Congratulations to Tom Mulrooney, FACHE, on being presented the 2022 Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Award

Tom Mulrooney, FACHE, was presented with the 2022 Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Award by Iowa Regent, Sam Schone, FACHE, at this year’s ACHE of Iowa Annual Breakfast Meeting.  Tom’s commitment to mentorship and the development of others in the healthcare profession was noted.  Tom volunteered with the ACHE of Iowa Board of Directors from 2011 through 2019 and remains an active fellow in the College today.

Message from Your Regent – Summer 2022


I hope everyone had a great summer and that you were able to prioritize some self-care and work-life balance. With the challenges and stresses we all face on a daily basis, I know it’s difficult to focus on your own wellbeing. ACHE has some great resources and educational offerings on resiliency.

“Challenges and Stresses” might seem like an understatement at times for some of you. Just a couple weeks ago, Fitch Ratings revised its sector outlook for US Not-For-Profit Hospitals and Health Systems from ‘neutral’ to ‘deteriorating’, citing more severe-than-expected macro headwinds of labor pressure and high inflation. Unfortunately, Iowa is not immune to these challenges.

In addressing these issues, I believe leadership and innovation are the characteristics and competencies that will be the difference maker. The current trajectory for our healthcare industry is not sustainable and it will take leadership and courage to chart a new course for our organizations. It may require innovative, new care models or new approaches to problem solving. The health needs of our patients and communities are evolving and our approach to meet those needs must evolve too.

Continuing to stay engaged and committed to lifelong learning will undoubtedly assist you in honing your leadership skills and driving innovation through curiosity. ACHE of Iowa has some exciting opportunities coming up this fall to learn and connect. We are again partnering with the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA) to offer Face-to-Face education credits at this year’s IHA annual meeting on October 4 and 5. Additionally, we will have our ACHE of Iowa Annual Breakfast Meeting on Wednesday, October 5 prior to the Wednesday IHA opening session. Please see below for details. If you are not able to make it to either in-person offerings, I’d recommend the upcoming virtual Face-to-Face ACHE educational opportunities (also listed below).

I’d like to put an extra emphasis on Virtual Board of Governors review course. If you’ve been thinking about starting your journey to Board Certification in Healthcare Management, now is the perfect time. Whether enrolling in one of the virtual board of governor exam review courses or connecting with ACHE of Iowa chapter leaders to help form a study group, there are resources to help you along your journey.

Please continue to share with me your feedback and suggestions on how ACHE can improve your member experience. I look forward to seeing many of you in October.

ACHE of Iowa – Chapter Officers

President – John Heinemann –

President-Elect –Catherine Hillestad –

Membership Chair – Ryan Danielson –

Education Chair – Paige Jaeger, FACHE –


ACHE of Iowa and Partner Organizations Educational Events:

ACHE Virtual Face-to-Face Events:


Stay well,

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

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

Message From Your Regent – Winter 2022

Final greetings to my fellow Iowa ACHE members. This three-year term has gone by in flash, and it is hard to believe this will be my last newsletter. As I looked over the past newsletters, it really hit me how much my colleagues have meant to me under these most difficult times. The pre-pandemic discussions were the challenges of healthcare and the need for systematic changes to how we provide care to those we serve. Little did I know that a few short months later, I would think of those times as the “good old days”! As we faced the uncertainty of this unknown attacker that was moving across the globe, we talked about the importance of staying connected to our colleagues. When our financial lifelines were crushed as we moved into shutdowns, we talked about the importance of staying connected to our colleagues. When costs and supply chain issues strained the very core of our missions, we talked about the importance of staying connected to our colleagues. Now as we face an unimaginable challenge with our workforce, you guessed it, we are going to talk about the importance of staying connected and engaged with your colleagues.

The American College of Healthcare Executives is without a doubt our premiere connector with the best minds around the globe regarding healthcare leadership. There is so much there, right at your fingertips to tap into. I for one fell victim more than once, for failing to access the amazing tools and individuals at my disposal. During the darkest and toughest of times, it was so easy to retreat within our own walls and view our problems at hand as ours alone to shoulder. To solve, to figure out. The ACHE was originated on the foundational idea of being the great connector, to not only the best and brightest, but to the best and brightest ideas and solutions. While the ACHE does have a physical building, what we produce is not something you can hold in your hand. What we produce is something of far greater value. We create the innovative ideas to better care for those around us, we create new leaders, we create the future of healthcare. If you think of it from that perspective, how could you not have a stronger calling to get involved!

Check out your local chapter at

Here you will find information about upcoming events and be able to connect with your State Board. Stay involved and stay connected my friends.

Kevin Kincaid, FACHE 
Regent for Iowa