Fall 2017 – Message from our ACHE of Iowa Chapter Regent

ACHE of Iowa

Message from the Regent

November 2017

Hello ACHE of Iowa Members!

As ACHE’s Regent for Iowa, I have the privilege of visiting with graduate students in healthcare administration each year from the two schools in Iowa that participate in ACHE’s education network: Des Moines University and the University of Iowa. In these visits I talk with them about the value of being a student member of ACHE and, after graduation, transitioning to full membership.  We talk about the importance of being board-certified in healthcare management, particularly when we ask our physician colleagues to be board-certified in their fields.  This year, we also discussed how the delivery of health care has changed over the years and the challenges leaders face in keeping up with issues and keeping their leadership skills sharp over the span of their careers.  Our professional organization, ACHE, provides us with educational programs to stay current on priority topics and keep our leadership skills sharp.

Congratulations to the following members who have advanced to Fellow and are now board-certified in healthcare management!

  • Kay Takes, FACHE, President, Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque
  • Kyle Wilcox, FACHE, VP Finance & Business Development, Grinnell Regional Medical Center
  • Sarah Zeidler, FACHE, Executive Director of Oncology Services, UnityPoint Health

And, congratulations to those members who have recently re-certified as Fellows!

  • James Atty, FACHE, CEO, Waverly Health Center
  • Jean Shelton, FACHE, CEO, Iowa Digestive Disease Center

Welcome to these new members!

  • Jeremy Alexander, CFO, Fort Madison Community Hospital
  • John Davisson, CEO, Eye Surgeons Associates
  • Veronica Jackson-Patrick, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Matthew Sells, President & CEO, Shenandoah Medical Center

I would like to give a special shout-out to Tim Chwirka and his Education Committee at ACHE of Iowa. Once again this year, the Education Committee arranged for face-to-face programs that allowed us to obtain the credits we need to certify and re-certify as Members and Fellows.  They also arranged for several great networking events that gave us opportunities to get to know each other better.

If you would like to serve on a committee for ACHE of Iowa, click on the following link for the ACHE of Iowa website http://iowa.ache.org/index.php/leadership/ and contact the chairperson of the committee you are interested in serving on.

I also encourage you to save the ACHE of Iowa website on your desktop for easy reference to educational and networking events sponsored by ACHE of Iowa. Just click on http://iowa.ache.org and save it to your desktop.

For easy access to ACHE publications, search for ACHE Publications in the App Store and download it to your phone.  The app works great and allows you to search for past issues and articles from ACHE’s three excellent publications:

  • Frontiers of Health Services Management
  • Healthcare Executive
  • Journal of Healthcare Management

Strong leadership is necessary for quality health care. Gain the knowledge and networking you need through ACHE of Iowa.  Stay strong in your health care leadership.
Warm regards,
Dave Hickman, FACHE

ACHE Regent for Iowa

Summer 2017 – Message from ACHE of Iowa Chapter Regent

Hello ACHE of Iowa Members!

I listened to a political journalist recently who reviewed the current bills in Congress to replace the Affordable Care Act. He described some of the forces in our country that are changing our policies: a drop in median income, increased diversity, insecurity, the constant flood of information.  He is a political science professional, and sees the world from a political perspective.  I have also recently heard financial experts estimating the cost of these healthcare proposals, and, of course, these experts have a financial perspective.  We are healthcare leaders.  We need to see these proposals from a healthcare leadership perspective: leading the way to organize and provide quality, affordable, and accessible healthcare in the communities we serve.  ACHE can give us the tools to lead healthcare.

Congratulations to the following member who has advanced to Fellow and is now board-certified in healthcare management!

  • Samuel T. Schone, FACHE, Director of Innovation and Mercy Connect, Mercy-Des Moines

And, congratulations to those members who have recently re-certified as Fellows!

  • Carl Behne, FACHE, CEO, Greene County Medical Center
  • David H. Hickman, FACHE, VP, Mercy Health Network

Welcome to these new members!

