Washington State Healthcare Executives Forum

March 2016

President's Message

by Martin Benning, MHA, FACHE

Colleagues,

I’m both excited and honored to take on the role of President for WSHEF and to represent your state chapter for ACHE. As we begin the year, I’d like to first pause and give a personal thank you and recognition to Dr. Karin Larson-Pollock, who has led the chapter to a whole new level in 2015. Between Karin and the board of directors, WSHEF continues to excel and provide value to the members.

As we move into the first part of 2016, the board held a retreat to discuss our strategy and alignment with ACHE objectives as well as how to deliver on our local needs. We are committed to understanding the challenges healthcare leaders in Washington are facing and what WSHEF can do to help improve our ability to lead in a changing landscape. ACHE recently released their 2016-2018 strategic plan, which focuses on how to deliver new, meaningful solutions to healthcare leaders; how to adapt the ACHE brand to the needs of new and emerging healthcare markets; and how to enhance the core offerings of ACHE to leaders. We challenged ourselves at the retreat to understand the core problem we are solving as a state organization in 2016, acknowledging that we strive to strike a balance between leaders’ time and bandwidth relative to their needs for professional development, networking and best practice sharing. In addition to new strategies, we will continue to connect leaders through informal meet and mingle events and will begin to better leverage digital and social platforms to engage our colleagues across the state in meaningful conversations on healthcare leadership. I look forward to a year of new and invigorating events and conversations that will allow us all to grow together as leaders in our communities. 

In addition to our 2016 program year, I’m excited to see the list of colleagues from Washington who attended ACHE Congress this year. With nearly 70 leaders from Washington on the list, I feel we had good representation from our state chapter. ACHE had a great lineup of presentations and events for participants. 

On a final note, I’d like to extend a congratulations to Bill Reid, who has stepped up to fill the role of interim Regent for WSHEF. With Sandy Slater-Duncan taking on a new role in Boise, Idaho, it left us without a Regent coming into the new year. Bill will take on his new role beginning at ACHE Congress next week and will shift to an ex-officio role on the WSHEF board. Bill is the SVP and CISO for SCI Solutions and has been an active member of WSHEF and the WSHEF board for many years.

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

Martin Benning, MHA, FACHE

President, Washington State Healthcare Executives Forum


Message from Your ACHE Regent


As we kick off a brand new year, it’s a time for transitions for the American College of Healthcare Executives and our state chapter, Washington State Healthcare Executives Forum. First I would like to acknowledge and thank Karin Larson-Pollock, MD, FACHE for completing her year as President of our state Chapter, WSHEF; and I would also like to congratulate Martin F. Benning, FACHE who is assuming the role of President. Karin has represented and served us well and Martin is bringing the same level of energy to the table so we are in good hands.  WSHEF has also reached an important milestone: We now have more than 1,000 ACHE members in the State of Washington – 1,020 to be exact.

In my last newsletter, I congratulated Sandra Slater-Duncan, FACHE as our newly elected Regent. Since then, Sandy has taken a new position with a new organization in Idaho.  We wish her the best and thank her for her many years of service to WSHEF and ACHE. I am very pleased to announce that William Reid, Senior Vice President, product management and partnerships, of SCI solutions will serve as Regent on an interim basis until March 2017. Bill previously served ACHE as a member of the Regents Advisory Council. 


Washington State Healthcare Executive Forum

I was pleased to participate in the recent WSHEF Annual Board of Directors Retreat on January 29 in Seattle. I was impressed by the large group of individuals who showed up with enthusiasm and dedication to advancing ACHE through our state Chapter. There was tremendous discussion around increasing value to all ACHE members in Washington and focusing on our engagement and relationship with students who are focused on careers in healthcare at our four Higher Education Network Schools.  
 

Since my last newsletter, I am honored to recognize members who have advanced to Fellow or have completed the requirements for recertification.   

