American College of Healthcare Executives - Wisconsin Chapter

Fall 2018

Annual Conference Recap

Thank you to all who attended the ACHE-WI Fouth Annual Conference in Elkhart Lake. In the three day conference, we had 38 speakers, 169 attendees and 12 Face-to-Face credits. Some of the most powerful insights attendees took away from the conference were: how to manage morale and work with clinicians, emergency preparedness and ensuring we are really ready when the lights go out and the need to continue building relationships with staff at all levels. For the first time, we offered complimentary professional head shots to attendees. It was a full schedule with non-stop education and networking opportunities.

A special thank you to the ACHE-WI Program Committee!


Conference Planning Committee

Programming Chairs
Kara Mulligan, MHA, MBA
Alexandra Urrutia-Comas, MHSA

Committee Members
Brandon Ambrose
Heidi Bolling
Tim Deacy, FACHE
Marie Dominguez, MD, FACHE
Jordan Dow, PharmD, MS, FACHE
Dawn Garcia
Tanner Holst , MBA
Tujama Kameeta
Thomas Kaster
David Lally
James McLain, FACHE
Janet Schulz, MBA, FACHE
Christina Sitton, MBA
Kimberly Stapelfeldt
Paul Westerman, MBA 

ACHE-WI Annual Meeting Award Winners

At the ACHE-WI 2018 Annual Meeting, various award winners were recognized for their contributions to healthcare, ACHE and the Wisconsin Chapter.


Rebecca J. Wieczorek, MHA, FACHE
Director, Heart, Vascular and Thoracic Care
UW Health


Eric B. Erickson, MBA, FACHE
Vice President, Primary Care, Medical Education, and Research | Assistant Professor of Health Care Administration | Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science | Mayo Clinic

Kara Mulligan, MHA, MBA
Associate Administrator and Director of Clinical Operations
UW Health, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Tim Prince, MHA, FACHE
Senior Advisor, Strategic Alignment
Findorff Strategic Insights

Alexandra Urrutia-Comas, MHSA
Senior Director Administrator
Aurora Health Care Medical Group, GMS Central Division


Senior Healthcare Executive Award
Brian J. Cramer
Chief Executive Officer
Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin

Young Healthcare Executive Award
Gehad Knighton (Omar), MBA
Administrative Officer | Office of Quality Management & Safety (OQM&S)
Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center

Champion of Diversity
Kevin Kluesner
Chief Administrative Officer
Ascension SE Wisconsin Hospital
St. Joseph Campus


LDP Recognized at Annual Meeting

The ACHE-WI 2018-2019 Leadership Development Program cohort and their champions were recognized at the ACHE-WI Annual Meeting. The  Leadership Development Program combines site visits, lectures, group exercises, participatory events, skill assessments, and individual coaching sessions to prepare emerging leaders with the skills to influence others and immediately impact their organizations. The program enlightens the leader about their leadership abilities, enhance s their knowledge of the healthcare industry, and provides them with the opportunity to immediately apply what they’ve learned for personal and professional growth. In addition to the core curriculum, the program also offers the leader the opportunity to interact with peers from across the state, receive coaching from successful early careerists and executives, increase exposure in the Wisconsin Chapter of ACHE, and the ability to network with Wisconsin’s leading healthcare executives.

Congratulations to Nicole Aloia, Operations Administrator – Medical Oncology, Mayo Clinic Health System; Luke Belter, Business Manager-Surgical Services, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin; Benjamin Brenna, Director of Business Development & Rehab Services, Cumberland Healthcare; Aaron Budd, Director of Medical Imaging Operations, SSM Health; Rachel Cabelka, Manager, Clinic Operations, Aurora Health Care; Tracy Keenan, Analytics Manager, Integrated Medical Partners; Brian Michalski, Health System Specialist, Clement J Zablocki VA Medical Center; and Carl Selvick, Senior Director of Clinical Services, Fort HealthCare.



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Are You Due to Recertify Your FACHE Credential in 2018?

Demonstrate your continued dedication and commitment to lifelong learning by recertifying your FACHE® credential. Login to to learn when you are due to recertify. Please submit this application no later than Dec. 31; include your Qualified Education credits and your community/civic and healthcare activities. For more information, please visit

You may also contact the ACHE Customer Service Center at (312) 424-9400, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Central time, or email

Offering a Postgraduate Fellowship? ACHE Can Help

If your organization is offering a postgraduate fellowship for the upcoming year, we encourage you to add it to the Directory of Postgraduate Administrative Fellowships at

As a healthcare leader, you know how crucial it is to attract and develop highly qualified professionals in your organization. Gain exposure and start attracting top-notch applicants by posting your organization’s program on the directory. You may add a new listing or update a previous one at any time by completing the Online Listing Form

Questions? Please contact Audrey Meyer, membership coordinator, Division of Member Services, at (312) 424-9308 or email

Are You Leading for Safety?

Healthcare leaders are guided by the highest calling—to care for those who entrust their care to us. This means that we must keep our patients and workforce safe. Improving healthcare safety requires leaders who are committed to take a stand.

That is why ACHE has partnered with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement/National Patient Safety Foundation Lucian Leape Institute and other safety experts to help healthcare leaders take a stand.

Join us and commit to leading for safety by signing the We Lead for Safety pledge online at While you are there, you can find resources, tools, self-assessments and best practices to help your organization measure, build and sustain a culture of safety.

IHI Publishes Guide for Providing Safe Home Healthcare

Millions of people are recovering from acute illness or coping with chronic conditions in their own homes, but their care may not always be delivered under the safest of conditions, according to a new report from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Care in the home is increasing due in part to rising healthcare costs, an aging population, patient preference and advances in technology that allow for some complex care to be administered locally.

Home care has its advantages—including greater autonomy for care recipients, lower risk of certain complications (such as sleep disruption) and lower costs—but IHI cautions that in order to achieve these benefits, healthcare providers must be cognizant of risks of harm in the home setting as well. Potential issues include injuries due to physical hazards or medical equipment, pressure injuries, infections, poor nutrition, adverse events related to medication or other treatment, potential abuse or neglect, and healthcare worker burnout.

To help promote safe, person-centered care in the home, IHI’s report outlined the following five guiding principles:

  1. Self-determination and person-centered care are fundamental to all aspects of care in the home setting.

  2. Every organization providing care in the home must create and maintain a safety culture.

  3. A robust learning and improvement system is necessary to achieve and sustain gains in safety.

  4. Effective team-based care and care coordination are critical to safety in the home setting.

  5. Policies and funding models must incentivize the provision of high-quality, coordinated care in the home and avoid perpetuating care fragmentation related to payment.

As the numbers of people receiving care at home continue to increase, we hope this report will serve as a useful reference for those committed to building on that foundation,” said Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, CPPS, chief clinical and safety officer for IHI.

—Adapted from “Health Care Services At Home Outpacing Attention To Safety,” by Joanna Clark, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, July 16, 2018.

Sponsor Thank-You

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