ACHE National News

Registration Is Open: Congress and Virtual Leadership Symposium

Registration is open for the 2022 Congress on Healthcare Leadership, March 28–31. Congress features an unparalleled selection of specialized education sessions and so much more:

Visit to view the full agenda and plan your schedule.

You will also gain even more value by registering for the Virtual Leadership Symposium, April 11–12. Congress on Healthcare Leadership registrants receive a discounted registration for the symposium, with combined learning units from both events totaling 18+ ACHE Face-to-Face Education credits. Learn more.

Career Development Sessions at Congress

A new feature at this year’s 2022 Congress on Healthcare Leadership will be the Ignite Stage, which will be located in the Solutions Center. The Career Resource Center experts, Executive Search Firm and Executive Coach collaborators, patient safety partners and Health Administration Press authors will serve as featured faculty. They will be delivering multiple micro sessions, networking opportunities and panel discussions on a variety of topics that are geared toward audiences at all career levels. The Ignite Stage will be active daily throughout Congress with focused, career-related presentations, networking and open Q&A to engage all participants. 

In addition, the Career Resource Center will be hosting an open access exhibit booth to support dialogue, conversations and appointments for Resume Review and Career Advising sessions. Open office hours and numerous complimentary resources and tools will also be available.

ACHE Call for Nominations for the 2023 Slate

ACHE’s 2022–2023 Nominating Committee is calling for applications for service beginning in 2023. ACHE Fellows are eligible for the Chair-Elect and Governor vacancies and are eligible for the Nominating Committee vacancies within their districts. 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 2 (two-year term ending in 2025)
  • Nominating Committee Member, District 3 (two-year term ending in 2025)
  • Nominating Committee Member, District 6 (two-year term ending in 2025)
  • Four Governors (three-year terms ending in 2026)
  • Chair-Elect

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

  • District 2: District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia
  • District 3: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin
  • District 6: Air Force, Army, Navy, Veterans Affairs

Candidates for Chair-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 the Candidate Guidelines, including guidance from the Board of Governors to the Nominating Committee regarding the personal competencies of Chair-Elect and Governor candidates and the composition of the Board of Governors.

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

Applications to serve and self-nominations must be submitted electronically to and must be received by July 15. All correspondence should be addressed to Michael J. Fosina, FACHE, chair, Nominating Committee, c/o Julie Nolan, American College of Healthcare Executives, 300 S. Riverside Plaza, Ste. 1900, Chicago, IL 60606-6698.

The first meeting of ACHE’s 2022–2023 Nominating Committee will be held March 29 during the 2022 Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago. The committee will be in open session at 2:45 p.m. During the meeting, the Nominating Committee will conduct an orientation session for potential candidates regarding the nominating process. Immediately following the orientation, an open forum will be provided for ACHE members to present and discuss their views of ACHE leadership needs.

Following the July 15 submission deadline, the committee may meet to determine which candidates for Chair-Elect and Governor will be interviewed. All candidates will be notified of the committee’s decision via email by Sept. 30, and candidates for Chair-Elect and Governor will be interviewed in person Oct. 27.

To review the Candidate Guidelines, visit If you have any questions, please contact Julie Nolan at (312) 424-9367 or

Connect With Fellow Members

We are pleased to offer members three new, free online communities for physician executives, Asian healthcare leaders and LGBTQ healthcare leaders. The communities’ platform makes it easier than ever for peers to connect in real time, tackle issues together and ask important career-related questions. Members can participate in discussion threads, share resources and best practices, and crowdsource innovative ideas and solutions.

To join, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to
  2. Under “Helpful Links” on the right-hand side, click the last option, “My Communities.”
  3. Click the “Add” button to choose the online communities you wish to join. An MD or DO degree is required to join the Physician Executive Community.
  4. Watch your inbox for your welcome email and instructions to access your new community! The email will arrive within 24 hours.

We hope you will join these communities. If you have any questions, please email

Students and Host Sites: Register for the 2022 Summer Enrichment Program

We would like to let you know you can register for the American Hospital Association’s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity’s 2022 Summer Enrichment Program. The Summer Enrichment Program grows and strengthens the pipeline of healthcare leaders from underrepresented groups, and places diverse graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in healthcare administration or a related field in 10-week, paid internships across the country. The Institute’s staff is working with organizations to match SEP students with host sites starting in February. Internships generally take place from June through August.

