May 14 WHN Luncheon Explores the Impact of Housing on Healthcare

Where people live influences their health. And more and more healthcare organizations and others in Milwaukee are targeting efforts and resources toward improving access to affordable and safe housing.  Panelists at a Wisconsin Health News panel will talk about efforts to address lead in the city, improve access to affordable housing and what else is needed. Panelists include:

  • Mike Bare, Research and Program Coordinator, Community Advocates Public Policy Institute
  • James Mathy, Housing Administrator, Milwaukee County
  • Ellen Sexton, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Wisconsin

The event is Tuesday, May 14 at the University Club of Milwaukee (924 East Wells Street, Milwaukee).  Lunch begins at 11:30am, with discussion starting at 12pm and running through 1pm. Space is limited, so be sure to register early (link).

The Future of Healthcare at Concordia University Wisconsin

Erik Hollander, MBA, Director of Strategic Growth and Business Development, Assistant Professor of Business, Healthcare Administration Lead

In April 2018 Concordia University Wisconsin broke ground on the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center’s 41,000 square-foot academic building to promote the future of where entrepreneurial collaboration and health care innovation can unite. This space will include a functioning medical clinic accompanied by incubator and collaboration space for business start-ups.

The three-story space will be opening in Fall 2019 and house the Batterman School of Business as well as the Next Generation Healthcare Leaders (NGHL) student group supported by the Wisconsin Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives. The business school has been atop the list of largest MBA program (within 100-mile radius of Milwaukee) for the past several years and is continuing with those efforts to support students and the community to ignite opportunity for collaboration.

In addition to Concordia’s engagement and participation in start-up and accelerator competitions focusing on solutions in health care, Concordia also hosts an annual Healthcare Economics Summit focusing on the business of health care with participation from key stakeholders and leaders from around the state, region and country. More recently the past keynotes includes former Governor Scott Walker and the President of the American Medical Association, Dr. Barbara McAneny.

The building will host a variety of mixed-used space including the cross-disciplinary “collaboratorium”, a medical clinic involving a collaboration of staff, faculty, and students from Concordia’s School of Health Profession’s and Batterman School of Business, and meeting space for the Rx Think Tank. Of the over 800 students in CUW’s MBA program, almost 100 of them are pursuing a degree in the health care administration track – a number that has significantly increased over the past few years.

If this wasn’t exciting enough the Batterman School of business has recently accepted its newly revised Healthcare Management major for traditional undergraduates. This comes at a time where the growth of traditional undergraduate students pursuing this major has continued to increase. With this revision comes the opportunity to revisit, revise and enhance the current associate and graduate level curriculum offerings to ensure what is being offered to students maintains a high level or relevancy and rigor to best prepare students for their career aspirations in healthcare.

Board of Governors Exam Fee Waiver Campaign Runs March 1–June 30

Take the next important step for your career by advancing to Fellow status benefits your professional goals and strengthens the healthcare management profession. Submit your Fellow applications starting March 1 with the Board of Governors Exam fee waiver offer (a savings of $200), available through June 30. Fellow applicants must submit their completed Fellow application, $250 application fee and all required documents such as their references and organization chart by June 30.

Visit ache.org/FACHE to learn more.

April Newsmaker Event Features DHS Secretary Nominee Andrea Palm

Andrea Palm, Governor Ever’s pick to lead the Department of Health Services, is crisscrossing the state this spring in support of the health proposals in the governor’s first budget. Chief among those priorities is expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, a concept that has so far faced stiff opposition from top Republicans who control the Legislature.

A former health advisor for President Barack Obama, Palm will outline the department’s priorities and discuss how her D.C. experience is shaping her new role in the Badger State at a Wisconsin Health News event in Madison at the Madison Club (5 East Wilson Street) on Monday, April 15.  The program and lunch opens at 11:45, with discussion starting at 12:15pm).

Register now (link).

