American College of Healthcare Executives - Wisconsin Chapter

Fall 2017

President's Message


Dear Colleagues,

I am thrilled to have met so many of you at our third Annual Conference, which was held Sept. 18-20 at the beautiful Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake. Attendees of the conference were able to earn 12 Face to Face credits and heard from a variety of expert panelists and speakers who shared their insights and best practices related to topics ranging from disruptive technology to building a talented work force. We also heard from our colleagues at the Wisconsin Hospital Association and honored three very deserving awardees of Regent awards. Be sure to check out the photos from the event on our website!  I was also proud to share the many successes of our Chapter over the past year, and to thank the countless volunteers who gave of their time and talents in support of Chapter initiatives.

Some highlights from 2017:

·        Held 3rd Annual Conference, with an increase in attendance by 15% over 2016

·        Offered 23 Face-to-Face and Qualified credit events/programs

·        Hosting three local networking events (2 in Madison, 1 in Milwaukee, and 1 in La Crosse)

·        Presenting two webinars (Register online!)

·        Conducting the 8th year of the ACHE-WI Leadership Development Program

·        Enhanced communication to members, marketing of events, strategic planning support, and improved membership service through our partnership with Badger Bay Management Company

·        ACHE-WI programming recognized by ACHE with best practices shared with ACHE Chapter leaders nationwide

Please mark your calendars for next year’s meeting: September 17-19, 2018, once again at The Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake.

I’d also like to recognize new members and congratulate members who advanced to Fellow status from our Chapter. Welcome and congratulations!  Please feel free to reach out to fellow members or the Board to get involved – contacts are listed within our web pages.

New Members

  • Jennifer R. Anderson
  • Mohamed Atasi
  • Christine A. Baker, PhD, RN, FACHE
  • Hannah  Barrow
  • Margaret A. Benson, RN
  • Todd C. Burch
  • Karen Cooley, DPT
  • Gram M. Cotton
  • Thomas Damon
  • Emily N. Dilley
  • Marie Dominguez, MD
  • Adam Friemark
  • Danielle L. Gearhart, FACHE
  • Kayla Hine
  • Franklin G. Johnson
  • Kiefer Jundt
  • Mark A. Kadlec
  • Brian J. Kief
  • Chris Kleine
  • Charmaine N. Knell
  • Niki Kurth
  • Pamela Maas
  • Jonathon E. Matuszewski
  • Gillian Peters
  • Megan J. Pfarr
  • Elizabeth Rodman
  • Mike Ryczkowski
  • Bethany Seeboth, JD
  • Karoline Wang
  • Jaymie Wertz
  • Brian Whittington, DPT

New Fellows

  • Christopher Brabant, FACHE
  • Michael W. DeGere, DPM, FACHE
  • Lisa Harton, FACHE
  • Susan J. Knight, FACHE
  • Lori B. Knitt, RN, FACHE
  • Scott McConnaha, FACHE
  • Katie McMillen, PharmD, FACHE
  • John L. Monks, FACHE
  • Ronald A. Purkapile, FACHE
  • Vonda R. Shaw, FACHE
  • Erika Smith, PharmD, FACHE
  • Megan Waltz, FACHE

In closing, thank you for the hard work you are doing in your organizations. Being a health care leader during times of accelerated change and uncertainty is often difficult and unsettling. Here in Wisconsin, we have a lot to be proud of in the quality of care we deliver and in the partnerships and collaborations we are building to better serve our patients and communities.

Get Connected! Stay Informed! Position for Success!

Rebecca Wieczorek, FACHE

Message from Your ACHE Regent - Fall 2017

At the Conference, I awarded the annual Regent Awards.  This year, there were 3 awardees – the Early Careerist (Jerome Garrett Jr., FACHE), the Senior-Level (James McLain, FACHE), and the Diversity Champion (Timothy Gaillard, FACHE).  I was very excited to be awarding the Diversity Champion, for the first time.  As diversity and inclusion becomes more woven into the fabric of our organizations, I think it is vitally important to ACHE, ACHE-Wisconsin Chapter, and the Wisconsin Healthcare Administration community to recognize those who are going above and beyond to promote diversity and inclusion in their workplace and in their community.

Along those lines, I encourage everyone to be an advocate for diversity and inclusion in our Wisconsin healthcare organizations and among ACHE.  One way to do this is to encourage ACHE membership to healthcare executives who are not ACHE members, and become active at both the local (via chapters) and national levels.  In this regard, I’d like to challenge each of you to encourage one colleague, with special attention to diversity and inclusion, to become an ACHE member before 2017 ends!

