Utah Healthcare Executives

Q2 2020

Messages from our Chapter Leaders

From the Regent's Desk

Amanda Choudhary, MHA, MA, FACHE
Please join me in welcoming Rebecca Hunter as the new president of Utah Healthcare Executives. Rebecca has been involved with the UHE Board for several years, ensuring this will be a smooth leadership transition for our chapter. 

First and foremost, I want to thank all of the ACHE members in Utah for their work, dedication, leadership, and flexibility during the COVID-19 pandemic. I consider healthcare leaders who are ACHE members, and even more so, those who have committed to maintaining their FACHE credentials as the most dedicated professionals in the field. You all go the extra mile and expend discretionary effort to further the profession, and that is more commendable now than ever!

During this pandemic, an important transition occurred in our state chapter. Normally the handoff to a new state chapter president would garner more attention, but since it happened in March when our industry was stretched thin, we weren’t able to recognize the transition. I want to thank Joshua Spaulding, FACHE, for his leadership of Utah Healthcare Executives. He was a committed, passionate, fun, funny, and outstanding chapter president! Under Josh’s leadership, our state chapter was recognized for several awards from ACHE. Josh has now moved into the Immediate Past President role for the next year.

Please join me in welcoming Rebecca Hunter as the new president of Utah Healthcare Executives. Rebecca has been involved with the UHE Board for several years, ensuring this will be a smooth leadership transition for our chapter. Rebecca is the Vice President of Planning & Service Line Support for HCA’s Mountain Division. As Regent, I work closely with that national ACHE office to represent the needs of our Utah members, and I look forward to working closely with Rebecca as she oversees the affairs and operations of the state chapter.

Our state chapter will have another transition coming up soon, as my term as Regent will come to an end in March 2021. The Regent election process for Utah has recently started. Any members in Utah, who meet the qualifications to serve as a Regent, are welcome to submit a letter of intent to ACHE by August 21. All ACHE members in Utah will have the opportunity to vote for the new Regent in the Fall. For more information, visit ache.org or check out the May 2020 ACHE newsletter. I’m also happy to connect with any of you who are interested in running for Regent and would like more information first.

Lastly, just a note to let you know I’ll be out of the office on maternity leave in July, August and early-September, returning September 15. Please excuse any lack of response to emails during that time. In my absence, if you have questions about national ACHE topics, please contact our Regional Director, Stacey A. Kidd, skidd@ache.org; or if you have questions about state chapter initiatives, please contact our chapter president, Rebecca Hunter.

Stay safe! Stay strong! “Tough times never last… but tough people do!” – Robert H. Schuller

Amanda L. Choudhary, FACHE

Regent for Utah


President's Message

Rebecca Hunter, MBA

As healthcare leaders and humans, we are navigating our way through a global pandemic--at times while the earth has shaken beneath our feet. This has been a time of great polarization, inequity, divisiveness, fear and uncertainty. This has also been a time when the importance of human connection has been recognized and deeply valued, a time of compassion where examples of courage, strength, and selflessness surround us daily. 

"When written in Chinese, the word crisis is composed of two characters -- one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity." John F. Kennedy

2020 has already been a year that sometimes feels like living in an alternate reality.  As healthcare leaders and humans, we are navigating our way through a global pandemic--at times while the earth has shaken beneath our feet. This has been a time of great polarization, inequity, divisiveness, fear and uncertainty. This has also been a time when the importance of human connection has been recognized and deeply valued, a time of compassion where examples of courage, strength, and selflessness surround us daily. We are truly privileged to be alive during this time, where a sense of history surrounds us and calls for each of us to give and be our best.  

We can lean on one another in times of crisis. UHE provides a strong shoulder to lean on; that strength comes from each of you as members of this Chapter. I have been a member of UHE for over a decade, and have served on the Board for several years in different capacities. During this time, I have had the opportunity to attend many UHE educational forums, conferences, and networking events and have seen many of the strong, intelligent, capable, and inspiring leaders who make up our membership. I look forward to serving you in this this role for the next two years, and appreciate Josh Spaulding and those in past years who have served our Chapter so well.

ACHE has put tremendous effort forward to provide continued value and support to all of us, including creation of timely resources and educational content to help us as leaders. While we have not been able to offer and hold our traditional line-up of in-person events, we have a strong portfolio of virtual educational offerings available to you. For those who are Fellows or pursuing certification, there are several options to keep you on track. For those who are looking to hire or needing employment, ACHE offers support through the ACHE Job Center. For those of you who would like to mentor or be mentored, you have found the right place. We want to support you, and we need your talents and support as well. 