Advancing to Fellow status:

    Jacob Bujacich Davidson, FACHE
          (P.S. Yes, this is my son!)

And members who have successfully recertified as Fellow:

    Rosalee Allan, FACHE
    Chris A Grippo, FACHE
    James William Kammerer, FACHE
    Karin Larson-Pollock, FACHE
    Mary Josephine McHugh, FACHE
    Pamela R. Rock, FACHE
    Vikki L. Noyes, FACHE
    James Santucci, FACHE
    Dorothy L. Sawyer, FACHE
    Charles Tirrell, FACHE
    Rachel J. Todd, FACHE


Apply for Fellow Status  

The importance of earning the distinction of Board Certification as a Fellow of ACHE cannot be overstated. I am encouraging you to take the next step in advancing your career by achieving Fellow status to benefit your professional goals, demonstrate your healthcare competence, leadership skills, and commitment to excellence in the field. Please consider a commitment to yourself and your career by advancing to Fellow status.  

It has been a pleasure to serve as your interim Regent. My term expired at Congress on March 12 as I hand the title over to our new Regent. I will continue to serve on the WSHEF Board and co-chair the Diversity Committee with Daniel A. Montanez. It is an honor to represent you, the members of ACHE, and if I could be of any service to you please do not hesitate to contact me.  

For more information please use ache.org and wshef.org.

Best regards,

Gregg Agustín Davidson, FACHE
Regent for Washington

Fellow Spotlight: Rosalee Allan, FACHE

Rosalee Allan is a current American College of Healthcare Executives Fellow and currently serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer at the Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories (PAML) in Spokane, Washington. Rosalee was born and raised in Spokane where she has spent her entire career.

After graduating from Whitworth University with a degree in Healthcare Financial Management, Ms. Allan began her career working in finance departments of different health-related organizations. Thereafter, she transitioned to a leadership role in human resources at PAML. As human resources director, her scope of responsibility went from overseeing a human resources department for 80 employees, to building a human resources department managing all aspects of HR operations, including compensation, recruitment, affirmative action, employee relations, payroll, reporting, and strategic support for more than 1,400 employees.

Ms. Allan also holds two HR Certifications: PHR and CP-SHRM. In her current position as the Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer at PAML, she is accountable for the service and financial performance of the organization. Her executive responsibilities have also included facilitation of the organization's strategic planning process and progress against the identified goals. Over the past several years, her direct reports have helped to develop and implement unique tools and solutions to manage and monitor PAML’s pre- and post-analytical laboratory processes.  

PAML’s outreach expertise is one of the key service-focused strategies in their hospital joint venture business model. Ms. Allan works closely with hospitals to form partnerships, and explains that it is vital for the leadership in these partner hospitals to recognize that a leader at PAML has the same credentials as they do and understands their organizations, goals, and challenges. She is currently coordinating joint hospital ventures in Washington, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, California, and Kentucky, where the general managers of those organizations report directly to her.

Ms. Allan also serves on the boards of several organizations, including the Washington State Patient Safety Coalition, the National Sunquest Reference Lab Advisory Board and the Advisory Board of Eastern Washington University’s College of Health Sciences and Public Health.
 
Written by Anthony Casim and Emily Sullivan Washington State University | Master of Health Policy and Administration | 2017 Candidates.

60 Days to Return Medicare Overpayments?

Lori Nomura and Philip Paine

Final Rule provides helpful guidance on providers' obligations to identify and return Medicare overpayments

Final Rule for the Return of Medicare Overpayments

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued the long-awaited final rule (Final Rule) for the reporting and returning of overpayments for Medicare Parts A and B. The Final Rule implements Section 6402(a) of the Affordable Care Act (ACA),  known as the Overpayment Law, which requires a person who has received an overpayment to report and return the overpayment within a specified period. The Final Rule contains some welcome relief to certain elements of the proposed rule (Proposed Rule), issued in February 2012, and gives providers greater clarity of their obligations under the law. 

