Welcome to the Western Florida Chapter of ACHE

The Western Florida Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives is the local chapter of a national organization of professional healthcare executives that represents a wide range of healthcare professionals, executives, consultants, and the faculty and students of health administration programs.

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We invite you to attend one of our programs, webinars, educational or networking events throughout the year. Check this website often for a list of events.


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Message from the President

Victor D. Weeden, DHA, FACHE

On behalf of the Board of Directors, welcome to the ACHE Western Florida Chapter.

It is my honor and privilege to serve as the ACHE WFC President. First, thank you to our Immediate Past President, Sabrina Rice, for two years of dedicated service to our chapter and for leading us to accomplish several stellar achievements.

For example, ACHE WFC received the 2024 Award of Distinction for exceeding established targets of net membership growth, education, and networking performance. Our chapter growth during 2023 was extraordinary; we reached a new milestone of 1060 members. As of January 1, 2024, we are the 10th largest ACHE chapter in the nation. Congratulations to our chapter Program and Membership Committees on these tremendous accomplishments.

ACHE is the premier professional organization for healthcare executives and managers. Our chapter’s mission is to meet the professional, educational, and leadership needs of our Western Florida region members. Our large region includes seventeen counties. We strive to be the preeminent professional society that promotes member career growth and competency attainment.

We are committed to providing superb career development opportunities for our diverse membership of healthcare professionals. Our membership community includes students, early careerists, senior executives, healthcare managers, administrators, clinicians, and non-clinicians. Our diversity is a source of strength and inspiration that fosters innovation and creativity. The chapter offers development opportunities for every stage of a career journey, including student mentoring, early careerist networking, senior executive forums, and educational programming. We also provide mentoring and educational support for members interested in pursuing an ACHE Fellow certification.

As an ACHE member and Fellow for over two decades, I am proud to be associated with such a distinguished group of healthcare professionals. I strongly encourage you to participate in ACHE WFC activities; your engagement is invaluable and will drive our future success.


Victor D. Weeden, DHA, FACHE

ACHE Western Florida Chapter President

A Tribute to Candace Smith

It is with a heavy heart that we announce Dr. Candace Smith, our Director-At-Large, passed away last week. Candace was an esteemed board member, holding many different positions throughout the years. Our thoughts are with her family and loved ones during this difficult time. Candace worked in healthcare for over 35 years, serving as Vice President Operations and Chief Nurse Executive at Lee Health Cape Coral Hospital and was formally the Chief Nursing Officer at Manatee Memorial Hospital. She was a nationally known speaker on topics of clinical excellence, speak up, and exemplary leadership. She co-authored the college textbook Healthcare Quality Management: A Case Study Approach along with our chapter colleagues. She touched many lives with her passion for healthcare and serves as an inspiration to us all.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Lee Memorial Hospital Nurse Education Foundation of Ft. Myers, Florida. For those who wish to pay their respects, a mass will be held:

Candace S. Smith Remembrance

Friday, July 12th

Mass at 11am at St. Therese Roman Catholic Church

20115 N. Tamiami Trail, North Ft. Myers

Celebration of Life to follow at the Cass Cay Restaurant

3200 Matecumbe Key Rd., Punta Gorda, FL

(in Burnt Store Marina @ 5000 Burnt Store Road)


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Member Spotlight

Steve Marciano


Steve Marciano is a nursing professional with a vast background in business and hospital operations, clinical standards and healthcare policy, collaboration, leadership, project management, and academia. He is the current Manager of Business Operations for St. Anthony’s Hospital and Morton Plant North Bay Hospital within the BayCare Health System.

Steve completed both a baccalaureate degree in public health and a master’s degree in healthcare administration. He is currently adjunct faculty for the School of Allied Health Sciences at Excelsior University, and the second vice president of the Alumni Leadership Council.

Steve’s passion for public health and improving outcomes for vulnerable and marginalized populations is evidenced by his philanthropic efforts. He is the current Chairman of the Board for 360 Eats, a nonprofit organization, creating a sustainable food system free from hunger and food waste providing free healthy meals to our community with their sustainable food truck  Steve is also a Board member for Seniors in Service of Tampa Bay, a 40-year-strong nonprofit organization, engaging senior volunteers who in addition to their own, improve outcomes for others in the community. Steve’s a seasoned collaborator and recently expanded his collaborative community efforts as a member of the 2023 Leadership St. Petersburg (LSP) class and serves as a member of the Planning Committee for the current 2024 LSP class.

 Steve is a proud member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and the West Florida Chapter (ACHE WFC), starting as a student member. He recognized early on the importance of being a member of an exceptional community of executives offering professional colleague networking, and robust resources to foster results-driven, outstanding leadership. Steve is honored to be a member of the ACHE WFC Diversity and Inclusion Committee, contributing his efforts to fostering an inclusive environment and enhancing the quality of healthcare, hospital/community relations, and improved outcomes for the health status of society.

Steve is married with three adult sons. He enjoys biking, music, physical fitness activities, traveling, and volunteering his time to organizations improving the outcomes of vulnerable populations.

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