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Message From Your Regent – Winter, 2018

Dear CHEF members,

Happy Holidays! This has been a great year and I want to personally thank you for your dedication to the field of Health Care Leadership and our profession. I wish you a wonderful holiday season and a prosperous and successful New Year and I look forward to working with you in 2019. CHEF continues to provide value added support to our members and we added 33 new members, 3 new fellows and 10 recertified fellows since my last message. 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 information: 

  • 2019 Leaders Conference
  • Publicizing Award Winners (Member Accolades)
  • Graduate student scholarship flyer
  • Some of the noteworthy activities of our Chapter

Upcoming Events:

  1. The 43rd CHEF Annual Meeting
    Tuesday, February 12, 2019, United Club at Soldier Field, Chicago, IL, Register at

Plan to attend CHEF’s most well-attended event of the year. During our three hour reception, attendees will enjoy a casual reception while networking with nearly 400 of your colleagues and peers. During the reception, the ACHE Regent, Dr. Rupert Evans, FACHE, and CHEF will present to you our 2018 Award Recipients. The program features our presenter, Jon Burroughs, MD, MBA, FACHE, FAAPL, who will lead an interactive session on How We Can Succeed in Healthcare Transformation. As with every other industry, healthcare is undergoing a revolution of digitization, standardization, commoditization, and globalization. This requires new, adaptive entrepreneurial leadership skills that transform both the business and care model in ‘mid-flight’ while ensuring optimized clinical and business outcomes. New to ACHE and CHEF?  Join us for the CHEF New Member Reception, held in advance of the CHEF Annual Meeting. Network with CHEF Board members, VIPs and other new members and learn what CHEF can do for you.

The evening’s schedule:  

4:00 – 5:00pm New Member Reception

5:00 – 8:00pm Reception, Networking, Awards and Presentation

2018 Award Recipients: 

Career Achievement Award
David S. Fox, President, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital

Healthcare Leadership Award
Georgia Casciato, FACHE, Managing Director – Healthcare, Syntegrity 

Health Studies Student Leadership Award
Geneva A. Mintah, Governors State University 

Young Healthcare Executive Award
Christopher M. Nolan, Manager, Community Benefit and Population Health, Rush University Medical Center 

Young Healthcare Executive Award
Tiffany Victor BA, MSN, RN, ACM-RN, Director, Discharge Planning and Utilization Review, Patient Care Services, University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System 

Silver Cross Hospital Emergency Department 

Service Excellence Award
Rush University Graduate Student Team
Cyril Iskander, Kari Kosog, Tony Madison, Taylor Rolder and Jordan Wirtz

  1. 2019 CHEF C-Suite Dinner Series – January 16, 2019 with George N. Miller, Jr., MHSA, FACHE
    Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 5:30-8:00pm, Francesca’s Fiore Forest Park, IL, Register at

Join George N. Miller, Jr., MHSA, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Loretto Hospital for our January C-Suite Dinner and a discussion on what’s keeping you up at night. Space is limited so register today.

Evening’s Schedule:  Networking – 5:30pm – 6:00pm, Dinner and Innovation Discussion – 6:00pm – 8:00pm Dessert

  1. 2019 CHEF Face-to-Face Education Program: Providing Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS):  A Strategy to Improve Quality, Reduce Health Disparities and Achieve Health Equity for Diverse Patient Populations
    Thursday, January 24, 2019, 5:00 – 7:30pm, The Walsh Group, 307 S. Sangamon, Chicago, IL 60607, Register at
    As the U.S. becomes increasingly diverse, healthcare organizations struggle to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate, health literate care that takes into account patients’ cultural health beliefs, preferred languages, and communication needs. The U.S. Census Bureau predicts that the United States will become a majority-minority population sometime between 2042 and 2050 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2012). More than 57 million people speak a language other than English at home and over 25 million speak English less than “very well.” Only 12% of adults have average health literacy meaning that 9 out of 10 adults lack the basic skills to manage their own health. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care provide a framework for delivering culturally and linguistically appropriate services to advance health equity, improve quality, and help eliminate health care disparities.Moderator:
    Kim Byas, Sr., PhD, MPH, FACHE, Regional Executive, American Hospital AssociationPanelists:
    Lisa Aponte-Soto, PhD, MHA, Associate Director of Community Engaged Research, University of Illinois at Chicago

    Joni Duncan, Chief Human Resources Officer, Parent and Affiliate, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

    Larry J. Goodman, MD,  Chief Executive Officer, Rush System and Chief Executive Officer, Rush University Medical Center

    Thomas A. LaVeist, Ph.D., Dean, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Tulane University

Fourth Quarter 2018 Updates:


Each Regent is provided a tuition waiver to attend Congress each year during his or her term. Also, each Regent receives one tuition waiver for a second ACHE educational program of his or her choice as follows:

  • Webinars
  • Two-day seminars offered at clusters
  • Online Seminars
  • Online Tutorial
  • Self-Study Programs

Tuition waivers may not be used for On-Location Programs (ACHE seminars purchased and sponsored by local groups). ACHE does not reimburse the Regent for the cost of travel and lodging to attend Congress or another educational program. When completing the registration form, write “Regent—tuition waived” at the top of the form and send it to ACHE according to the instructions outlined in the program brochure. This waiver must be used before the end of the Convocation Year.


To reduce the barriers to ACHE educational programming for ACHE members experiencing economic hardship, ACHE has established the Tuition Waiver Assistance Program.

ACHE makes available a limited number of tuition waivers to ACHE Members and Fellows whose organizations lack the resources to fund their tuition for education programs. Members and Fellows in career transition are also encouraged to apply.

Tuition waivers are based on financial need. Recipient must be a current ACHE full member or Fellow for at least one year from the time of the session start. A member may only receive a waiver every three years of their membership. All requests are due no less than eight weeks before the program date. Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

For additional information, visit


This program is designed for emerging healthcare leaders interested in boosting their leadership potential and career trajectory.

The Leaders Conference is a highly interactive program that features team-building exercises, insightful personal assessments, leadership coaching, individual leadership action plans and opportunities to interact with other participants.

A limited number of full scholarships are available to individuals who do not have the organizational resources to cover the cost of tuition. We will begin accepting scholarship applications December 17, 2018. The application deadline is February 15, 2019 and all applicant will be appraised of the scholarship decisions by March 22. Please consider referring a colleague or chapter/RAC member to the conference. Visit for full details.


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

  • Budget Approved

o    The Board of Governors received 2018 financial statements for the cur- rent period and approved the 2019 budget for ACHE and the Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

o    Strategic Plan and Progress Reports Board members received an update on the 2018–2020 Strategic Plan, which included reports from the president and CEO on the following ACHE key initiatives: Leading for Safety, Physician-Specific Professional Development,

o    Advancing Diversity and Inclusion and Personalizing the Member Experience. The complete Strategic Plan Progress Report can be found in the “About ACHE” area of

o    The Board also received the President’s Report on the Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives, which included updates on the following key initiatives: Professional Development, the Student Experience with ACHE and the Higher Education 2025 Task Force. Additionally, the Board approved ACHE’s 2019–2021 Strategic Plan, without change, affirming the organization’s mission, vision and values and its central goal to educate, engage and inspire leaders to improve health through its roles as catalyst, connector and trusted partner. Key work streams to achieve the goals of the strategic plan include optimizing and expanding access to ACHE’s learning assets; transforming digital communications to innovate the member experience; fostering engagement of members in strategic

Respectfully Submitted,

Dr. Rupert M. Evans Sr., DHA, FACHE
ACHE Regent for Illinois-Metropolitan Chicago

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