Washington State Healthcare Executives Forum

June 22, 2018

President's Message

Dear Colleagues,
I hope you are doing well and enjoying the beautiful (and unpredictable) spring weather. It was great to see some of you at the ACHE Congress in March – an event that is always very well-orchestrated and features high caliber speakers as well as great networking opportunities. If you have not been to Congress, I encourage you to make plans to attend next year.
Members of the WSHEF board have been working on programs, networking and advancement opportunities and have some great offerings in the works. I have highlighted a few items below regarding WSHEF that may be of interest to you. 

Advancement Information Sessions – In an effort to meet the needs of WSHEF members seeking to advance to Fellow, we are working on ways to help. Thanks to Steve Saxe and Karin Larson-Pollock, we hosted our first Advancement Information Session webinar a few weeks ago. There was strong interest in the first session and we plan to host more of these. This is a great way to learn more about what it takes to advance to Fellow in ACHE and hear from individuals who have successfully done so. If you have thought about advancing, plan to participate in the next offering. Additionally, I want to remind you that until June 30, there is a special offer from ACHE. If you are interested in advancing to Fellow, you can save $200 on the Board of Governors Exam fee. To learn more, visit ache.org/FACHE to apply conveniently online and learn more about the offer, details on requirements and Exam study resources.

Organizational Champions – We are wanting to make sure we have representation from the various healthcare organizations throughout our state. To that end, we are looking for WSHEF members to serve as organizational champions. This would involve staying connected to the WSHEF board and activities, engaging current WSHEF members and non-members in our events, and providing feedback regarding our programs and activities. If you are interested in serving as an organizational champion, let me know and we can talk with you more about the role and your interest. This is a great way to get involved without a big time commitment. 
Board Retreat in July – Annually, the WSHEF Board meets in January and July. This July we will begin the process of outlining our WSHEF strategic plan for the next 3 years. We would love to hear from you on the direction you would like us to be taking. If you have input you would like the board to consider, please send it to any of the board members before July 13. 
Diversity Program Opportunity – The application process is open for the Thomas C. Dolan Diversity Program (apply by July 9, 2018). During this yearlong program, scholars benefit from specialized curriculum opportunities to develop strategies to successfully navigate potential career challenges and enhance executive presence. They will receive one-on-one interaction with a specially selected mentor, and participation in formal leadership education and career assessments. Enhanced self-awareness, critical leadership skills and an expanded network of leaders will help prepare scholars to ascend to C-suite roles in hospitals, health systems and other healthcare organizations. Visit ache.org/ExecutiveDiversity for more information or to apply. If you have questions about the program, please contact Cie Armstead, director, Diversity and Inclusion, at carmstead@ache.org or (312) 424-9306.
WSHEF Annual Breakfast Meeting: Save the Date & Bring a Colleague  - The WSHEF Annual Meeting/Breakfast will be on October 11, 7:00 a.m. at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront. Please save the date and plan to bring a colleague with you to introduce them to WSHEF/ACHE. More details on the presentation/speaker will be sent out closer to the date. 

Additional information on upcoming events will be sent out as details are finalized, and will be available on our website. As always, please feel free to reach out (wshef.president@achemail.net) and share your thoughts and ideas on how we can best meet your educational and networking needs. Wishing you a lovely summer and hope to see you at an upcoming WSHEF event.
Pam Rock

Message from Your ACHE Regent



Your WSHEF Chapter Leadership team has been hard at work planning for the upcoming year and we are always looking for programming ideas to bring to you. Chapter involvement is as simple as attending a couple events a year or as fun as volunteering your time with a diverse group of engaged leaders – join us by visiting our website at wshef.ache.org.

Your next opportunity is June 19 where you can join WSHEF/AHLF for a panel discussion: “How Healthcare Organizations Create Equity in the Community.” The moderated panel will focus on Equity and the impact on healthcare delivery and outcomes in our communities. It is energizing to work with so many colleagues who are developing new care models to care for our most vulnerable patients and I hope to see you there.