In closing, I hope you had a great summer and please don’t hesitate to reach out to me to discuss your thoughts for how ACHE may advance its members and management excellence in Wisconsin.
Andrew M. Hillig, FACHE
Regent for Wisconsin

ACHE 2017 Annual Conference Recap

Thank you to all who helped make the ACHE- WI Chapter’s 3rd Annual Conference, Driving Engagement Through Innovation, a huge success!

This year’s keynote presenter was Jeff Bahr, MD, FACP, Executive Vice President, Aurora Healthcare, President, Aurora Health Care Medical Group, with a session on Physician Engagement and Alignment in the Face of Change. In the Face-to-Face sessions, we were able to offer a total of 12 credits and heard panelists across Wisconsin Health Systems. There were also presentations by our Premier Sponsors: Godfrey & Kahn, S.C., Eppstein Uhen Architects and AbbVie.

Thank you to our conference planning committee members: Kara Mulligan, Alexandra Urrutia-Comas, Tim Deacy, FACHE, Jordan Dow, FACHE, Tanner Holst, James McLain, FACHE, Kathleen Olewinski, FACHE, Linda Roethle, FACHE, Janet Schulz, FACHE and Kimberly Stapelfeldt.

At the Annual Meeting we also recognized our ACHE Service Award Winners and Regent Award Winners!

Regent Award Winners

Senior Healthcare Executive Award
James McLain, FACHE

Young Healthcare Executive Award
Jerome Garrett Jr., FACHE

Champion of Diversity
Timothy Gaillard, FACHE

Pictured: Rebecca Wieczorek, FACHE (ACHE-WI Chapter President), Timothy Gaillard, FACHE, Jerome Garrett Jr., FACHE, Andrew Hillig (ACHE Wisconsin Regent) and James McLain, FACHE.

ACHE Service Award Winners

Distinguished Service Award
Katherine Bagemihl, FACHE

Service Award
Allen Ericson, FACHE

LDP Members and Champions Recognized at the Annual Conference

During the ACHE-WI 2017 Annual Business Meeting at the Annual Conference in Elkhart Lake, WI, the 2017-2018 Leadership Development Program members and their champions were recognized for their dedication to developing emerging leaders in Wisconsin Healthcare.


LDP Member LDP Champion Organization
Adam Corrado David Fergus Aurora Health Care
Shana Kettunen Thomas Bayer, FACHE HSHS St. Vincent Hospital
G. Omar Knighton James McLain, FACHE Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center
Alicia Rizzo Kay Porter University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation
Justin Saldutte Michael Bania Aurora Health Care
Vonda Shaw, FACHE Rebecca Wieczorek, FACHE University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics

Upcoming Educational Events

Webinar: The Hospital Administrator's Role In Medical Staff Proceedings
Medical staff corrective action can be one of the most divisive, difficult events to occur in a hospital setting. The presenters will suggest an approach to manage the fallout from these events and perhaps even use these events to improve medical staff - hospital relations and involvement going forward.

Sarah E. Coyne, Partner and Jon Kammerzelt, Associate
Hosted by ACHE-WI Preferred Sponsor Quarles & Brady LLP 
October 18, 12:00 p.m.
Free Webinar


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Presenters and Topics
  • Carol A. Friesen, VP Health System Services, Bryan Health
    "Pursuing Your Passion"
  • Jane Mcleod, Co-Founder, Capstone Leadership Solutions
    "Engaged, Empowered Employees"
  • Danine Casper, Founder, Aponi Coaching and Consulting
    "Lead On Purpose: Embrace and Grow Your Personal Brand"
  • Cyndi Maxi, Author and Certified Speaking Professional
    "Speak Up and Stand Out"
  • Katherine Switzer, Founder, 261 Fearless, Inc.
    "Become A Hero In Your Own Life"
November 10, 2017 
Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel 
5.25 hours of ACHE Qualified Education credit
Register Here


Webinar: Preventive Medicine: Legal Strategies to Ensure Your Physician Enterprise Stands the Test of Time

This presentation will focus on legal strategies and emerging best practices (consolidation into fewer entities, creation of a system-wide contracting and compensation process, etc.) that organizations can adopt to stand the test of time.
Joseph Wolfe, Esq., Attorney and Wesley R. Sylla, Attorney
Hosted by ACHE-WI Preferred Sponsor Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, PC
November 29, 12:00 p.m.
Free Webinar

Upcoming Networking Events

La Crosse Oktoberfest Networking Event

Enjoy a couple festive beers as the group celebrates Oktoberfest! 
October 5, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
The Charmant Hotel, La Crosse, WI


Madison Drinks and Links Networking Event

Enjoy complimentary beverages and hor d'oeuvres while you reconnect with colleagues and meet the 2018 ACHE-WI Board of Directors. 
November 9, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
The Madison Club, Madison, WI


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Sponsor Thank-You

ACHE-Wisconsin Chapter would like to thank the following Sponsors for their ongoing support:






















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