American College of Healthcare Executives - Wisconsin Chapter

Spring 2018

Message from Your ACHE Regent - Spring 2018

What’s giving you more of the blues these days – the weather or the future of healthcare reform?  No matter which one you said, I’m sure we all sometimes feel like the best solution is to just crawl under a blanket and binge watch your favorite show.  But alas, the future healthcare administrators are settling back into their spring semesters and are determined to be a part of this disruptive transformation in healthcare.  This means it’s also time to start thinking about summer internships.  Are you offering one or thinking about offering one?  If so, please keep in mind the Wisconsin programs that are part of ACHE’s Higher Education Network, and host a student from one of these great programs.  Please contact three of the state’s healthcare administration program directors to learn more about opportunities to host a student intern this summer:

- Kathleen Olewinski, FACHE (
o University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Healthcare Administration and Information undergraduate program

- Jennifer Fink, PhD (
o University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Masters of Healthcare Administration (MHA)

- Erik Hollander (
o Concordia University’s Healthcare Management program

These programs ALWAYS have more students to place than programs available to place them in.  And, with a UWM’s MHA program, it’s even more vital that we offer internship and administrative fellowship opportunities.

In addition to the local programs, I am once again reminding you of ACHE’s strategic alliance with the American Hospital Association's Institute for Diversity and Health Equity (IFD).  This program is currently promoting and placing students for its Summer Enrichment Program (SEP). This program is designed to grow and strengthen the pipeline of healthcare leaders from underrepresented groups. The SEP places diverse graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in healthcare administration or a related field into 10-week, paid internships at healthcare organizations across the country.

Follow the hyperlink to the ACHE website for the Summer Enrichment Program, to learn more:

Follow the hyperlink to the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity website to register and become a host site:

Best Wishes for a Safe and Healthy 2018

Andrew M. Hillig, FACHE
Regent for Wisconsin

Keynote Speaker Announced for the ACHE-WI 2018 Annual Conference

The ACHE-WI 2018 Annual Conference will take place on September 17-19, 2018 at The Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, WI.  The conference theme this year is Building Bridges and Creating Connections in Healthcare. The keynote presenter, Dr. Jerry V. Teplitz will be presenting on Increasing Your Leadership Power to Bridge Building Levels.

Dr. Jerry V. Teplitz' background is as unique as the techniques and approaches he teaches. He originally graduated from Hunter College and Northwestern University School of Law and practiced as an attorney for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.  

Jerry then studied and received Masters and Doctorate Degrees in Wholistic Health Sciences, and over the last 32 years, has gained wide-spread acknowledgement for his expertise in helping others achieve their ultimate best in all areas of life.

Dr. Teplitz has been a field manager for the Carlson Learning Company, (now Inscape Publishing), since 1979, and President of his own consulting firm since 1974.  A Certified Brain Gym Instructor, Jerry conducts seminars in the areas of stress management, employee productivity, and sales development.

Jerry is the author of six books, including Switched-On Living, Brain Gym for Business, and his two latest books are Managing Your Stress in Difficult Times and Switched-On Selling: Balancing your Brain for Sales Success.  Articles on Jerry have appeared in such publications as  Prevention Magazine, Successful Meetings, Travel & Leisure Golf Magazine, Golf Illustrated, and The Los Angeles Times.

As a professional speaker, he has spoken to over one million people. Dr. Teplitz has also been honored by his peers in the National Speakers Association by receiving the "Certified Speaking Professional" designation, and has been selected as "Top Rated Speaker" by the International Platform Association.

Dr. Teplitz is listed in several editions of Who's Who in America, and served eight years on the faculty of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management.  

Plan to attend now and book your hotel room. Rooms are available at The Osthoff Resort at the special rate of $172. To guarantee this rate, reservations must be made by August 27, 2018. To make a reservation, please call The Osthoff Resort at 1-800-876-3399 and request the American College of Healthcare Executives – Wisconsin Chapter room block. Conference registration will be opening in June.

Introducing the ACHE-Wisconsin Chapter 2018-19 Leadership Development Program Cohort IX

The American College of Healthcare Executives – Wisconsin Chapter is delighted to welcome the new 2018-19 Leadership Development Program Cohort IX. The group consists of: Nicole Aloia, UW Health; Luke Belter, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin; Benjamin Brenna, Cumberland Healthcare; Aaron Budd, SSM Health; Rachel Cabelka, Aurora Health Care; Tracy Keenen, Integrated Medical Partners; Carl Selvick, Fort HealthCare; and Brian Michalski, Clement J Zablocki VA Medical Center.

A kick off meeting was held at the Wisconsin Hospital Association Advocacy Day held in Madison on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.  The group had a chance to get to know each other as well as hear from Eric Borgerding, President/CEO of WHA and Kari Hofer, WHA’s new vice president of advocacy. The group then merged into the WHA Advocacy Day agenda including legislative visits at the Capitol. Special thanks to CEOs who took members to the Capitol with them: Ryan Neville, FACHE, ACHE-WI President-Elect and CEO, Memorial Medical Center; Mary Beth White-Jacobs, FACHE, RN, President & CEO, Black River Memorial Hospital; John Russell, President/CEO, Columbus Community Hospital; and Sandy Anderson, President of St. Clare Hospital.

