Strengthen Your Value Proposition Webinar to Feature Wisconsin Chapter Member, Christina Orr

ACHE invites you to participate in the next Career Advancement Group for CareerEDGE Users webinar. This complimentary service is uniquely designed to help you navigate the evolving healthcare marketplace. The Career Advancement Group series will directly support you in getting the most out of your use of CareerEDGE by identifying commonly overlooked resources, featuring career experts, conducting open floor discussions, and more!

Strengthen Your Value Proposition Webinar 

In the competitive healthcare marketplace, it is important to be able to articulate the value you bring. CareerEDGE can help you outline the value you deliver,  as well as identify the competencies that are in high demand in our ever evolving profession. We invite you and your mentee to join us as we highlight often underutilized features of the CareerEdge platform. During this presentation, we will talk with Christina Orr, Assistant Medical Center Director at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center about how she and the Wisconsin Chapter use CareerEDGE to prepare their emerging healthcare leaders for next level leadership.

Date: Wednesday, November 7th
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. CST

 Location: Webinar (Dial-in Number will be sent following your RSVP) 

*This event is free, but registration is required. RSVP via * 

LDP Cohort and Administrative Champions Recognized at Annual Meeting

The ACHE-WI 2018-2019 Leadership Development Program (LDP) cohort and their champions were recognized at the ACHE-WI Annual Meeting in Elkhart Lake on September 17, 2018.

Congratulations to our LDP cohort (pictured below) and their administrative sponsors who champion and support their involvement in our program:

Rachel Cabelka, Manager, Clinic Operations, Aurora Health Care, Green Bay;

Sponsor: Todd Noggle, Director of Clinic Operations.

Nicole Aloia, Operations Administrator – Medical Oncology, Mayo Clinic Health System, Eau Claire;

Sponsor: Susanne Degen, Vice Chair – Administration.

Prior Sponsor:  Karil Walther, Vice President of Primary Care and Population Health, UW Health.

Benjamin (BJ) Brenna, Director of Business Development & Rehab Services, Cumberland Healthcare;

Sponsor: Michael Gutsch, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer.

Carl Selvick, Senior Director of Clinical Services, Fort HealthCare;

Sponsor: Michael Wallace, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer.

Brian Michalski, Health System Specialist, Clement J Zablocki VA Medical Center

Sponsor: James McLain, FACHE, Deputy Director (COO).

Aaron Budd, Director of Medical Imaging Operations, SSM Health, Janesville;

Sponsor: Ben Layman, President, St. Mary’s Hospital-Janesville.

Luke Belter, Business Manager-Surgical Services, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin;

Sponsor: Thomas Miller, Vice President of Surgical and Diagnostic Services.

Tracy Keenan, Analytics Manager, Integrated Medical Partners;

Sponsor: Bill Pickart, Chief Executive Officer.

Apply for Fellow Status and Complete Requirements by Dec. 31 to Participate in 2019 Convocation

Take the next important step in your healthcare management career by advancing to Fellow status. Fellow applicants who successfully meet all requirements needed to attain their FACHE credential by Dec. 31, 2018, including passing the Board of Governors Examination, will be eligible to participate in the 2019 Convocation Ceremony at the Congress on Healthcare Leadership, where you will receive formal recognition by ACHE leadership and their colleagues. Members can apply for Fellow conveniently online and learn more about the steps and requirements needed to advance at

Leadership Development Program (LDP) Site Visit at the Milwaukee VA, with Integrated Medical Partners

ACHE Leadership Development Program (LDP) cohort IX spent a day at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in August, for a site visit in collaboration with Integrated Medical Partners.

Bill Pickart, Chief Executive Officer at Integrated Medical Partners (IMP) joined the group for breakfast and then shared leadership insights and wisdom from his C-suite experience as CEO.  This was followed by an analytics demonstration by cohort member and co-host Tracy Keenan, Analytics Manager, Integrated Medical Partners.

A campus historical tour at the Zablocki VA Medical Center followed, including Milwaukee’s former historic Soldiers Home and other buildings on the grounds that will begin redevelopment in early 2019.

A working lunch covered “VA 101” with cohort member and host Brian Michalski, Health System Specialist, Milwaukee VA Medical Center.  This included an engaging discussion of views from Washington.

James D. McLain, FACHE, Deputy Director (COO) and then-Acting Medical Center Director (CEO) at the Zablocki VA Medical Center joined the group for lunch along with Christina Orr, DPT, Assistant Medical Center Director, and shared their own inspiring leadership journeys as well as leading an interactive discussion on various leadership topics.

