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Message From Your Regent – Spring, 2019

Dear CHEF members,

Welcome to spring in chilly Chicagoland.  If you are like me, you are chopping at the bits for some warmer weather and clear skies. Be patient, brighter and warmer days are right around the corner.

ACHE is just concluding a very successful Congress on Healthcare Leadership where over 4000 members across the nation came to network, share knowledge and grow their education. Now, we enter a new convocation year, energized and ready to tackle the challenges of the future. It is my hope that each of you are successful, you should use each day as an opportunity to improve, to be better, to get a little bit closer to your goals. It might sound like a lot of work—and with a busy schedule, next to impossible. But the best part is, the more you accomplish, the more you’ll want to do, the higher you’ll want to reach. So as Jim Rohn states in his book; Success, “ as  long as you have the hunger for success”, you will always have the power within you to achieve it.”

Our chapter continues to provide value added support to our members. Since my last message we added 48 new members, 2 new fellows and 17 recertified fellows. Welcome to our new members, congratulations to the new fellows and thank you to those who recertified.  Your commitment to the College keeps it strong and allows it to accomplish its vision to be the preeminent professional society for leaders dedicated to improving health.

In this message I have outlined the following updates and information: 

  1. Summer Enrichment Program
  2. Publicizing Award Winners (Member Accolades)
  3. Choice (formerly On-Location Programs)
  4. Information from Regional Services:


  1. Summer Enrichment Program Update

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. SEP Interns complete a summer-long “special project”, intended to use their time and talents directed towards a project that could have a lasting positive effect on your organization. The Summer Enrichment Program grows and strengthens the pipeline of healthcare leaders from underrepresented groups and places diverse students who participate in the SEP each year and, accordingly, increase the number of host sites. The Summer Enrichment Program is a partnership between ACHE and the American Hospital Association ‘s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity.

Staff from the Institute will work with organizations to match SEP students with host sites starting in February. Internships generally will take place from June through August. ACHE and the Institute are co-promoting the SEP to increase the number of students and host sites. The SEP will be administered by the Institute and co-promoted by ACHE through ACHE elected leaders and chapters across the country. As of March 15, there are 40 host site internships. The official deadline for submitting host site applications is May 24th. After that date, host site applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. There is still time to sign-up!

Encourage your organization and organizations in your regent area to become a SEP host site!

We ask for your assistance in promoting this program in order to increase the number of host sites and interns for the 2019 Summer Enrichment Program. Potential host sites can sign-up at this link:

  1. Publicizing Award Winners (Member Accolades)

Healthcare Executive features its “Member Accolades” column in each issue of the magazine. The column recognizes members who recently received awards from ACHE Regents for their contributions to healthcare management or who received equally significant awards from such groups as state hospital associations. To gather information for the column, we continue to rely on you for information on award winners in your district. However, it is not necessary for Regents to report Regent’s Award winners. ACHE keeps a record of all awards given by ACHE Regents, and we will use these records to feature the Regent’s Awards. Please note that because of space limitations, photographs will not be used. In addition, while we will make every effort to include all awards, we cannot guarantee publication. Please complete the attached form by providing information about the award winner(s) and return the form to me. A new form will be sent to you each month, but you may photocopy the form for multiple entries. You also may fax the information to (312) 424-9390. If you have any questions, please contact Eva Chess at (312) 424-9420 or

  1. Choice (formerly On-Location Programs)

As ACHE works together to advance leaders and the field of healthcare management excellence, we strive to meet today’s challenges with bold, new solutions. One such solution is Choice, our new tailored professional development series, formerly known as On-Locations programming.

Choice offers the ability to tailor ACHE’s high quality, professional development programs, seminars and assessments to meet the learning needs or close the competency gaps of an organization or group. Leading every program at ACHE is a respected expert speaker, facilitator or author with a real-world perspective.

Choice programming means that clients receive the professional development needed, where it is convenient and with a cadence, that works best for their organization. During the planning phase with an ACHE Learning Concierge, clients have a choice in who, what, where, when and how their program is tailored. These programs are categorized in a meaningful way, focusing on topics affecting executives and leaders in the healthcare industry today. Several are listed here:

  • Advancing Population Health
  • Career Resource Management
  • Care Delivery Management
  • Employee Experience and Relationship Management
  • Executive Leadership Coaching
  • Fiscal Leadership and Management
  • Governance
  • Operational Advancement
  • Physician Executive Partnerships
  • Patient Experience and Consumerism
  • Safety and Quality
  • Technology and Information Analytics

For questions regarding Choice programming, the topics listed above, or how we can help bring tailored professional development to your organization, please contact Catie Russo, program specialist.   Visit for more information.

