First, I wanted to thank you for your dedication and support to our profession as a healthcare leader. Most importantly your vote and trust you placed in me to lead as your Regent. I would also like to thank my friend and fellow veteran, Ann-Marie Knight, FACHE, outgoing Regent, for her leadership to our profession and tireless support to our members and our communities across Florida.
Wes Marsh, FACHE Regent, Northern & Western Florida
In this issue:
● 2023 Virtual Leadership Symposium ● 2023 Congress on Healthcare Leadership
● Board of Governors Exam Fee Waiver ● Chapter Member Needs Survey ● Updated FACHE Continuing Education Requirement for 2024 ● Advance your career! ● Nominations open for Regent-at-Large
● Fund for Healthcare Leadership ● Read and Contribute to the ACHE Blog
2023 ACHE Virtual Leadership Symposium
May 9–10, Tuesday–Wednesday 6 ACHE Face-to-Face Education Credits To meet today’s challenges in healthcare, leaders must be engaged, informed and equipped with practical solutions and strategies. But increased demands on our time—and financial constraints— make staying current more difficult than ever. The 2023 ACHE Virtual Leadership Symposium provides you meaningful insights and updates on current trends, solutions and issues in healthcare in only 1.5 days. You and your team are invited to join specially selected, high-impact virtual sessions. Register today to save your spot. $50 special savings, use coupon code SAVE50 at checkout!
2023 Congress on Healthcare Leadership
Thank you for an incredible 2023 Congress, 5,000 attended and was the largest Congress to date! Most importantly it provided educational and networking opportunities enhancing both professional and personal skills. University of FL, University of North FL, and University of South FL, had alumni receptions and for the first time at Congress, all four Florida Chapters had a meet up Monday evening. Lastly, 23 members from North & West Florida chapters were recognized for attaining their Fellow status. Check out the 2023 Congress Highlights video.
Board of Governors Exam Fee Waiver Campaign Runs Through June 30
Encourage your chapter members to not only take the next important step in their careers by advancing to Fellow status but also take advantage of our Board of Governors Exam fee waiver offer (a savings of $225). To receive the waiver, qualified Members must submit their completed Fellow application, $250 application fee and all required documents by June 30. Visit ACHE.org/FACHE to learn more.
Chapter Membership Needs Survey
On June 5, ACHE will launch the annual Chapter Member Needs Survey, which will give your Chapter Leaders feedback on the programs and services they provide. This survey is sent via personalized emails containing links to our survey provider’s website. The survey link is specific to the member— it cannot be forwarded to other individuals. It will only be sent to all members who have been a member of your current chapter for at least one year and have selected Would you like to receive Surveys? at the bottom of your My Communication Preferences under My ACHE.
Updated FACHE Continuing Education Requirement
Current Requirement through December 31, 2023
Complete a minimum of 36 continuing education hours over 3 years, including:
A minimum of 12 ACHE Face-to-Face hours
Up to 24 may be Qualified Education hours
NEW Requirement Beginning January 1, 2024
Complete a minimum of 36 continuing education hours over 3 years, including:
A minimum of 12 ACHE In-Person Education hours
12 ACHE Virtual Interactive Education hours
Up to 12 may be Qualifying Education hours
Advance your career!
Developing healthcare leaders is a key priority at ACHE. Our members have access to a wealth of tools, resources, assessments and more, ensuring each can build on his or her competencies to take their career as far they desire.
The ACHE Board of Governors is calling for applications to serve as Regent-at-Large in District 2 beginning in March 2024. For further details, please refer to ACHE’s Statement on Diversity. Appointments will be made by the Board of Governors in December 2023. Fellows from District 2 may apply to serve by sending a letter and resume to Jennifer Connelly, FACHE, CAE, Vice President, Volunteer Relations, email@example.com and must be received by September 15. If prospective candidates have any questions about the application process, contact Jennifer Connelly.
Fund for Healthcare Leadership
Please consider donating to the Fund for Healthcare Leadership in 2023. The Fund wholly supports the Thomas C. Dolan Diversity Programs and provides scholarships for other professional development programs to talented individuals who lack the resources to acquire the skills and training needed to effectively lead through today’s challenges and into the future. Donate Today!
Read and Contribute to the ACHE Blog
Our blog shares relevant and meaningful insights from healthcare leaders and features articles on current trends in the field, first-person pieces and profiles of ACHE members. Check out the blog today.
ACHE is also looking for members to contribute to the blog. Is your healthcare organization leading the way in delivery of care innovation? Did you implement a program at your organization that other leaders could replicate? If you would like to contribute to the blog, please contact Caitlin E. Stine, Communications Editor, Department of Communications and Marketing, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American College of Healthcare Executives is dedicated to advancing healthcare management excellence. We fulfill that vision in many ways, including our educational offerings, credentialing program and collaboration with other healthcare organizations. Through their volunteer activities, ACHE members also play a critical role in strengthening our profession. In appreciation of the extensive volunteer involvement of our members, we have implemented the American College of Healthcare Executives Recognition Program.
The ACHE Recognition Program celebrates members’ commitment to the healthcare management profession. Recognition is bestowed at three levels, based on a range of specific volunteer activities that demonstrate leadership and contributions to furthering professional excellence. All active ACHE members are eligible to be recognized.
The ACHE Recognition Program is based on points accrued through volunteer activities performed in a convocation year (April–March). Points accrue for members beginning with the 2003–2004 convocation year and are cumulative from year to year. A member does not need to achieve a set number of points in a single year, but rather will build over time. In that manner, members have the opportunity to progress through the three award levels.
