I am looking forward to engaging with you this year in my new role as President of the Washington State Healthcare Executive Forum (WSHEF). We are leading in a very pivotal time in healthcare and there has not been a time where collaboration with our peers has been more important. I am very interested in hearing your thoughts and ideas as to how we can best meet your educational and networking needs, and support one another in our challenging healthcare roles.
I am excited to work with the very engaged, talented and enthusiastic group of individuals on the WSHEF Board this year, and would like to introduce them to you:
Pam Rock, MHSA, FACHE - WSHEF President (Vice President, Medical Service Lines & Specialty Programs, Seattle Children’s)
Lori Nomura, J.D. – WSHEF President Elect (Attorney, Foster Pepper PLLC)
Dina O’Leary, MBA, FACHE – WSHEF Past President (Strategic Sourcing, Nordstrom)
Sue Miller, PharmD – WSHEF Secretary & Communications Chair (Director Acct Managers, Astellas)
Ryan Sundquist, MHA – WSHEF Treasurer (Clinic Manager, Sea Mar Community Health Clinics)
Brian Barry (Chief Operating Officer, Kadlec Regional Medical Center Clinics)
Valerie Chrusciel, MBA, FACHE (Chief Operating Officer, Overlake Medical Clinics, LLC)
Aaron Hefel, MHA, MBA (Senior Manager, Physician Services, Providence Health & Services)
John Joyce (Vice President, Ancillary Services, Multicare Health System)
Karin Larson-Pollock, MD, MBA, FACHE – WSHEF Membership & Advancement Co-Chair (Chief Analytics Officer, Providence Regional Medical Center Everett)
Nick Malos, MHA – WSHEF Program Committee Co-Chair (Product Development Strategist, PacificSource Health Plans)
Sheridah Lemmon, MHA – WSHEF Membership & Advancement Co-Chair (Facility Administrator, Everett Clinic)
Daniel Montanez, MHA – Program Committee Co-Chair (Cardiology Practice Manager, Western Washington Medical Group)
Many thanks to all of the above individuals for their many volunteer hours and hard work on the Chapter’s behalf – we are fortunate to have such strong leadership for our Chapter. The Board members got together for a retreat in January. We discussed how we could better engage with our members in the coming year, try out some new ideas, and reach out more intentionally to engage with you. We will be asking for your support and help in our efforts in the coming months. We want to make sure all of our Washington healthcare organizations throughout the state are represented on our Board and committees. If you are interested in participating on the Board or a committee, we would love to hear from you.
ACHE Chapter Merit Award
WSHEF was recently notified by ACHE that we received a Chapter Merit Award (annual award given by ACHE to Chapters who excel in various areas). Our award was related to the % of members advancing to Fellow status in our state. Congratulations to all of you who advanced to Fellow in 2017! I interacted with a few healthcare executives pursuing the FACHE credential in 2017– each one talked about the desire to be lifelong learners and that ACHE truly is the preeminent health care organization for staying in tune with trends in healthcare management. If you are eligible to advance (and if you don’t know – please ask), make 2018 the year that you pursue the FACHE credential.
• We are looking for volunteers to help with our Program Committee, Membership & Advancement Committee, and Communication Committee. This could include helping out with one upcoming event or activity, or a commitment to join the committee long term --- please let me know if you are interested and we can connect with you for a brief conversation about opportunities.
• We are also interested in learning more about how we can best engage with our physician members and will be reaching out to them to get their input. If you are a physician healthcare leader, please let us know if you are interested in helping with our efforts – as an advisor or active committee member.
• Please check out our upcoming events and plan to join us for one or all! http://wshef.ache.org/events/list/
• A reminder about the upcoming ACHE Congress meeting March 26-29 in Chicago. The theme this year is “Be Part of Something Bigger “- I hope you plan to attend.
Please make a commitment to become more engaged with WSHEF in the year ahead. I look forward to connecting with you at our events and hearing from you. Please feel free to send me a note if you have ideas on how WSHEF can better engage with our members - firstname.lastname@example.org