While the Final Rule is effective on March 14, 2016, the Overpayment Law has been in effect since the ACA was enacted in March 2010. The Final Rule, however, is not retroactive, and providers that reported and/or returned overpayments in good faith before the Final Rule’s effective date are not expected to have complied with each provision of the Final Rule. Providers returning overpayments on or after the effective date of the Final Rule, however, must comply with the new regulatory requirements.

The Overpayment Law requires that any person (defined to include Medicare providers and suppliers) who receives an overpayment must report and return the overpayment to the Secretary, the State, an intermediary, a carrier or a contractor and notify that party in writing of the reason for the overpayment. The deadline for reporting and returning an overpayment is the later of (a) the date which is 60 days after the date on which the overpayment was identified or (b) the date any corresponding cost report is due, if applicable. If an overpayment is retained by a person after the applicable deadline, it becomes an obligation for purposes of False Claims Act (FCA) liability. The Final Rule clarifies a number of elements of the Overpayment Law including: (1) when an overpayment is “identified”; (2) the required lookback period once an overpayment is identified; and (3) the process for reporting and returning overpayments. 

(1) When an Overpayment is Identified:  The Final Rule provides that a person has identified an overpayment when that person has, or should have through the exercise of reasonable diligence, determined that the person has received an overpayment and quantified the amount of the overpayment. CMS describes "reasonable diligence" to include both proactive compliance activities conducted in good faith to monitor the receipt of overpayments and timely, good faith investigations in response to credible information of a potential overpayment. While CMS acknowledges that “reasonableness” is fact-dependent, CMS further indicates that undertaking no or minimal compliance activities to identify overpayments exposes providers and/or suppliers to liability based on a failure to exercise reasonable diligence. 

Importantly, the Final Rule clarifies that a provider may conduct the auditing and analysis necessary to quantify an overpayment before the 60-day time period begins to run. The 60-day time period to report and return an overpayment begins to run either when the reasonable diligence is completed or on the day the person received credible information of the potential overpayment if no reasonable diligence was conducted and the person in fact received an overpayment. The Final Rule abandons the Proposed Rule’s compliance benchmark of “all deliberate speed,” but that does not mean that the diligence period is without limits. CMS cautions that the reasonable diligence period should be completed within six months absent extraordinary circumstances. What constitutes “extraordinary circumstances” is a fact-specific inquiry, but CMS suggested that unusually complex investigations, such as physician self-referral law violations that are referred to the CMS Voluntary Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol, might qualify. After the reasonable diligence period, the 60-day time period begins to run. 

(2) Lookback Period: In the Proposed Rule, CMS proposed a ten-year lookback period meaning that any overpayment must be reported and returned if a person identified the overpayment within ten years of the date the overpayment was received. CMS explained that it initially proposed the ten-year period because that was the outer limit of the FCA statute of limitations. However, many commenters objected, arguing that a ten-year lookback period was unduly burdensome and in conflict with existing record retention requirements. The Final Rule shortened the lookback period to six years. Many commenters suggested using a four-year lookback period consistent with the reopening rules at 42 C.F.R § 405.980.  While CMS elected to utilize the six-year period instead, the Final Rule makes clear that CMS is amending the reopening rules to provide for a reopening period that accommodates the six-year lookback period for reporting and returning overpayments.

(3) Process for Reporting and Returning Overpayments: CMS instructs providers to use existing processes to report and return overpayments. This means that providers should use an applicable claims adjustment, credit balance, self-reported refund or another appropriate process to satisfy the reporting and return of overpayments. 

In the Proposed Rule, CMS proposed a specific list of 13 data elements required for overpayment reporting. The Final Rule abandons the list of data elements to accommodate reporting by existing processes.  CMS continues to believe, however, that “where an overpayment amount is extrapolated based on a statistical sampling methodology, it is necessary for the overpayment report to explain how the overpayment was calculated.”  Consequently, the Final Rule requires that, pursuant to 42 C.F.R § 401.305, if the overpayment was calculated using a statistical sampling methodology, the statistically valid sampling and extrapolation methodology must be described in the overpayment report.