  • Michelle Posten, CPA, Associate Administrator, Genesis Health System
  • Todd Richard, VP of Operations, UnityPoint at Home
  • Suman Tandra, MD, CMIO, Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City
  • Julie Behr, Director of Lab Operations, UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital
  • Julie Brinegar, Executive Director, Iowa City Ambulatory Surgical Center
  • Jonathan DuBois, Senior Imaging Technologist, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
  • Kelsey Hinton, Admin Chief of Staff, UnityPoint Health
  • Jay Mitchell, Regional Director of Enterprise Ambulatory Solutions, Allscripts
  • Ryshawn Peer, Strategic Program Manager, UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital
  • Steven Rippentrop, MD, Medical Director, UI Occupational Health
  • Kerry Bruning, Assistant Vice President, Allscripts
  • Levi Gause, MD, VP of Health system Informatics & CMIO, Great River Health Systems
  • Jeff Jarding, Clinics Administrator, Broadlawns Medical Center
  • Erick Laine, MD, EVP & COO, UnityPoint Physicians & Clinics
  • Eric Linson, Admin Director, University of Iowa Health Care
  • Mary Shoemaker, Director, UnityPoint Clinic

ACHE of Iowa’s Education Committee is working on our calendar of events for the remainder of 2017. Our goal is to provide you with enough face-to-face credits in Iowa to certify for your FACHE Board certification without leaving the state.

  • Pick up 3.0 face-to-face credits by attending the ACHE seminar on Wednesday, October 11 during IHA’s 2017 Annual Meeting at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines. The presenter is Mary-Ellen Pichè, FACHE, one of ACHE’s highest-rated speakers.  Mary Ellen’s topic is about reaching excellence in the patient experience.  Registration will be available at ihaannualmeeting.net  (note: link currently inactive/unavailable, but information will be available soon).

Plan to attend ACHE of Iowa’s Annual Meeting on October 11. This is a breakfast meeting during IHA’s Annual Meeting in Des Moines.  Hear brief updates on ACHE and ACHE of Iowa, congratulate chapter service award winners, and network with your colleagues.  Watch for details at www.ihaannualmeeting.net (note: link currently inactive/unavailable, but information will be available soon).

Interested in serving on a committee for ACHE of Iowa? Go to the leadership section of our website http://iowa.ache.org/index.php/leadership/ and contact the chairperson of the committee you are interested in serving on.

Check out our newly updated ACHE of Iowa website: http://iowa.ache.org. Save it to your desktop for quick access to our educational events calendar, newsletters, chapter leadership and job board.

Strong leadership is necessary for quality healthcare. Gain the knowledge and networking you need through ACHE of Iowa.  Stay strong in your healthcare leadership.

 

Warm regards,
David Hickman, FACHE

ACHE Regent for Iowa

Spring 2017 – Message from our ACHE Chapter Regent

Hello ACHE of Iowa Members!

It’s not difficult to know what some of our pressing issues are in healthcare today. The issues are in the headlines almost every day and they raise important questions:  How can we provide health insurance in a way that everyone has access to healthcare services?  Should insurance companies be required to offer a set of essential services?  If so, what are they?  Can we find a way to provide behavioral health services to all who need it?  How much uncompensated care can hospitals and providers be expected to provide?  Especially now, providers and populations need healthcare leaders who are grounded in knowledge and principles to advocate for those we serve.

Now more than ever.

Congratulations to those members who have recently re-certified as Fellows!

  • Joshua Brewster, FACHE, Director of Social Services, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
  • Edward Brown, FACHE, CEO, The Iowa Clinic
  • Michele Dane, FACHE, Director of Business Development, Genesis Health System
  • James G. FitzPatrick, FACHE, President, Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City
  • Robert P. Ritz, FACHE, President, Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines
  • Brian Sims, FACHE, CEO, Lucas County Health Center
  • Michael A. Wegner, FACHE, COO, Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines

And, welcome to these new members!

