Washington State Healthcare Executives Forum

December 2018

President's Message

Happy Holidays,
In the spirit of our just-celebrated Thanksgiving holiday, I want to express my appreciation to you for the great support I have had from you over the past year as I served as WSHEF President. I have had the opportunity to work with a very talented and committed Board and have been able to meet many healthcare leaders throughout our state who are making a difference for the patients, families and the communities in which they serve. The Board has continued to listen to our members and implement events and programs in response to what we have heard and had a very active 2018. A few call outs:
  • A big thank you to Nick Malos, co-Chair of our Programs Committee, for putting together a great annual breakfast meeting in October, where many of us participated in an excellent panel discussion regarding “Disruptive Innovation in Healthcare Delivery”. Moderated by Rod Tarrago, Seattle Children’s CMIO, and with panelists Ann Goldman (Multicare), Dan Low (MDmetrix/Seattle Children’s), Bernadette Minton (Providence St. Joseph Health), and Sriraman Rajamani (Health Catalyst) – the panel shared their perspective on the evolution of technology’s impact on healthcare, with a focus on use of data analytics.
  • I also want to thank the Membership and Advancement Committee co-Chairs, Karin Larson-Pollock and Brooke Stegmeier, for their efforts to put together a Fellows educational event with a national speaker on “Leading in a Changing Environment: Focus on Population Health”. I heard that the presenter, content and venue were excellent.
  • Thanks to Steve Saxe, we launched Advancement Information Sessions via webinar for members wanting to advance to Fellow, helping them to learn about the process and tips for successfully passing the exam.
  • The Board is also mindful of the need to create more opportunities for members on the east side of the state, hosted a couple of events in 2018, and am pleased that we now have two representatives on our Board from eastern Washington who are eager to help further the effort in 2019.
  • Additionally, I am very excited about the work that is occurring to launch our organizational champion framework.  This is a focus on engaging individuals from various organizations throughout the state to serve as the point of contact for disseminating information and gathering feedback on our activities, with an aim of better engaging our members.
The Board is continuing to look for opportunities to best meet the needs of ACHE members in our state and will be having a half day retreat in January to talk about the year ahead. We always appreciate hearing your ideas, so please reach out if you have items you would like us to consider. 
Finally, I want to remind you about the upcoming ACHE Congress in Chicago March 4-7. This is always a great opportunity to learn from leaders in the field on a wide variety of topics, as well as reconnect with colleagues and meet new ones.
Thank you again for your support this past  year – it was a pleasure serving as President. In January I will pass the baton to Lori Nomura who will serve as President for 2019. Lori has been a long-standing supporter of WSHEF and has served on the Board for several years. She has been instrumental in working with the Board over the past few months to establish a new strategic plan, which you will hear more about in the coming year.
Wishing you all a very happy holiday season,
Pam Rock

Message from Your ACHE Regent - Fall 2018

It has been a beautiful fall here in the Great Northwest and I hope you have had an opportunity to enjoy the weather – even the snowy Apple Cup that will be remembered for years to come. Whether you’re a Husky or a Cougar we can be proud of both our teams this season.

It was a pleasure to meet so many of you at our meet and mingle events, annual breakfast during the WSHA conference, or at the Museum of Flight for our Face-to-Face educational program focusing on population health. I hope you make 2019 the year to attend more events. Registration is open now for the Congress on Healthcare Leadership March 4-7 in Chicago.

As I write, the CDC announced that for a 3rd straight year our life expectancy has decreased erasing many of our gains this past century. Our nation needs healthcare leaders now more than ever to improve the health and resiliency of our communities. May we all show more compassion and caring for one another in our homes, neighborhoods, organizations, and our region.

In closing, I am pleased to announce I have joined the team at Overlake Medical Center & Clinics as the Director of Primary Care and Urgent Care. Our Eastside communities are growing and it’s a joy to work in the community I call home.

May you have a relaxing holiday season, ready to tackle new challenges in 2019.