Conclusion: The Final Rule contains specific guidance on how to identify overpayments, the steps needed to exercise “reasonable diligence,” and the duty on providers to proactively engage in compliance monitoring activities and investigate credible information that an overpayment has been received. The Final Rule also establishes a six-year lookback period and specifies the process for reporting and returning overpayments. Providers should reevaluate their audit and compliance programs to ensure consistency with the guidance contained in the Final Rule. 

Lori Nomura, Secretary, WSHEF Board of Directors
    Healthcare Attorney, Foster Pepper PLLC

Philip Paine
    Healthcare Attorney, Foster Pepper PLLC

Building Rapport



Rapport helps create and strengthen positive relationships built on trust and understanding; it is not something you can build overnight. However, you can do a few things to quicken the process:

  • Share a little of yourself. To trust and respect someone, you need to know a little about that person. Share with your co-workers and employees a bit of your background and history. Communicate what you think and believe. Open up, and you’ll be surprised how quickly people do the same.
  • Look for common ground. As people start sharing information about themselves, look for things you have in common. Do you both like running? Are you both from California? Did you go to the same college? Finding similarities can help reduce resistance in areas you differ.
  • Follow their lead. Pay attention to what other people are saying. Does someone have affinity for the word ‘perfect’? Work it into your conversation. Does a co-worker have an upbeat tone? Mimic that. This mirroring is called pacing, and it can help build a subconscious bond between people who don’t know each other that well.

—Adapted from Communication Solutions January 2016 newsletter, www.communicationbriefings.com.

Inspire Positivity Through Constructive Criticism


Constructive criticism can help employees improve their work and thus the organization. However, some managers can be negative when delivering the criticism, even if they have good intentions. Prefacing criticism with a comment such as “I want to help you do your job better” isn’t constructive if it destroys an employee’s confidence. Keep the strategies below in mind when providing advice to your employees:
  • Create an agenda. Criticism should typically be given soon after a mistake is made, but make you plan out what you will be saying prior to any conversation. Take a few moments to consider the situation and jot down some notes. Most importantly: Don’t criticize in public. 
  • Don’t use humor. While humor can help to lighten the mood, jokes can send a mixed message. Criticism should be played straight when talking to employees about mistakes and performance problems. 
  • Stay calm. If you lose your temper, you could lose control of the situation—and you don’t want the discussion to turn into an argument. If necessary, wait a few minutes to calm down before speaking with your employees. If not, the conversation could have the opposite effect of your intentions. 
  • Say something positive. There’s no need to share extraneous praise, but it’s important to give employees a reason to listen to you. Expressing confidence in them can make them more receptive to your message. 
  • Offer suggestions. Pointing out errors is only a first step. Provide them with suggestions to avoid mistakes in the future, and ask him or her what could be done differently. Strong constructive criticism goes beyond identifying problems—it also is a way of offering ideas and solutions. 
—Adapted from Communication Solutions January 2016 newsletter, www.communicationbriefings.com.

DEVELOPMENT AND CAREER

Member Announcements

Welcome New WSHEF Members: 

December

Matthew Albright, Liberty Lake
Jeanine Allen, Wenatchee
Becky DeMers, Moses Lake
Darren Henne, Seattle
Kingman Ho, Bellevue
Belinda Jensen, Renton
Asif Khan, Tacoma
Marian Koroma, Fife
Alex Miller, Fife
Joann Ramezanzadeh, Seattle
Daniel E Springer, Spokane Valley
Neil Warnock, MD, Bellevue
Jeanette Wood, Wenatchee
Yanyun Wu, Seattle

 

