Washington State Healthcare Executives Forum

March 2019

President's Message


I am delighted to engage with you this year in my new role as President of the Washington State Healthcare Executives Forum (WSHEF). I enjoyed connecting with many of you recently at Congress and I look forward to the year ahead full of educational opportunities and networking events.  

The board of WSHEF is here to serve you and we welcome your input and involvement in chapter activities. The 2019 board officers and members are listed below along with the committee chairs:  

Board Officers and Members

Lori Nomura, J.D. – WSHEF President (Healthcare Attorney, Foster Pepper PLLC)

Brian Barry - WSHEF President Elect (Chief Operating Officer, Kadlec Regional Medical Center Clinics)

Pam Rock, MHSA, FACHE - WSHEF Past President (Vice President, Medical Service Lines & Specialty Programs, Seattle Children’s) 

Sue Miller, PharmD – WSHEF Secretary & Communications Chair (Director Acct Managers, Astellas)

Ryan Sundquist, MHA – WSHEF Treasurer (Associate Director, Western Washington Medical Group)

Rosalee Allen, FACHE (Professor, Eastern Washington University) 

Valerie Chrusciel, MBA, FACHE (Chief Operating Officer, Overlake Medical Clinics, LLC)

Parke Corbin, MHA, FACHE (Assistant Director, UW Medicine) 

Emily Yu, MHA (Director of Operations, Express Care, Providence St. Joseph Health)

Aaron Hefel, MHA, MBA (Senior Manager, Physician Services, Providence Health & Services)

John Joyce, MBA, FACHE (Vice President, Ancillary Services, MultiCare Health System)

Karin Larson-Pollock, MD, MBA, FACHE – WSHEF Membership & Advancement Co-Chair (Chief Quality and Analytics Officer, Providence Regional Medical Center Everett)

Nick Malos, MHA – WSHEF Program Committee Co-Chair (Product Development Strategist, PacificSource Health Plans)

Andrea Turner, MHS, FACHE (Director, Clinic Operations, Overlake Clinics) ACHE Regent

Champions Network and Chapter Innovation Grant

The WSHEF board has set as its top priority for 2019 the development of a Champions Network and implementation of a grant to support early careerists with leadership development and networking events. The Champions Network, spearheaded by Karin Larson-Pollock and Brooke Stegmeier, is a group of volunteers from healthcare organizations across the state who serve as liaisons between the chapter and their organization to mentor early careerists and provide input on WSHEF’s programming. Our inaugural class of Champions includes the following: 

Stephanie Williams, Executive Director, Ancillary Services, Kadlec Regional Medical Center

Christopher P. Hall, MD, St. Mary Medical Center - Providence

Robert Watilo, St. Mary Medical Center - Providence

Don Wee, Chief Executive Officer, Tri-State Memorial Hospital

Brittany McCreery, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Aimee O’Neill, Seattle Children's

Russ Woolley, COO, CHI Franciscan - Highline

Michael J. Davis, FACHE, VP of Practice Management, Polyclinic

Vandna Chaudhari, FACHE, Administrator Population Health Management, UWMC

Tim Reed, Virginia Mason Medical Center

Zach Griffin, FACHE, Senior Director Telehealth, Providence Health - Downtown

Sherry Stoll, Director, Specialty Clinics, Providence Medical Group

Sheridah Lemmon, The Everett Clinic

Bret McManus, Kadlec Regional Medical Center

David J. McKay, FACHE, St. Mary Medical Center - Providence

Michael Myint, MD, VP Quality & Patient Safety, Swedish First Hill

Taylor B. Rose, Assistant Administrator, Multicare Covington Hospital

Under Brian Barry’s leadership, WSHEF applied for and received a 2019 Chapter Innovation Grant from ACHE to support the professional development of early careerists. Through our Champions Network, we are identifying a group of early careerists to participate in a year-long educational and networking program that will include an emotional intelligence assessment.   

Upcoming Events

The WSHEF Programs Committee, chaired by Nick Malos, has a full calendar of events planned for 2019. On April 3, there will be a face-to-face educational offering entitled Population Health Management: Justice, Access and Financial Implications. The program will take place at the University of Washington Magnuson Center from 6-8pm. Please plan to attend!

