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.
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
On behalf of the Board of Directors, it is my honor to welcome you to the ACHE Western Florida Chapter (WFC).
For almost 20 years, our Chapter has supported the Western Florida healthcare leadership community including healthcare students, early careerists, consultants, nurses, physicians, healthcare educators, and senior executives by meeting individuals where they are in their professional journey. We recognize that our Chapter’s diversity, not only of education or clinical expertise, but also of all other facets, brings us closer together. Our unity is our strength.
In an era where healthcare co-exists with the virus that causes COVID-19, our Chapter’s leadership remains committed to excellence by providing continuing education, networking opportunities, and mentorship. Whether you aim to enhance your skillset, meet other professionals, consider career options, or pursue Fellow status by obtaining the FACHE credential, our Chapter provides the resources for your success.
We invite you to be an active participant in your membership with our Chapter by attending events regularly, inquiring about volunteer opportunities, and laying the groundwork to pursue future Board openings.
Thank you for joining us. I look forward to meeting you in the near future!
Sabrina Rice, MHA, MPH
ACHE Western Florida Chapter President
A Florida native raised in Tallahassee, Wes Marsh is the Operations Manager, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Florida Health Jacksonville, a medical network consisting of 2 academic hospitals, 695 beds, adult and pediatric Level I trauma program, community centers, with 6,200 faculty and staff, and annual revenues of $663.3M. Prior to joining UF Health, Wes was the Administrator, Bartram Crossing, a 100-bed Skilled Nursing Facility.
Prior to Bartram Crossing, Wes gained public health experience with the Florida Department of Health in Duval County as the Strategic National Stockpile & Cities Readiness Initiative and Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator. He was previously elected to four terms in the Arizona House of Representatives, is a former Commander and various leadership positions with the US Air Force, including Director for Command, Control, Communications and Computer/Cyber, and Chief Information Officer, J6, Joint Staff, NATO Training Mission – Iraq, combat veteran of Iraqi Freedom, and retired US Air Force commissioned officer with the rank of Major.
Wes earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an Associate degree in Applied Science in Healthcare Management from the Community College of the Air Force.
Wes serves as Regent for Northern and Western Florida, Council of Regents, the legislative body of American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). As Regent, Wes represents ACHE’s healthcare leaders from the cities of Cape Coral, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Lakeland, Ocala, Pensacola, Tallahassee, and Tampa.
He has been recognized by ACHE for his support of the 2022 Leader-to-Leader Program for recruiting and advancing the greatest number of members; ACHE Exemplary Service Award for extensive contributions to Healthcare Management; ACHE Regent’s Award, and is Immediate Past President and Advancement Chair of the ACHE North Florida Chapter.
Wes is board certified in healthcare management; Allied Member, American Association of Neurological Surgeons; Affiliate Member, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Merit Badge Counselor, Boy Scouts of America North Florida Council; Life Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a licensed pilot. In his leisure time, Wes enjoys mentoring others, flying aircraft, and public policy discussions. His wife Michele is a Jacksonville Gastroenterologist and have an adult son.