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
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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President's Message
by Martin Benning, MHA, FACHE


As healthcare leaders in Washington, we are privileged to serve over 7 million residents across the state.  Nearly 10% of those residents will end up in one of our hospitals.  Millions will see our providers in our clinics and outpatient settings.  However, healthcare is changing and as leaders we need to respond.  Margins are tight and our traditional way of doing business is changing.  Innovations in care delivery models and more robust data systems are helping the healthcare community respond to our changing needs, but is it fast enough? Payment reform under MACRA continues to be a hot topic across our communities and may lead to continued consolidation of physician practices.  The upcoming presidential election will also potentially change the trajectory of how patients access care and our reimbursed model. 

This is certainly an interesting time to be a leader in healthcare.  At WSHEF we represent nearly 1000 healthcare leaders across the state that are working through these opportunities and challenges on a daily basis.  Each one of us is committed to serving our communities in one way or another.  Your WSHEF board and dedicated committee members have continued to offer networking, education and advancement resources, all in an interest to add value to our membership.  As we move into the fall, I look forward to our annual breakfast meeting held on October 14th in conjunction with the WSHA annual conference.  You can register by clicking https://wshaconnect.wsha.org/annualmeeting2016/Pages/default.aspx and selecting the ACHE Breakfast.   Additionally our Meet-n-Mingle events have restarted and always offer a unique opportunity to connect with colleagues and discuss hot topics in healthcare. Many of you are working towards board certification and I encourage all of you to access the resources that ACHE and the chapter have for you.  Please stay connected as we are working to revamp our website and social media channels in the coming months with new content and resources and let a chapter leader know if you have questions or feedback.

On behalf of the board, I’d like to extend our gratitude to have the opportunity to serve and represent you for ACHE and please let us know how we can add value to your career as healthcare leaders in 2016. 

Martin Benning, MHA, FACHE
Washington State Healthcare Executives Forum

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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


Register here:






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


Questions – Please contact Sheridah Lemmon at sheridah.bennett12@gmail.com


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