Introducing ACHE-WI LDP Cohort X

On behalf of the ACHE-WI Leadership Development Program (LDP), we are pleased to introduce Cohort X which includes eight early careerists ready to begin for 2019-2020.

  • Derek Angle, MBA, Manager Medical Imaging Operations, SSM Health Dean Medical Group
  • Jennifer Benrud, MBA, Director of Operations-Western Wisconsin, Prevea Health
  • Elizabeth Folbrecht, Master’s, Specialty Physician Clinic Manager, Stoughton Hospital
  • Christopher Gries, MBA, Supervisory Health Systems Specialist, Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Jeron Jackson, MHA, Service Line Administrator-Medical Oncology, Marshfield Clinic Health System
  • Nick Ladell, PharmD, Director of Pharmacy, Advocate Aurora Health – Aurora West Allis Medical Center
  • William McMullen, MBA, Financial Analyst, Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin
  • Bethany Seeboth, MA, JD, Director, Risk Management Services, Froedtert Health

Grant for Chapter Innovation Awarded to Nine Chapters including Wisconsin

ACHE recently awarded chapter innovation grants to nine chapters. The grant program fosters chapter innovation in the development and delivery of new programs, products and services or new methods of delivery that add value for ACHE members. In conjunction with ACHE’s 2019-2021 strategy, we asked chapters to focus on engaging our highest priority near-term audiences: early careerists and clinicians. Chapters could apply for two grant types: Chapter-Led (projects that are solely created and executed by the chapter) and ACHE-Chapter Collaborative (chapters will receive resources and guidance from ACHE to help them complete their projects).

The following chapters were award recipients:

Chapter-Led Innovation Grants

ACHE of Massachusetts

The grant will fund new podcasts that are specifically applicable to early careerists and clinicians, allowing a more convenient way to engage with the chapter.

American College of Healthcare Executives—Wisconsin Chapter

This grant will fund the development of a virtual Career Development Academy for early careerists. The academy will include quarterly webinars and an online community, while leveraging ACHE resources, such as ACHE CareerEDGE®

Chicago Health Executives Forum

The chapter will target clinicians through establishment of MEDU, a physician skills enhancement program. The 10 core knowledge areas of the Board of Governors Exam will be the basis of the education offerings for the cohort learning experience.

East Tennessee Healthcare Executives Affiliation

This project will use a multi-pronged approach to increase and sustain membership among early careerists. The approaches include a mentor program; a social media, marketing and outreach campaign; and knowledge development in the areas of Baldrige and Lean/Six Sigma.

Greater Charlotte Healthcare Executives

The chapter seeks to engage both their early careerist and clinician members through a variety of tactics including webinars, quarterly emails and a one-day summit.

Washington State Healthcare Executive Forum

This is an event-based approach targeted to early careerists. Several networking events and a breakfast will serve as venues to serve a cohort of early careerists, who will also participate in emotional intelligence assessments through ACHE’s Career Resource Center and potentially in conjunction with the Seattle Cluster.

ACHE-Chapter Collaborative Grants

California Association of Healthcare Leaders

ACHE will work with the chapter to develop the appropriate technology to support a video resource library and enhance live streaming technology that can help engage early careerists and clinicians. The collaboration will focus on making sure the chapter understands the needs of early careerists and clinicians, and then meets those needs as they develop their video and event content. Acquisition of marketing and production expertise may also be necessary. Through the collaboration, there will also be a focus on adhering to all ACHE Face-to-Face and Qualified Education credits policies and procedures so any learnings can be appropriately applied to other chapters. 

ACHE of Northern Ohio

This grant targets clinicians through a program called Boardroom to Bedside. This empathy card-writing and distribution event strives to increase awareness of ACHE within the clinical professions with a goal of engaging them locally and nationally. The collaboration component will focus on messaging, branding and marketing to ensure that the empathy cards achieve that goal.

