume from your computer. The system will build your online profile; otherwise, the new site will walk you through creating a resume from scratch.

Set up Job Alerts
If you had set up automated job alerts on our previous site, you will need to recreate them on the new site. Go to, craft your job search criteria and select “Save This Search” from the top of the job results page. You will receive email notifications when new jobs match your criteria.

We look forward to continuing to provide you with the best job search resource for healthcare executives. If you have any questions about this transition, please contact the Job and Resume Bank Customer Service Center at (888) 491-8833 ext. 2339 or


Donít Let Toxic Beliefs Hold You Back

Self-talk is driven by critical beliefs that you hold about yourself and is manifested in the things that you think as you move through your day. It plays an understated but powerful role in your ability to succeed, because your beliefs can both spur you forward toward achieving your goals and hold you back. As Henry Ford said, “He who believes he can and he who believes he cannot are both correct.”

When it comes to self-talk, there are six toxic beliefs that hold people back more than any others. Be mindful of your tendencies to succumb to these beliefs, so they don't derail your career.

Toxic Belief #1: Perfection=Success

Human beings, by our vary nature, are fallible. When perfection is your goal, you're always left with a nagging sense of failure, and end up spending your time lamenting what you failed to accomplish, instead of enjoying what you were able to achieve.

Toxic Belief #2: My Destiny Is Predetermined

Far too many people succumb to the highly irrational idea that they are destined to succeed or fail. Make no mistake about it, your destiny is in your own hands, and blaming multiple successes or failures on forces beyond your control is nothing more than a cop out. Sometimes life will deal you difficult cards to play, and others times you'll be holding aces. Your willingness to give your all in playing any hand you're holding determines your ultimate success or failure in life.

Toxic Belief #3: I “Always” or “Never” Do That

There isn't anything in life that you always or never do. You may do something a lot or not do something enough, but framing your behavior in terms of “always” or “never” is a form of self-pity. It makes you believe that you have no control of yourself and will never change. Don't succumb to it.

Toxic Belief #4: I Succeed When Others Approve of Me

Regardless of what people think of you at any particular moment, one thing is certain—you're never as good or bad as they say you are. It's impossible to turn off your reactions to what others think of you, but you can reconcile the opinion of others with your own perspective. That way, no matter what people think about you, your self-worth comes only from within.

Toxic Belief #5: My Past=My Future

Repeated failures can erode your self-confidence and make it hard to believe you'll achieve a better outcome in the future. Most of the time, these failures result from taking risks and trying to achieve something that isn't easy. Just remember that success lies in your ability to rise in the face of failure. Anything worth achieving is going to require you to take some risks, and you can't allow failure to stop you from believing in your ability to succeed.

Toxic Belief #6: My Emotions=Reality

You need to know how to take an objective look at your feelings and separate fact from fiction. Otherwise, your emotions will continue to skew your sense of reality, making you vulnerable to the negative self-talk that can hold you back from achieving your full potential

 If you can overcome the self-defeating beliefs above, you'll make great strides in improving your self-talk.

—Adapted from “Six Toxic Beliefs That Will Ruin Your Career” by Travis Bradberry, PhD,

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