A Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives September 2016
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President's Message
Message from Your ACHE Regent
Member Spotlight
Proposed Rule on Site Neutral Payments for Off-Campus Hospital Outpatient Departments
Member Announcements
UW Executive MHA and Medical Management Programs
WSU Spokane MHPA program
ACHE: Become Board Certified in Healthcare Management
ACHE Tuition Waiver Assistance Program
Your Career & Development - JOB BANKS
DELIVERY of WSHEF Newsletter (Disclaimer)
2016 Officers and Board Members
WSHEF Sponsors
WSHEF Vision & Values
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Volunteer Opportunities
Host a Meet N Mingle in Your Area
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Chapter Officers

Martin Benning, FACHE

Dina O'Leary, FACHE

Immediate Past President
Karin Larson-Pollock, MD, MBA, FACHE

Lori Nomura, JD

Jim Cannon, MHA, FACHE


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Message from Your ACHE Regent

Hello Washington!

For those of us in the Northwest, we live for this time of year.  Long days, generally sunny skies, the beginning of crabbing season, the end of hectic school schedules, and hopefully a well-earned break.
I had the honor and pleasure to visit with a number of students this past spring.  I visited the University of Washington Masters in Health Administration day program.  This group of over 20 students is in a full time program over the next two years.  Most of the students I met are just ending their first year, heading to internships here and across the country for the summer, before returning in September.  Many are student members of ACHE and we talked about how for me (and I am sure for most of you), ACHE is my professional “home”.  We have committed to ACHE, invested in advancement, donated our time to chapters and colleagues, and attended events.  I encouraged them to remain committed and to think about what they want to both give and receive from their membership. 
The UW completed its Capstone projects for the second year students.  In this process, student teams present their work to a panel of evaluators and to their peers.  Projects were wide ranging and covered many of your organizations across the state.  I participated as a reviewer, and had the opportunity to hear the presentations and to ask questions of the teams.  I was really impressed by the quality of the work, the preparation of the teams, and their ability to field some tough questions from the panel. 
This year, I also asked the UW if I could talk to the Executive MHA cohorts – both the first and second year groups.  These are many mid-career professionals who are blending full time work with hard studies over weekends and nights.  Often, this program is overlooked since it is not a traditional day program.  Yet, it is a key group of people who can benefit from and contribute to the Chapter and the larger ACHE.  Again, I encouraged them to consider membership and asked that they think about what they can get and give from membership. It was nice to see several existing student and regular members.
The Washington Chapter wrapped up its social gatherings – what are termed Meet and Mingles – for the summer.  These are no agenda gatherings over food and drink, with the intent to connect colleagues and make the Chapter and ACHE a bit more personal.  I encourage you to try to make at least one if it is close by.  If you would like to host one anywhere around the state, I am happy to help get it organized, connect you with resources that can help, and attend. 
Finally, we had a successful ACHE Cluster here in Seattle in June.  These are well organized events that bring ACHE faculty and face to face credits to our state.  We are working on ways to bring more face to face credit educational events to the state at an affordable price – so stay tuned. 
In all the conversations with students and in talking with people at Chapter events and at the Cluster, it reminds me that in this profession, everyone has a story – a story of why they are in this field and how they got to where they are today.  Seldom is it a linear path through one’s career, despite all the best laid plans.  I reminded students of this fact.  When I work with students as a mentor, I ask my protégés at the first meeting to come back next time with a simple page telling me their story – how did they get here, what path did they take and what direction do they think they want to head in the future.  What I learn each time is amazing.  Try it yourself.  Write your story on a page and share it with a colleague or a family member.
I also am struck that there is also a deeper story that we each have about what drew us to healthcare and what keeps us here.  These are often personal and very emotional stories, sometimes tinged with tragedy or driven by hope for change.   When I am struggling with a task at hand, I know that I often just need to reflect on a few of my stories to remind myself of the larger narrative of what we are all trying to do. 
So, enjoy the summer, tell stories to each other, and come back ready to continue improving healthcare. 
Bill Reid, FACHE
Regent for Washington


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Upcoming Events

We have a number of events planned for 2016 and more are coming!


WSHEF welcomes new Puget Sound Chapter of the Asian Healthcare Leaders Forum (AHLF) to the region!


In February of 2016, the American College of Healthcare Executives launched the Asian Healthcare Leaders Forum (AHLF) as a community within ACHE as a part of their ongoing commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in healthcare leadership.  AHLF aims to increase representation of Asian-Americans in healthcare management through professional development, continual learning, mentorship, and networking. Any ACHE member can join AHLF by going to http://www.ache.org/newclub/forums/AHLF/index.cfm and submitting a short online application. Forum annual dues fees are $100.


Please contact Paul Myoung at paul.myoung@swedish.org for more information about AHLF, a list of current AHLF members, signing up for the AHLF newsletter, and ways to become involved in the local Puget Sound Chapter. 


AHLF and WSHEF are planning a welcome, education and networking event for November of 2016.  Be on the lookout for an email invitation with more details in the coming weeks!




WSHEF Diversity Committee will host their next event featuring Dr Brian Wong, MD, MPH

Nov 16th 4:30-7:00pm

Grand Hyatt, Seattle WA




WSHEF Annual Breakfast Meeting

Friday, Oct 14th 7am - 8:30am

Bell Harbor International Conference Center

Seattle WA


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Did you know that WSHEF has a LinkedIn Group?


If you haven’t had the chance to check it out already, please do so! We will be posting information about events like the Meet-n-Mingles, sharing healthcare articles and much more. We hope to see you there.


LinkedIn Group Link: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/1870888


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