South Texas Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives

The chapter will develop an early careerist workshop focused on skill and resume development, leveraging of social media and an interviewing workshop series. This includes collaboration with ACHE’s Career Resource Center to engage the chapter on how best to support early careerists in these areas. 

Wisconsin Chapter Wins Award of Chapter Distinction and Award for Sustained Performance

Learn more about the following awards and their criteria here.

Board of Governors Award

Sandhills Healthcare Executives Forum

Award for Chapter Excellence

ACHE—Nevada Chapter

CT Association of Healthcare Executives

Georgia Association of Healthcare Executives

Hawaii-Pacific Chapter of ACHE

Midwest Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives

San Diego Organization of Healthcare Leaders

Triangle Healthcare Executives’ Forum

Award of Chapter Distinction

ACHE—NJ

ACHE of Middle Tennessee

ACHE of North Texas

ACHE of Western PA

Alabama Healthcare Executives Forum

American College of Healthcare Executives of Central Florida

American College of Healthcare Executives—Wisconsin Chapter

Central Illinois Chapter of ACHE

Greater Charlotte Healthcare Executives

Mid-America Healthcare Executive’s Forum

Missouri Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives

South Texas Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives

Western Florida Chapter

Award of Chapter Merit

ACHE of Central PA

ACHE of Nebraska & Western Iowa

ACHE of Northern Ohio

ACHE-MN Chapter

American College of Healthcare Executives—Rhode Island Chapter

Arizona Healthcare Executives

Arkansas Health Executives Forum

Canadian Chapter of ACHE

Central Texas Chapter—ACHE

Colorado Association of Healthcare Executives

Great Lakes Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives

Health Care Executives of Southern California

Health Care Management Association of Central New York

Healthcare Administrators of Tidewater

Healthcare Executive Forum, Inc.

Indiana Healthcare Executives Network

Louisiana Chapter of Healthcare Executives

Maryland Association of Health Care Executives

Mississippi Healthcare Executives

National Capital Healthcare Executives

New Mexico Healthcare Executives

Oregon Society of Healthcare Executives

Puerto Rico Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Inc.

South Carolina ACHE Chapter

South Dakota Healthcare Executive Group

South Florida Healthcare Executive Forum, Inc.

Utah Healthcare Executives

West Virginia Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives

Award for Sustained Performance

ACHE—Nevada Chapter

ACHE of Middle Tennessee

ACHE—MN Chapter

Alabama Healthcare Executives Forum

American College of Healthcare Executives of Central Florida

American College of Healthcare Executives—Rhode Island Chapter

American College of Healthcare Executives—Wisconsin Chapter

Arkansas Health Executives Forum

Central Illinois Chapter of ACHE

CT Association of Healthcare Executives

Georgia Association of Healthcare Executives

Greater Charlotte Healthcare Executives

Hawaii-Pacific Chapter of ACHE

Indiana Healthcare Executives Network

Mid-America Healthcare Executive’s Forum

Midwest Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives

Oregon Society of Healthcare Executives

San Diego Organization of Healthcare Leaders

South Texas Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives

Utah Healthcare Executives

What’s next for Medicaid?

Major changes are looming for Wisconsin’s Medicaid program. Governor Tony Evers and Democrats are preparing a push to expand the program, a move long opposed by Republicans. Meanwhile, the Department of Health Services is working on the roll out of premiums and work requirements for BadgerCare recipients. 

What’s next for Medicaid? Wisconsin Health News is assembling a panel of experts in Madison on March 12 to tackle that question and more. Scheduled panelists include:

  • Sen. Dale Kooyenga, R-Brookfield
  • Rep. Debra Kolste, D-Janesville
  • Dr. Ken Loving, CEO of Community Access Health Centers

Register now (link).

Leadership Development Program (LDP) Site Visits at Fort HealthCare and SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Janesville

The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Wisconsin Chapter Leadership Development Program (LDP) capped off its 9th cohort year with Site Visits at Fort Memorial Hospital in Fort Atkinson and SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Janesville on February 8, 2019.

