Now Accepting Applications for the ACHE-WI Leadership Development Program

As a developing leader in an industry experiencing fast-paced and disruptive changes, the ability to lead effectively has never been more critical nor more marketable. Today’s leading healthcare organizations require the talent and skills of strong leaders to influence others in realizing the vision of the organization. The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) – Wisconsin Chapter Leadership Development Program combines site visits, educational sessions, networking activities and events, coaching and mentorship to prepare emerging leaders with the skills to influence others and immediately impact their organizations. The program will enlighten the emerging leader about their leadership strengths and abilities, enhance their knowledge of the healthcare industry, and provide them with the opportunity to immediately apply what they have learned for personal and professional growth. In addition to the core curriculum, the program also offers the emerging leader the opportunity to interact with peers from across the state, receive coaching from successful early careerists and executives, increase exposure in the Wisconsin Chapter of ACHE, and the ability to network with Wisconsin’s leading healthcare executives.

Learn more and apply.

Message from Outgoing ACHE-WI President: Alexandra Urrutia-Comas, FACHE

Dear ACHE-WI Members,

I write today to express my gratitude for allowing me to serve as your president during the 2021 calendar year. This past year certainly brought about its challenges, at the same time, it led our chapter to further innovate and offer valuable educational and networking events for our members, among them

  • 1st Virtual Conference
  • 11 Coffee with the College Podcast Episodes
  • 16 Educational Webinars and networking events
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion efforts leading to the support of establishing NALHE & NAHSE Chapters
  • 9 LDP Program graduates
  • 11 members obtained their FACHE status
  • 189  participants in our Career Development Academy Series

As we look forward into 2022 I am thrilled to introduce Christina Orr and Aaron Budd, long time colleagues and friends as your new ACHE-WI President and President-Elect, respectively. I also thank Teresa Lindfors for continuing as our Chapter Treasurer. Thank you to all of our ACHE-WI 2021 Board Members for volunteering your time, talent, and expertise to serve leaders across our state! The chapter is poised for continued success!

I truly cannot believe that my time as president has come to an end– I’ve spent 9+ years on the Board of ACHE-WI and loved every minute of it. I am looking forward to continuing to contribute to the chapter through committees and as your immediately past president.

It’s been a great privilege.

I wish everyone a year full of hope and prosperity!

Alexandra Urrutia-Comas, MHSA, FACHE
Vice President, Operations

Aurora Sinai Medical Center
Aurora Health Care – Greater Milwaukee

New Podcast Episode Released – How Organizational Leaders Can Prepare their Enterprise for the Unexpected: Ted Uczen

In our last episode, we discussed how a supervisor can directly impact employee wellness in times of stress by allowing time away from duties or by being a listening ear.  This month we scale up and discuss how organizational leaders can prepare their enterprise for the unexpected.  In this episode, we chat with Ted Uczen, former President and CEO of FEI Behavioral Health, a workforce resilience company that partners with organizations to protect and enhance workforce effectiveness and organizational resiliency.  Ted explains how organizations should have a “People Plan,” similar to an Emergency Preparedness Plan, to be ready for when “life happens” to employees.  Employees experience life events every day and while Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) can guide staff to therapy services, EAP should be tapped for much more.  Ted makes it clear that EAP goes beyond post-trauma counseling; it’s about managing through the little things and providing meaningful education and training.  Listeners can use Ted’s tips to improve long-term resiliency and effectiveness of employees through daily support.  Ted suggests we slow down and “create the time to think about what’s next.”  We hope you enjoy!

Vote Today for the ACHE-WI 2022 Education Topics

We would like your input for our 2022 education plans. The chapter plans to share education and information with you through a variety of methods including: Face-to-Face credit event, member discussions, Career Development Academy and the chapter podcast, Coffee with the College.

Our chapter may select eight face-to-face panel templates that can be presented during the upcoming calendar year. These templates will be offered throughout the year at local programs and the Annual Conference.

Voting is now open for the ACHE-WI 2022 Education Survey. Please review each template and mark your top eight selections on the survey. The deadline to share your input is Monday, December 13, at noon.

Vote Now

New Podcast Episode Released – Supporting a Team’s Emotional Resiliency: Gina Kangas, LCSW

Many of us are doing our best to support the emotional resiliency of our teams over the last couple years, but not all leaders have the experience and tools to effectively manage through an ongoing crisis. Today, we get some help from Gina Kangas, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who serves as the Mental Health Outpatient Manager and back-up Employee Assistance Coordinator at the Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee. Gina explains how a collective sense of community can help us fight through these experiences together. Similarities in our experiences help us relate to each other and in times of stress, we just need someone to listen and understand. Gina tells us to be “that person” . . . that listening ear . . . for our employees. She also provides other stress-relieving tips and ways to integrate new staff in a virtual environment. We hope you enjoy.

