Topics Announced for the ACHE-WI 2018 Annual Conference

The ACHE-WI 2018 Annual Conference will take place on September 17-19, 2018 at The Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, WI. The conference theme is Building Bridges and Creating Connections in Healthcare. Our core ACHE topics will be:

  • Ensuring Your Community’s Emergency Preparedness
  • Interdependence of Public, Private and Federal Healthcare Delivery
  • The Promise and Perils of Precision Medicine
  • Employing Social Media to Build Customer Satisfaction and Community Outreach
  • Managing for Morale—Effective Management Techniques to Retain Your Staff
  • Accountability for the Care We Provide
  • Coaching for Optimal Behavior: A 360-Degree Model
  • Closing Gaps in Patient Care Plans: The Executive’s Role in Engaging Care Teams to Improve Patient Safety, Quality of Care, and Operating Margins

Plan to attend now and book your hotel room. Rooms are available at The Osthoff Resort at the special rate of $172. To guarantee this rate, reservations must be made by August 27, 2018. To make a reservation, please call The Osthoff Resort at 1-800-876-3399 and request the American College of Healthcare Executives – Wisconsin Chapter room block. Registration will be opening in June!

Wisconsin Chapter Recognized with the Award for Sustained Performance

The ACHE-Wisconsin Chapter was recognized at Congress this year with the Award for Sustained Performance. This award to awarded to all chapters that meet at least one of the four performance standards for a continuous three years. The performance standards are Education & Networking, Net Membership Growth, Level of Member Satisfaction and Advancement of Eligible Members.



Award-winning chapter representatives
present at the Chapter Leaders Reception at the
2018 Congress


Board of Governors Exam Fee Waiver Campaign

Remember to take the next important step in your career advancement by becoming board certified in healthcare management as Fellows of ACHE. Now is the perfect time to apply! Between now and June 30, you can save $200 on the Board of Governors Exam fee.

The June 30 deadline is fast approaching, so visit to apply conveniently online and learn more about the offer, details on requirements and Exam study resources.

2018 Chapter Member Needs Survey Coming Soon

The 2018 Chapter Member Needs Survey will be sent electronically, May 7–25, to all ACHE members who have been chapter members for more than one year. The survey was developed and will be administered by ACHE’s Division of Member Services, Research. Results will be available by the Chapter Leaders Conference, which takes place Sept. 17–18 in Rosemont, Ill.

The 2018 survey focuses on the importance of and members’ general satisfaction with chapter programs and services, such as education and networking events. The survey also asks respondents to rate their overall satisfaction with their chapter.

Run for Wisconsin Regent

ACHE is beginning the election process for new Regents to serve on its Council of Regents, the legislative body that represents ACHE’s more than 40,000 members. Serving as an elected official is a unique opportunity that allows you to exercise your leadership ability, share innovative ideas and act on behalf of ACHE members.

All Fellows who wish to run for election must submit a letter of intent to by Aug. 24. The letter of intent must include a current business title, business address, email address and telephone number. If you submit your letter of intent and have not received confirmation of its receipt by Aug. 31, contact Caitlin E. Stine at (312) 424-9324 or

May 8 Panel: Treating an epidemic: Solutions and challenges in overcoming the opioid crisis

Wisconsin continues to grapple with the opioid epidemic. Emergency departments in the state saw suspected opioid overdoses more than double between July 2016 and last September, according to recent federal data. While Wisconsin has taken steps to fight the crisis, more work remains. A Wisconsin Health News panel will take a closer look at the challenges facing those seeking treatment and how to boost access.

Panelists include:

Paul Krupski, Director of Opioid Initiatives, Department of Health Services

Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette

Andrew Whitacre, Senior Associate, Pew Charitable Trusts

Dr. Aleksandra Zgierska, Assistant Professor, UW Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Register here

LDP Visits UW Health

Article by Kathleen Olewinski, FACHE, 2017-2018 LDP Chair

The 2017-2018 Leadership Development Program (LDP) Cohort wrapped up their 2018 Site Visits with a day at UW Health including The American Center, Yahara Clinic, and University Hospitals & Clinics.