Managing for Morale - Milwaukee Face-to-Face Event

April 26, 2018
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Aurora Conference Center, Milwaukee, WI

Learning Objectives

  • Learn new techniques for staff retention
  • Articulate senior management’s role in creating an environment that encourages long-term employees
  • Articulate how staff expectations have changed
  • Understand the role of coaching & mentoring in management


  • Dawn Faucett, Vice President, Human Resource Business Partner, Aurora Health Care


  • Keven Kluesner, Chief Administrative Officer, Ascension St. Joseph Hospital 
  • Dr. Frank Lavora, Chief Medical Officer, Aurora Health Care
  • Dr. Daniel Zomcheck, Director, Milwaukee VA Medical Center

Face-to-Face Credits

This program has been developed and is presented locally by the Wisconsin Chapter. The American College of Healthcare Executives has awarded 1.5 ACHE Face-to-Face Education Credits to this program.

Learn more here.

Physician Leaders Accept Appointments to ACHE-WI Board

The ACHE-WI Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Paul Horvath, MD, FACEP and Paul Bekx, MD, MBA have both accepted appointments to the Board of Directors. Dr. Horvath and Dr. Bekx will bring a physician leadership perspective to the Board along with valuable insight and perspectives.
Dr. Horvath currently serves as the Regional Chair of Emergency Medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Dr. Horvath has been a member of ACHE since 2015 and is a 2016 graduate of the Wisconsin Chapter’s Leadership Development Program. Read Dr. Horvath’s bio here.
Dr. Bekx currently serves as the Medical Director for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections in the Bureau of Health Services. Dr. Bekx looks forward to bringing diversity, different perspectives and insight to the Board. Read Dr. Bekx’s bio here.

David Olson, FACHE, Installed as ACHE Chair

David A. Olson, FACHE, chief strategy officer, Froedtert Health, Milwaukee, has assumed the office of chairman of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Olson was installed March 24 at the Council of Regents Meeting preceding ACHE’s 61st Congress on Healthcare Leadership.

Olson received the gavel from ACHE’s outgoing Chairman, Charles D. “Chuck” Stokes, FACHE, president/CEO, Memorial Hermann Health System, Houston. As chairman, Olson will serve the second part of a three-year term in ACHE’s consecutive chairmanship offices: Chairman-Elect, Chairman and Immediate Past Chairman.

Board certified in health care management as an ACHE Fellow, Olson served on the ACHE Board of Governors as governor from 2014 to 2017, and as the ACHE regent for Wisconsin from 2004 to 2007. In 2001, Olson was awarded ACHE’s Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for Young Healthcare Executive of the Year. In addition to his service to ACHE, Olson served on the Wisconsin Hospital Association board of directors from 2003 to 2013, and in 2010 he served as the organization’s chair.

Board of Governors Exam Fee Waiver Campaign: March 1–June 30

The Board of Governors Exam fee waiver promotion for ACHE Members to save $200 when they submit their Fellow application will take place between March 1 and June 30, 2018.

Eligible members must submit their completed Fellow application, $250 application fee and meet all requirements—including the three years of ACHE membership tenure and five years of executive-level healthcare management experience—by June 30 in order to receive approval to take the Board of Governors Exam. Pending application approval, ACHE will waive the $200 Board of Governors Exam fee.

6 Key Healthcare Trends to Watch in 2018

At the start of 2018, the healthcare industry is on the cusp of more significant change, according to a recent Health Affairs Blog post. Highlighted below are six trends to be on the lookout for.

Insurance Market Stability, With Some Exceptions

The healthcare reform strategy of Republicans going forward will likely be to focus on the states, granting them waivers to experiment with insurance programs and expand Medicaid coverage. That said, healthcare leaders are viewing 2018 as a year of greater insurance market stability. On the other hand, bad debt continues to climb, which means some healthcare leaders still face major financial threats.

Renewed Focus on Value-Based Care

CMS will likely continue to ramp up the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 that incents clinicians to take risks with alternative payment models. Private sector actions also appear to be expanding and accelerating the value-based payment movement, disrupting the status quo.

Continued Rise of Consumerism

To ultimately succeed, health leaders realize that they need to, above all else, excel at attracting and engaging patients, families, caregivers, and consumers. More and more, providers will work with patients, families and caregivers to develop approaches to more actively manage their health and healthcare.

Embracing Standardization and Waste Reduction

Healthcare leaders have a larger and more urgent financial imperative to identify and isolate wasteful practices, cost outliers and the root causes for inefficiencies. These efforts will rely heavily on having accurate and actionable data and analytics.

Increased Drug Market Competition

Congress and the FDA will continue to explore new initiatives designed to unleash more competition that can moderate drug price trends. Efforts could include developing more generics where competition is lacking, streamlining the generic drug approval process, eliminating loopholes that prevent the introduction of competitor drugs and promoting biosimilars.

Data Warehouse Growth and Strides in Interoperability

While providers wait for new interoperability provisions, they continue to build data warehouse systems, enhance data analytics, and train their workforce on IT-related competencies.

—Adapted from “What To Watch In Health Care In 2018: Six Key Trends,” by Susan DeVore, Health Affairs Blog, Jan. 29, 2018.

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