Serving leaders who care,

Andrea Turner, MHS, FACHE
Regent for Washington

Connect with me via Twitter @WAStateRegent or LinkedIn

Education Reaches New Heights at the Flight Museum

On Nov 9, 2018, WSHEF offered a unique face-to-face educational session which provided its members 6 ACHE credits. The event was held at the Museum of Flight in South Seattle.  Free admission was provided to the museum so all attendees could enjoy the museum.

The seminar focused on the essential steps to build an effective population health program within your system to meet the growing demands of value based care. The program was led by the expert faculty of Drew Harris, DPM, DPM, MPH, Jefferson School of Population Health Jon Burroughs, MD, FACHE, President & CEO, The Burroughs Healthcare Consulting Network, Inc.  

Approximately 27 WSHEF members learned how to build the infrastructure and business plan to successfully execute risk based capitated population health programs. Breakfast and lunch was provided during networking sessions. Feedback from attendees included very positive reviews of the faculty and many ideas from the attendees of how to implement what they had learned.

Thanks to Karin Larson-Pollock, Brooke Stegmeier and the programing committee for their efforts in this successful educational event!

What to Expect in 2019 from WSHEF!

More Meet & Mingles!

  • Seattle – The Garage (1130 Broadway) from 5:30 – 7:30        

           January 23rd, February 20th, April 17th, June 19th, November 13th

  • Bellevue
  • Tacoma
  • Vancouver
  • Spokane
  • Everett

More Programs!

  • January 9th, Building the Hospital of Tomorrow, Seattle

Register Here


  • Annual UW Diversity Face to Face credit event
  • Early Careerists Workshop
  • Washington State Legislative Update and Culture of Safety Face to Face credit event


  • Annual Meeting Face to Face credit event in conjunction with the WSHA Annual Meeting
  • Leadership development Face to Face credit event 

WSHEF Fellow Spotlight

Dr. Gary Smith, PhD, FACHE, began his career in 1968 to serve in the US Army Medical Service Corp for the Administrative Branch. His service in the State and Vietnam not only provided him with abundance of experience in administration, but also broadened his vision for Healthcare and set him strong to move forward in his initial goal of pursuing Physical Therapy. Dr. Smith obtained his Certificate of Physical Therapy from the Mayo Foundation School of Physical Therapy. After all his hard-work and from the plentiful experience gained by working in Hospital and long-term settings, he served as a Director for a larger Hospital. Eventually, he returned to school and successfully received a Master’s degree in Health Service Administration. By developing many of his privately owned Physical Therapy clinics across the region, Dr. Gary Smith has had enormous management, as well as clinical experience. This has all helped him structure the Physical Therapy Department at Eastern Washington University, after which the University stimulated him to pursue his PhD. He later went on to become the Chair of the Physical Therapy Department at the University. 

He continued his work for almost 30 years, after which he sold his clinical facilities and buildings to move on to the next stage of his life. For almost 10 years after that, he honored the Administrator position at the region’s largest rehabilitation facility, which for him was “extremely rewarding and fulfilling.” He is now, after his retirement, teaching three courses at Washington State University for the Masters in Health Policy and Administration (MHPA) program.

With a focus on life-long learning, Dr. Gary Smith now earns a Fellow position not only at ACHE, but also in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapist. He holds quality server as an utmost important factor for attempting to achieve success in both his profession, as well as business. For him, “leadership, vision, and dedication are the hallmarks of motivating one to lead.” His formula for being a successful leader is to be a good listener and respect everyone because everyone is important, to be honest and fair to all individuals, having a vision and being dedicated. With the inspiring demonstration of healthcare leadership and management that he has portrayed in his career, Dr. Smith’s message for aspiring healthcare leaders is to “always learn, respect all points of view, listen with intent, and respect all people.” 


Welcome New Members, Fellows and Recertified Fellows

Welcome New Members!