Awardees will be acknowledged at their local ACHE chapter, with each chapter determining an appropriate time for the annual award ceremonies.
Research indicates that improved diversity and inclusion in healthcare leadership results in more equitable healthcare outcomes for all communities. In 2021, the Thomas C. Dolan Program expanded to include the Career Accelerator Program. This new component is designed for diverse leaders in manager or director-level positions to support their career advancement. CAP provides education and networking through a virtual environment to help prepare diverse leaders for higher level positions in hospitals, health systems or other healthcare organizations.
The Thomas C. Dolan Career Accelerator Program is offered exclusively in a virtual environment through interactive live webinars, self-study materials and networking sessions with peers. Dolan CAP scholars are empowered through a structured curriculum that:
Cultivates a strong leadership presence.
Sharpens expertise in diversity, equity and inclusion.
Assists leaders in determining their career pathways.
Expands capacity to navigate career opportunities and challenges.
Research suggests that improved diversity and inclusion in healthcare leadership results in more equitable healthcare outcomes from all communities. Since 2014, the Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program has offered specialized leadership development for diverse leaders. EDP is designed for leaders in senior executive roles or those in C-suite positions who aspire to higher level or larger responsibility roles.
The Dolan Executive Diversity Program offers exclusive access to convenient learning and networking options, including interactive in-person education offerings, live webinars and collaborations with their cohort peers. Dolan Scholars are empowered through a structured curriculum and activities that:
Cultivates strong leadership presence.
Sharpens expertise in diversity, equity and inclusion.
The Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program is a six-month program and includes these key features:
Formal leadership education offering the opportunity to earn over 50 ACHE Face-to-Face Education and continuing medical education credits for physicians, nurses and physician assistants.
Senior-level career assessments.
Specialized learning experiences to delve into diversity, equity and inclusion in executive settings.
All selected Executive Diversity Program Scholars will also participate in the Executive Program. The Executive Program, divided into three cohorts, are designed for director and vice president-level leaders (executive cohort), senior vice president and those taking their next steps to C-suite (senior executive cohort) and physician leaders who are transitioning to administrative roles (physician executive cohort). For more information, please visit the In-Person Executive Program course page.
Specially selected mentors for one-on-one interactions.
Innovative, interactive in-person and virtual learning and networking throughout the program.
2023 Program Schedule
Feb. 13–Program Application Opens
April 10, 11:59 p.m.–Program Application Closes
May 10–Scholarship Recipients Notified
Scholar Goal Interviews
May 31–Program Orientation (Virtual)
Mentor/Mentee Strategy Discussions (Virtual)
Personal Coaching Session (Virtual)
June 24–Introductory Dinner (Atlanta)
June 25–In-person Session One (Atlanta)
June 25-27–Executive Program Participation (Atlanta)
This is it. My time as Regent is coming to a quick end. My reflection is taking me back 23 years, not simply the last four. You see, in 2000 I became a healthcare administrator commissioned in the U.S. Navy, and was ready to take on our beloved career field. My boss, who quickly became my mentor, CAPT Darin Rogers, FACHE (USN, Retired), gave me a list of instructions all of which were must dos. At the top of the list were three items:
Join the American College of Healthcare Executives
Work towards board certification in healthcare management and
Volunteer across the community inside and outside of the Navy. I didn’t realize until now the value of his advice.
Professional affiliation with ACHE is, and continues to be, at the foundation of my career. It has lived up to everything the membership promises: a mission of “advancing leaders and the field of healthcare leadership excellence.” I have enjoyed reaping the benefit of membership, but I continue to equally enjoy giving back to our profession through ACHE service and mentoring the next generation of healthcare leaders. Each opportunity afforded to me has been instrumental to my ongoing education, networking, and of course my personal professional growth. I encourage you to maximize your membership through education, networking and mentorship, as a mentor and protégé.
Our day-to-day work is extremely busy and it is easy to get lost in our projects, strategy development, HR issues, even a pandemic. Finding time for professional development and stimulation is paramount, and it is an investment that only we can do for ourselves. From my days of serving you in an at-large seat, then Communications Director on the ACHE -North Florida Chapter board to today, it has been an honor to support the mission of our professional organization and colleagues who will follow in those roles.
If you know me, you know me! You will remain on my radar, and I will support each of you in whatever capacity and way I can. Supporting the careers of others is in my DNA and is attributed to the days I served in our U.S. Navy, as well as my current and continued affiliation with ACHE. So, until I see you next time, be well!
Normalcy. We are all trying to get there but many things have occurred and continue to stretch us and really, what is normalcy?
Over the past three years, our work required creativity, agility, and an enormous scope of humility so we could be the best motivators for our respective teams. Despite very trying days, we know our teams lean on and expect us to provide the direction and assurance—as they should. It’s an important duty as a leader. When it feels hard to be thankful, push, we absolutely have lots to be thankful for, including our family, friends and colleagues. Let out that sigh and step into the crack, even if it is tiring. We have faced challenges head on, repeatedly.
The one thing that is normal, despite the turmoil of recent days, is that the fact we can lean on each other to provide valuable advice and, if nothing else, just for a bit of encouragement. We can count on each other to remind us that hard days always yield valuable lessons and opportunities for the future. In our profession, change is constant and we are built for it. Hold tight to your strength and your relationships, normalcy hasn’t left us.