Get Involved

If you have been looking for opportunities to meet other healthcare executives or get more involved in chapter activities, we are looking for volunteers to help with our Program Committee, Membership & Advancement Committee, and Communication Committee. This could include helping out with one upcoming event or activity, or a commitment to join the committee long term. Please let me know if you are interested and we can connect with you for a brief conversation about opportunities. 

I look forward to connecting with you at our events and hearing from you. Please feel free to send me an email if you have questions about WSHEF or have ideas on how we can better engage with our members. You can contact me at wshef.president@achemail.net.

Happy Spring!

Lori Nomura


Message from Your ACHE Regent


Welcome to 2019! While this is a winter message, here in the Great Northwest we have had mild weather so far which is perfect for taking your workout outside.

Our local chapter is off to a great start this year with several opportunities to earn Face-to-Face credit. In January, we hosted a session on Building the Hospital of the Future and a co-sponsored event on networking. In February, our Asian Healthcare Leaders Forum hosted a program on Population Health Management: Justice, Access, and Financial Implications. We have also scheduled Meet & Mingles throughout the year, so we hope we have something that fits your schedule.

I am also pleased to announce that WSHEF has received a Chapter Innovation Grant from ACHE to focus on engaging early careerists with WSHEF and ACHE who will be nominated through our Champions Network. We look forward to sharing more information in the months to come.

In closing, thank you for what you do to make our communities healthier and more resilient. Our current measles outbreak reminds us that our health systems need to always be ready to serve and respond to a critical public health emergency while maintaining current services.

Serving leaders who care,

Andrea Z. Turner, FACHE
Regent for Washington
Director, Overlake Medical Center & Clinics

Connect with me on LinkedIn or Twitter: @WAStateRegent

WSHEF Champion Spotlight

Robert Watilo

New to our newsletter is the WSHEF Champion Spotlight! Each quarter we will highlight a new WSHEF Champion. We hope you enjoy meeting these members and reach out to get to know them! 

Robert is currently the Chief Strategy Officer – SE Washington for Providence Health and Services, SE Washington Service Area.  Robert has been with Providence for 23 years as of March 2019! Congrats Robert on that service anniversary!

As the CSO and now WSHEF Champion, Robert understands the importance of engaging healthcare professionals across their career continuum. When asked what Robert enjoys most about his current position it is that he gets to bring together various parts of the healthcare system and finding ways to improve the delivery of care for the benefit of patients.

As a WSHEF Champion within Kadlac Providence Health System, Robert is committed to developing the healthcare professionals of the future. Specifically, Robert personally believes it is critical for young healthcare careerists to gain a full understanding of the healthcare continuum. The future of healthcare is all about improving and coordinating care across traditional silos. Having the ability to understand each segment and impacts changes have across the organization is key to finding solutions that work.


Welcome New Members, Fellows and Recertified Fellows

Welcome New Members!


David T. Bachman, MD Black Diamond WA

Herbert Baker Seattle WA

Sean Bethune Sammamish WA

Kathrine DiLucchio Federal Way WA

R. David Frum Seattle WA

HM1 Omar Garcia-Argueta Bremerton WA

Sheri Keahey Olympia WA

LT David Lester Lake Stevens WA

Thomas J. ODonnell Walla Walla WA

Joseph A. Passanante,MD Seattle WA

Susan E. Pollock Olympia WA

Anne L. Rasmussen Bellingham WA

Jessica Symank, BS Seattle WA


Suely Barreto                        Redmond WA

Scott A. Brodeur Kennewick WA

John Burg Sammamish WA

Katherine E. Chang Bellevue WA

Nkeiruka Duze, MD, FACP Sammamish WA

Christopher Eggers Tumwater WA

Christine Gifford Auburn WA

Kirsten A. Golden Port Townsend WA

Jeannine Grinnell Renton WA

Sudhakar Karlapudi Bellingham WA

Mark A. Kettner Medical Lake WA

Lenna Lizberg, RN, MSN Olympia WA

Hannah Thomas, MSHS Seattle WA

Robert J. White Auburn WA


Dylan D. Blackburn Seattle WA

Toccara Jule Mount Vernon WA

Sharon S. Laing, PhD Tacoma WA

Andrew Petrini Bellevue WA

Tyler A. Russell Tacoma WA

Neke A. Thomas Tacoma WA

Wilson Trang Seattle WA

Congrats to Recertifying Fellows!!