Andy Larson

Cindy E. Paget, MAOL

Ajay J. Sharma, MD

LTC Myong S. Woo

Donna L. Woodkey-Dinsmore, MBA, BSN, RN



Marisa Flores Harvey

Patrick Gerding

LTJG Bridget Hannon

Joshua M. Liao, MD

Gretchen Lopez

Blake Rose

CDR Denita J. Skeet

Melanie K. Tran



Sharyl Hall, RN, MHA

Charles K. Perkins

SFC Brien C. Smith

MAJ Anne Marie Sterling

Robert J. Winchel


Lorraine Harris, RN, MHA

Simon Kim, PhD

Monica D. Tolliver

Angela Vetch


Welcome New Fellows!!! 


CAPT Jeffrey W. Bitterman, MD, MBA, FACHE

Chris Johnston, PharmD, FACHE



Maj Thomas A. Gangi, FACHE


Congrats to Recertifying Fellows!!


Katherine J. Bell, FACHE

Marta D. De La Torre, FACHE

Jeffrey D. Friedman, FACHE

Chris A. Grippo, FACHE

Jeanell M. Rasmussen, RN, FACHE

Mark S. Turner, CPA, FACHE



Drexel DeFord, FACHE

Mary J. McHugh, FACHE

Tracie Newman, FACHE

Ajay A. Sinha, FACHE

Charles G. Tirrell, FACHE


News for Students

New - ACHE Student Scholarship Applications Open Jan 1 2019

Applications for the 2019 Dent and McGaw scholarships are opening soon! Offered annually, the Albert W. Dent and Foster G. McGaw graduate student scholarships are awarded to outstanding students enrolled in graduate programs in health services administration to help finance their education. Each scholarship is worth $5,000. Every year, ACHE awards up to a total of 15 scholarships.

Visit the Albert W. Dent and Foster G. McGaw Graduate Student Scholarship web pages for more information. Applications open starting Jan. 1, 2019.


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.

WSHEF Organizational Champions

Interested in getting more involved in your Washington State ACHE Chapter?  Want to influence our programming and events?  Willing to sharing your knowledge and experience by mentoring the next generation of healthcare leaders?  

Then join our 1st class of Organizational Champions!

The Washington State Healthcare Executives Forum (WSHEF) is the Washington chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). WSHEF is committed to being the premier professional society connecting health care leaders in Washington State to learn, share and transform health care.

As WSHEF strives to strengthen our member connections – and connect members to each other, we are starting something new in 2019. We’d love for you to be involved! WSHEF is looking for volunteers to join our Organization Champions network. Being an Organization Champion is a volunteer opportunity to engage with the WSHEF chapter and local healthcare leaders. This includes serving as a liaison between the chapter and your local members (or those interested in joining WSHEF), providing input in designing our programming and events, and mentoring early careerists.

Core Responsibilities

  •    Liaison for WSHEF members in the region or for the organization

  •    Welcome and serve as a resource for new members who join WSHEF and are a part of your region or organization

  •    Liaison for non-WSHEF members interested in joining the chapter

  •    Connect WSHEF members or those interested to the correct contacts within WSHEF

  •    Maintain basic awareness of WSHEF activities and opportunities to answer questions or refer to other resources

  •    Mentorship of early careerists

  •    Quarterly check-ins with the WSHEF membership committee

  •    If interested, participation in other WSHEF committees

Current ACHE membership is required.

Commitment for this position is estimated to be no more than 2-4 hours per month.

If you are interested in becoming an organization champion, please contact us at the emails below:

Brooke & Karin

WSHEF Membership Co-Chairs

Karin Larson-Pollock – karin.larson-pollock@providence.org

Brooke Stegmeier – brooke.stegmeier@providence.org

Volunteer Opportunities

Asian Healthcare Leadership Forum is looking for you!

National News and Articles

National ACHE News Q4 2018

Study Connects Work-Life Balance, Burnout and Safety Culture

Healthcare is approaching a tipping point as burnout and dissatisfaction with work-life integration in healthcare workers continue to increase. Addressing work-life integration issues is crucial, as poor work-life integration has been linked to higher levels of burnout and patient safety risk, according to original research published in BMJ Quality & Safety.