January

Jason J. Badgerow, Ellensburg
Nicole K. Bahr, Renton
Eric T. Brinkert, Moses Lake
Linda G. Bryant, Port Angeles
Barry Chavez, Lacey
Deitra Crawford, Tacoma
Bridget Marie Garner, Spokane
Karen H. Kaizuka, Seattle
Peter kinhan, Seattle
K. R. Prabha, Seattle
Michael T. Richardson, Seattle
Jeff Sondles, Edmonds
Maj Therese R. Ulibarri, Spokane
Edward West, Seattle
Jill A. Williams, MD, Bellevue

 

February

 

Leslie M. Krasne, Santa Fe
NGA NGUYEN, Yakima
Angelina Thomas, Yakima
Morgan Wharton, Yakima

 

Congratulations to Members who Advanced to Fellows or Recently Recertified: 

 

New Fellows:

 

 January


Jacob B. Davidson, FACHE, Mount Vernon
Jacqui I. Sinatra, FACHE, Seattle

 

February

 

Alisha Fehrenbacher, FACHE, Liberty Lake

 

Recertified Fellows

January

 

James C. Cannon, FACHE, Seattle
MAJ Erica Chabalko, FACHE
David J. McKay, FACHE, Walla Walla
Melissa A. Proehl, FACHE, Greenacres
Monica P. Sheldon, FACHE, Odessa

February

 

LTC John W. Lee, FACHE, Olympia

Stephen C. Anderson, FACHE, Renton

UW Executive MHA and Medical Management Programs

For your professional development!

The University of Washington's Graduate Programs in Health Services Administration offers healthcare professionals two options for increasing their management and leadership skills: the Executive Master of Health Administration Program (MHA), and the Certificate Program in Medical Management (CPMM).

Both programs are designed for those who want to meet the need for skilled leaders in the ever-changing healthcare delivery system. Physicians, nurses, other experienced clinical practitioners, and health service managers enter these programs to become more effective leaders and meet the increasingly challenging expectations of the patients and families, stakeholders, and communities they serve.

The Executive MHA Program has a 24-month format that combines three-day intensive on-site meetings with teleconferencing, independent assignments and team projects. Applications for admission have an annual deadline of April 30. For details, visit: http://www.uwexecutivemha.org.  

For details on the Medical Management Program, visit: http://www.pce.uw.edu/certificates/medical-management.html


To ask questions about either program, contact Maggie Helsel, the program coordinator, at mhap@u.washington.edu or 206-616-2947.

WSU Spokane MHPA program

If it is time to futher your education and earn a master's degree in health policy and administration, WSU offers an exciting program designed around a working professional's schedule. 

WSU SPOKANE MASTER OF
HEALTH POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION

The Master of Health Policy and Administration (MHPA) degree is a vigorous, CAHME accredited, and personalized program that prepares future leaders in the dynamic and growing field of healthcare management. WSU HPA students enjoy small class sizes (12-20 students), which facilitate opportunities for strong and lasting relationships with both peers and professors. Students are required to participate in individual and group based projects and be actively engaged in class discussions. Additionally, students are provided valuable professional connections by networking with local healthcare professionals through site visits, guest lectures, student body events, and alumni events. 

A hallmark of the MHPA program is the completion of an internship. The required internship allows the student to gain leadership experience in the health care environment, explore the field, develop professional contacts, and contribute to career planning. The Department of Health Policy & Administration will help the student find an internship that meets your needs, or the student may arrange their own internship.  

Graduates of the program work in a wide range of career fields including hospital management, public health, managed care, group practice management, and financial management. Since 2013, 90% of WSU MHPA graduates secured employment within 3 months of graduation!

The program is ideal for working health care professionals who want to enhance their management skills or advance to management positions. To attract and accommodate our working professional students, our classes are offered from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., four days a week. Additionally, the program accommodates both full-time and part-time students. 

WSU Spokane’s Department of Health Policy and Administration is a proud member of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) which provides waivers for out-of-state tuition in 16 states. For more information regarding WICHE, please visit www.wiche.edu.