As 2020 unfolds, we do not know what is in store for us. One thing is certain, we will have many opportunities ahead to learn, grow, support, serve and inspire each other. Warm wishes to each of you in the days ahead.

Rebecca Hunter, MBA
UHE President 

 

Advancements and Membership

Welcome New Members!


Congratulations to those Fellows who re-certified between January through May: 

Robert C. Cash, FACHE- Orem, UT

Rand A. Kerr, FACHE- Cottonwood Heights, UT

James L. Walston, FACHE- South Jordan, UT

Jeremy J. Lyman, FACHE- Blanding, UT

G. Kevin Moffitt, FACHE- Provo, UT

Kevin C. Martin, FACHE-  Salt Lake City, UT

Kurt Forsyth, FACHE- Delta, UT


We welcome the following new members to our chapter who joined in the same period: 

Alicia Allen, MBA- Salt Lake City, UT

Seth Andrews- Salt Lake City    , UT

Rebecca Brown- Millcreek, UT

CPT Penny Cannon- Salt Lake City, UT

Francesca Ferrara- Salt Lake City, UT

Leigh Fritz, PharmD- Salt Lake City, UT

Ryan C. Horne- Salt Lake City, UT

Robert N. Perkins- Salt Lake City, UT

Harlan Wallace- Salt Lake City, UT

Rita L. Aguilar- West Haven, UT

Daphné Compere-Louis- Salt Lake City, UT

Patrick Hall- Ogden, UT

Rob McFarlane- Orem, UT

Mary R. Harris, NP- Murray, UT

Emily Baarz- South Jordan, UT

Charlie Forbush- Roosevelt, UT

MAJ Travis G. Fullmer, MSN- Cedar City, UT

Chris Hyer, PA-C- Salt Lake City, UT

Jami Momberger- Salt Lake City, UT

Alyse Wells, MHA- Salt Lake City, UT

 

Chapter Awards

The following awards have been extended to the Utah Healthcare Executives:

Award of Chapter Merit
 
Award for Sustained Performance

These awards were allotted by ACHE in March 2020 for exemplary performance in 2019. The UHE chapter won the Award of Merit for meeting the Membership Satisfaction performance standard and the sustained performance award was granted because the chapter has met 1 of 4 performance standards for a continuous three years.  

 

Specific information on the awards can be found here.


Upcoming Education and Events

How to Earn ACHE Credits and More!

In acknowledgment of healthcare public safety issues and financial realities related to COVID-19, we will not be hosting local in-person UHE Face-to-Face educational sessions this year, including our traditional Fall Session that we do in partnership with the Utah Hospital Association. However, there are many opportunities to earn Face-to-Face and Qualifying credits and retain Fellowship status throughout 2020. 

 

Opportunities to earn ACHE Face-to-Face credits (needed to retain Fellow status)

  • ACHE is moving forward with Congress in 2021. This is scheduled to occur in Chicago March 22-25th.
  • ACHE has extended the deadline for Fellows to re-certify (3 month extension running through March 31st). This allows Fellows to attend Congress and receive those Face-to-Face education credits prior to the re-certification deadline.
  • Other ACHE national in-person events through the end of the calendar year currently remain open. ACHE is closely monitoring local and national factors and will communicate directly with registrants about any changes.
  • ACHE is currently beginning development of a virtual Face-to-Face program available to chapters to provide temporary (2020) virtual options for Face-to-Face education credits. More information will be shared as it becomes available.
  • Fellows can meet their 24 hours of Qualifying education credit requirements using existing virtual educational content.
  • A few of the presentations from Congress were repurposed for virtual qualifying education credit content (other Congress sessions moved to next years’ Congress). The webinars which are available for qualifying education credit are in the Coronavirus Resource section on ACHE’s website https://www.ache.org/about- ache/resources-and-links/ covid-19-resource-center# upcoming

 

Opportunities to earn ACHE Qualifying Credits

  • ACHE has created many educational offerings that are delivered virtually and meet requirements for “Qualified education credits”
  • In order to make it count towards your earned education credits, members must self-report completion of the virtual courses in their My ACHE portal, under “My Education Credit”

 

Fall Session and Face-to-Face Education Canceled

In acknowledgment of healthcare public safety issues and financial realities related to COVID-19, we will not be hosting local in-person UHE Face-to-Face educational sessions this year, including our traditional Fall Session that we do in partnership with the Utah Hospital Association:

  • Many members have reported that their employers have frozen education budgets for the remainder of the year. It seems unlikely that we would have enough of a turnout to offset costs.
  • Uncertainty exists about potential surges of COVID-19 which could result in last-minute cancellations.
  • Meeting in large groups has still not been recommended where it can be avoided.
ACHE has provided support to all chapters in establishing virtual educational opportunities at no cost to members. There remain many great opportunities to earn qualifying credits, have access to great educational topics, and retain Fellowship status throughout 2020

 

 

Regent Election

Any Fellow who wishes to run for election to serve on the Council of Regents must submit a letter of intent to elections@ache.org by Aug. 21.

