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Fellow Spotlight: Jan Bennett, MS, FACHE
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ACHE: Become Board Certified in Healthcare Management
ACHE Tuition Waiver Assistance Program
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Andrea Zavos Turner, MHS, FACHE

Lori Nomura, JD

Jim Cannon, MHA, FACHE

Jan Bennett, Senior Director of Quality, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic
Fellow Spotlight: Jan Bennett, MS, FACHE
Jan Bennett, a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, has had success and shown determination from the early stages of  her educational career. Jan graduated Cum Laude with dual degrees from Florida International University, and continued onto graduate school at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she graduated with a Master’s of Science in Health Law with a focus in Regulatory Compliance.

Jan has had over 25 years of senior level healthcare leadership experience in healthcare risk, quality, and patient safety. In addition to being an ACHE Fellow, Jan has certifications in LEAN, quality, safety, and will be a certified Six Sigma black belt this fall through WSU.

Jan made the transition to Washington state in early 2014 where she took the position of Senior Director of Quality and Patient Safety at Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, which is a highly awarded two-state Patient Centered Health Home. She not only leads quality and risk departments, but also performance improvement (LEAN), Infection Control, Employee Health, document management, and laboratory point of care testing. At YVFWC she leads teams, staff, and physicians, along with other senior leaders, in supporting YVFWC’s mission to be the model Patient Centered Health Home. She has continued to show her ability and leadership in transforming healthcare and working with medical staff to maintain a high level of quality recognition and patient safety throughout the organizations she has worked for. She successfully led YVFWC through a recent HRSA audit, having fully met all requirements with nine best practices noted.

ACHE has allowed Jan timely educational offerings and opportunities to network with other senior healthcare leaders in her area, and to meet people she may otherwise not have to see what they are doing to solve similar issues that she also is challenged with in her career. She was involved in the Florida chapter before re-locating to Washington, where she has continued her involvement. Obtaining her Fellow designation has helped her gain recognition in the healthcare arena as a non-clinical leader. She hopes to gain more chances to become involved in educational opportunities with WSHEF. One piece of advice that Jan has for young aspiring healthcare leaders that want to obtain their Fellow designation, is to just do it! Don’t put it off; it requires you to learn, network, and grow as a leader. Jan says that “mentors and information will always be keys to success.”

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Seattle Meet -n- Mingle

Please join us for a networking event with your WSHEF colleagues in the University of Washington/Seattle Children's Hospital area. 

October 15, 2015 6 to 8 pm

Varlamos Pizzeria
3617 NE 45th Street
Seattle, WA 98105

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Meet -n- Mingles

Get to know your colleagues!  Watch for Upcoming Meet-n-Mingle Events in your Neighborhood
•        Have you wondered if there are ways you can meet more of your local healthcare colleagues – that  mysterious thing called “networking”?
•        Are you looking to find a next role?  You looking for the right candidate?
•        Is there a problem you are tackling at work and wonder if others are working on a similar issue?  Or are you just looking for others who will understand what the heck you are talking about?
•        Know where all the local healthcare execs hang out after work?
The highly popular Meet-N-Mingle events will be returning to different venues across our state.  Our first two will be scheduled for September/October in Tacoma and Seattle (UW area).  As we get the dates and locations finalized, an invitation will be sent out.
Meet-n-Mingles are informal gatherings of area WSHEF members at a local restaurant or pub.  There is typically a small fee to cover appetizers.  While this is not a formal education program, someone will be there to share upcoming WSHEF and ACHE events and activities. 
So, rather than heading out into the usual rush-hour, head over to a local Meet-n-Mingle for a nosh and a drink and get to know your fellow executives.  We want to put A U in COLLEGE!  (hint:  colleAgUe)
By the way, we are always looking for local hosts around the state and we will help you do all the planning.  If you have an interest in holding a future Meet-N-Mingle in your area let the membership committee know at smsaxe@comcast.net.
Thanks, and get networking people!