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A Message From Your President

?2016 Conclusions Shape 2017 Resolutions?

Dear CHEF/ACHE Colleagues & Friends,

As we prepare to close the chapter on 2016 and open a new one for 2017, it?s a good time of reflection on professional goals, looming industry transitions and personal opportunities for contribution, growth, development, advancement and leadership in healthcare.?

Approaching 2000 members, CHEF remains the largest independent chapter of ACHE, who nationally represents more than 40,000 healthcare leaders. Staying relevant, connected and positioned for the future of our industry, is greatly augmented by anchoring to an association home, that offers both a local and national forum for education, advancement, networking, collaboration, camaraderie and fellowship.
In my recent conversation with ACHE Chairman- Elect Charles ?Chuck ?Stokes, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston, Texas, he outlined the opportunities that ACHE has offered him throughout his professional career.

Stokes_CaptionChuck Stokes began his healthcare career as a critical care nurse. He anchored very quickly to ACHE as a graduate student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where his program was very proactive in conveying to students the value of building a large professional network and stellar educational opportunities to foster lifelong learning and best in class healthcare delivery.Throughout his 40-year healthcare career, he attended local ACHE Chapter programs and also ACHE National Congress, held every year in March in Chicago. His continued involvement and growth through ACHE was accelerated through attending, participating and teaching these quality programs. Most importantly, throughout his illustrious career, he developed an incredible diverse network of thousands of peers that he can talk to about common problems prevalent to healthcare leaders. ?Knowing that I can pick up the phone and call executives across the county who are dealing with similar challenges, is a huge benefit to me as an executive healthcare leader,? says Stokes.

According to Stokes, the composition of healthcare leaders engaging in the ACHE dialogue is evolving in sync with national industry trends. ?While ACHE has its roots in hospital centricity, our educational content and membership has evolved to include a much broader delivery continuum, which is consistent with national changes in the industry.

ACHE has more fellows ?and the strong participation of ambulatory leadership including major growth amongst nurse executives, clinical enterprise leaders, physician leaders and population health experts. What follows is the intersection of key leaders in a dynamic dialogue to forge solutions for the future of healthcare delivery.?

ACHE is an association that continues to up its ante of excellence. ?We are on a Baldrige journey to continue the highest level of quality and performance that we can bring to develop and educate healthcare leaders,? says Stokes. In his executive coaching and team-building forum, Stokes models servant leadership with emphasis on using Malcolm Baldrige criteria as a platform for driving operational excellence.

Chuck Stokes becomes ACHE Chairman in March of 2017 and will preside over ACHE Congress in Chicago.

It has been my greatest honor and privilege to serve as CHEF President, and to offer this valuable integration of ACHE resources on a national level as well as stellar CHEF monthly programs, panels,
C-Suite dinners, leadership series, CHEF University Fellowship Program, Industry Award Recognition, as well as networking and industry collaboration with local sister associations.

As you recap your personal goals for 2016 and look to the future; commit to make CHEF/ACHE your home association in 2017 and beyond. Be active in your local chapter and expand your circle with our ?exceptional opportunities for connection, collaboration, communication and camaraderie.

We look forward to the unprecedented value and contribution to the healthcare industry we can deliver together.


Georgia Casciato, FACHE
CHEF President 2016 & 2009
Managing Director-Healthcare
Patina Solution
(630) 248-2484

More About Chuck Stokes: ACHE Chairman-Elect and COO, Memorial Hermann Health System:

Charles (Chuck) D. Stokes is a nationally recognized health care leader with nearly four decades of leadership experience. He began his career as a critical care nurse and nurse executive before completing his Masters in Hospital and Healthcare Administration from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Ala.

Chuck joined Memorial Hermann Health System in September 2008 as its Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Memorial Hermann, he was president of North Mississippi Medical Center, a 650-bed tertiary hospital located in Tupelo, Miss., and during his time there, was recognized with the prestigious ?2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.? His leadership with Memorial Hermann was also instrumental in Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital being named a 2016 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient.

Chuck previously served as system COO for three health care systems and as vice president, operations at St. Luke?s Episcopal Hospital/Texas Heart Institute in Houston. Throughout his career, Chuck has gained extensive experience in service line development, quality, patient safety, leadership development, employee engagement and building physician relationships.

Ensuring that he is preparing the next generation of healthcare executives, Chuck has spent the last decade, teaching numerous leadership development programs for ACHE and has authored many articles on leadership development.

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