ACHE Announces Nominating Committee 2022 Slate

The ACHE Nominating Committee has selected a slate of leaders to be presented for approval at the Council of Regents Meeting, March 26. All nominees have been notified and have agreed to serve if elected. All terms begin at the close of the Council meeting in March. The 2022 slate is as follows:

Nominating Committee Member, District 1 (two-year term ending in 2024)
Christine C. Winn, FACHE
Senior Vice President, MD Anderson Cancer Center Institute and Physician Alignment
Cooper University Health Care
Camden, N.J.

Nominating Committee Member, District 4 (two-year term ending in 2024)
Todd A. Caliva, FACHE
HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake
Webster, Texas

Nominating Committee Member, District 5 (two-year term ending in 2024)
Jennifer D. Alderfer, FACHE
SCL Health/Good Samaritan Medical Center
Lafayette, Colo.

Governor (three-year term ending in 2025)
Noel J. Cardenas, FACHE
Senior Vice President/CEO
Memorial Hermann Southeast and Pearland Hospitals

Governor (three-year term ending in 2025)
Michael K. Givens, FACHE
St. Bernards Medical Center
Jonesboro, Ark.

Governor (three-year term ending in 2025)
Michele R. Martz, CPA, FACHE
UPMC Western Maryland
Cumberland, Md.

Governor (three-year term ending in 2025)
Dodie T. McElmurray, RN, FACHE
CEO, Community Hospitals
The University of Mississippi Medical Center
Grenada, Miss.

Delvecchio S. Finley, FACHE
Atrium Health Navicent
Macon, Ga.

Additional nominations for members of the Nominating Committee may be made from the floor at the annual Council of Regents Meeting.

Additional nominations for the offices of Chair-Elect and Governor may be made in the following manner: Any Fellow may be nominated by written petition of at least 15 members of the Council of Regents. Petitions must be received in the ACHE headquarters office (American College of Healthcare Executives, 300 S. Riverside Plaza, Ste. 1900, Chicago, IL 60606-6698) at least 60 days prior to the annual meeting of the Council of Regents. Regents shall be notified in writing of nominations at least 30 days prior to the annual meeting of the Council of Regents.

Thanks to the members of the Nominating Committee for their contributions to this important assignment:

Heather J. Rohan, FACHE
Michael J. Fosina, FACHE
John G. Faubion, FACHE
Col Stephanie S. Ku, FACHE
Jayne E. Pope, FACHE
John M. Snyder, FACHE
Jhaymee Tynan, FACHE
Peter J. Wright, FACHE

Save the Date: 2022 Congress

Mark your calendars for the 2022 Congress on Healthcare Leadership, March 28–31, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

This year’s Congress agenda has more than 150 education and networking sessions. Featured faculty for the 2022 Congress includes:

  • Jon Meacham—Opening Session: Parker B. Francis Distinguished Lecture on Monday, March 28.
  • Ashish K. Jha, MD—Arthur C. Bachmeyer Memorial Address on Monday, March 28.
  • Nancy Snyderman, MD—Malcolm T. MacEachern Memorial Address on Tuesday, March 29.
  • Hakeem M. Oluseyi, PhD—Leon I. Gintzig Commemorative Address on Wednesday, March 30.

Some new additions to Congress this year:

  • Joint Federal Sector Day—Thursday, March 31.
  • Ignite Stage in the Solutions Center.
  • CEO-Exclusive sessions.
  • Expanded networking reception options.

Registration opens on Wednesday, Dec. 1.

Introduction of SB 688 & AB 720 to Create Wisconsin Military Medics & Corpsmen Program

Milwaukee, WI – Heroes for Healthcare is proud to announce the introduction of legislation to create the Military Medics & Corpsmen (Wis-MAC) Program. The bi-partisan legislation, championed by Senator Jacque and Representative Summerfield, was officially introduced in the Wisconsin Senate on Veterans Day, November 11, 2021. This legislation addresses a critical workforce issue by providing a pathway for returning military medics, corpsmen, and medical technicians to apply their skills gained in active service to healthcare settings in Wisconsin.


