Utah Healthcare Executives

March 2022

Messages from our Chapter Leaders

President's Message

Rebecca Hunter, MBA

Thank you to all those who have served with me on the Board, in committees, as mentors, and in other ways volunteered of your time and expertise in the service of others.  I look forward to continued association with ACHE/UHE members throughout my career.  The past two years has been in challenging time for all but as Abraham Maslow once said “in any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or step back into safety.” 

Everyone is ignorant, only on different subjects --Will Rogers

One of the things I often reflect on is how fortunate I am, as a woman, to be born in the USA and live in the 21stcentury.  I can vote, own property, provide for myself financially, and have had access to education including the ability to earn advanced degrees.  This privilege of formal education is still not available to many in the world today.  One thing we share is that however different our paths may be, life offers us the opportunity to grow and change within ourselves.  

As I continue progressing in my discovery of my own areas of ignorance, I prize the opportunity to meet others with different perspectives, to entertain new thoughts, to learn and grow.  I am now en route to ACHE’s 65th Healthcare Congress, and appreciate the access to new people and knowledge that Congress affords.  Recognizing that many are not able to travel to Congress, ACHE has also provided a Virtual Leadership Symposium April 11-12th.

My term as President of Utah Healthcare Executives has been completed, and as previously announced effective April 1st Juliana Briscoe will transition from President-Elect to President of our local chapter.  I will stay on the board for an additional year in the immediate past president role, and look forward to supporting Juliana and the chapter through this transition. Juliana has served our local chapter for several years, most recently serving as Chair of Education until her election and is well-prepared to take on this role. 

Thank you to all those who have served with me on the Board, in committees, as mentors, and in other ways volunteered of your time and expertise in the service of others.  I look forward to continued association with ACHE/UHE members throughout my career.  The past two years has been in challenging time for all but as Abraham Maslow once said “in any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or step back into safety.” 

Thanks to each of you who have stepped forward into growth, providing inspirational examples of leadership through change.  

Rebecca Hunter   

 

Message from Your ACHE Regent - Spring 2022

“The point of reviewing your past mistakes isn’t to shame your past self. It’s to educate your future self. Rumination is recycling old thoughts about what went wrong. Reflection is looking for new insights in how to do better. You can’t undo last year. You can improve this one.” 

Utah ACHE Members: Make 2022 the best year yet!

 

Happy 2022! We are now well into the start of the new year and my hope is that your outlook for this year is very optimistic! I’m not one to typically write down formal personal goals each year like I do in my professional life, but I usually have a couple of areas that I am working on to improve. As you can imagine, without those goals documented and visual, it is easy to forget and lose sight of those desires. This year I have chosen to focus on a word rather than a collection of personal goals. My word for 2022 is “strengthen”. The past few years have been difficult for each of us. Frankly, I have felt less energized and more depleted than I can ever remember in my professional and personal life. As I reflected and recognized my feelings regarding the past few years, I decided I needed to strengthen myself in many areas: physically, emotionally, spiritually, mentally, etc. (you get the picture). Although I didn’t take the time to set a goal in each of the areas I would like to strengthen; I do reflect daily to see what I accomplished to “strengthen” myself that day. 

I recently started a few new books to strengthen myself mentally, which I would recommend to you: Atlas of the Heart by Brene Brown, Humbitious by Amer Kaissi, and Think Again by Adam Grant. As I reflect upon my aspirations for 2022, I especially enjoyed this quote by Adam Grant: 

“The point of reviewing your past mistakes isn’t to shame your past self. 
It’s to educate your future self. Rumination is recycling old thoughts about 
what went wrong. Reflection is looking for new insights in how to do better. 
You can’t undo last year. You can improve this one.” 

I hope each of us view 2022 with optimism and as a year of opportunity for growth! I am excited and honored to represent the Utah Healthcare Executives at Congress this year in Chicago. Please reach out if you are attending, so we can catch up!

All my best, 

Lisa 

 

UHE Service Awards

UHE 2021 Service Awards

Congratulations to the 2021 UHE Service Award Recipients!

We are pleased to announce the following Service Award recipients for 2021, Kyle Brostrom, FACHE, and Paul J. Smith, FACHE.  The ACHE Recognition Program was designed to acknowledge the contributions of ACHE members to healthcare management excellence through their volunteer service to their profession, their chapter and ACHE.  In recognition of their service and as a symbol of appreciation, both will receive a 1 Star Fellow pin.   Congratulations to Kyle and Paul on achieving this ACHE Recognition award, and thank you for your volunteer service! 


Advancements and Membership

Advancements

Please join us in welcoming new UHE members and congratulating those who achieved or recertified as Fellows!

New members:

Emily B. Blamire, MBA

Martha C. Davis, MBA

Douglas Gibula, MSc

Hannah Hawthorne

Geoffrey Hill

Cameron Kennedy

Gregory D. McQuaide

Greg Nainani, CPA, FACHE

Kristine Peters

David Ray

Jared Roberts

Jared Sherman

Austin Tate

McCall Wade

Hannah Whatcott

Sheila Winkle


Executive Spotlight

Judy Williamson, RN, MBA, MHA
Judy’s passion is to be a mentor to others looking to take the leap from the bedside into leadership.  She is currently working on her application to become a Fellow of ACHE.  Her goal is to become more actively engaged in our local UHE chapter. 