Run for ACHE Regent
 
The Council of Regents is the legislative body representing ACHE’s more than 48,000 members. Serving as an elected official is a unique opportunity that allows you to exercise your leadership ability, share innovative ideas and act on behalf of ACHE members.
 
Any Fellow who wishes to run for election to serve on the Council of Regents must submit a letter of intent to elections@ache.org by Aug. 21.
 
The Council of Regents elections will be held for Utah after August 21st.
 
Visit the Official Notice for the 2020–2021 Council of Regents Elections for more information, or contact Caitlin E. Stine, content marketing specialist, Department of Marketing, at cstine@ache.org.

Diversity

The Events of This Week (June 1, 2020)

We are all grieving with those who have suffered from an unjust system—as well as the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and many other Black Americans.

This most recent national and global crisis has deeply shaken us all, as COVID-19 and its economic repercussions remain significant challenges in many areas. As I read through the headlines and witness first-hand the devastation and violence, I particularly recognize the pain our African-American colleagues may be experiencing. I’m saddened by the lack of progress we’ve made as a nation and acknowledge that, as leaders, we have much more work to do.

We are all grieving with those who have suffered from an unjust system—as well as the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and many other Black Americans. The recent protests and demonstrations reveal the deep-seated anger toward systemic racism in our country. We know discrimination extends to many other marginalized groups and inequities still exist throughout our organizations and communities, but ACHE remains committed to standing against racism, racist beliefs, injustice and violence of any kind.

ACHE believes in the fair and equitable treatment of all people—and our commitment to this goes back decades. We hold diversity and inclusion as a core organizational value that has driven much of our strategy, operations and accomplishments over the years. We also understand that our progress as an organization and profession has not yet yielded the best results. We commit to use this time of multilayered crises as a catalyst for leveraging diverse perspectives that will produce innovative approaches and meaningful outcomes. We must recognize the magnitude of this moment, and stand together to reduce disparities and foster inclusion in every respect.

My commitment to you, as we navigate these difficult times, is to ensure this is not just a statement in the heat of the crisis. The ACHE Board of Governors and leadership team will continue to elevate the work necessary to affect real change. Please continue to support one another, listen to each other and seek understanding—this is one way we can be leaders who care.
 
Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE
President and CEO

From the UHE Diversity Committee

UHE supports diversity and inclusion because different viewpoints strengthen our teams’ vision and resolve. This in turn, improves the health and strengthens the community in which we live. Unfortunately, health outcomes lag in many areas for minorities; minorities are also less likely to fill senior leadership positions in our organizations. We have more work to do, and your perspective and participation can help.  

Utah Healthcare Executives supports ACHE’s directive that diversity in healthcare management is an “ethical and business imperative.” Our Diversity and Inclusion Committee aims to “empower healthcare professionals of all backgrounds.”

 

UHE supports diversity and inclusion because different viewpoints strengthen our teams’ vision and resolve. This in turn, improves the health and strengthens the community in which we live. Unfortunately, health outcomes lag in many areas for minorities; minorities are also less likely to fill senior leadership positions in our organizations. We have more work to do, and your perspective and participation can help.  

 

Currently our chapter supports diversity and inclusion in these ways:

  • Educational events on topics such as: women in leadership, supporting a diverse workforce, eliminating bias in recruiting and hiring diverse talent, and the organizational benefits of diverse leadership.
  • Mentorship opportunities for students and early careerists through our Mentorship Committee
  • ACHE Congress Scholarships to UHE members from underrepresented backgrounds

 

Help add your voice to how we can make our chapter more inclusive so we can better serve our Utah community. The Diversity and Inclusion Committee is currently looking for members to help, on a short- or long-term basis, with educational programming, member engagement, advancing more women to Fellowship designation, or new endeavors. Please contact Brian Black, chair of our Diversity and Inclusion Committee: brian.black@imail.org.


Resources

Job and Covid Resources

ACHE job centers have active listings for job openings as well as a place to list available jobs within your organization. Please follow this link for more information.

 
From ACHE "We understand and support the need for healthcare organizations, our members and other leaders to respond effectively to patient and community concerns around coronavirus (COVID-19)." 
 
By following this link you will find a list of resources that may be helpful during these unprecedented events.