Currently, when medically-trained service members and veterans transition to civilian life, their military healthcare training and hands-on patient care experience do not easily translate into comparable practice requirements in civilian healthcare settings. As a result, many veterans and service members are left unemployed, underemployed, or leave the healthcare field altogether.

Healthcare shortages have only worsened throughout the pandemic, and Senate Bill 688 is one important tool to make sure that all Wisconsinites have the access to high quality care they need and deserve.

SB 688 will create a pathway to allow medical personnel to work under a qualified supervising clinician, while they work toward a civilian licensure in Wisconsin. This Bill could have an immediate positive affect on the shortage of h

ealthcare workers, and it makes Wisconsin an attractive state for veterans and service members with healthcare experience. This legislation is modeled after successful programs in both Virginia and Veteran’s Administration healthcare settings across the U.S.

Shawn Lerch, CEO, Sauk Prairie Healthcare stated. “The Military Medics & Corpsmen program is a proven and innovative model that matches the experience and skills of medics and corpsmen with critical workforce needs of our health systems. This program will ensure high quality and safe care continues to be provided throughout the state. I am proud, as a Navy veteran and as a Healthcare CEO, to be a strong supporter and partner with Heroes for Healthcare to bring this essential program to Wisconsin.”

The following organizations have expressed their support for SB 688 and will join with Heroes in advancing the bill this legislative session: County Veteran Service Officers Association of Wisconsin; Wisconsin Primary Healthcare Association of Wisconsin; Concordia University of Wisconsin Veterans Service Department; Rural Wisconsin Health

Cooperative; Wisconsin Hospital Association; American Legion Department of Wisconsin; Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce; Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians; Herzing University; Tomah Health; Heartland Home Health; and Center for Veterans Issues.

Heroes for Healthcare thanks Sen. Jacque and Rep. Summerfield for their leadership on SB 688, along with the additional 26 bipartisan co-sponsors of the bill. Heroes for Healthcare is a Milwaukee-based non-profit that is dedicated to being a resource for our military during their transition to civilian life to achieve gainful employment in healthcare.

Chapter Podcast Survey

Over the past year, ACHE Wisconsin Chapter has been releasing monthly podcasts in our series Coffee with the College. We hope that you have enjoyed them. As we plan for 2022, we would like your feedback to improve future podcasts. Please take this brief survey to share your insight and input on our chapter podcast, Coffee with the College.

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In case you missed some any of the podcasts, you can listen to them all here.

Our 2021 guests covered the topics of resiliency, AI, personal career journeys, public policy issues, patient experience and community health. Our guests included the following.

  • Teresa Lindfors, FACHE, MBA, RN, Chief Strategy & Business Development Officer, Stoughton Health
  • Minhaj U. Husain, MD, Infectious Disease Specialist, Advocate Aurora Healthcare
  • Ian B.K. Martin, M.D., M.B.A., FACEP, FAAEM, Professor with Tenure and System Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine, Professor, Department of Medicine, The Medical College of Wisconsin School of Medicine
  • Ron Galloway, Technology Researcher and Author
  • Seth Teigen, Chief Executive Officer, Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo
  • Ryan Natzke, Chief External Affairs Officer, Marshfield Clinic Health System
  • Brad Wolters, Director of Federal Government Relations, Marshfield Clinic Health System
  • Joe Behn, MD, Vice Chair of Family Medicine, Clinical Practice, SWWI; Instructor of Family Medicine; and Chair of Virtual Community Care Subcommittee, SWWI at Mayo Clinic Health System
  • Kris Baird, President and CEO, Baird Group
  • Jerome Garrett, Department Administrator, University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

LDP Virtual Site Visit at North Central Health Care October 28th

North Central Health Care hosted a full-day virtual site visit with our chapter Leadership Development Program (LDP) cohort, focused on master facility planning; an executive Q&A panel on leading through change & uncertainty; expansion of mental & behavioral health services; psychiatry residency program; understanding dementia; and a virtual tour. Special thanks to executives and professional staff including Jarret Nickel, MBA,LNHA, Tom Boutain, MBA, Dr. Robert Gouthro, Trisha Stefonek and Cagney Martin.

LDP cohort members include host Zach Ziesemer, Sandra Elsen, Alyssa Graffy, MHA, Kyle Landry, Jason Mattern, Maria Mejia, Jenny Nikolai, Mary A. Rueth, MBA, Melissa Schlimgen and Brayden Longnecker. Interested in applying for the next cohort? Watch for more information online or connect with LDP co-chairs Kathleen Olewinski, FACHE and Kelly Boggs to learn more!