ACHE and the Institute are co-promoting the SEP to increase the number of students who participate in the program each year and, accordingly, increase the number of host sites. Just as students benefit from experiential learning, healthcare organizations that register to become host sites gain access to the healthcare leaders of tomorrow—former SEP interns are now CEOs and administrators of hospitals and healthcare organizations nationwide.

Help strengthen equity and inclusion in healthcare organizations—learn more and register today.

Meet ACHE’s 2022 Premier Corporate Partners 

This year, we are extremely proud and deeply appreciative to have seven of the industry’s leading companies as our 2022 Premier Corporate Partners:

  • Cardinal Health
  • Cerner Corporation
  • Change Healthcare
  • Exact Sciences
  • Intuitive
  • LeanTaaS
  • Quest Diagnostics

ACHE’s Premier Corporate Partners play a vital role in supporting our mission of advancing healthcare leadership and the field of healthcare management excellence. These relationships help ACHE support our educational programs and national events, such as the Congress on Healthcare Leadership, and they offer complimentary resources to members, such as on-demand content, white papers and articles, to help address critical issues in your organization. In return, we offer our partners exclusive opportunities to engage with ACHE members to advance their key initiatives.

We hope you’ll join us in offering a warm welcome to each of our 2022 Premier Corporate Partners. We look forward to their partnership and support in the year ahead.

ACHE WFC Hits 1,000 Member Milestone!

This week, ACHE’s Western Florida Chapter hit 1,000 members! We appreciate the contributions that each of our members make, and want to highlight YOUR excellence!

Do you want to be featured under our Member Spotlight, or know someone that you would like to nominate? Email with a few shorts sentences about yourself or the WFC Member you’d like to nominate, as well as a headshot photo. To view our current Member Spotlight, head to the home page and scroll down!

Join Us In-Person at ACHE’s Congress!

Join ACHE Western Florida Chapter at Congress!

Are you attending this year’s ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership? Network with your Western Florida Chapter in Chicago, and join other leaders from across the care continuum and nation at the 2022 ACHE Congress!

There’s still time to register – click here to sign up for the in-person conference! We hope to see you there!

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Host an Intern

As professors in healthcare management programs, we already know the value of internships for students. Experiential learning remains the best way to learn important skills, such as professionalism, communication skills, confidence, and—perhaps most critically—self-knowledge.

But did you know that hosting interns is an excellent way to improve your organization? It’s true! Here are the top five reasons you should recruit an intern for your organization.

Number 5: Interns Help You See Things Differently

Perspective from anyone outside of your team often inspires new ways of thinking. Energetic and enthusiastic interns who are unfamiliar with day-to-day operations can be great additions to your brainstorming sessions. Be sure to encourage them to speak up in meetings. Interns love helping out with new ideas, so it’s a win-win!

Number 4: Build Momentum for Long-Neglected Projects

Some projects are important, but not urgent. Assigning an important project to an intern is a great way to get a long-neglected project started. By giving interns some structure and a little of your time, you can build momentum for solving really important issues.

Number 3: Create Brand Awareness

There are long-term benefits of offering internships on a regular basis. Relationships with your local university healthcare management program can create excellent word-of-mouth marketing. Interns help build your reputation by turning university healthcare management programs into productive recruiting sources.

Number 2: Mentorship Opportunities

Interns provide opportunities for your current employees to learn how to mentor. Oversight of an intern can be both personally and professionally fulfilling for early-career associates who may be ready to move to a management role but have not had much hands-on management experience. Senior associates can “mentor the mentor,” providing the mentor the opportunity to work on developing lower-level associates and interns, alike.

Number 1: Interns May Become Great Associates

Many health care organizations use student internships to test out new working relationships. Very commonly, organizations recruit their interns as early-career associates. Students become familiar with your organization and make some valuable contacts, and you get to find out whether an intern is a fit for your organization before hiring them.

If you are interested in placing a graduate or undergraduate student in an internship in your organization anywhere in the ACHE WFC region, please reach out to us.

Thank you,

Lesley Clack, ScD, CPH  

Associate Professor and Chair

Florida Gulf Coast University

ACHE WFC Board Member, Faculty Representative

Zachary Pruitt, PhD, MHA, CPH, FACHE

Associate Professor and Director of Community Practice

University of South Florida – Tampa

ACHE WFC Board Member, Immediate Past President