While there is no Cluster education sessions in WA this year, there are 2 events that could enhance your professional and career growth a short flight away or a scenic drive. There are Cluster opportunities in Alaska August 13-16 and Vancouver, B.C. September 24-27. If travel is not in your future, take advantage of the Board of Governors Exam Fee Waiver by June 30 to save $200 and make 2018 the year you achieve board certification as an ACHE Fellow.

Thank you for being a member of ACHE; I look forward to meeting with you at a future event. Connect with me via Twitter @WAStateRegent.

Serving leaders who care,

Andrea Turner, MHS, FACHE
Regent for Washington


Welcome New Members, Fellows and Recertified Fellows

Welcome New Members!


Harvinder S. Bedi
Kobid Dahal
CSM Christopher Earle
Ketra M. Hayes
Julie Idler
Jennifer McAleer, MBA
Thomas G. McKelvey , MD, MPH
Sharon G. McRae, PhD
Aimee L. O'Neill
Kelly C. Patrick
CDR Krista Penn
Jesse Todhunter


Christopher L. Bredeson
Crissy L. Flake
Suchitra Ganesh
Denise Gideon
Julie L. Leonard
Liga Mezaraups
Lori Predmore
Julie A. Schmitt

Maureen Faccia
Martin Levine
Manjeet Pabla
SGM Alexander L. Poutou
Amanda J. Rosales
Taylor B. Rose
HM1 Anthony Van Luven

Welcome New Fellows!!! 


Kim E. Williams, FACHE

Members Who Successfully Passed Board of Governors Exam

LT Akakpossa B. Ananou San Jose

Congrats to Recertifying Fellows!!

Martin F. Benning, FACHE
Gregg A. Davidson, FACHE
Scott H. O'Brien, FACHE
Diane K. Patterson, FACHE
Medrice M. Coluccio, FACHE
Reza Kaleel, FACHE
Serena Mukai, FACHE
Christie E. Artuso, EdD, RN, FACHE



WSHEF Advancement Committee Needs You!

WSHEF Advancement Committee – Volunteer Opportunities


WSHEF members are often looking for opportunities to assist with an event or activity. The Advancement Committee has some great opportunities for WSHEF members looking for a chance to become more involved and give back to our profession. Please consider one of the following opportunities:
Fellows Only Event – These events are tailored to members that have attained the Fellow certification in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Help or lead the selection of a sponsor, venue, speaker and other logistics to host another outstanding opportunity for ACHE Fellows to network and gain additional healthcare knowledge. In the past, proceeds of these events have gone to the Foundation for Healthcare Excellence.
Advancement Information Sessions – Are you a recent Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives? Are you interested in getting the next batch of members motivated to work toward their own Fellow credential to demonstrate excellence in healthcare management? Then consider volunteering to lead or assist with the development of Advancement Information Sessions every three to six months. Ideally these session or webinars will provide 1.5 hours of information on the steps for a member to take to move to the next level as a certified healthcare executive with the ACHE Fellow designation.
Board of Governors (BOG) Exam Study Group – Getting ready for the BOG exam to apply toward your Fellow credential with ACHE? Consider a study group to help motivate and guide your preparation. Study groups will follow the format of the ACHE preparation guides and have periodic online meetings as determined by the group. The groups share the initial preparation of the discussion using the ACHE recommended materials. As an added bonus, each member that successfully passes the BOG exam within a year of the end of the Study Group can submit the receipts for the ACHE study preparation books and receive a $240 refund.
Board of Governors Exam Study Group Facilitator – One member of the study group who is interested in running the study group can also apply to be a study group facilitator. If selected, the member will have the ACHE exam preparation webinar series and the preparation books covered by the chapter. The facilitator will help arrange the study group meetings and assignments. The group normally rotates taking lead on each topic to be covered at study group meeting. Virtual meetings will be encouraged to allow for remote BOG exam candidates to be able to participate.

Asian Healthcare Leadership Forum is looking for you!

National News and Articles

National News Q2 2018

Share the value of the FACHE® Credential With This New Video

Share ACHE’s new FACHE video and help inform and raise awareness about the value of the credential to their healthcare management career advancement. Members can apply for Fellow status conveniently online and learn more about the steps and requirements needed to advance by visiting ache.org/FACHE.

The Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program—Now Accepting Applications

Please help spread the word to your members about the open application period (May 7–July 9) for the 2019 Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program by pointing them to ache.org/ExecutiveDiversity.  

During this year-long program, scholars benefit from specialized curriculum opportunities to develop strategies for successful navigation of potential career challenges and enhance executive presence, one-on-one interaction with a specially selected mentor, and participation in formal leadership education and career assessments. Enhanced self-awareness, critical leadership skills and an expanded network of leaders will help prepare scholars to ascend to C-suite roles in hospitals, health systems and other healthcare organizations.

Visit ache.org/ExecutiveDiversity for more information or to apply. If you have questions about the program, please contact Cie Armstead, director, Diversity and Inclusion, at carmstead@ache.org or (312) 424-9306.

The Foundation of ACHE’s Fund for Healthcare Leadership accepts donations to the Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program. Gifts—no matter the amount—help shape the future of healthcare leadership. Visit ache.org/ExecutiveDiversity to make your donation.

Run for ACHE Regent

ACHE is beginning the election process for new Regents to serve a three-year term on its Council of Regents, the legislative body that represents ACHE’s more than 48,000 members. The Regent is the ACHE leader within a specified geographic jurisdiction elected by the voting members to represent the interests of members in the governance of ACHE and its chapters.

Recommended knowledge, skills and experience include knowledge of the programs, products and services of ACHE and the local chapter(s); knowledge of the local healthcare community including senior-level healthcare executives, state and regional healthcare associations; negotiation, influencing and policy decision/analysis skills; and personal organizational and planning skills. Go to the Member Center for full position descriptions for geographic Regents and federal sector Regents. The descriptions include a summary, scope of responsibility, meeting requirements and other commitments.

All Fellows who wish to run for election must submit a letter of intent to elections@ache.org by Aug. 24. The letter of intent must include a current business title, business address, email address and telephone number. If you submit your letter of intent and haven’t received confirmation of its receipt by Aug. 31, contact Caitlin E. Stine, communications specialist, Division of Regional Services, ACHE, at (312) 424-9324 or cstine@ache.org.

Elections will be held in the following jurisdictions:

Air Force



California—Northern & Central



Illinois—Central & Southern






New Mexico & Southwest Texas

New York—Metropolitan New York

Puerto Rico

South Dakota

Texas—Central & South

Veterans Affairs

West Virginia & Western Virginia


Forum Member Directory Connects Executives With Healthcare Consultants

ACHE’s Healthcare Consultants Forum Member Directory serves as a resource for healthcare executives and organizations seeking the services of a healthcare consultant with a specific area of expertise.

Are you a healthcare executive searching for a consultant?
The Directory’s robust search functionality can help identify ACHE Consultant Forum Members who may meet your needs.

Are you a Consultant looking to gain visibility with decision makers?
Join the Healthcare Consultants Forum, and select your primary area of expertise.

Questions? Please contact Liz Catalano, marketing specialist, Division of Member Services, at ecatalano@ache.org or (312) 424-9374 or Erika Joyce, assistant director, Division of Member Services, at ejoyce@ache.org or 312-424-9373.

Deadline Approaching to Save $200 on Board of Governors Examination Fee

ACHE is pleased to offer the Board of Governors Exam fee waiver promotion to eligible ACHE Members seeking to take the next important step for their healthcare management careers. Healthcare leaders who hold the prestigious FACHE credential are recognized for their commitment to lifelong learning, competence and ethical decision making. In fact, more than 75 percent of Fellows feel better prepared to handle the challenges of the evolving healthcare management landscape.

Qualifying for the $200 Exam fee waiver is easier than you think! Just follow these simple steps:

1. Go to ache.org/FACHE and click “Apply for Board Certification.”    

2. Submit the application and $250 application fee. Depending on your ACHE profile, many of the required fields may already be completed for you.

All required documents, including your application, fee and references, are due June 30, 2018 in order to qualify for the waiver.

Forum on Advances in Healthcare Management Research 2019 Proposals Open

The American College of Healthcare Executives is inviting authors to submit proposals to present their research at the 11th annual Forum on Advances in Healthcare Management Research. This session will take place during ACHE’s 2019 Congress on Healthcare Leadership, March 4–7. The lead presenter of each selected proposal will receive a complimentary registration to Congress. Please visit ache.org/Congress/ForumRFP.cfm for the selection criteria and submission instructions. Submit your up-to-400-word abstract by July 2.

