Washington State Healthcare Executives Forum

September 2018

President's Message

Dear Colleagues,
I hope you all enjoyed the beautiful summer of the Pacific Northwest and are ready now for the Fall. My husband and I hosted his family for a reunion in Seattle during Seafair weekend. Family came from all over the U.S. and many had not spent time here. They all commented on the beauty of the area and the friendliness of the city—a reminder of how fortunate we are to live in this gorgeous state! 

Over the summer, the WSHEF Board took some time to work on our next strategic plan. The Board is comprised of a diverse group of individuals with different backgrounds and career experiences, yet it was evident at that retreat that all share the same desire to work on your behalf to provide beneficial educational and networking opportunities. We have some great offerings this fall and I hope you will plan to attend one or more. In particular, I hope we will see you at the WSHEF Annual Breakfast on October 11, 7:00 a.m. at the Marriott Waterfront-Seattle. This event is conveniently held one morning during the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) annual meeting. The topic for our breakfast this year is Disruptive Innovation in Healthcare Delivery (With A Focus on Big Data and Analytics) and will feature keynote/moderator Rod Tarrago, MD (Seattle Children’s) and panelists Dan Low, MD (MDMetrix), Ann Goldman (MultiCare), Bernadette Minton (Providence) and Sri Rajamani (Health Catalyst). 

Another exciting development launched by the Board is an organizational champion network. We are working to identify champions at healthcare organizations/regions throughout the state. The role will help to connect with both existing and potential members within their organization and region to keep them informed of WSEHF activities. They will also provide feedback to the Board to make sure we are meeting member needs. If you are interested in participating, please reach out to me or any of the Board members. 
Finally, I want to ask you to please consider volunteering with WSHEF. There are numerous ways you can volunteer, long term (serving on a committee) or short term (one event/activity). There is a summary of ideas to consider included in this newsletter. We welcome your involvement and need your input into our events/activities to best meet your needs. Please reach out if you would like more information or have other ideas/opportunities to share. 
I hope to see you this Fall at an upcoming event!

Message from Your ACHE Regent

I hope you have had a fulfilling summer with time to recharge and connect with family, friends, and colleagues. Recently I had the opportunity to return to New York City for an ACHE Cluster and to visit with over 400 members at a Healthcare Leaders of New York annual chapter event. Seeing former colleagues and meeting many new ones reminded me our ACHE connections are there for us through our entire career and attending programs are a great way to network with other leaders that face the same challenges we all have in our industry. I hope you join me at our Washington State Healthcare Executive Forum annual meeting and breakfast October 11th. Our event coincides with the Washington State Hospital Association Annual Member Meeting to maximize attendance from members throughout the state.

When you receive your ACHE dues renewal this fall you will notice a slight increase. Since 2004, ACHE has held dues steady, yet inflation has increased 36% during the same time-period. At its June meeting, the ACHE Board approved a modest dues increase for 2019 to continue to expand our services while personalizing your experience with us. The dues increase will enable ACHE to continue to offer services based on member needs and a changing healthcare environment. I hope you will agree with me that you receive an incredible value for your dues including top-notch education and networking opportunities, access to the premier FACHE® credential, publications, career resources, and events through your local chapter. ACHE develops your leadership skills while giving you critical knowledge and the tools to succeed.

The 2019 dues increase affects International Associates ($10 increase); Members tiered by tenure ($10 increase for years 1-2; $15 years 3-5; $20 over 5 years) and Fellows ($20 increase). The increase does not affect Students, Faculty, Life or Retired members.
For more information, see http://www.ache.org/pdf/secure/FAQs_Dues_081518.pdf.

September is the perfect time to recruit new Members to ACHE! When your non-member colleague applies in September, ACHE dues are only $160 for the remainder of 2018 and ALL of 2019. Members may apply online at ache.org/Join.

Thank you for being a member of ACHE, and your continued engagement in improving the health of our communities. I look forward to seeing at a future event or connecting with me on Twitter (@WAStateRegent) or Linkedin.

Serving leaders who care,

Andrea Z. Turner, FACHE
Regent for Washington
Associate Administrator, Ambulatory Care
Harborview Medical Center

WSHEF Fellow Spotlight

Kim Williams, Chief Executive Officer, Providence Health and Services-- Northwest Washington

Kim Williams MS, RN, FACHE, is from Camano Island, where her healthcare journey began during her senior year at Snohomish High School. While still in high school, she began taking classes at Everett Community College (ECC) in 1974. In 1976, she graduated with her associate degree in nursing. Following graduation, Kim took her first nursing position as a staff nurse in Everett. Shortly after her nursing career started, Kim moved to Bellingham (a half an hour south of the Canadian border) and began her 25 years at St. Joseph’s Medical Center.

Kim says her path to leadership “wasn’t intentional,” but originated in her being open and “willing to try new things.” Kim’s enthusiasm for embracing new opportunities was unmistakable during her time at St. Joseph’s, where she worked directly with or was associated with virtually every clinical department in the hospital. The various nursing roles Kim held at St. Joseph were the genesis of her interest in healthcare leadership. Guided by mentorship, Kim returned to school with her sights set on a Masters of Nursing  degree, which she earned in 2000. After earning her MSN, Kim returned to Providence, where she had many leadership roles including: Manager, Director, Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Through Kim’s many leadership positions and her years of experience, she now advises aspiring healthcare leaders to not “underestimate the learning that can happen in any leadership position” and that “taking a step backwards can be the right move.”