The group started their day at The American Center with a light breakfast and a round table discussion with senior leaders, including John Sheehan, MA, FACHE, President UW Health at The American Center and Senior Vice President; and Vicki Hill, MS, MBA, FACHE, Vice President Clinical Operations. Dave Knight, Sports Performance Program Manager, then led a discussion and facility tour.

Yahara Clinic was the next stop, which featured a facility tour, and a presentation and discussion with senior leaders including Teresa Neely, SVP, RN, BSN, MHA, Chief Ambulatory Officer & Chief Nursing Officer, Ambulatory; Karil Walther, RN, BSN, DNP, Interim VP, UW Health Primary Care Clinics; and Kay Porter, MBA, Director, Primary Care.

University Hospital and Clinics  was next on the agenda, highlighted by a discussion with Dr. Alan Kaplan, MD, FACHE, MMM, CPE, FACPE, Chief Executive Officer, who also shared valuable insights and a three-part series of articles on “Climbing the Ladder to CEO” published in The Physician Executive.  Next, the group had a health and wellness focused discussion with Megan Waltz, RD, FACHE, Director of Culinary and Nutrition, and wrapped up the site visit with a Med Flight Tour. 

The site visit was co-hosted by Vonda R. Shaw, MS, MPH, FACHE, Manager – Preventive Cardiology and Heart Station, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics; and Alicia Rizzo, MHA, UW Health Clinic Operations Manager, Northeast Family Medical Center.  Both invited their Leadership Development Program (LDP) mentees, Savannah May and Kaohli Yang from Future Healthcare Executives (FHE) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, to join the full day site visit.

The LDP cohort ended the day with an End-of-Year Social and Wrap-Up at Erin’s Snug Irish Pub and Restaurant in Madison.


Introducing the ACHE-Wisconsin Chapter 2018-19 Leadership Development Program Cohort IX

The American College of Healthcare Executives – Wisconsin Chapter is delighted to welcome the new 2018-19 Leadership Development Program Cohort IX.  The group consists of: Nicole Aloia, UW Health; Luke Belter, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin; Benjamin Brenna, Cumberland Healthcare; Aaron Budd, SSM Health; Rachel Cabelka, Aurora Health Care; Tracy Keenen, Integrated Medical Partners; Carl Selvick, Fort HealthCare; and Brian Michalski, Clement J Zablocki VA Medical Center.

A kick off meeting was held at the Wisconsin Hospital Association Advocacy Day held in Madison on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.  The group had a chance to get to know each other as well as hear from Eric Borgerding, President/CEO of WHA and Kari Hofer, WHA’s new vice president of advocacy.  The group then merged into the WHA Advocacy Day agenda including legislative visits at the Capitol.  Special thanks to CEOs who took members to the Capitol with them:  Ryan Neville, FACHE, ACHE-WI President-Elect and CEO, Memorial Medical Center; Mary Beth White-Jacobs, FACHE, RN, President & CEO, Black River Memorial Hospital; John Russell, President/CEO, Columbus Community Hospital; and Sandy Anderson, President of St. Clare Hospital.

David Olson, FACHE, Installed as ACHE Chair

WHA Newsletter, March 30, 2018

David A. Olson, FACHE, chief strategy officer, Froedtert Health, Milwaukee, has assumed the office of chairman of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Olson was installed March 24 at the Council of Regents Meeting preceding ACHE’s 61st Congress on Healthcare Leadership.

Olson received the gavel from ACHE’s outgoing Chairman, Charles D. “Chuck” Stokes, FACHE, president/CEO, Memorial Hermann Health System, Houston. As chairman, Olson will serve the second part of a three-year term in ACHE’s consecutive chairmanship offices: Chairman-Elect, Chairman and Immediate Past Chairman.

Board certified in health care management as an ACHE Fellow, Olson served on the ACHE Board of Governors as governor from 2014 to 2017, and as the ACHE regent for Wisconsin from 2004 to 2007. In 2001, Olson was awarded ACHE’s Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for Young Healthcare Executive of the Year. In addition to his service to ACHE, Olson served on the Wisconsin Hospital Association board of directors from 2003 to 2013, and in 2010 he served as the organization’s chair.