Washington State Healthcare Executives Forum

December 23, 2019

President's Message

Happy Holidays!


As we approach year end, I want to say thank you for permitting me to serve as the WSHEF Board President.  It has been a terrific year and I have had the opportunity to work with a very committed and talented group of leaders on the Board and in our membership. During the year we made great strides in outreach and engagement with our membership and expanded program offerings. Examples of some of WSHEF’s achievements this year include: 

  • Early Careerist program led by Brian Barry.  This program involved a group of 12 early careerists and provided education and networking opportunities funded in part through an ACHE innovation grant. 
  • Development of our Champions Network, led by Brooke Stegmeier and Chris Coon.  The Champion Network is a group of leaders from healthcare organizations all across Washington who serve as a point of contact for disseminating information and providing feedback on our activities with a goal of better serving and engaging our members. 
  • Collaborative program in Spokane with the Washington Patient Safety Coalition on Communication Resolution Programs featuring Dr. Thomas Gallagher of UW Medicine, Dr Jeff Collins of Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital and Dr Randal Moseley of Confluence Health.
  • Advancement webinars led by Parke Corbin.  These information sessions are offered via webinar for members wanting to advance to Fellow, helping them to learn about the process and tips for successfully passing the exam.
  • Meet & Mingles coordinated by Aimee O’Neill and Kellie McClure providing networking and social opportunities for WSHEF members throughout the year across the state. 

A special thank you to two individuals who are transitioning off the board at year end and who have meaningfully impacted the organization during their years of service.  Nick Malos co-chaired the programs committee for several years and worked tirelessly to provide excellent programs for the membership.  Emily Yu served in several capacities including leading the Asian Healthcare Leaders Forum (AHLF) and supporting the Communications Committee with website support.  Emily also recently hosted the AHLF annual holiday potluck (see below). 


As we look to 2020, I want to thank the entire WSHEF Board and in particular the officers, President-Elect Brian Barry, Past President Pam Rock, Secretary Sue Miller and Treasurer Ryan Sundquist.  It has been a pleasure working with you!  I also look forward to welcoming our new board members, Melissa Moran Hodge and Brittany McCreery and volunteers Alyssa de le Rosa, webmaster, Dylan Blackburn, AHLF President and Patrick Lee, AHLF Board liaison. 


The Board will be holding a half day retreat in January to plan for the year ahead.  If you have questions or ideas for the Board to consider, we welcome your input!  Feel free to reach out to me at Lori.Nomura@foster.com.   


I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and best wishes for the New Year!

Lori Nomura


WSHEF Early Careerist Spotlight

2019 Early Careerist Program | WSHEF

An ACHE Innovation Grant-Funded Effort


WSHEF obtained an Innovations Grant in 2019 to initiate the establishment of an Early Careerist program.  We utilized our state-wide Champions Network to identify ACHE members who are under 40 years of age and completed their degrees five to seven years ago to engage them in a meaningful way by experiencing the benefits of ACHE through WSHEF.  Early Careerists were nominated and we had 11 participate in a program that integrated professional networking, continuing education and personal/professional development. 


Each participant was able to attend two Meet and Mingle events where they were able to network across a diverse group of event attendees.  These were socially oriented events meant to establish a closer professional network across the state.  Attendance was also gained to WSHEF’s Annual Breakfast, hosted during Washington State Hospital Association’s annual conference, where the Early Careerists were able to earn 1.5 Face to Face education credits by listening to area experts discuss service line development at their respective organizations.  Finally, the Early Careerists were able to measure their emotional intelligence through Medix’s proprietary MyPrintTM behavioral assessment tool and navigated session sponsored by Medix.


We have been able to highlight the Early Careerists throughout the year in our quarterly newsletters, showcasing their backgrounds and introducing them to WSHEF’s membership.  The entire program was well received by the early careerists as is evidenced through their feedback that included some of these supportive statements:

·        “This was one of the best professional events I’ve done”

·        “It [MyPrint assessment] broke down traits and behaviors I can focus on in my development”

·        “Gave me great insights in to my strengths and weaknesses”


The grant-funded program has truly helped to initiate an Early Careerist program, it is our hope to build upon this great base as we work with WSHEF’s membership to advance development across the state.



Message from Your ACHE Regent - Fall 2019

Message from Your ACHE Regent
Fall 2019
This fall I give thanks to each of you as healthcare leaders in our profession leading our organizations every day of the year. Each of us face challenges each day, yet some of us face things that hit the front pages of our papers and local broadcasts. I am reminded that at any time, any one of us can face organizational or personal difficulty.