Michael D. Erdmann, MD, MS, Chief of Staff and Associate Dean for the VA, shared insights on the Department of Veterans Affairs: Past, Present and Future.  Then before wrapping up the day as a cohort, Beth Ann Smith, Program Manager – Benefits Management, provided an overview of VA benefits, billing and insurance as well as the procurement system and related topics.

In addition to our Leadership Development Program (LDP) cohort members participating in the site visit, students mentored by our co-hosts joined the group to include Shelby Edl, Vice President and Claudette Ingold, Professional Development Chair, Future Healthcare Executives (FHE) at UW-Milwaukee.

Are You Due to Recertify Your FACHE Credential in 2018?

Demonstrate your continued dedication and commitment to lifelong learning by recertifying your FACHE® credential. Login to to learn when you are due to recertify. Please submit this application no later than Dec. 31; include your Qualified Education credits and your community/civic and healthcare activities. For more information, please visit

You may also contact the ACHE Customer Service Center at (312) 424-9400, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Central time, or email

Forum Member Directory Connects Executives With Healthcare Consultants

The Healthcare Consultants Forum Member Directory is a resource for healthcare executives and organizations seeking the services of a healthcare consultant with a specific area of expertise.

Are you a healthcare executive searching for a consultant? The directory’s robust search functionality can help identify ACHE Consultant Forum Members who may meet your needs.

Are you a consultant looking to gain visibility with decision makers? Join the Healthcare Consultants Forum, and select your primary area of expertise now!

Offering a Postgraduate Fellowship? ACHE Can Help

If your organization is offering a postgraduate fellowship for the upcoming year, we encourage you to add it to the Directory of Postgraduate Administrative Fellowships at

As a healthcare leader, you know how crucial it is to attract and develop highly qualified professionals in your organization. Gain exposure and start attracting top-notch applicants by posting your organization’s program on the directory. You may add a new listing or update a previous one at any time by completing the Online Listing Form.

Questions? Please contact Audrey Meyer, membership coordinator, Division of Member Services, at (312) 424-9308 or email

Maximize Your Leadership with ACHE’s CareerEDGE

Are you taking advantage of your complimentary access to ACHE’s CareerEDGE®? More than 4,300 of your fellow ACHE members have registered for this unique and interactive tool designed to support you in planning and managing your career. Early careerists and senior executives alike can use the tool to support their own career development as well as those they lead. CareerEDGE includes free assessments and tools to enhance your self-awareness as well as a comprehensive framework that makes it easy to map a plan to achieve your goals. Visit our CareerEDGE webpage to login and explore CareerEDGE today!

Are You Leading for Safety?

Healthcare leaders are guided by the highest calling—to care for those who entrust their care to us. This means that we must keep our patients and workforce safe. Improving healthcare safety requires leaders who are committed to take a stand.

That is why ACHE has partnered with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement/National Patient Safety Foundation Lucian Leape Institute and other safety experts to help healthcare leaders take a stand.

Join us and commit to leading for safety by signing the We Lead for Safety pledge online at While you are there, you can find resources, tools, self-assessments and best practices to help your organization measure, build and sustain a culture of safety.

IHI Publishes Guide for Providing Safe Home Healthcare

Millions of people are recovering from acute illness or coping with chronic conditions in their own homes, but their care may not always be delivered under the safest of conditions, according to a new report from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Care in the home is increasing due in part to rising healthcare costs, an aging population, patient preference and advances in technology that allow for some complex care to be administered locally.

Home care has its advantages—including greater autonomy for care recipients, lower risk of certain complications (such as sleep disruption) and lower costs—but IHI cautions that in order to achieve these benefits, healthcare providers must be cognizant of risks of harm in the home setting as well. Potential issues include injuries due to physical hazards or medical equipment, pressure injuries, infections, poor nutrition, adverse events related to medication or other treatment, potential abuse or neglect, and healthcare worker burnout.

To help promote safe, person-centered care in the home, IHI’s report outlined the following five guiding principles:

  1. Self-determination and person-centered care are fundamental to all aspects of care in the home setting.
  2. Every organization providing care in the home must create and maintain a safety culture.
  3. A robust learning and improvement system is necessary to achieve and sustain gains in safety.
  4. Effective team-based care and care coordination are critical to safety in the home setting.
  5. Policies and funding models must incentivize the provision of high-quality, coordinated care in the home and avoid perpetuating care fragmentation related to payment.

As the numbers of people receiving care at home continue to increase, we hope this report will serve as a useful reference for those committed to building on that foundation,” said Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, CPPS, chief clinical and safety officer for IHI.

—Adapted from “Health Care Services At Home Outpacing Attention To Safety,” by Joanna Clark, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, July 16, 2018.