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Are You on Track to Meet Your 2016 Personal & Professional Goals?


Professional development goals are easy to overlook. There is always a reason to do it later. Yet, committing time for your own personal & professional development is a life differentiator. For the exceptional healthcare professional, it is an imperative that demonstrates a preparedness to meet opportunities that continue to unfold in a new era of health and healthcare.

Whether you be student, early careerist, mid-level or senior most executive, CHEF, the largest chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), is here to support professional development and revitalize your personal path: whether your quest be knowledge, networking, advancement, collaboration, friendship, mentoring, staff development, strategic partnerships or give back.

Make CHEF Your Association Home

People who do not set goals will always work for people who do. Destiny is merely a question of perspective. Set a goal to stay connected and make CHEF your association home as an integral component of your ongoing professional development.

The Time to Get Involved is Now.

Expand your professional network with CHEF, an organization approaching 2000 members. Our Board & Committee Members total over 100 people. We are a very passionate, inclusive and engaged catalyst with shared goals of collaboration and collegiality. CHEF is committed to healthcare leadership and development. We thrive on facilitating dialogue about new frontiers in healthcare.

New Committee Members Always Welcome in Education & Networking, Diversity & Inclusion, Sponsorship & Development, Awards, Membership and Advancement as well as Chapter Communications. ?Contact us at if you are interested.


Sign Up: July 14 Event: ?Resilience Strategies for Reducing Physician Burnout?

This program developed by our Leadership Committee promises to be a dynamic dialogue hosted at Prentice Women?s Hospital Conference Center. Panelists to include distinguished physician and health industry leaders:

  • Richard Cordova, FACHE, Past Chairman, ACHE & President Emeritus, Children?s Hospital- LA
  • Patrick Godwin, MD, FACHE, Chief, Section of Hospital Medicine, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
  • Barbara Loeb, MD, MBA, CPE, FACP, FACPE, Chief Medical Officer, Tenet Healthcare, Chicago Health System
  • Carlotta Rinke, MD, MBA, FACP, Senior Medical Director, Aetna Accountable Care Solutions, Clinical Transformation
  • Moderator: ?Anita Halvorsen, FACHE, Metropolitan Chicago Regent, ACHE and Regional Growth and Strategy Officer at Presence Health

Come to Dinner: C-Suite Monthly Series

Great opportunity for upfront and personal dinner dialogue with executive healthcare leaders in a small and intimate dining forum. Recent C-Suite hosts included Sean O?Grady (CEO) & David Rahija (VP) of NorthShore Glenbrook Hospital; Arnie Kimmel, CEO of Franciscan Alliance Health System and John Baird, CEO of Metro South. ?More C-Suite hosts needed. Always a sell-out event.? Watch the CHEF website/emails for updates.

Come for the Network: Stay for the Fun

More than 125 health professionals participated in CHEF?s Diversity and Inclusion Summer Network Event on June 13. Representatives from several sister organizations including NAHSE, AHLF, LGBTF, NFLHE, HBA and The Institute for Diversity in Healthcare, joined together to Connect, Communicate and Collaborate with one common goal: ?We?re Better Networking Together.? ?Stay tuned for more, or better yet, volunteer to join the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Stellar Face to Face Educational Programs

Exceptional education programs are the standard of CHEF. ??Developing High Performance Teams? was a fabulous program hosted at Illinois Health and Hospital Association. A most unique learning opportunity featuring the expertise of J.P. Gallagher, FACHE, COO, NorthShore University HealthSystem; Jason R. Sciarro, President/COO, Centegra Health System and Brian M. Stahulak, MBA, BSN, RN, CNO from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children?s Hospital of Chicago.

?Simulations in Healthcare: Improving Patient Outcomes? was another innovative CHEF program milestone. Video and live panelists shared their experiences on this most interesting topic offering a futuristic view of processes to mitigate risk while improving patient care, safety, clinical outcomes and operational efficiencies.

Disappointed that you missed these educational milestone events? ?Make sure to read your CHEF weekly updates that give you up to the minute programs and events. Join the Education & Networking Committee and help shape dynamic future programs, such as these.

Elevate Your Personal Game By Pursuing Your FACHE.

CHEF is committed to helping our members grow and develop according to best industry standards. Becoming a Fellow of ACHE demonstrates a level of distinction and commitment to the healthcare profession. CHEF University helps prepare our members for the exam and also offer mentors, support and Face to Face Educational Credits, required to attain/maintain ACHE Board Certification in Healthcare Management. For more information, contact Membership and Advancement.

Contribute Messaging, Content & Social Outreach

Great work underway with CHEF Chapter Communications. Our committee is retooling our social online presence in addition to traditional marketing and communication tools and processes. Whether you have this expertise or want to learn, great minds and skills always valued here. The Chapter Communications Committee is actively looking for more thought leaders, content contributors, industry intellect and writers.

?Explore Innovative Sponsorship & Cobranding Opportunities

The opportunities to sponsor CHEF in its entirely or a specialty program or event, offers unique co-branding. Great place for creativity, strategy and business savvy in crafting mutually valued CHEF sponsor relationships. Thinking about how a CHEF Sponsorship can benefit your organization? Contact the Sponsorship and Development Committee.

C-Suite Leader Engagement & Give Back

I have always been impressed by the caliber of leaders who most willingly volunteer their time and talent to participate in CHEF educational panels, write articles, host C-Suite events and offer their facilities for industry events or CHEF tours. Additionally, several C-Suite leaders serve on our Senior Executive Advisory Council. Let us know how we may continue to engage you in a way that is meaningful for you and your organization.? More leaders always welcome.

Take Action NOW

Do you have a CHEF membership in need of renewal?? Remember one membership for CHEF and ACHE. An incredible value and investment in yourself. ?Senior Executives, consider subsidizing a membership for your staff or purchasing educational program vouchers for your organizations to use as incentives and special employee recognition. ?Join or Renew TODAY.

Lot of information covered in this letter, but all roads lead to the same goal: Connect with CHEF.

Tony Robbins, Motivational Speaker and Personal Development Coach, believes that once a goal is set, the likelihood of its attainment is greatly enhanced, with an immediate action that moves you in the direction of that goal. Never leave the setting of a goal without taking an immediate action towards its attainment reinforces the goal.

My contact information, along with the names and emails of the CHEF Board and Committee liaisons listed on our website ( ?Let us know how we can help.

Take an action TODAY to make CHEF your connector to great healthcare collaboration in Chicago. ??

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

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