To learn more about the MHPA program, visit: http://spokane.wsu.edu/admissions/HPA/ or contact the Academic Coordinator, Robin Durfee, at robin.durfee@wsu.edu or 509.358.7987.

ACHE: Become Board Certified in Healthcare Management

Ready to Advance to Fellow?

Why Board Certification - You want to go to board certified physicians for your care, so why not go to an organization with board certified healthcare executives. Earning the distinction of board certification as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives demonstrates your competence, dedication and commitment to lifelong learning. To learn more, visit ache.org and then go to the credentialing page. 

Advancement Information Session - Do you want to learn more about the value of board certification and the steps to completion? Then come to the Advancement Information Session sponsored by the Washington State Healthcare Executives Forum. There are two ways to participate. In-person or at your desk through a webinar. These sessions will be held twice annually. For more information about future information sessions you can contact Steve Saxe at smsaxe@comcast.net.

Apply Now - Now is the perfect time to apply for Fellow status in ACHE. When you submit your completed application by May 31, 2016, along with the $250 application fee and all supporting documents, ACHE will waive the $200 Board of Governors Exam fee. The waiver will be valid for six months after your application has been approved. Please note all materials (e.g., references) must be submitted by May 31 for the waiver to be valid.

 


 

ACHE Tuition Waiver Assistance Program

 

To reduce the barriers to ACHE educational programming for ACHE members experiencing economic hardship, ACHE has established the Tuition Waiver Assistance Program.

ACHE makes available a limited number of tuition waivers to ACHE Members and Fellows whose organizations lack the resources to fund their tuition for education programs. Members and Fellows in career transition are also encouraged to apply. Tuition waivers are based on financial need and are available for the following ACHE education programs:

  • Congress on Healthcare Leadership
  • Cluster Seminars
  • Self-Study Programs
  • Online Education Programs
  • Online Tutorial (Board of Governors Exam preparation)
  • ACHE Board of Governors Exam Review Course

All requests are due no less than eight weeks before the program date, except for ACHE self-study courses; see quarterly application deadlines on the FAQ page of the tuition waiver application. Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Recipients will be notified of the waiver review panel's decision not less than six weeks before the program date. For ACHE self-study courses, applicants will be notified three weeks after the quarterly application deadline.

If you have questions about the program, please contact Teri Somrak, associate director, Division of Professional Development, at (312) 424-9354 or tsomrak@ache.org. For more information, visit ache.org/TuitionWaiver.

Your Career & Development - JOB BANKS

If you are a member of ACHE you have access to a robust, national job bank. It can be found at:

ACHE Job Bank

We are pleased to provide a link to the WA Healthcare News Job Bank. This is an excellent source of information about positions in our local geographic area. The available position list has also been extended recently to contain some positions in other parts of the country.

WA Healthcare News Job Bank

DELIVERY of WSHEF Newsletter (Disclaimer)

 

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http://www.commpartners.com/website/white-listing.htm

CHAPTER AND RESOURCES

2016 Officers and Board Members

WSHEF Officers:

  • Martin Benning, FACHE, President
  • Dina O'Leary, FACHE, President-Elect
  • Karin Larson-Pollock, MD, FACHE, Immediate Past President
  • Lori Nomura, JD, Secretary
  • Jim Cannon, MHA, FACHE, Treasurer

 WSHEF Board Members:

  • Scott Bond
  • Bill Reid, FACHE
  • Pam Rock, FACHE
  • Carol N. Velasquez, FACHE
  • Gregg Davidson, FACHE
  • Ryan Sundquist
  • Jacqui Sinatra, FACHE
  • Andrea Turner, FACHE

 ACHE Regent, Interim (District 5)

  • Gregg Davidson, FACHE

MILITARY Representative

  • Jonathan Evans 

         Term ongoing 

STUDENT AFFILIATE Board Members

      University of Washington

  • Rachel Shangraw, MHA Candidate

         Term ends April 2016

      Washington State University

  • Chris Cleason, MHPA Candidate

         Term ends April 2016

WSHEF Vision & Values

Vision
 
To be the premier professional society connecting leaders in Washington State to learn, share, and transform health care.