Richard M. Richards, FACHE Spokane WA

Monica P. Sheldon, FACHE Odessa WA

Sara H. Williamson, FACHE Yakima WA


MicheleA.Forgues-Fisher, FACHE       Seattle WA

Timothy G. O'Haver, FACHE Tacoma WA


Andrea Z. Turner, FACHE Bellevue WA








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.

Volunteer Opportunities

Asian Healthcare Leadership Forum is looking for you!

National ACHE News

National News Q1

Fellow Status: Your Members' Next Step in Career Advancement

The importance of earning the distinction of board certification as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives cannot be overstated. Encouraging your chapter members to take the next step in advancing their careers by achieving Fellow status benefits their professional goals and the healthcare management profession as it demonstrates a healthcare leader’s competence, leadership skills and commitment to excellence in the field.

Fellow applicants who successfully meet all requirements by Dec. 31, 2019, including passing the Board of Governors Examination, will be eligible to participate in the 2020 Convocation Ceremony at the 2020 Congress on Healthcare Leadership.

Complimentary Resources for the BOG Exam Available

For Members starting on the FACHE® journey to board certification and the FACHE credential, several resources are available. These complimentary resources include quarterly Advancement Information webinars, designed to supplement other Board of Governors Exam study resources, such as the Board of Governors Review Course or Online Tutorial.

Opportunity to List Your Postgraduate Fellowship

As a healthcare leader, you know how crucial it is to attract and develop highly qualified professionals in your organization. If your organization is offering a postgraduate fellowship, we encourage you to add it to ACHE's complimentary Directory of Postgraduate Administrative Fellowships at ache.org/Postgrad. You may add a new listing or update a previous one at any time by completing the online listing form. The directory can help you gain exposure and start attracting top-notch applicants to your program. 

Questions? Please contact Audrey Meyer, membership coordinator, at (312) 424-9308, or via email at ameyer@ache.org, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central time.

ACHE Announces Nominating Committee 2019 Slate

The ACHE Nominating Committee has agreed on a slate for presentation to the Council of Regents on March 2 at the Council of Regents meeting in Chicago. All terms began at the close of the Council meeting on March 2.

Nominating Committee Member, District 2 (two-year term ending in 2021)

Donald G. Henderson, FACHE


Central Florida Health

Leesburg, Fla.

Nominating Committee Member, District 3 (two-year term ending in 2021)

David A. Stark, FACHE


UnityPoint Health

Des Moines, Iowa

Nominating Committee Member, District 6 (two-year term ending in 2021)

COL Mark D. Swofford, PhD, FACHE

U.S. Army

Governor (three-year term ending in 2022)

Kurt A. Barwis, FACHE


Bristol (Conn.) Hospital & Health Care Group Inc.

Governor (three-year term ending in 2022)

Brian C. Doheny, FACHE

Associate Vice President

Humana Inc.

Louisville, Ky.

Governor (three-year term ending in 2022)

Michael A. Mayo, FACHE

Hospital President

Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville (Fla.)

Governor (three-year term ending in 2022)

Mary C. Starmann-Harrison, RN, FACHE


Hospital Sisters Health System

Springfield, Ill.


Michael J. Fosina, FACHE


NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital

Bronxville, N.Y.

Thanks to the members of the Nominating Committee for their contributions in this important assignment:

Edward H. Lamb, FACHE

Charles D. Stokes, FACHE

Chisun S. Chun, FACHE

Dolores G. Clement, DrPH, FACHE

Carle-Marie P. Memnon, FACHE

Stephen J. Pribyl, LFACHE

Michael O. Ugwueke, DHA, FACHE

Adam C. Walmus, FACHE

ACHE Call for Nominations for the 2020 Slate

ACHE’s 2019–2020 Nominating Committee is calling for applications for service beginning in 2020. ACHE Fellows are eligible for any of the Governor and Chairman-Elect vacancies and are eligible for the Nominating Committee vacancies within their district. Those interested in pursuing applications should review the candidate guidelines for the competencies and qualifications required for these important roles. Open positions on the slate include:

