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A Message From Your Regent – Summer, 2019

Dear CHEF members,

Summer has finally arrived; however, it does not feel like it. We are all suffering from the up and down changes in the weather and many are still dealing with the historical flooding in our area.  I hope everyone will be well and wish the best for those who have suffered any losses.

Our new year is well on the way and our chapter and district is continuing to move in a positive direction. Our chapter continues to execute a full series of events aimed at providing our members with world class educational and networking experience continuing to focus on growing, regaining and retaining our membership.  Since my last communication, I have welcomed 53 new members and 6 Re-certified Fellows.

The Chicago/Northern Illinois RAC has been reappointed and the members are as follows:

Lisa A. Laurent, MD MBA CPE
Laura Lynn Dorenfest, MBA, PMP
Anthony J. Burke
Dawn V. Gay, MBA-HCM
Barbra Johnson
Richard L. Buchler, FACHE
Stephanie Wright-Griggs, MHA, FACHE
Sheree Boyd, BSN, RN, MBA, DBA
Diane Howard, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Teresa Fraker, FACHE, RN
Charlene A. Roderick CSO

Some of the noteworthy activities of our Chapter are as follows:

  • 2019 ACHE/CHEF Fellowship Program: Healthcare Administrative Fellowships: Advancing the Healthcare Administrative Fellowships: Advancing the Next Generation Leader  Thursday, September 26, 2019, 5:30pm – 8:00pm Rush University Medical Center’s Searle Conference Center 1725 W. Harrison Street, 5th Floor, Room 500, Chicago, IL Register Today HEALTHCARE ADMINISTRATIVE FELLOWSHIPS Administrative fellowships have been a method to advance next generation leaders to C-suite opportunities of the future. It gives the early careerists an opportunity to get hands-on experience in operations, strategic planning, governance, and community services. In its 12th year of being offered.
  • 2019 ACHE/CHEF Consulting, Insurance and Association Program – Careers in the New Growth Industry Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 5:30pm – 8:00pm Northwestern Prentice Women’s Hospital Education Center 250 East Superior Street, 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL Register Today. CONSULTING, INSURANCE, AND ASSOCIATION With more than 1,600 associations calling Chicago home, over 162 management consulting positions in Chicago open as of the New Year, and the largest 125 U.S. health insurers collecting approximately $713 billion in premiums.



The 2019-2020 Regent election process is under way in 29 Regent jurisdictions with elections to be held in September and October. The “Official Notice” appeared in the May/June issue of Healthcare Executive magazine and will appear a second time in the July/August issue. It was included in the monthly Chapter Leaders Update newsletter and a number of chapter newsletters. The notice and the position descriptions for both geographic and federal sector Regents appear in the Elected Leaders Area on You also can view declared candidates in all jurisdictions. All Fellows who wish to run for election must submit a letter of intent to by Aug. 23, 2019. My term is ending in 2020 please take steps to encourage qualified candidates to serve as Regent. Contact your regional director for assistance.


We are pleased to announce the most respected diversity program in healthcare, the 2020 Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program, is now open. Please help spread the word about this exclusive program designed to prepare mid- and senior-level careerists

from underrepresented groups to ascend to C-suite roles.

Scholars in this year-long program will benefit from:

  • One-on-one interaction with an individually matched mentor
  • Full tuition to attend ACHE’s 2020 Congress on Healthcare Leadership and the 2020 Executive Program
  • Formal leadership education and career assessments
  • Specialized curriculum opportunities for career advancement

This once-in-a-career experience will help scholars formulate a strategy for their future in healthcare management and provide them with an invaluable network of colleagues to support them at every stage of their leadership career.


The Institute’s Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) places diverse, graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in health care administration or a related field in 10-week, paid internships within health care organizations. Experienced administrators serve as preceptors and mentors, providing support and career advice as well as those critical early-career connections.

According to a 2015 Institute for Diversity and Health Equity Benchmark Study, the patient populations in U.S. hospitals and health systems are becoming more diverse, while diversity in those organizations’ senior leadership ranks has experienced a decline – evidence for the urgent need of effective initiatives to increase representation and inclusion of diverse leaders in healthcare management.

Since 1994, the Institute has placed more than 1,500 individuals in Summer Enrichment Program internships at hospitals, health systems and other health care organizations. Many former SEP participants now hold senior management and board positions at organizations across the country. In addition to gaining broad exposure to the host site’s staff, stakeholders and challenges, SEP interns also complete an independently designed special project, intended to benefit the hospital after the internship concludes.

In 2016, the Institute and The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) also entered into a Strategic Alliance to co-promote the SEP.

Click here to find out more about participating as a student or intern.

Click here to find out more about becoming a Host Site

View the application requirements here. The deadline to complete the application is Friday, July 12, 2019. Visit for full details. If you have questions, please contact Cie Armstead, director, diversity and inclusion, at or (312) 424- 306.


ACHE is now accepting nominations for its three most prestigious awards and would like to encourage you to consider nominating outstanding executives. In the past, many Regents have used their Regents Advisory Councils to assist in the identification and submission of a nomination. You may wish to consider recipients of your local Regent Awards as potential nominees for ACHE’s national awards.

  • The Gold Medal Award is the highest honor bestowed by ACHE. It recognizes an ACHE Fellow who has made significant contributions to the healthcare
  • The Lifetime Service and Achievement Award recognizes a Life or Retired Fellow for significant contributions to advance the healthcare management profession and
  • The Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for Young Healthcare Executive of the Year recognizes an early careerist Fellow for outstanding achievements in the healthcare

The nomination deadline for the Lifetime Service Award and Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award is July 17, 2019. The nomination deadline for the Gold Medal Award is Aug. 19, 2019. Award winners will be recognized in March 2020 during the Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago.

For full details on the nominations process, criteria for each award, and past recipients, visit the Awards section on or contact Jennifer L. Connelly at (312) 424-9320;

Respectfully Submitted,

Rupert M. Evans
Dr. Rupert M. Evans Sr., DHA, FACHE
ACHE Regent for Illinois-Metropolitan Chicago
Cell (708)362-1850





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