The day began with a Introduction to Fort HealthCare, by co-host and cohort member Carl Selvick, Senior Director Clinic Operations.  This was followed by an overview of Quality initiatives, with Connie Gilkey, Director-Quality and Integrated Care; and Marie Wiesmann, Vice President-Nursing Services/Chief Nursing Officer.  Chris Barron, Executive Director of Executive Population Health and Clinical Services then shared an overview of approaches to Population Health.

Michael Wallace, FACHE, President and CEO of Fort HealthCare led a discussion on successful Leadership strategies, and joined the group in meaningful conversation over lunch.

The group then traveled to continue the day with leaders from SSM Health at St. Mary’s Hospital in Janesville, co-hosted by cohort member Aaron Budd.

Augustine Duru, SSM Health-WI Regional Director of Mission Integration kicked off the afternoon with a warm Welcome and History of SSM Health.

Damond Boatwright, FACHE, SSM Health-WI Regional President of Operations, engaged the group in inspiring and thoughtful reflection while providing an Overview of SSM Health WI.

A Panel Discussion on Matrixed Organizations followed, with interactive conversations led by Ben Layman, President at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Janesville; David Docherty, Vice President/Chief Growth Officer at SSM Health Dean Health Plan; Kayla Murphy, HR Leader at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Janesville; and Rhonda Kosharek, Clinical Manager at SSM Health Dean Medical Group.

The group then headed to Sidelines, Janesville for a networking social to wrap up the cohort year along with mentees from the Future Healthcare Executives student group at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Thank you to all who participated in making this day an exceptional experience, and supporting our ACHE-WI Leadership Development Program with Cohort IX this past year!

LDP Cohort IX Site Visit at Fort Memorial Hospital, Fort HealthCare, Fort Atkinson

Pictured (front row, from left): BJ Brenna, Rachel Cabelka, Kaosheng April Thao, Claudette Ingold, Anna Johannes, Tracy Keenan; (back row, from left): Kathleen Olewinski, Kaitlyn Steinhilber, Jason Homer, Shelby Edl, Carl Selvick, Luke Belter, Brian Michalski.

LDP Cohort IX Site Visit at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Janesville

Pictured (front row, from left): Tracy Keenan, Rachel Cabelka, Kaosheng April Thao, Anna Johannes, Claudette Ingold, Aaron Budd; (back row, from left): Kathleen Olewinski, Kaitlyn Steinhilber, Jason Homer, Shelby Edl, Carl Selvick, Luke Belter, Brian Michalski; BJ Brenna.

WHA’s Jennifer Frank Honored for Her Leadership and Service by AHA and Hospital Associations

WHA The Valued Voice, February 5, 2019

WHA Vice President of Education and Marketing Jennifer Frank was recently awarded the A2E Health Care Leadership and Service Award. This award recognizes an individual who has devoted their professional time and effort to strengthening the goals and objectives of A2E and its respective members through dedicated service and outstanding leadership.“Health care is a dynamic and changing industry, and it is critical that our educational programming and partnerships remain relevant and impactful in order to deliver value for our members. In leading WHA’s Education Department, Jennifer demonstrates so many of the attributes that are recognized and celebrated by the A2E Health Care Leadership and Service Award,” said Eric Borgerding, WHA President and CEO. “Jennifer is a valued and respected colleague, who works closely with her teammates at WHA, our members, and our partner organizations to deliver impactful and relevant educational programming that results in better care for Wisconsin patients and their families.”

Among the many examples of Frank’s excellent work and commitment is WHA’s annual Advocacy Day, which brings more than 1,000 hospital advocates to Madison for education and citizen lobbying. Frank also provides exemplary support and service to WHA and its members, including many of WHA’s key allied and partner organizations, such as the Partners of WHA and the Wisconsin Organization of Nurse Leaders, among others. Jennifer also serves as the lead staff to the WHA Foundation.