ACHE Western Florida Chapter – Annual State of the Chapter and Holiday Social – Infection Control Policy

ACHE Western Florida Chapter continues to closely watch the evolving COVID-19 situation. We are committed to providing the safest educational and networking experiences we can. Our 2021 Annual State of the Chapter and Holiday Social in downtown Tampa (USF’s CAMLS) will be offered in a hybrid format (in-persona and virtual).

In-person attendees to the meeting must be fully vaccinated and must wear a face mask. Full COVID-19 vaccination means two shots of Pfizer, or two shots of Moderna, or one shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. We also recommend getting your annual flu vaccine before attending.

Also for In-person attendees, we will also be instituting COVID-19 Comfort-level Stickers color scheme to indicate attendees’ comfort level with social interactions amid easing social distancing restrictions:

  • Green – Hand-shakes & Hugs
  • Yellow – Fist Bumps & Elbows
  • Red – Wave Hello

We will continue to follow the science and to adjust our policies as needed to ensure a safe meeting for all attendees.

State of the Chapter 2021 – Virtual Event

For those of you who are not comfortable attending the event in-person, are not able to travel to USF’s CAMLS in downtown Tampa, or are not fully vaccinated, the 2021 Annual State of the Chapter and Holiday Social will be streamed online through Zoom! Ticket for attending via Zoom are only $10.00.

Please use the following Eventbrite link to purchase your ticket:

No matter how you participate, you will have access to the speakers, awards ceremony, and networking interactions.

State of the Chapter 2021 – Keynote Presentation

Keynote Presentation:

Leanne Salazar, APRN, DNP, MBA

Chief Nurse Executive, HCA West Florida Division

Topic: Resilience and Retention during COVID-19

Please use the following Eventbrite link to purchase your ticket:

We will network and hear from Leanne Salazar, APRN, DNP, MBA, Chief Nurse Executive, HCA West Florida Division. Dr. Salazar will speak on resilience and retention in healthcare organizations.

Leanne Salazar was promoted to Division Chief Nurse Executive at WFD in January, 2020. Prior to her promotion, Leanne served as the Chief Operating Officer at Oak Hill Hospital for one year and the Chief Nursing Officer for six years. Leanne also served one year as the Vice President of Quality and Risk Management at Oak Hill Hospital. Prior to her career move, Leanne spent 16 years at Spring Hill Regional Hospital in nursing leadership. Leanne is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner with her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP), a Master of Science in Nursing, a Masters of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Leanne is also Board Certified in Family Practice (FNP-BC), Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP), Certified in Professional Health Care Quality (CPHQ) and a Certified Professional in Patient Safety.

Leanne is highly active in community involvement serving on the Board of Directors for the Dawn Center and is the current Clinical Director for the Hernando County Sexual Assault Nurses.

State of the Chapter Event 2021

Please join us as we celebrate another fantastic year, just in time for the holidays! This year’s event will be held virtually through Zoom as well as in-person.

To kick off the evening, fun networking, interviews, and social activities will be facilitated during the first hour. Additionally, we will cover chapter highlights and awards from the year, and welcome our new Board of Directors.

We are honored to have Dr. Leanne Salazar, Chief Nurse Executive for HCA’s West Florida Division as the keynote speaker for the evening.

Please use the following Eventbrite link to purchase your ticket:

  • $40 for in-person (dinner and drink included)
  • $10 for virtual/interactive

Qualified Education Credit (1.5) eligible


5:30 p.m – 6:30 p.m.: Event Arrival – Sign in and Networking Activities

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Opening Remarks, State of the Chapter Address, Keynote Speaker (Dr. Leanne Salazar), Committee Chair Presentations, and Dinner

7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Awards Presented, New Board Members, Event conclusion


USF’s CAMLS – Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation

124 South Franklin Street, Tampa, Florida 33602

Dining Room 209