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Summer 2022 Newsletter

Message from your ACHE Regent


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 well-being. 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 of 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 meeting 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 a 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:

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

October 5th:
ACHE of Iowa Annual Breakfast
7:15am-8:15am, Rooms 313-314

W10: Cybersecurity Panel Discussion
12:30pm-1:30pm, Rooms 319-320

October 22nd:
University of Iowa, Samuel Levy Healthcare Leadership Symposium
Levitt Center for University Advancement

ACHE Virtual Face-to-Face Events:

Aug. 30–Oct. 11
Virtual Board of Governors Exam Review Course

Sept. 7–Oct. 5
Doing Well by Doing Good: Cultivating Mission to Improve Margin and Performance—New!

Sept. 19–29
Never Be Boring: Present Like a Pro

Sept. 21–Nov. 16
Virtual Leadership Development Program

Oct. 10–11
Virtual Leadership Symposium

Oct. 11–Nov. 22
Virtual Board of Governors Exam Review Course

Oct. 13–15
Health System Simulation

Oct. 18–27
Where Wellness Meets Work: System-Based Solutions to Address Burnout and Promote Clinician Well-Being

Oct. 25–Nov. 22
Practical Leadership Strategies in the Age of Change

Stay well,

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