  • David Kading, Director of Planning, UnityPoint Health-Des Moines
  • Amy Sherman, HCI Hospice Care Services
  • Amber Badolato, Business Partner-Commercial, Mercy ACO
  • Jennifer Crimmins, Executive Director of Operations & Post Acute Strategy, UnityPoint Health
  • Charlotte Jacobs, Advisory Strategic Client Executive, Cerner
  • Stacey Klinker
  • Shelby Leemans, Clinic Supervisor, Genesis Health Group-Pulmonary Associates
  • Kristina McKenna, Administrative Fellow, UnityPoint Health
  • Ian Montgomery, Director of Executive MHA Program, University of Iowa
  • Matthew Murphy, CFO, Marengo Memorial Hospital

ACHE of Iowa’s Education Committee is working on our calendar of events for 2017. Our goal is to provide you with enough Face-to-Face credits in Iowa to recertify for your FACHE Board certification without leaving the state.

  • Pick up 1.5 Face-to-Face credits by attending the ACHE panel presentation Improving the Health Status of Your Community on June 7 during IHA’s Summer Leadership Forum in Cedar Rapids. Here’s the link: http://www.ihaonline.org/brochures/summerforum.pdf

Interested in serving on a committee for ACHE of Iowa? Go to the leadership section of our website http://iowa.ache.org/index.php/leadership/ and contact the chairperson of the committee you are interested in serving on.

Check out our newly updated ACHE of Iowa website: http://iowa.ache.org. Save it to your desktop for quick access to our educational events calendar, newsletters, chapter leadership and job board.

Strong leadership is necessary for quality healthcare. Gain the knowledge and networking you need through ACHE of Iowa.  Stay strong in your healthcare leadership.

Warm regards,

 

David Hickman, FACHE

ACHE Regent for Iowa

ACHE of Iowa – Message from the Regent

ACHE of Iowa

Message from the Regent

February 2017

Hello ACHE of Iowa Members!

As health care executives, none of us are at a loss of things to do. From the minute we start our day until the time we close our email feed at night, we work on numerous projects, programs, and deadlines.  Do you sometimes wonder if all of these projects and programs are making a difference?  What should we be working on?  In Christian tradition, the prophet Isaiah said “Listen to me, you that pursue righteousness, you that seek the Lord, return to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug.”  In other words, remember your foundation, your bedrock principles.  In grad school we learned to improve healthcare by reducing cost, improving quality, and increasing access.  Victor Hugo said “Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.”  So, in the midst of juggling all those priorities, keep the main thing the main thing…let your leadership principles be your guide.

Congratulations to those members who have recently re-certified as Fellows!

  • Brian Evans, FACHE, CEO, Clark Co. Hospital
  • Daniel Gillette, MD, FACHE, VP, Behavioral Health, Unity Point Health-St. Lukes
  • Jason Harrington, FACHE, CEO, Lakes Regional Healthcare
  • Marcia Hendricks, RN, FACHE, CEO, Madison County Health Care System
  • Michelle Cassabaum, FACHE, COO/CFO, 21st Century Rehab
  • Jay Willsher, FACHE
  • Todd Linden, FACHE, CEO, Grinnell Regional Medical Center
  • Michelle Niermann, FACHE, COO, UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital
  • Lynn Whisler, FACHE, VP Operations, Mary Greeley Medical Center
  • Tom Mulrooney, FACHE, VP Surgical/Cardiovascular Services, UnityPoint Health-Des Moines
  • Steve Simonin, FACHE, CEO, Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clinics

And, welcome to these new members!