ACHE’s Leader-to-Leader Program

When you share the value of ACHE membership with your colleagues through encouraging them to join or advance to Fellow status, you can earn points to obtain rewards such as gift certificates toward ACHE education programs, a polo shirt, backpack tote, water bottle, umbrella and even a chance to be entered into a raffle for a free Congress registration when three or more are sponsored.

Each time a person joins ACHE or advances to Fellow status and lists your name as a sponsor on the application, you earn a point. The more points you earn, the more rewards you can receive. Points expire on Dec. 31 of the year after they were earned (e.g., a point earned on Jan. 1, 2018, will expire on Dec. 31, 2019). You can check your available points and discount program coupon codes in the My ACHE area of ache.org. To ensure colleagues reference you, referral cards are available that you can pass out so you receive the credit you deserve.

When you help grow ACHE, you make a strong statement about your professionalism and leadership in the healthcare field and also strengthen the organization. For more information on the program, go to ache.org/L2L.

Washington Healthcare Programs and Career Development

UW Executive MHA and Medical Management Programs

The UW Executive MHA Program (EMHA) is accepting applications for its fall 2018 cohort. This part-time master’s program equips you with the business and management skills to advance into leadership roles and help your organizations deliver better patient care. Designed for mid-career professionals, the EMHA program allows you to continue working full-time while earning a Master of Health Administration (MHA) from one of the best programs in the nation. The healthcare industry needs leaders who thoroughly understand the unique and complex business of healthcare. Consider applying or forwarding to colleagues in your network.


> Learn more about the EMHA program

> Apply Now

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. 


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.




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, 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

WA State Health Department (Dec 2017)

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy (WMS Band 3)


NOTE:  This recruitment will remain OPEN UNTIL FILLED.  Applicant review began January 2, 2018. Division of Health Systems Quality Assurance Tumwater, WA OPEN UNTIL FILLED



2018 Officers and Board Members

2018 WSHEF Officers:

  • Pam Rock, MSHA, FACHE, President
  • Lori Nomura, JD, President-Elect
  • Dina O'Leary, MBA, FACHE, Immediate Past President
  • Sue Miller, PharmD, Secretary
  • Ryan Sundquist, MHA, Treasurer

 2018 WSHEF Board Members:

  • Brian Barry
  • Danial Montanez, MHA
  • Aaron Hefel, MBA, MHA
  • Sheridah Lemmon, MHA
  • Karin Larson-Pollack, MD, FACHE
  • Nick Malos, MPA
  • Valerie Chrusciel, RPh, MBA
  • John Joyce, MBA

 ACHE Regent, WA (within District 5)

  • Andrea Turner, FACHE

MILITARY Representative

  • Michael S. Frankel

         Term ongoing 


      University of Washington

  • Steven Smith, BSN, RN, MHA Candidate

         Term ends April 2019

      Washington State University

  • Richa Pankaj Mehta, MHPA Candidate

         Term ends April 2019

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WSHEF Vision & Values

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


To advance Washington state ACHE members' healthcare professional excellence through interaction and communication and fostering professional development.

As members of our Chapter, we are committed to:

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.

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

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

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

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


Our Goals
Service Excellence                                                                                                                    



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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:  

If you are passionate about continuing education and professional development, consider volunteering for WSHEF’s Programs Committee. Programs Committee participation can include annual committee membership, where you participate in setting the vision and long-term strategies for WSHEF sponsored events. Volunteering can also be event specific, allowing you to volunteer for the amount of time you are able to commit. Event specific volunteering is a great way to meet your local colleagues and support your local ACHE chapter. Time commitment for events is typically 3 months and totals less than 10 hours, serving in ways such as:

•  Event Planning (Location, Speaker, Topic, etc…)
•  Event Materials & Promotion
•  Day of Event Support (Check-in/Greeters, Setup, etc…)

If you’re interested in volunteering with the Programs Committee, please reach out to Programs Committee Co-Chairs at wshef.membership@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!


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.