While the temperature may be cooling down both the Northern and Western Florida Chapters remain on fire!
Unprecedented increases in the number of Fellows, dynamic face-to-face and qualified education programming, Higher Education Network engagement, and, Regent and other award recognition demonstrates there is no shortage of commitment to our profession nor to ACHE!
For example, this year, 29 members across the chapters earned the distinction of board certification (see list below). This propelled the combined chapters above other chapters. Specifically, this year the ACHE - North Florida Chapter had the highest number of members earn board distinction and our Western Florida Chapter made the top 10 ten of chapters with new Fellows! This success wasn’t by accident. The summer Board of Governors workshop and show of support from chapter leadership across both chapters were significant contributors to the success. While we all love numbers and statistics, the personal pride and feeling of accomplishment for the colleagues who earned the credential cannot be matched. Those of us who earned the credential years ago still remember that feeling! WELL DONE to those who now wear the credential and the chapter leaders that supported each of the candidates!
While on this theme of congratulations, our next generation of healthcare leaders are eagerly focused on their careers. At the University of North Florida, the Health Administration Leadership Institution, supported by UNF Health Administration Student Association hosted a lecture by Mr. Tom Gartland, former President of Avis Car Rental and author of “Lead with Heart: Transform Your Business Through Personal Connection.” Mr. Gartland’s message of opening ourselves and truly caring about each other, we can transform organizations left the audience with inspiration and a solid charge! At the University of West Florida, not only did they earn that status as a Higher Education Network (HEN) they have quickly moved to begin to develop their student association. During my recent visit with them, it was very encouraging to be among not only diverse students but students who are completely comfortable with the differences between their career pursuits. For example, one student described her intention to take her time, complete a BHA degree and then work in a practice for a while and plan her next steps accordingly. Another student described a well thought through plan of education, fellowship, job stepping stones and the ultimate role of CEO at a mid-size hospital. Both were impressive, neither wrong and both just right for them!
In late summer, many of us met at the FHA/ACHE awards luncheon where our ACHE Governor, Michael Mayo, FACHE, Baptist Health Downtown President, shared an update of ACHE activities and both the Florida - Eastern Regent and I gave Regents Awards. A Regent award is an opportunity for us to recognize the good work of our colleagues and their commitment to ACHE. Please be sure to congratulate our colleagues on their well-deserved recognition. They are:
Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Award
- Nicole Thomas, FACHE, President, Baptist Medical Center South
- Cheryl Eagan, FACHE, Senior Vice President, Support Services, Tampa General Hospital, Western Florida
Early Careerist Healthcare Executive Award
- Sabrie Edmonston, Director, Transplant Outreach, Mayo Clinic Florida
- Paul Wagner, II, Nursing Staff Coordinator, Manatee Memorial Hospital, Western Florida
The above accolades are just a scratch of the good working across the chapters. Congratulations to each of you on your commitment to your professional growth and your chapter and ACHE as a whole. I hope to see you around the region, if not in the region. Let’s meet up at Congress! Keep The Flame!!
North Florida – 20 new FACHEs
- Chad Adams, FACHE
- Thabata M. Batchelor, FACHE
- Colleen Bell, MD, FACHE
- Kyle W. Dorsey, FACHE
- Lt Col Jeffrey S. Fewell, FACHE
- Jon A. Gardner, MBA, FACHE
- Stephene Garnett, FACHE
- Thanh Hogan, PharmD, FACHE
- Tammy J. Keeler, FACHE
- Talib Mohammed Khan, FACHE
- Krista Kolarik, FACHE
- Maj David Maley, FACHE
- Capt Tyler D. Maxwell, FACHE
- Gary M. Pablo, MD, FACHE
- Brent R. Phillips, FACHE
- Maj Sean D. Rotbart, FACHE
- Traci L. Solt, FACHE
- Wade J. Taylor, FACHE
- Maj Michael N. Tesfay, FACHE
- Maj Rasheed Wedlow, FACHE
Western Florida – 9 new FACHEs
- Frank Morgan, FACHE
- Jennifer L. Storch, FACHE
- Michael Peters, FACHE
- Todd K. Sak, FACHE
- Lt Col Neva J. VanDerSchaegen, FACHE
- Michael Thomas, FACHE
- Amanda Maggard, FACHE
- Steven P. Schnortz, FACHE
- Nathan Riner, FACHE
Data is based upon information available at the time the article was written.
Ann-Marie A. Knight, FACHE
Regent for Florida – Northern and Western