Kim currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Providence Health and Services, Northwest Washington. As CEO she oversees operations of a 530-bed medical center with two locations and the Providence Medical Group which has multiple locations throughout Snohomish County. She also serves on various boards including North Sound Accountable Community of Health, Stanwood-Camano YMCA Advisory Board, Economic Alliance of Snohomish County, and United Way of Snohomish County. She is also an Executive Board member of the Regional Trade & Economic Development Alliance.


Volunteer Opportunities


Welcome New Members, Fellows and Recertified Fellows

Welcome New Members!


1Lt Allison M. Carr
Jean M. Clark, MSN, MBA
Sarah Klaus
Peter Lee
Christina Logalbo, MSN
Richelle C. Orpilla
Thomas S. Parker
JohnPaul Parraga
Katrina M. Peterson
Amy Wolff


Sheri J. Abraham, MHA
Randal Blue, EdD, MBA, MHA
Pennie J. Craig
Alexandra Franklin
Lorraine Harris, RN, MHA
Amy Kernan, MBA
Debra J. Miller

Welcome New Fellows!!! 




CDR Kevin J. Lyle, FACHE
David Winokur, FACHE



Paul S. Myoung, FACHE

Members Who Successfully Passed Board of Governors Exam




Robert M. Dickens, RN, FACHE

Congrats to Recertifying Fellows!!




James Santucci, FACHE



Rosalee Allan, FACHE
Nancy J. Steiger, FACHE



Pamela R. Rock, 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 Q3 2018

Are You Leading for Safety?
Healthcare leaders are guided by the highest calling—to care for those who entrust their care to us. This means that we must keep our patients and workforce safe. Improving healthcare safety requires leaders who are committed to take a stand.
That is why ACHE has partnered with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement/National Patient Safety Foundation Lucian Leape Institute and other safety experts to help healthcare leaders take a stand.
Join us and commit to leading for safety by signing the We Lead for Safety pledge online at ache.org/Safety. While you are there, you can find resources, tools, self-assessments and best practices to help your organization measure, build and sustain a culture of safety. 
Maximize Your Leadership with ACHE’s CareerEDGE 
Are you taking advantage of your complimentary access to ACHE's CareerEDGE®? More than 4,300 of your fellow ACHE members have registered for this unique and interactive tool designed to support you in planning and managing your career. Early careerists and senior executives alike can use the tool to support their own career development as well as those they lead. CareerEDGE includes free assessments and tools to enhance your self-awareness as well as a comprehensive framework that makes it easy to map a plan to achieve your goals. Visit our CareerEDGE webpage to login and explore CareerEDGE today!
Attend a Local Prep Course for the BOG Exam
A new review course is available to help ACHE Members prepare for the Board of Governors Examination. The BOG Exam Prep: Brought to You by ACHE and Your Local Chapter includes a thorough content review of the 10 knowledge areas addressed in the Exam, practice test questions and test-taking strategies. Participants may earn up to 12 hours of Face-to-Face Education credit when they complete the review course.
Three ACHE chapters recently piloted the BOG Exam Prep, and course revisions are being made based on participants’ feedback. The national rollout for the course is planned for September 2018.
Members who would like to take the new review course through a local ACHE chapter should contact their chapter leadership to learn more and express their interest in preparing for the Exam.
BOG Exam Prep is also available as an On-Location Program. Contact Katherine M. Stack, FACHE, manager, program development, Division of Professional Development, at (312) 424-9304 or kstack@ache.org for more information.

Share Your Professional Announcements
Improve your visibility in the healthcare field and build your professional brand by sharing career updates with ACHE. Have you started a new job or been promoted recently? Are you planning to retire? If the answer is yes, then get yourself listed in the "On the Move" section of Healthcare Executive magazine! All you have to do is email the job title, organization and location of both your former and your new job, as well as a high-resolution headshot, to he-editor@ache.org
Offering a Postgraduate Fellowship? ACHE Can Help
If your organization is offering a postgraduate fellowship for the upcoming year, we encourage you to add it to the Directory of Postgraduate Administrative Fellowships at ache.org/Postgrad
As a healthcare leader, you know how crucial it is to attract and develop highly qualified professionals in your organization. Gain exposure and start attracting top-notch applicants by posting your organization’s program on the directory. You may add a new listing or update a previous one at any time by completing the Online Listing Form.  
Questions? Please contact Audrey Meyer, membership coordinator, Division of Member Services, at (312) 424-9308 or email ameyer@ache.org.
ACHE Communities Can Enhance Members’ Experience
ACHE offers four community groups that align with our members’ professional backgrounds and commitment to diversity and inclusion. Encourage members in your area to join any of the communities that meet their professional needs and goals (pending satisfaction of eligibility requirements).
Sign up today! Join or renew one or more of these groups for an annual fee of $100 each in addition to your ACHE membership dues. All benefits are accessible online and include a quarterly newsletter, an exclusive LinkedIn Group and special designation in ACHE’s online Member Directory.
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.
Forum Member Directory Connects Executives With Healthcare Consultants
The Healthcare Consultants Forum Member Directory is 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 now!
Are You Due to Recertify Your FACHE Credential in 2018? 
Demonstrate your continued dedication and commitment to lifelong learning by recertifying your FACHE® credential. Login to my.ache.org to learn when you are due to recertify. Please submit this application no later than Dec. 31; include your Qualified Education credits and your community/civic and healthcare activities. For more information, please visit ache.org/Recertify
You may also contact the ACHE Customer Service Center at (312) 424-9400, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Central time, or email contact@ache.org

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
  • Emily Yu, MHA
  • Aaron Hefel, MBA, MHA
  • Sheridah Lemmon, MHA
  • Karin Larson-Pollack, MD, FACHE
  • Nick Malos, MHPA
  • Valerie Chrusciel,MBA, FACHE
  • John Joyce, MBA, FACHE

 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.