Join ACHE of Iowa at the IHA Annual Meeting!

IHA Annual Meeting: October 4th-5th, 2022

We are excited to start the in-person ACHE of Iowa Annual Meeting breakfast again! Please join us this year, as we look forward to seeing everyone in person!

ACHE of Iowa Breakfast and Annual Meeting
Wednesday, October 5th
Rooms 313-314 at the Convention Center

If you are attending the IHA Annual Meeting, please sign up for the breakfast on your registration form. 

Only doing breakfast and not the IHA Annual Meeting? Please sign up HERE.

Earn up to 2 Face-to Face (F2F) Credits!

Please see the sessions below in which you can received one (1) ACHE F2F credit: 

Tuesday, October 4th: 

T10: Financial Leaders Panel

2:45pm-3:45pm, Rooms 319-320

T12: Using Data for Innovation 

2:45pm-3:45pm, Rooms 317-318

Wednesday, October 5th: 

W10: Cybersecurity Panel Discussion

12:30pm-1:30pm, Rooms 319-320 

Only attending the annual breakfast? Sign up HERE.

Message From Your ACHE Regent – Spring 2022


My name is Sam Schone, FACHE, and I have the honor of being your newly elected Regent for Iowa. In order to best represent and serve you, I thought it would be helpful to share a bit about myself.

In 2014, my wife and I moved to Des Moines after I accepted a position with MercyOne. Soon after relocating I inquired about volunteering with the ACHE of Iowa; and in true “Iowa Nice” fashion was welcomed with open arms. During my 8+ years of involvement with the chapter, I’ve had the privilege of working with so many talented leaders whom I respect and admire. The healthcare workers and leaders in this state are nothing short of remarkable with their selfless contributions to their patients, communities and profession. This is one of the reasons I’m proud to call myself an Iowan and I’m delighted this is where I get to work and raise my family.

I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to our outgoing Regent and my friend, Kevin Kincaid, for his leadership and service over the past three years. These were anything but normal times, but Kevin provided great leadership, influence and presence, even if it was primarily over zoom!

In March, I attended the ACHE Council of Regents meeting and ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago. It was a truly special experience to come together and meet face-to-face with peers from across the country and across the world.

(L-R: Delvecchio S. Finley, FACHE, Chair-Elect of ACHE, Anthony A. Armada, FACHE, Chair of ACHE, Sam Schone, FACHE, Regent for Iowa, Carrie Owen Plietz, FACHE, Immediate Past Chair, and Michael J. Fosina, FACHE, 2020-2021 Chair)

Chad J. Vargas, FACHE and Sam Schone, FACHE at the Convocation Reception, March 2022

One of the most distinctive responsibilities I have as regent is participating in the convocation ceremony where we recognize members who have earned Fellow status in the College within the last year. This year ACHE of Iowa had four members earn their Fellow credentials and I’d like to help honor them here for their great achievement. The new Fellows are Chad J. Vargus, FACHE, Jennifer Crimmins, FACHE, Casey S. Greene, FACHE, and Amy S. Kennebeck, FACHE.

I’d also like to re-acknowledge the 2019 and 2020 new Fellows from Iowa, since they were not able to have an in-person convocation. Congratulations to Melanie A. Boyd, FACHE, Ryan P. Grekoff, FACHE, Blessy V. Peacedale, MBBS, FACHE, Adam J. Santi, FACHE, Dawnett L. Willis, FACHE, and Paige Moore, FACHE.

Participating in the convocation ceremony reminded me of the importance of our Fellow credentials and renewed my own sense of purpose about why I was called to Healthcare Leadership. We are currently facing very trying times in healthcare but with the passion and innovation I witnessed at Congress, I’m confident we will persevere and continue blazing new trails.

I encourage our membership to get involved with ACHE and to use the organization as your catalyst, connector and trusted partner. A great way to get involved is to volunteer your time to help your local chapter, serving on a subcommittee or mentoring others. Also, I encourage you to continue to learn and grow by attending local educational programs. ACHE of Iowa chapter officers are listed below and they are eager to connect with you about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.

Lastly, I invite you to share with me your feedback and suggestions on how ACHE can improve your member experience. As your regent, it’s my duty to represent our local members within the broader organization and to influence the greater good of ACHE. 

ACHE of Iowa – Chapter Officers

Stay well,

Sam Schone, FACHE
Market Director, Orthopedics & Neurosciences
MercyOne Central Iowa

MedPharm Tour and Panel

On June 20th, ACHE of Iowa members were treated to an exclusive tour of MedPharm Iowa’s cultivation facility in Des Moines.  MedPharm Iowa is the first manufacturer and dispensary of medical cannabis in Iowa. The company currently has products in three forms: Tincture, Capsule and Lotion.  While Iowa has a 3% cap on THC, these products come in a variety of compositions in which the ratio of THC to CBD varies.  There are currently five licensed dispensaries in Iowa – Windsor Heights, Sioux City, Council Bluffs, Waterloo and Davenport. 

Following our tour, we held a roundtable discussion to address questions related to medical cannabis.  Discussion covered a wide array of topics, including common misconceptions about medical cannabis, access challenges for some Iowans, compliance and organizational policies and procedures, and the future of Medical Cannabis in Iowa.  The roundtable discussion was led by a panel consisting of Owen Parker (Program Manager at Iowa Department of Public Health), Kami Petitgoue (Senior Counsel at UnityPoint Health); Lucas Nelson (General Manager at MedPharm Iowa), Rebecca Lucas (Technical Development Manager at MedPharm Iowa), and Cat Anderson (Dispensary Specialist at MedPharm Iowa).

MHA student Marisa Polonsky wins ACHE essay competition

Marisa Polonsky, a second-year Master of Health Administration student in the University of Iowa College of Public Health, earned first place in the Graduate Division of the Richard J. Stull Student Essay Competition in Health Care Management, sponsored by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Polonsky will be recognized at the ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago, Ill., on Wednesday, March 6.

Polonsky will receive $3,000, and transportation and accommodations expenses for two nights paid by ACHE. The Iowa MHA program will receive $1,000 for the first place finish. Her winning essay, “High Reliability Organizations: The Next Frontier in Healthcare Quality and Safety,” will be published in a future issue of ACHE’s Journal of Healthcare Management.

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