Cross-sectional survey study was completed in 2016 and included more than 10,600 healthcare workers across 440 work settings within seven entities of a large academic healthcare system. Researchers created a work-life climate scale to assess the frequency of behaviors such as skipping meals, taking breaks and changing personal plans for work among healthcare professionals.

The study found that work-life climate was strongly associated with personal burnout and burnout climate, which describes how often professionals see signs of emotional exhaustion in their colleagues.

“Burnout has implications for patients, the individual healthcare worker and their families, and is linked to lower perceptions of safety culture, increased medical errors and lower quality care,” according to the study. “Targeting [work-life integration] behaviors may provide tangible interventions at the work setting level that reduce burnout.”

In addition to lower burnout, quartile analyses of the results revealed higher work-life climate scores were associated with better teamwork and patient safety norms, better leadership and increased readiness for quality improvement.

“Improving this climate should be a strategic priority for leaders interested in building capacity and resilience in their workforce,” wrote the study authors. “Improving [work-life integration] is likely to improve healthcare worker’s quality of life, organizational outcomes and, ultimately, quality of care for patients.”

Adapted from “Work-life balance behaviours cluster in work settings and relate to burnout and safety culture: a cross-sectional survey analysis,” by Stephanie P. Schwartz, Kathryn C. Adair, Jonathan Bae, et al., BMJ Quality & Safety, Oct. 11, 2018.

Hospitals Prioritize Clinical Documentation Improvement

Clinical documentation improvement was identified as a top priority by hospital technology, financial and physician leaders in a recent Black Book Market Research report.

“Because of increased patient engagement, the need for proper clinical documentation improvement driving quality outcome scores has never been more essential,” says Doug Brown, managing partner of Black Book.

Highlighted below are four additional findings from the survey.

•    Nearly 25 percent of all U.S. hospitals now outsource some or all coding functions.
•    Ninety-one percent of hospitals with more than 150 beds that outsource their CDI processes reported significant increases in appropriate revenue and proper reimbursements in the third quarter of 2018.
•    Eighty-eight percent of hospitals confirm documented quality improvements and increases in case mix index within six months of CDI implementation.
•    Eighty-nine percent of hospital financial officers say that the above factors do influence their motivation to adopt CDI practices.

Adapted from “Black Book Survey: New Generation CDI Enhances Patient Care and Reduces Financial Risk,” Black Book Market Research, Oct. 19, 2018.

JHM Podcast: 'A Leader Who Cares'

ACHE’s Journal of Healthcare Management has launched a new podcast series on the JHM website and on iTunes. “A Leader Who Cares” is an audio version of the interview included in each issue of JHM and offers a convenient digital format for busy leaders.

In the first installment of the podcast series, Richard D. Cordova, FACHE, president emeritus of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and current member of several boards, shares his thoughts on how serving on boards has shaped his perspective on healthcare leadership. JHM Editor Eric W. Ford, PhD, leads the interview in the September/October issue of JHM, accessible in print, online via ache.org/Journals, and on iTunes. Encourage your members to listen to this series for inspiration from ACHE’s leaders.

Check out ACHE's New Redesigned Website!

ACHE has launched a redesigned ache.org on December 17. This new "digital front door" is an important milestone in delivering on our goal to educate, engage and inspire leaders to improve health.

Designed with our members and users in mind, the new site:

  • Provides timely and relevant content, resources and information

  • Ensures ease-of-use and a modern interface

  • Promotes growth and engagement

  • Tells the story of ACHE and its members

The new website is the first phase of a digital strategy that will continue to evolve, ultimately providing healthcare leaders, especially members, with value-added content, a personalized experience and a sense of community. While the site provides a fresh, new look and experience, the regular activities that members conduct on the site, such as paying membership dues, registering for a seminar or purchasing a book, will function as usual.

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-Pollock, 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.