  • Carol Ayangbile, Director Patient Experience/Inpatient Business Ops, UnityPoint Health Trinity
  • Robert Heen, COO, The Iowa Clinic
  • AJ Smith, Decision Support Coordinator, Mary Greeley Medical Center
  • Linda Wendt, RN, Executive Director, Payor Strategies, UnityPoint Clinic
  • Tobin Jacks, MD, Iowa Department of Corrections
  • Jan Myers, Director, Skiff Medical Center
  • Phil Stover, CEO, Medical Oncology & Hematology Associates
  • Lisa Curnes, VA Central Iowa Health Care System
  • Marianne Hellums
  • Jayson Pullman, CEO, Haywarden Regional Healthcare
  • Chelsea Van Vark, Administrative Fellow, Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines
  • Anna Cigrand
  • Gwen Larsen
  • Brett LeFevre
  • Christen Sewell, Radiation Therapist, UnityPoint Health
  • John Stoebe, JD, Law Clerk, ARAG Legal Insurance
  • Benjamin Taylor, Administrative Fellow, Trinity Health
  • Katie Tunning, Manager, Data Analytics, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

ACHE of Iowa’s Education Committee is working on our calendar of events for 2017. Our goal is to provide you with enough face-to-face credits in Iowa to recertify for your FACHE Board certification without leaving the state.

If you are interested in serving on a committee for ACHE of Iowa, go to the leadership section of our website http://iowa.ache.org/index.php/leadership/ and contact the chairperson of the committee you are interested in serving on.

Check out our newly updated ACHE of Iowa website: http://iowa.ache.org. Save it to your desktop for quick access to our educational events calendar, newsletters, chapter leadership and job board.

Strong leadership is necessary for quality health care. Gain the knowledge and networking you need through ACHE of Iowa.  Stay strong in your health care leadership.

 

Warm regards,

Dave Hickman, FACHE

ACHE Regent for Iowa

2017 ACHE of Iowa Regent’s Award and Service Award

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Each year the ACHE Regent for Iowa recognizes a member of ACHE of Iowa for their contributions to the advancement of healthcare management excellence and service to the ACHE of Iowa chapter

This year’s award is presented to Dr. Tom Vaughn, Associate Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Iowa. Tom joined the UI faculty in 1995, and has been the Director of the MHA program since 2005.  He has served on the Board of ACHE of Iowa for the past several years as the UI MHA program representative, and has been a solid supporter of ACHE.

Please join me in thanking Tom for his many years of service to education and to ACHE.

 

Dave Hickman, FACHE

ACHE Regent for Iowa

 

Welcome

ACHE of Iowa President Update


Welcome to Summer!

It’s difficult to believe that we’re nearly to the halfway mark of another year. ACHE of Iowa has been off to a strong start, offering a well-received panel session on patient experience in Des Moines in April and a networking event and pre-conference workshop in conjunction with the IHA Summer Leadership Forum. Our pre-conference workshop – planned at the request of our members – afforded attendees with 3 face-to-face credit hours and a fantastic presentation on breakthrough thinking.

We will have a busy fall as well with 1.5 hour panel session on implementing change successfully at the University of Iowa’s Healthcare Executive Symposium on September 29. We also hope to see you at IHA’s Annual Meeting in Des Moines for our annual breakfast, advancement to fellow session, and an afternoon education session that will provide 3 face-to-face credit hours – all on October 19. We’ll also pair up with the Nebraska chapter for an event and hope to offer a panel session in the Waterloo area this fall as well – watch for details.

Was advancing to fellow status on your personal goals list for 2016? It’s a great way to demonstrate your capabilities in and commitment to our field. Waverly Health Center CEO Jim Atty, FACHE, chairs our Membership Committee and is ready to answer your questions about advancement. Come see him at IHA’s Annual Meeting on October 19, or feel free to contact him any time at jatty@waverlyhealthcenter.org.

We look forward to seeing you at our events this fall.

Michelle Niermann, FACHE
President, ACHE of Iowa
Executive Vice President / COO, UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids

 

Read the ACHE Regent for Iowa, Dave Hickman’s, message to our members:

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Read the previous ACHE of Iowa President Update here:
Spring 2016 President Update