A Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives September 2016
In This Issue
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
Get Involved!
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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Member Spotlight

Ross Hopkins relocated to Salem, Oregon, from Atlanta, Georgia four years ago. He is currently the Director of Physician Practice Operations for Salem Health Medical Group. During his time as a director, he has seen the group grow from two dozen providers to 150 providers. There are many reasons to enjoy working at Salem Health but Ross is most proud of the performance improvement (LEAN) work within the health system, their Magnet status, and the strong supportive relationships between colleagues. Ross’s decision to move to the Pacific Northwest was due in part to the network of members at ACHE who have supported each other during times of transition and professional development.

Ross began his career in a small rural community in western North Carolina. It was by chance that he entered the healthcare field after beginning a career in real estate and banking. His luck began while working for a company that provided physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy, primarily in the SNF environment. The desire to care for patients was evident within the organization and he felt that it was the best career path for him. After three years with the company, he joined Watauga Medical Center as Executive Director of their newly-formed PHO. It was in this role the he developed his love for physician practice. At this time Ross was introduced to one of his mentors who encouraged Ross to join ACHE and foster relationships with other members. After ten years at Watauga Medical Center, a network of ACHE members reached out to Ross and aided him in finding his next position at Emory Healthcare. He became an Administrator for the Department of Surgery at The Emory Clinic. He remained at Emory for twelve years. After many years in Atlanta, Ross found new opportunities and challenges at Salem Health. His daily task list is robust, as one might imagine for a director, but Ross remains focused on the care of patients. He supports his staff and finds ways to highlight exceptional patient care within the organization. He motivates others to grow and develop their skills while also taking pride in their work.

Outside of work, Ross enjoys the outdoors. He has hiked every section of the Appalachian Trail and covered 900 miles of the 1,200 mile Great Smokey Mountain National Park trail system. More recently, Ross has found time to enjoy motorcycling and 4-wheeling. He also devotes time to a local charity. He has adopted the motto “devote charitable activities to a single purpose that resonates with yourself”. While still living in Atlanta, he began volunteering at the Atlanta Food Bank and now spends time with the Cascades AIDS Project. These organizations give food to those in need, especially those individuals living with HIV.

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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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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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