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