  • Nominating Committee Member, District 1 (two-year term ending in 2022)

  • Nominating Committee Member, District 4 (two-year term ending in 2022)

  • Nominating Committee Member, District 5 (two-year term ending in 2022)

  • Four Governors (three-year terms ending in 2023)

  • Chairman-Elect

Please refer to the following district designations for the open positions:

  • District 1: Canada, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont

  • District 4: Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas

  • District 5: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Candidates for Chairman-Elect and Governor should submit an application to serve that includes a copy of their resume and up to 10 letters of support. For details, please review qualifications for open positions that are listed in the Candidate Guidelines, including guidance from the Board of Governors to the Nominating Committee regarding the personal competencies of Chairman-Elect and Governor candidates and the composition of the Board of Governors.

Candidates for the Nominating Committee should submit a letter of self-nomination and a copy of their resume.

Applications to serve and self-nominations must be submitted electronically to jnolan@ache.org and must be received by July 15. All correspondence should be addressed to Charles D. Stokes, FACHE, chairman, Nominating Committee, c/o Julie Nolan, American College of Healthcare Executives, 300 S. Riverside Plaza, Ste. 1900, Chicago, IL 60606-6698.

Following the July 15 submission deadline, the committee will meet to determine which candidates for Chairman-Elect and Governor will be interviewed. All candidates will be notified in writing of the committee’s decision by Sept. 30, and candidates for Chairman-Elect and Governor will be interviewed in person on Oct. 24.

To review the Candidate Guidelines, visit ache.org/CandidateGuidelines. If you have any questions, please contact Julie Nolan at (312) 424-9367 or jnolan@ache.org.

ACHE Call for Nominations for Regent-at-Large

The ACHE Board of Governors is calling for applications to serve as Regent-at-Large in Districts 1, 5 and 6 beginning in March 2020. ACHE Fellows are eligible for Regent-at-Large vacancies within their district. 

  • District 1 consists of Canada, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont

  • District 5 consists of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

  • District 6 consists of the Uniformed Services/Veterans Affairs.

The goal of the Board of Governors in appointing Regents-at-Large is to diversify the Council of Regents. The purpose of the Regent-at-Large is to promote diversity in the governance of ACHE with respect to race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation or disability. For further details, please refer to ACHE’s Statement on Diversity. The responsibilities of the Regent-at-Large—including suggested knowledge, skills and experience for the role—are included in the position description. Appointments will be made by the Board of Governors in November 2019. Candidates should not directly contact members of the Board of Governors to request letters of support.

Fellows from Districts 1, 5 and 6 may apply to serve by sending a letter and resume (see specifications below) to Caitlin E. Stine, communications specialist, Division of Regional Services, at cstine@ache.org and they must be received by Aug. 23. All candidates will be listed on ache.org in the Membership section under the heading “Regent-at-Large Declared Candidates.” Any candidate not listed by Aug. 30 should contact Stine immediately. If prospective candidates have any questions about the application process, they should contact Stine.

Application specifications
To be considered, applications must include:

  • A statement, in the form of a letter, by the candidate that addresses his or her qualifications for the position, including the demographic characteristics, knowledge, skills and experience.

  • A professional resume of education and work experience.

Candidates may include up to two letters of support for their candidacy. Letters of support may not be solicited from current members of the ACHE Board of Governors.


Check out ACHE's New Redesigned Website!

ACHE has launched a redesigned ache.org during December 2018. 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 a part-time master’s program that 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



2019 Officers and Board Members

2019 WSHEF Officers:

  • Lori Nomura, JD, President
  • Brian Barry, President-Elect
  • Pam Rock, MSHA, FACHE, Immediate Past President
  • Sue Miller, PharmD, Secretary
  • Ryan Sundquist, MHA, Treasurer

 2019 WSHEF Board Members:

  • Rosalee Allen, PHR, FACHE
  • Park Corbin
  • Emily Yu, MHA
  • Aaron Hefel, MBA, 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

  • Serena Mukai, MHA
  • Nolan Brandt

         Term ongoing 


      University of Washington

  • Steven Smith, BSN, RN, MHA 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.