December 2019
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Message from our Immediate Past President
Wrapping up and Looking Ahead
Message from our Incoming President
Western Florida Chapter's 2020 Vision
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Message from our Incoming President
Western Florida Chapter's 2020 Vision

Dear Fellow WFC ACHE Members,

I am excited about my role as President for the upcoming year. After serving as faculty representative on the Board of the Western Florida Chapter of ACHE over the last couple years, I have had the pleasure of learning leadership best practices from Kelly Batista and Krys Berger. I hope to continue their excellent work serving you as President of the preeminent professional society for healthcare executives with career development resources.

I am currently an Assistant Professor at University of South Florida College of Public Health where I teach such courses as management, strategy, and consulting to healthcare management graduate students. In addition to teaching, I conduct research and write textbooks, most recently a casebook on Healthcare Quality Management, co-authored with other Western Florida Chapter Board members Candace S. Smith and Eddie Pérez-Ruberté.

The WFC Board met in October 2019 to plan our 2020 Chapter strategy. We set ambitious plans for the year to continue financial stability, accelerate membership growth, and increase value & service to our membership. Initiatives include a revamped website, establishing Chapter champions at local healthcare organizations, and supporting members’ advancement to Fellow. The Board will work together to implement these initiatives in order serve our members’ professional, educational, and leadership needs.

In the first quarter of the year, we will have a couple of Chapter events that we are excited about. In February, we will be hosting a Networking event in the Tampa area. This event will provide a more informal occasion to network and build connections among members. In March, we will host “Behavioral Health Approaches to Increase Value for the Organization and Meet Community Needs” at Lakeland Regional. Led by moderators and subject matter experts in behavioral health, this event will investigate how receiving both behavioral health and primary care treatment in one integrated setting can support patients and strengthen our communities.

Are you attending ACHE 2020 Congress on Healthcare Leadership this year? You should consider submitting a narrative for a poster at the 36th annual Management Innovations Poster Session. ACHE seeks innovations, such as improving quality or efficiency, improving patient or physician satisfaction, implementation of EHRs, uses of new technology, and similar topics. All accepted applicants are expected to be available to discuss their posters on Monday, March 23, between 7–8 a.m. Posters will remain on display March 23–25 at Congress. Please go to for the full selection criteria. Submit narratives as an email attachment to by Jan. 21, 2020.

Thank you very much for your membership in the Western Florida Chapter. I look forward to serving you in 2020!


Zachary Pruitt, PhD, MHA, CPH
President-Elect, Western Florida Chapter
American College of Healthcare Executives

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