A Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives Spring 2017
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President's Message
Message from Your ACHE Regent
New WSHEF Board Member Spotlight
6 Ways to Boost Alignment and Improve Strategy Execution
The Social Side of Emotional Intelligence: Bad Habits to Avoid
New Members and Member Advancement
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)
2017 Officers and Board Members
Thank you to our Chapter Sponsors!
WSHEF Vision & Values
Get Involved!
Volunteer Opportunities
Host a Meet N Mingle in Your Area
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Chapter Officers

Dina O'Leary, FACHE

Pam Rock, FACHE

Immediate Past President
Martin Benning, MHA, FACHE

Lori Nomura, JD

Bill Reid, FACHE


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New WSHEF Board Member Spotlight

Introducing the new 2017 Board Members!


Brian S Barry, MA, COO, Kadlec Clinic, Kadlec Regional Medical Center 


Barry grew up in a healthcare family and was very familiar with walking the halls of a hospital throughout his youth. After spending a few tumultuous years in the dot.com bubble, he found himself wanting to pursue a career direction that provided a more significant impact on his community. Barry was able to redirect his career path in to health system strategy and became infatuated with the dynamics of the healthcare business and the mission and values related to serving. 

Barry first became involved in ACHE when he served as the Western-Slope representative for Colorado’s ACHE chapter; this provided a great introduction to the value of ACHE and the local connectivity provided through the state chapters. When Martin Benning, the immediate past president, called Barry to inquire about his interest in running to serve as a Board member, it was a simple decision to make! Welcome to WA and to WSHEF Board Barry!



Aaron Hefel, MBA, MHA, Senior Manager of Physician Services at Providence Health


Aaron had the great fortune to start his career on the front lines in a top research lab where patients were receiving care and contributing to find a cure for a rare disease. For Aaron it was a pretty formative experience - he became aware that it was important to him that his work provide a connection back to the community. Aaron also got to learn the value of strong leadership in action, and how it can change the world. Aaron recalls that, not having a lot of cures at his disposal, the number one thing to do for patients in the lab was to re-engage an emotionally very discouraged patient who was on track to losing 100% of their vision. Aaron and his colleagues would say “Yes, there IS something you can do! You can help us understand the disease and help us build the cure.” That was leadership’s brilliant vision in a place of ambiguity. The key was staying focused on the patient in the midst of all the science. It resonated with him and healthcare ended up being a lucky, natural fit.

In Aaron's current role at Providence, he is supporting Providence's systemwide On-Demand Care strategy and implementation across a seven state market. Prior to this, he held roles within Providence, CHI, and University of Iowa Health Care in System Strategy, Medical Group Business Development, and Analytics.

Aaron first became involved with ACHE during his time in the MHA and MBA program at the University of Iowa, his home state. ACHE was and remains an important organization supporting healthcare leaders, particularly early careerists. So now, further on in his career, it is an exciting opportunity to be able to step up to support the future of the local chapter and get connected. Welcome to the WSHEF Board Aaron!



Sheridah Lemmom


Sheridah Lemmon is a second year student in the University of Washington Master in Healthcare Administration program with an anticipated graduation in the spring of 2017. She is currently an Administrative Intern at Providence Health and Services in Olympia. She serves as a board member at large for WSHEF. She is also a volunteer on the WSHEF communications committee where she focuses on the management and enhancement of WSHEF’s social media presence.

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming WSHEF Events 2017


Future of Healthcare in Washington State

Thursday, March 30, 2017

8:15 AM - 4:30 PM
Harry Blencoe Auditorium, 
Renton Technical College 3000 NE 4th St. Bldg C 
Renton, WA


The Health Information and Management Systems Society-WA (HIMSS), Washington State Health Information Management Association (WSHIMA), Washington State Healthcare Executives Forum (WSHEF), WA-AK Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), Allied Health Center of Excellence (AH COE) and Renton Technical College are presenting the annual Future of Healthcare in Washington conference at Renton Technical College.
Learn more here: 


 Loft9/WSHEF Healthcare Education Panel Discussion

 Series Presents:

Transformation Methodologies and How they Apply to MACRA Readiness and Optimization

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (check in 5:30 PM)
Approved 1.5 Hours Face to Face Education


 UW MHA and WSHEF Spring Event:  Changing Tides: Policy Implications Under the New Administration

Monday, April 24, 2017

5:15 PM - 7:30 PM
The University of Washington Club
Upper Level, 4020 E Stevens Way NE, Seattle

Recent proposal have shed some light on what changes, challenges, and opportunities healthcare leaders may face in funding, coverage, and other regulatory mandates. Join with your colleagues as a diverse panel of local experts break down the implications and expectations and discuss the future of healthcare reform at the state and federal levels.

Approved 1.5 Hours Face to Face Education
You won't want to miss this one!  Find more information here: 


Meet & Mingle Events

Thursday, April 6, 2017

1120 Broadway, Seattle

Thursday, May 4, 2017

3617 NE 45th Street, Seattle

Thursday, June 1, 2017

1120 Broadway, Seattle

We invite WSHEF members or those interested in membership to join other professionals for an informal gathering. There is a small $10 fee to cover appetizers.  





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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