|Message from Your ACHE Regent|
Recent times have been marked by change, successful events, school visits, getting ready for the annual ACHE Congress and recognition within our membership.
First, I would like to sincerely thank Stephen P. Zieniewicz, FACHE for his service as Regent for Washington (2013-2015). We wish him the best in his new endeavors in New Jersey. It is my pleasure to finish Steve’s term as Regent since August and through Congress in March 2016. I look forward to the transition with our newly elected Regent Sandra L. Slater-Duncan, FACHE.
I was pleased to participate in the recent ACHE Leadership Conference in Chicago where it was great to have William P. (Bill) Reid, FACHE representing our state chapter. The annual ACHE Breakfast meeting was a great success, and I wish to thank the chapter board for their work and coordination to make this a successful event. We recently reached another milestone, completing our visits to 100 percent of the Health Education Network schools in the state of Washington, which includes:
• Undergraduate programs at Eastern Washington University and University of Washington/Tacoma Branch
• Graduate programs at Washington State University and University of Washington/Seattle
I appreciate the assistance of Sandy Slater-Duncan, FACHE in conducting two of those visits.
Congress is coming up and I encourage everyone to consider attending this amazing event March 14–17, 2016. Congress always features excellent educational opportunities, networking and career services are available for students, early careerists, and senior executives. In addition, it’s a good time to look at 2016 cluster opportunities to obtain ACHE Face-to-Face Education credits.
I have been honored to be a Fellow for the past 19 years and suggest that another step forward for many of you is considering advancing to Fellow. There are tremendous resources and support for advancing, so please consider a commitment to yourself and your career by achieving Fellow status.
One of the pleasures of the ACHE Breakfast is recognizing members who have excelled in service to ACHE. The Regent’s Award is in recognition of significant contributions towards the achievement of the goals of ACHE and the advancement of Healthcare Management Excellence. It was my honor to present the 2015 Regent’s Award to Karin Larson-Pollock, MD, FACHE, Senior Director Value Analytics and Care Systems at Providence Regional Medical Center/Everett. Karin is our current Chapter President. Also receiving the award was Andrea Z. Turner, FACHE, Chief Clinical Services Division at Madigan Army Medical Center. Andrea is Past President and served in numerous roles in support of ACHE and the chapter. Congratulations to both of them for this well-deserved recognition.
I would like to also acknowledge Washington State members who have recently advanced to Fellow:
Levi Anderson, FACHE
Susan M. Manfredi, ND, FACHE
Marlon K. Borbon, FACHE
And members who have recertified as Fellow:
Katherine J. Bell, FACHE
Richard E. Cohan, FACHE
Andrew B. Cosentino, FACHE
Jeanell M. Rasmussen, RN, FACHE
Carol Skowronski, FACHE
Lance E. Welch, FACHE
Drexel DeFord, FACHE
Glenn S. Kasman, FACHE
If I can be of any service to you as members, please do not hesitate to contact me. I will continue to work closely with WSHEF, our state chapter and its leadership in advancing the mission of ACHE here in Washington. There is plenty of work to do, so if you’re so inclined please get involved and make a difference.
For more information:
Gregg Agustín Davidson, FACHE
Regent for Washington