Utah Healthcare Executives

Winter 2019

From the Regent's Desk

Amanda Choudhary, MHA, MA, FACHE
In January, our country celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It’s a day for celebrating inclusion, service, and the things that connect us all as humans.

 
Also in January my father had open heart surgery. After a couple days in the hospital, it started to become a joke and challenge on his care team that my dad insisted on finding a connection with every person who came into his patient room. “You’re from Vietnam! I’ve always wanted to go there!” and “You love music too! Have you ever heard of Steve Halpern’s healing station on Pandora?!”… and on and on.  Three days post-op my dad even said to his nurse, “it would sure be nice to talk to someone else who has been through this too.” Making connections was so important to him at such a scary time.

In January our country celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It’s a day for celebrating inclusion, service, and the things that connect us all as humans.
 
Also in January my father had open heart surgery. After a couple days in the hospital, it started to become a joke and challenge on his care team that my dad insisted on finding a connection with every person who came into his patient room. “You’re from Vietnam! I’ve always wanted to go there!” and “You love music too! Have you ever heard of Steve Halpern’s healing station on Pandora?!”… and on and on.  Three days post-op my dad even said to his nurse, “it would sure be nice to talk to someone else who has been through this too.” Making connections was so important to him at such a scary time.
 
My dad received care at a hospital where the members of his care team, as well as his patient room neighbors, came from all over the world. Yet my dad was able to find a connection with each of them, and having witnessed it, I have no doubt those connections sped his healing process.
 
“I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort where we overlap.”—Ani DiFranco
 
Amanda Choudhary, FACHE 
Regent for Utah 
Admin Director 
Intermountain Healthcare - Primary Children's Hospital 
 

Education and Events

Legislative Update - Layton, March 19

UHE is offering a Legislative Review of the 2019 Utah State Legislature on Tuesday, March 19, at Davis Hospital in Layton. Attendees will hear comments from Utah Hospital Association Executive Vice President and lead lobbyist David C. Gessel, and Senate President Stuart Adams. 
 
The program will begin with lunch and registration at 11:30, followed by the program at noon. Davis Hospital is located at 1600 W. Antelope Drive in Layton. 
 
This is a networking event; no face to face credit will be available. 
 
To RSVP, contact Jasmine at uhe.ache@gmail.com by Friday, March 15. 

Panel Discussion Focusing on Telehealth - St. George, April 2

Utah Healthcare Executive’s Southern Council is hosting a breakfast educational session in conjunction with the Utah Hospital’s Annual Membership Meeting in April. The program, focusing on telehealth, will take place Friday, April 26, 7 a.m.-8:30 a.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott in St. George. Featured panelists include Alethea Varra, Director, Continental Telemental Health Network, Veterans Administration; Eric Liston, VP of Telehealth for Intermountain Healthcare and Nate Gladwell, Clinical Operations Officer, University of Utah. 
 
Registered attendees of Utah Hospital Association’s Annual Meeting are invited to attend the breakfast. Other members of UHE in the Southern Utah area are invited to attend and should RSVP to uhe.ache@gmail.com. 1.5 hours of face to face credit will be offered for this program.

Executive Spotlight

Executive Spotlight: Taylor Cannon, MHA

Daniel J. Stoddard, MHA

Taylor Cannon is the Senior Director of Business Development for University of Utah Health. In this role, Taylor is responsible for expanding the University of Utah’s hospital affiliate regional network, identifying opportunities for strategic partnerships, growing and expanding telemedicine, and leading U Health’s physician relations team. Taylor started with the University five years ago and loves coming to work every day to develop access points and mechanisms for patients to receive excellent healthcare...

Taylor Cannon is the Senior Director of Business Development for University of Utah Health. In this role, Taylor is responsible for expanding the University of Utah’s hospital affiliate regional network, identifying opportunities for strategic partnerships, growing and expanding telemedicine, and leading U Health’s physician relations team. Taylor started with the University five years ago and loves coming to work every day to develop access points and mechanisms for patients to receive excellent healthcare how, when, and where they need it. This is accomplished through telemedicine, outreach clinics, and cultivating meaningful partnerships with hospitals, physicians, and employers throughout the University’s large geographic service area. 

