1st Quarter Newsletter 2017
In This Issue
President's Message
Message from Your ACHE Regent
Welcome New Chapter Members!
2017 Save the Dates!
Member Spotlight!
Living Our Commitment
Next Generation Leadership Seminars:
Annual Sponsors of ACHE of Western PA
Regent's Award Winner: Jean Tauber, FACHE
6 Ways to Boost Alignment and Improve Strategy Execution
The Social Side of Emotional Intelligence: Bad Habits to Avoid
New Websites for the journal of Healthcare Management and Frontiers
ACHE, IFD Alliance to Expand Healthcare Internship for Diverse Individuals
ACHE Senior Executive Program
ACHE Executive Program
Board of Governors Exam Fee Waiver Campaign: March 1 – June 30
ACHE’s Leader-to-Leader Program
ACHE Member Communities Enhance Membership Experience
2017 Premier Corporate Partners
Fund for Healthcare Leadership Thanks Supporters
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President's Message

Dear Colleagues,  

The first quarter is coming to an end and Spring is right around the corner; although in Western PA we have seen glimpses of Spring all throughout the winter.  The milder winter is not the only excitement that the last few months have provided, our ACHE chapter has been hard at work to fulfill our goal to help members network, learn, and advance.

In December we had a successful annual member event where several members gathered at PNC Park for an evening of networking and an inspiring as well as very interactive talk by Dr. Kathy W. Humphrey, Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement at the University of Pittsburgh.  This served not only as a wrap-up for 2016 but also provided a jump start to the many great opportunities that 2017 will bring for the members of our chapter.

In January, we welcomed 3 new board members - please join me in welcoming Caitlin Colkitt (UPMC), LaJuana Fuller (UPMC), and Mona Lisa Leung (student, University of Pittsburgh).  On January 25th we held our first board & committee member celebration and recruitment event at The Foundry!  We had approximately 30 interested members join us to celebrate our team as well as learn how they too could become more involved in the chapter through committee work. The next morning on January 26th, we held a “Breakfast with the CEO” event in the Erie area; where 20 members had the opportunity to dine and have an interactive discussion with John Gennaro, FACHE Director, Erie VA Medical Center.

In February, our chapter offered a free 1.5 Face to Face Credit education event on the topic of ‘Career Positioning—Proactively Managing Your Professional Development”. The panelists included; David Gibbons, MHA, RN – Executive Vice President and COO, UPMC Northwest and UPMC Hamot, Stacey Vaccaro, FACHE- COO, The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh, and Jennifer Dee, MHA – Vice President Ambulatory Behavioral Health and Executive Administrator, Department of Psychiatry, UPMC. The panel provided a very focused discussion on career planning for approximately 30 members comprised of mostly student members, early careerists, and mid-level managers. 

In March, several of our board and chapter members had the opportunity to attend the annual ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago.  The Western PA chapter joined other chapters from the state of Pennsylvania to host our members at an “All Pennsylvania” reception at the Mercat a la Planxa.  It provided a wonderful opportunity to collaborate and engage with colleagues from across the state.

Positive momentum will continue beyond the first few months of the year as we have many education and networking events planned throughout the remainder of the year.  I look forward to reporting about the status of those events in future newsletters.  In addition to events, ACHE of Western PA continues our commitment to Diversity and meeting our member needs in the northern region. This year we have two committees represented on the board dedicated to those initiatives.

As always, the challenging landscape of healthcare continues to be upon us, and we rely on timely and relevant education as well as each other to support our success.  We hope that the Western PA chapter of ACHE is a go-to resource for you to Network, Learn and Advance your careers.  Please consider joining us at an upcoming event in the Pittsburgh area or Northern region.   We appreciate your membership here at ACHE of Western PA and are eager to meet you at an event.  We welcome your participation and any feedback that you may have.




Laura Griffin, MHA

Director, Network Nursing Operations

Allegheny Health Network

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