Message From Your ACHE Regent, Fall 2020

As our Wisconsin Chapter leadership transitions again, I want to thank the outgoing board members for their leadership and time spent guiding the ACHE WI Chapter into a valuable organization and welcome our new leadership members

  • Immediate Past President – Eric B. Erickson, FACHE
  • President – Alexa Urrutia-Comas
  • President-Elect – Christina Orr
  • Treasurer – Teresa Lindfors, MBA, BSN, RN, FACHE

Board Members include Kenneth R. Carlson, FACHE, Jennifer T. Fink, PhD, Andrew M. Hillig, FACHE, and Christina Orr

Also, I am honored to continue to serve as your Wisconsin Regent on the ACHE National Council of Regents for the 2021-2024 term. As in the past, please feel to contact me with any ideas or concerns you may have.

While preparing this message and reviewing the educational programming that has occurred during the Fall of 2020, I was stunned by how much our organization has accomplished. Please take a minute to reflect that back in March, many of us did not know what a Zoom call was, but we quickly learned, soon we were able to share content and even moderate webinars and virtual face-to-face events with panelists located throughout the state. This new normal has only been possible by the strength of our individual members, and our determination has allowed the collective good of this organization to flourish, despite the challenges of the year.

The past several months has displayed an impressive line-up, as do the events of the months ahead.

Fall 2020 – In Review

  • The Business Care of Evidence-Based Design Features for Staff: Translating Traditional ROI Data for Financial Performance.
    • Webinar, September 23rd
  • Mentoring and Building Your Network
    • Webinar, September 30th
  • Ethical Challenges in Healthcare Leadership
    • Virtual F2F Event, October 8th
  • Telemedicine in the Healthcare Delivery System
    • Virtual F2F Event, October 22nd
  • Equity of Care
    • Virtual F2F Event, November 5th
  • Managing the New Work-Life Balance
    • Member Discussion, November 17th
  • COVID-19: What We Learned: Leadership and Crisis Management: Strategies to Effectively Manage a Healthcare Organization
    • Virtual F2F Event, November 19th
  • Leading a Culture of Safety: A Blueprint for Success, Lead and Reward a Just Culture and Establish Organizational Behavior Expectations
    • Virtual F2F, Event December 3rd

2020 Events To Close Out the Year

  • The Future Look of Healthcare – Design and Re-Designing Space
  • The Future Look of Healthcare – Design and Re-Designing Space

    • Member Discussion, December 9th @ 4-4pm
    • Moderator
      • Alexandra Urrutia-Comas, MHSA, Vice President, Operations, Aurora Sinai Medical Center, Aurora Health Care – Greater Milwaukee
    • Panelists
      • Kristin Dufek, AIA, LEED AP, Vice President, EUA
      • Melinda Pogwizd, AIA, Architect | Associate, Kahler Slater
      • Tim Prince, MHA, FACHE, Senior Advisor, Strategic Project Alignment, J.H. FINDORFF & SON INC.
      • Paul Widlarz, Vice President, Principal, HGA
  • Career Development Academy – How to Be a Relationship Driven Leader
    • Webinar, December 17th @12:00 – 1:30pm
    • Moderator
      • Jeron Jackson, MHA, Service Line Administrator-Medical Oncology, Marshfield Clinic Health System
    • Panelists
      • Amy Franta, M.D. Regional Vice President, Medical Affairs, SSM Health, St. Mary’s Hospital
      • Christina P. Orr, D.P.T. Assistant Medical Center Director, Zablocki VA Medical Center
  • COVID-19: What We Learned: Staffing/People Resources and Supply Chain
    • Virtual F2F Event December 17th @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
    • Speakers
      • Mary Bygd, FACHE, Operations Administrator, MCHS- Red Cedar
      • Gary H. Rakes, CFAAMA, CMRP, CSCS, Vice President – Chief Supply Chain Officer, Aspirus, Inc.
      • William “Bill” Moir IV, VP Supply Chain Operations, Advocate Aurora Health
  • ACHE-WI 2021 Annual Conference, September 20th-21st, 2021
    • The Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake, WI

FACHE Membership Tenure Requirement Changes

As a reminder, the Board of Governors made the decision to change the membership tenure requirement for initial Fellow advancement from three years to one-year, effective January 1st, 2021. The intent of this change is to make Fellow status possible for more of the Members who meet the requirements and wish to advance to this important leadership level. The membership tenure requirement was adjusted, but the other requirements for Members to obtain the FACHE credential remain the same.

If you have any questions about the FACHE requirements, the deadline, or the process in general, reach out to the Customer Service Center at or (312) 424-9400.

Exam Authorized and Recertification Extensions

Recertification deadlines have been extended for 2019 and 2020 classes. Each recertification class must have met all the requirements, submitted their application, and paid the recertification fee by the new deadlines.

  • Recertification Class Extension is March 31st, 2021
  • Recertification Class Extension is December 31st, 2021

As we finish 2020, please take a moment and reflect on everything we have learned this year, focusing on the resiliency and leadership, so many of our members have shown for the good and growth of this organization.

Cheers to 2021. May it be one of much healing and happiness. In the meantime, please take care to stay safe and healthy.

Thomas N. Shorter, JD, FACHE
Regent for Wisconsin