It is in these times that we need to come together, work with trusted colleagues, and support our fellow leaders. Whether it is a colleague leading their organization through a crisis, a reduction in force, or other personal challenge, we have all been there or are in a position to help someone else. If you are asked by a colleague for advice, do you take the time to respond or assist them? I challenge each of us in the next quarter to help one fellow leader. Review a resume, meet someone for coffee, or answer that call. I bet you will be glad you did! Within our ACHE community there is always someone who has made it through the exact situation you face.
As we head into the holiday season now is the time to renew our dues, register for Congress on Healthcare Leadership, and consider the Fund for Healthcare Leadership. Please join me in contributing to support important initiatives such as scholarships for the Senior Executive and Executive Programs and the Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program. Visit ache.org/Fund to make a donation.

I look forward to seeing you at our events in 2020 and hope you take time to reflect on your personal growth and success this year. 
Serving leaders who care,

Andrea Z. Turner, FACHE
Regent for Washington
Director, Overlake Clinics
Connect with me on LinkedIn or via Twitter @WAStateRegent

Member Advancement Opportunities

Advancement Information Sessions

Advancement Information Session (AIS)
January 8, 2020 7:30am-8:30am
WSHEF has scheduled our next AIS webinar. This one-hour live webinar will share the value of the FACHE credential, the requirements to become credentialed and resources to prepare.
If you have any questions you can contact Parke Corbin @ pcorbin@uw.edu.


Why obtain your Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) Click here?
1.      The FACHE credential demonstrates professionalism, ethical decision making, competence, leadership skills and commitment to lifelong learning.
2.      The FACHE credential symbolizes a commitment to excellence; it is a rigorous credential based on multi-faceted criteria—including a valid and reliable examination.
3.      Board certification provides the personal satisfaction of achieving a goal and achieving professional recognition.
Interested in Advancing?
1.      Participate in an Advancement Information Session to learn more about the value of the credential, the requirements to advance, and the resources to make this next move in your professional development.
2.      Attend a local in-person review course to begin preparing for the Board of Governors exam. More information coming soon related to this course likely being offered by WSHEF in early 2020.
3.      Contact Parke Corbin @ pcorbin@uw.edu for more information.
Advancement Information Resources
The ACHE Credentialing website has a wealth of information to show the value of the credential and help you plan your path to attaining board certification as a healthcare executive.  Just go to www.ACHE.org/FACHE. If you cannot attend one of these sessions, ACHE has recorded webinars available on their website. In addition, resources to help you begin your journey are on the ACHE website.  And remember, the members of WSHEF are here to help.


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!

If Interested please contact Dyland Blackburn at dylan.blackburn@gmail.com or Patrick Lee at patplee@uw.edu


National ACHE News

"Let us Bring the Expert to You"

 Let us Bring the Experts to You
Choice is ACHE's tailored professional development series designed to close competency gaps and meet individual educational needs within your organization. Choice programming offers professional development that is convenient and with a cadence that works best for your group. These programs, categorized in a meaningful way, focus on topics that affect executives and leaders in the healthcare field. During the planning phase, you have options for who, what, where, when and how programs are tailored. Additionally, every program is led by a respected ACHE expert speaker, facilitator or author possessing a real-world perspective.
Whether you are interested in hosting a single or multi-day program, or already have existing leadership development but want to enhance your programming, let us know. Visit ache.org/Choice or contact Catie L. Russo, program specialist, ACHE Department of Professional Development, at (312) 424-9362 or crusso@ache.org for more information.
Call For Proposals: Management Innovations Poster Session   
ACHE invites authors to submit narratives of their posters for consideration during the 36th annual Management Innovations Poster Session to be held at ACHE’s 2020 Congress on Healthcare Leadership. This is a unique opportunity for authors to share the innovative work their organizations are doing with other healthcare leaders.

We are interested in innovations addressing issues affecting your organization that might be helpful to others, including improving quality or efficiency, improving patient or physician satisfaction, implementation of EHRs, uses of new technology and similar topics. All accepted applicants are expected to be available to discuss their posters on Monday, March 23, between 7–8 a.m. Posters will remain on display March 23–25 at Congress.

Please go to ache.org/CongressPosterSession for the full selection criteria. Submit narratives as an email attachment to PosterSessions@ache.org by Jan. 21, 2020
Encourage Your Members to Apply for FACHE®       
The importance of earning the distinction of board certification as an ACHE Fellow cannot be overstated. Encouraging your chapter members to take the next step in advancing their career by achieving Fellow status benefits their professional goals. It also benefits the healthcare management profession in general as it demonstrates a healthcare leader’s competence, leadership skills and commitment to excellence in the field. 
The Board of Governors Exam is the final step on the journey to recognition. Applicants who pass the Exam and successfully meet all other requirements by Dec. 31, 2019, will be eligible to participate in the Convocation Ceremony at the 2020 Congress on Healthcare Leadership.

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.

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

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

  • Makenna Sewell
         University of Washington
  • Kelly Mohammed



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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!


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