February, 2018

Welcome to CHEF, where we gather together on our journey as healthcare leaders in a vibrant Chicago community. I am extremely honored to be serving as your Chapter President for the upcoming year.

The Chicago Health Executives Forum is one of the largest Chapters of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), whose goal is to “Educate, Engage and Inspire Leaders to Improve Health”. In Chicago, we are fortunate to have a tremendously broad and diverse healthcare community. This is reflected in our membership at CHEF, which comprises the full spectrum of healthcare organizations, including: hospitals, pharmaceuticals, insurance, technology, regulatory, education, clinicians and others. Membership ranges from President/CEOs (10%) to Early Careerists (28%) and everything in between. As a result, our CHEF members learn from the industry’s top leaders as well as share experiences and gain knowledge from numerous healthcare perspectives.

CHEF focuses on helping you and everyone in our community to develop as leaders in healthcare. Our programming offers a variety of networking events, intimate C-Suite dinners, ACHE approved educational seminars, sponsorship opportunities and assistance in achieving Fellow-status by earning your FACHE (ACHE Fellow). We embrace diversity, including supportive efforts with the Asian Healthcare Leaders Forum, LGBTQ Forum, National Association of Health Services Executives and more. CareerEDGE, plus other tools and events, are available for your career advancement. And then, there is the not-to-be-missed CHEF Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation each February.

Collaborating to Lead Healthcare in 2018+ is the perfect title for our Keynote Panel Session at the 42nd CHEF Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation. Because of our all-encompassing healthcare community in Chicago, we are uniquely positioned to be truly collaborative and drive the evolution of healthcare. We are fortunate to have as our Keynote Panelists the leaders from foremost healthcare associations, based right here in Chicago, that focus on finance (HFMA), regulatory (Joint Commission Resources), physicians (AOA), executive leadership (ACHE) and the state of Illinois (IHA).

I encourage you to take advantage of the exclusive opportunities that being in Chicago and that CHEF have to offer: be a mentor/mentee and encourage others to join CHEF; join a CHEF committee and attend events; earn your FACHE; present on a CHEF panel or host a networking event. CHEF is here to educate, engage and inspire you on your journey as a healthcare leader in this vibrant Chicago community. Take full advantage, in 2018 and beyond!

Sincerely,

Timothy Weidman
2018 CHEF President