Judy was named the Administrator for Layton Hospital in June 2015.  The hospital opened in October 2018, giving her the opportunity to be involved in design, construction, opening and now operations. Prior to opening Layton Hospital, Judy was the Nurse Administrator at Riverton Hospital at opening and for the following 6 years.  Judy started her career with Intermountain Healthcare as an RN at Primary Children’s Hospital in 1997 and has also worked at St. George Regional Hospital as the Director for Women and Children Services. 

Judy was born and raised in London, Ontario, Canada, where her family still resides.  She earned her Nursing Diploma in Canada, prior to moving to Utah after graduating.  She went on to earn her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Western Governors University and her MBA in Healthcare Administration from the University of Colorado. 

Judy’s passion is to be a mentor to others looking to take the leap from the bedside into leadership.  She is currently working on her application to become a Fellow of ACHE.  Her goal is to become more actively engaged in our local UHE chapter. 

Judy and her husband Jim enjoy time in the outdoors.  You can find them most weekends in the mountains snowshoeing, running, hiking, biking or camping with their goldendoodle named Juba.  Judy is also the step-mom to 2 amazing children Taylor 29, and Noble 26.  

Judy enjoys being a member of ACHE and feels it is a valuable resource as a Healthcare Leader.  She believes conference is always a great opportunity to hear from a diverse group from across the nation with varying perspectives on the current and future state of healthcare. Judy looks forward to having the time and opportunity to engage more with ACHE as well as getting to know more of the local UHE chapter personally.

Upcoming Education and Events

ACHE Online Seminars

Upcoming: 

Don’t let the COVID-19 pandemic derail your professional growth and advancement. ACHE is offering a 25 percent discount on the registration fee for all paid online seminars.

 
Develop new leadership capabilities and elevate your leadership credentials with ACHE’s comprehensive selection of interactive, online seminars. Earn ACHE Qualified Education Credits from your home or office without the need for travel.
 
Click on the following link to navigate to online seminars available in the next few weeks: ACHE seminar offerings 

UHE Committee Announcements

Join a UHE Committee

Do you want to be a part of one of the many UHE committees and help make a difference in your healthcare community? 

 
Do you need help studying for the FACHE examination?
 
See inside for more details!

If you are interested in learning more about the various UHE committees or would like to join one (or multiple), please submit your information!   

 
The networking committee is actively seeking more members; please email Lisa Vitkus for more information specific to the networking committee (lisa.vitkus@imail.org). 
 

UHE Student Committee

Volunteers will be primarily involved in supporting events that will attract students and increase student involvement in UHE.  Student volunteers will be members of the Student Committee of UHE and be called student liaisons. 

Student Liaison Responsibilities: 

  • Encourage student participation in ACHE/UHE
  • Assist in scheduling UHE’s  annual Higher Education Network presentation on ACHE/UHE memberships to students within the universities healthcare administration or management program
  • Assist the Student Section Chair in organizing and hosting events for students 
  • Identify ways UHE can provide support to students seeking mentoring, networking, and ongoing education to support their development

Student Ambassador Responsibilities: (One student from each university may serve as the lead for all student volunteers at the program) 

  • Attend UHE student section committee meetings and disseminate information to other student liaisons at the university
  • Coordinate meetings to plan and organize UHE events on campus
  • Serve as point of contact for student section chair to better understand needs of students

Qualifications: 

  • Must be a current student associate member of ACHE in good standing
  • Communication, leadership, and organizational skills

Student Committee Responsibilities within Utah Healthcare Executives: 

  • Assists with the Networking, Mentoring and Membership committees to improve professional relations between student members and local healthcare executives and provides assistance in planning events in conjunction with the university programs
  • Arrange and/or present at annual Higher Education Network presentations in partnership with the Utah Regent
 
UHE Membership Committee
 
The membership committee has a wonderful opportunity available to UHE members. We are seeking additional volunteers to join as committee members to support increasing our chapter’s membership and retention levels. Membership within our Utah chapter opens great opportunities including education, networking, mentoring, etc. Our efforts to recruit and retain members directly impacts the chapter’s mission as well as opportunities available to UHE members. It will be time well spent! If you are interested in joining or have questions, please contact Ischa Jensen (isch.jensen@hsc.utah.edu)
 

UHE Exam Prep Study Sessions

Sessions will be held 11:00 am on 2nd Friday of each month during 2022

Sessions will be Virtual and recorded using Microsoft Teams

Join on your computer or mobile app Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only) +1 385-501-4805,,158098466#

Phone Conference ID: 158 098 466#


Resources

Early Careerists Network

ACHE full Members and Fellows under the age of 40 automatically qualify for ECN special benefits and opportunities.

If you are under age 40 and a full Member or Fellow of ACHE, you automatically belong to the Early Careerist Network (ECN). For those who qualify, this unique benefit of ACHE membership offers a ready-made community of peers building healthcare careers to learn with and from, along with resources to propel career momentum.

 
Explore your benefits here: Early Careerist Benefits

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