Taylor began his career in the pharmaceutical industry where he worked for a dermatology and gastroenterology specialty companies for five years. During this time, Taylor worked with physicians, advanced care practitioners, and staff to improve outcomes for their patients by finding solutions to efficacy, cost, and compliance of prescribed drug therapies. He also learned that he wanted to have a greater impact on health care delivery and enrolled in the University of Minnesota’s Executive MHA program. Shortly after his acceptance to Minnesota’s program, he began his time with the University of Utah. 

ACHE has been crucial in providing educational resources. For somebody that didn’t go the traditional health system administrator careerist route, the educational tools and classes helped accelerate Taylor’s understanding of operations, leadership, strategy, and policy impacting health care delivery. 

Outside of his professional interests, Taylor enjoys spending time with his wife and four kids. He also enjoys competing in endurance events like ironman triathlons, Lotoja, and ultra-marathons. If it involves the outdoors and a little bit of self-inflicted suffering, Taylor is up for it. 

Messages from our Chapter Leaders

President's Message

Josh Spaulding, MHA, FACHE

At the beginning of each year I typically review the goals that I’ve set for the previous year and evaluate my performance for both professional and personal goals.  I also formulate and set new goals for the current year. I feel this is a good process to perform as it allows me to have something to work towards as well as to see if I am making progress in both my professional and personal life. I encourage you to do the same.

Often, there are successes to celebrate, and equally as often there are things that I either fall short in or need to continue to improve on.

At the beginning of each year I typically review the goals that I’ve set for the previous year and evaluate my performance for both professional and personal goals. I also formulate and set new goals for the current year. I feel this is a good process to perform as it allows me to have something to work towards as well as to see if I am making progress in both my professional and personal life. I encourage you to do the same.

Often, there are successes to celebrate, and equally as often there are things that I either fall short in or need to continue to improve on. Whether it be learning how to ski, obtaining your fellow status in the ACHE, or graduating with your masters degree, I encourage you to set some goals and then identify those steps that will allow you to accomplish them.

With respect to obtaining your Fellow Credential with the ACHE, Utah Healthcare Executives (UHE) is well-positioned to help you achieve this goal. We offer 15 face-to-face credits annually that will assist you in meeting the education requirements. We can provide you an ability to serve by way of volunteering on a committee of the UHE Board. We will even plan and offer Fellow advancement preparation sessions for those getting ready to study for the board exam. One of our main goals at the UHE is to provide you with education and networking resources that will be valuable to your career (and may ultimately assist in the accomplishment of your professional goals).

We will be sending out an updated event to calendar to all UHE membership so that you can plan to participate in our events in 2019. If you want to learn more about earning your Fellow credential or volunteering on a UHE committee, please send an email to uhe.ache@gmail.com and we will get in contact with you.

I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events and in some measure helping you achieve the professional development goals you set for yourself in 2019!

 

Josh Spaulding, FACHE

UHE President

 

Advancements and Membership

Advancements Within ACHE

Congratulations to the following members who have recertified within ACHE: 
 
Recertified Fellows
 

Janelle K. Robinson, FACHE Salt Lake City

Joshua E. Spaulding, FACHE Salt Lake City

Ryan J. Lambert, FACHE Farmington

Tyler Felt, FACHE Salt Lake City

 

Welcome New Members!

UHE welcomes the following new members to our chapter who have joined since January 2019: 
 
Anna Frachou  Salt Lake City
Byron Bair, MD Salt Lake City
Carrie Gran Salt Lake City
David Perkins, MSN, RN
Ismael Quiroz, MPA Salt Lake City
Jacob Steed, MBA Midvale
Juliana Briscoe Salt Lake City
Kristine Hadley
Leanne  M. Richardson, MBA, RT Salt Lake City 
Marcus Borges
Mark Shahata Salt Lake City
Matt Pollard, MD
Natalie A. Miya Salt Lake City
Oscar Moreno, MBA
Robert N. Askerlund, DNP
Terri Margetic
Tiffany J. Morley Riverton
Zac Watne