|Message from Your ACHE Regent - Spring 2016|
I want to begin by saying thank you. I am honored to be able to serve as Interim Regent for Washington and thank ACHE for the privilege to serve the state of Washington this convocation year.
Last month, I was in Chicago at Congress for orientation sessions and my first meeting of the Council of Regents. During that process, I had time to reflect on the Mission, Vision, and Core Values that define this organization. What struck me, that at the core of all the words, are members -- you and I. In all the words, we are asked to advance each other, to mentor, to improve, to lead through example, to include, and to learn. When I think of ACHE, it is you whom I have met and worked with over years, here in Washington. ACHE is collectively all of us and, every day, we provide membership value in ACHE by helping each other, hiring each other, and mentoring each other.
In 1990, I moved from Upstate New York to Seattle, having just finished graduate school in Boston. I found myself in a new city looking for what to do with my emerging career. I landed at Group Health Cooperative, in Tacoma, to work on quality improvement. I had the good fortune to meet and work with Linda A. Tieman, RN, FACHE, who was the regional chief nursing officer. I remember clearly her handing me an application to join ACHE. She said “Join it – it’s the best professional group in healthcare.” I became what was then an associate member and began prepping to take the Board of Governors Exam and Fellow interviews.
As my career progressed, I volunteered and was invited to become a part of the Regents Advisory Council for Regent Andrew G. Fallat Jr., LFACHE. There I first met future Regent Gregg A. Davidson, FACHE, and Joseph A. Marotta, LFACHE. Andy challenged the group of us, with guidance from Joe’s experience in NYC, to do two things. First, create a local healthcare executive group – what became the Puget Sound Healthcare Executives Forum (PSHEF), later the Washington State Healthcare Executives Forum (now the official state chapter). Second, he asked to deepen the connection with the universities that had programs to prepare people for a Masters in Healthcare Administration. We began an outreach with the University of Washington where we began to become more involved with the mentor program for students and where I was able to first connect with many faculty and students.
I then was able to serve on the RAC for Regent Kenneth D. Graham, FACHE, where he pushed us to continue to grow the local and eventually state-wide organization. I had the opportunity to serve as president of PSHEF. Former Regent Steven M. Saxe, FACHE, ushered in the first official Chapter of ACHE with the formation of WSHEF. The chapter grew under tireless efforts of Pamela R. Rock, FACHE, James J. Sapienza, FACHE, and Sandra L. Slater-Duncan, FACHE as chapter leaders. Each of these people served as excellent models for me – committing a lot of time and energy to making this work.
I have had the opportunity to work with former Chapter Presidents Gary J. Smith, PhD, FACHE, Mary Ann Keogh Hoss, PhD, FACHE, Kimbra Wells Metz, FACHE, Andrea Z. Turner, FACHE, and most recently Karin Larson-Pollock, MD, FACHE. We have been blessed by a wealth of Washington talent. I am excited to partner with Martin F. Benning, FACHE, the incoming chapter president, whom I met many years ago through the chapter.
There are also many others who have all worked and led, and today ACHE in Washington is the sum of all these contributions.
So as my term begins – I’d like to ask you to engage with our local chapter – our community. If you have not attended a Meet and Mingle – try to attend your first one. If you’d like to organize a gathering – we will help you. If you have not been involved in chapter leadership – sign up to help on a committee. If you have not mentored a student -- I am happy to connect you to a program near you. If you are looking to advance to Fellow – I and the chapter are eager to help. Join me in making ACHE WA your professional home.
Again, thank you for the honor to serve and please let me know how I can be of help.
P.S.: For those of you who are on Twitter – I invite you to follow me @WAStateRegent where I will be tweeting about various health happenings around the state, and sharing photos from Health Education Network (HEN) visits and Meet and Mingles.
William J. Reid, FACHE
Regent for Washington