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Mission
 
To advance Washington state ACHE members' healthcare professional excellence through interaction and communication and fostering professional development.
 
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Values
 
As members of our Chapter, we are committed to:

Integrity
We advocate and emulate high ethical conduct in all we do.

Lifelong Learning
We recognize lifelong learning is essential to our ability to innovate and continually improve ourselves, our organizations and our profession.

Leadership
We lead through example and mentoring, and recognize caring must be a
cornerstone of our professional interactions.

Diversity
We advocate inclusion and embrace the differences of those with whom we work
and the communities we serve.

Service
We recognize service to our communities is an integral part of who we are as
healthcare professionals.

Collaboration
We take initiative to build partnerships in advancing professional
development within and outside of our healthcare community.

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Our Goals
 
Membership
Knowledge
Career
Advancement
Leadership
Service Excellence                                                                                                                    

 

 

Get Involved!

Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for ways to connect with more healthcare leaders?  Volunteer for a WSHEF committee!

As a volunteer organization committed to being the premier professional society connecting healthcare leaders in Washington State, WSHEF depends on volunteers to run its programs and provide service to its members.  Opportunities abound for individuals looking to connect with other healthcare professionals, learn more about WSHEF programs and services or give back to the healthcare professional community.  WSHEF has volunteer opportunities for the following committees:  

  • Communications (email wshefcommunications@achemail.net)
  • Membership (email wshef.membership @achemail.net)
  • Programs and Events (email wshef.programs@achemail.net)
  • Diversity (email wshef.diversity@achemail.net)

Beyond joining a committee, there are other ways to get involved.  Write an article for the newsletter, attend an educational session and bring a colleague, provide a venue for an event or serve as a mentor for an MHA student.  Just email one of the contacts above to get connected.  

 

Host a Meet N Mingle in Your Area

 

Get to know your colleagues!  Watch for Upcoming Meet-n-Mingle Events in your Neighborhood
 
•        Have you wondered if there are ways you can meet more of your local healthcare colleagues – that  mysterious thing called “networking”?
•        Are you looking to find a next role?  You looking for the right candidate?
•        Is there a problem you are tackling at work and wonder if others are working on a similar issue?  Or are you just looking for others who will understand what the heck you are talking about?
•        Know where all the local healthcare execs hang out after work?
 
The highly popular Meet-N-Mingle events are happening at different venues across our state. As future dates and locations are finalized, an invitation will be sent out.
 
Meet-n-Mingles are informal gatherings of area WSHEF members at a local restaurant or pub. There is typically a small fee to cover appetizers. While this is not a formal education program, someone will be there to share upcoming WSHEF and ACHE events and activities. 
 
So, rather than heading out into the usual rush-hour, head over to a local Meet-n-Mingle for a nosh and a drink and get to know your fellow executives. We want to put A U in COLLEGE! (hint:  colleAgUe)
 
By the way, we are always looking for local hosts around the state and we will help you do all the planning. If you have an interest in holding a future Meet-N-Mingle in your area let the membership committee know at wshef.membership@achemail.net.

 
Thanks, and get networking people!

WSHEF - MEMBERSHIP

Effective January 1, 2008, all ACHE members located within the chapter's assigned geographic territory are automatically members of the chapter as a benefit of being an ACHE member. Only ACHE members are eligible to hold membership in the chapter.
 
If you are not a current ACHE member, we encourage you to join by visiting the ACHE website. Nonmembers are welcome to attend chapter events. If you would like to be added to the chapter's nonmember mailing list to be notified of future programs and events, please send an email to info@wshef.ache.org.