  1. Grant for chapter innovation awarded to nine chapters

ACHE recently awarded chapter innovation grants to nine chapters. The grant program fosters chapter innovation in the development and delivery of new programs, products and services or new methods of delivery that add value for ACHE members. In conjunction with ACHE’s 2019-2021 strategy, we asked chapters to focus on engaging our highest priority near-term audiences: early careerists and clinicians. Chapters could apply for two grant types: Chapter-Led (projects that are solely created and executed by the chapter) and ACHE-Chapter Collaborative (chapters will receive resources and guidance from ACHE to help them complete their projects). The following chapters were award recipients: 

Chapter-Led Innovation Grants 

ACHE of Massachusetts

The grant will fund new podcasts that are specifically applicable to early careerists and clinicians, allowing a more convenient way to engage with the chapter.

American College of Healthcare Executives—Wisconsin Chapter

This grant will fund the development of a virtual Career Development Academy for early careerists. The academy will include quarterly webinars and an online community, while leveraging ACHE resources, such as ACHE CareerEDGE®.

Chicago Health Executives Forum

The chapter will target clinicians through establishment of MEDU, a physician skills enhancement program. The 10 core knowledge areas of the Board of Governors Exam will be the basis of the education offerings for the cohort learning experience.

East Tennessee Healthcare Executives Affiliation

This project will use a multi-pronged approach to increase and sustain membership among early careerists. The approaches include a mentor program; a social media, marketing and outreach campaign; and knowledge development in the areas of Baldrige and Lean/Six Sigma.

Greater Charlotte Healthcare Executives

The chapter seeks to engage both their early careerist and clinician members through a variety of tactics including webinars, quarterly emails and a one-day summit.

Washington State Healthcare Executive Forum

This is an event-based approach targeted to early careerists. Several networking events and a breakfast will serve as venues to serve a cohort of early careerists, who will also participate in emotional intelligence assessments through ACHE’s Career Resource Center and potentially in conjunction with the Seattle Cluster.

 ACHE-Chapter Collaborative Grants

California Association of Healthcare Leaders

ACHE will work with the chapter to develop the appropriate technology to support a video resource library and enhance live streaming technology that can help engage early careerists and clinicians. The collaboration will focus on making sure the chapter understands the needs of early careerists and clinicians, and then meets those needs as they develop their video and event content. Acquisition of marketing and production expertise may also be necessary. Through the collaboration, there will also be a focus on adhering to all ACHE Face-to-Face and Qualified Education credits policies and procedures so any learnings can be appropriately applied to other chapters.

ACHE of Northern Ohio

This grant targets clinicians through a program called Boardroom to Bedside. This empathy card-writing and distribution event strives to increase awareness of ACHE within the clinical professions with a goal of engaging them locally and nationally. The collaboration component will focus on messaging, branding and marketing to ensure that the empathy cards achieve that goal.

South Texas Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives

The chapter will develop an early careerist workshop focused on skill and resume development, leveraging of social media and an interviewing workshop series. This includes collaboration with ACHE’s Career Resource Center to engage the chapter on how best to support early careerists in these areas.

The following list CHEF upcoming events:

2019 CHEF MED U – For Physicians Interested in Increasing Their Administrative Knowledge

April 10 @ 6:00 pm – October 15 @ 9:00 pm

Michael Jordan’s Restaurant, 1225 22nd St,
Oak Brook, IL 60523 United States 
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2019 CHEF MED U, For Physicians Interested in Increasing Their Administrative Knowledge Classes being Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Michael Jordan’s Restaurant 1225 22nd Street Oak Brook, IL 60523 Register Today. MED U is a customized program specifically targeted at physician leaders to enhance their administrative skill sets. MED U provides healthcare courses in 10 knowledge areas such as Healthcare Finance, HR, Ethics, Business, IT and many more. Classes provide insights into healthcare administration and preparation for the ACHE Board of Governor’s…

2019 CHEF April C-Suite Dinner with Ian Jasenof, MD, FACOG, MHA, CPE, Chief Medical Officer, Mile Square Center

April 16 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Francesca’s on Taylor – Chicago, 1400 W. Taylor Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States 
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2019 CHEF April C-Suite Dinner with Ian Jasen of, MD, FACOG, MHA, CPE, Chief Medical Officer, Mile Square Center Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 5:30 – 8:00pm Francesca’s on Taylor 1400 W. Taylor Street Chicago, IL Register Today. Join Ian Jasenof, MD, FACOG, MHA, CPE, Chief Medical Officer at Mile Square Center for our April C-Suite Dinner and a discussion on what’s keeping you up at night.  Space is limited. Evening’s schedule: Networking – 5:30pm – 6:00pm Dinner and Innovation Discussion – 6:00pm…

CHEF May Networking Event – Jimmy’s Place, Forest Park, IL

May 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Jimmy’s Place, 7411 Madison Street
Forest Park, IL 60130 United States 
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2019 CHEF May Networking Reception Thursday, May 2, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30pm Jimmy’s Place 7411 Madison Street Forest Park, IL 60130 Register Today Do you want to meet others from the Chicago area healthcare community? Are you trying to build your network in the industry?  Are you looking to make contacts with other professionals to benefit your career advancement? The Chicago Health Executives Forum invites you to our May networking event where we connect you with your healthcare colleagues from the Chicagoland…

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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