WHA Invites ACHE-Wisconsin to Advocacy Day

The Wisconsin Hospital Association is pleased to, once again, invite members of the ACHE-Wisconsin Chapter to the annual WHA Advocacy Day in Madison on March 21.
 Advocacy Day is an event where 1,100 hospital/system leaders, employees, trustees and volunteers descend on Madison to learn and advocate. Additionally, each year, ACHE-WI launches at Advocacy Day our new Leadership Development Program cohort.
Advocacy Day’s morning keynote is Mara Liasson, the national political correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR). Her reports can be heard regularly on NPR’s award-winning newsmagazines, All Things Considered and Morning Edition. She provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, DC-focusing on the White House and Congress-and also reports on political trends beyond the Beltway.The day’s luncheon keynote will be Governor Scott Walker (invited)and a legislative leadership panel discussion will round out the morning sessions.
You are also welcomed and encouraged to participate in one of the most important parts of the day-meeting with your legislators in the afternoon. This is your opportunity to be a hospital advocate on important health care-related issues. To prepare attendees for their meetings, WHA schedules all meetings and provides an issues briefing at Advocacy Day. Additionally, WHA will host an optional pre-event webinar on these legislative visits. That webinar will take place at 10:00am on March 7.
Join fellow ACHE-WI members at WHA’s 2018 Advocacy Day on March 21. Advocacy Day is free, but pre-registration is required. Register today at: www.whareg4.org/2018AdvocacyDay
We hope to see you in Madison on March 21!

UW Milwaukee Receives 2018 HEN Award

February 13, 2018  

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has been recognized by the American College of Healthcare Executives as the winner of the 2018 Higher Education Network Award.  This award recognizes the school for achieving the highest level of ACHE engagement amongst all undergraduate programs across the country.  The award will be presented on Wednesday, March 28 at the Leon I. Gintzig Commemorative Lecture and Luncheon during ACHE’s 61st Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago.


Special congratulations to Kathleen M. Olewinski, FACHE for her leadership as Director of Health Care Administration Studies at UW-Milwaukee, and her service on the ACHE-Wisconsin Board.  Kathleen and all of the UW-Milwaukee Future Healthcare Executives welcome ACHE-Wisconsin members to attend the luncheon and celebrate their award with them.

Please visit the ACHE website for a copy of the full press release (link).

LDP Visits Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center

The 2017-2018 LDP cohort visited the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee on December 8, 2017. The day started with a presentation by Training Specialist, Eva Spencer followed by a presentation on how the VA Differs from the Private Sector by William Johnson, EEO Specialist. The site visit included touring several facilities featuring the Fisher House, Spinal Cord Injury Center, Green House, Simulation Lab and the Historic Campus. Following lunch, the group met with James McLain, FACHE, Deputy Medical Center Director and Christina Orr, Assistant Medical Center Director to discuss the Road to Leadership. Donald Owens, Mobility Manager gave a presentation on the Veterans Transportation Service. Dr. Bertrand Berger also gave a presentation on the VA’s Mental Health Programs. This site visit was hosted by LDP Member, Gehad Knighton (Omar), MBA, Administrative Officer, Office of Quality Management & Safety, Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center.

Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center Site Visit (Milwaukee VA Fisher House), December 8, 2017

Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center Site Visit (Simulation Center), December 8, 2017

2018 Mega Healthcare Conference – Cheers to Education Credits and A Great Low Price!

Happy Holidays from the 2018 Mega Conference Planning Committee! Don’t forget that you can still register to attend the biggest healthcare conference in Wisconsin, all for the low price of $250! Give yourself the gift of Education Credits!

ACHE Credits:

As an independent chartered Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives, ACHE-Wisconsin Chapter is authorized to award 8.25 hours of ACHE Qualified Education credit toward advancement or re-certification in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Additional information can be found on our website

2018 Call for Speakers

Thank you to our members who have already provided their ideas and suggestions for ACHE-WI 2018 education plans and presenters. ACHE-WI is looking or experts within our membership to participate as a panelist or moderator at our upcoming local programs and Annual Conference in 2018.

The moderator sets the tone, the pace and control of the content, staying ever-vigilant in keeping it relevant for the audience. It is the moderator’s responsibility to make sure the panel is lively, engaging and worthwhile.

The panelists are experts on the topic and can share examples and tools with the audience. They can share successes and lessons learned. We have eight topics in 2018.

Our 2018 conference theme is Building Bridges and Creating Connections in Healthcare. We also are looking for ideas for a keynote presenter around that theme and possibly a healthcare system that has a strong and positive relationship with a community organization.

If you have the experience in any of these areas, please volunteer to participate by completing the form below.

Jan 9 Panel Series Event: Dental care for underserved populations

As the integration of dental care and healthcare steams ahead, access remains an issue for many low-income and special needs populations. A Wisconsin Health News panel will examine what’s being done to address the challenge, as well as the implications of unmet oral health needs.

Confirmed Panelists (additional panelists to be announced soon):

  • Matt Crespin, Associate Director, Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin
  • Dr Monica Hebl, Wisconsin Dental Association
  • Greg Nycz, Executive Director, Family Health Center of Marshfield
  • Laura Rose, Vice President of Policy Development, Wisconsin Hospital Association

Register now (link).

Defining Markets Conference

We would like to invite you to attend the upcoming Defining Markets Conference which will be held on Thursday, January 25, 2018, at the Miller High Life Theatre in Downtown Milwaukee.

Four health care professionals – a technology expert, provider, insurer, and an investor – will discuss significant developments in the sector, how it is and will be funded, changes in delivery and critical innovation trends.  Two investment strategy experts will discuss issues that are shaping, and are expected to influence, the economy and financial markets.   Both panels are structured to provide timely information to help investors make informed decisions.

The conference will be held from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm, and will be immediately followed by a networking reception from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.  The registration fee of $65 includes a center court UWM Men’s Basketball ticket for the game at the UWM Panther Arena at 7:00 pm – a unique opportunity to mix business with pleasure!

Please visit the following website for additional conference information and to register:


We hope that you will be able to join us!

Save the Date 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 this year is Building Bridges and Creating Connections in Healthcare.  Our core topics from national 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, Taming Disruptive Behavior in Physicians: A 360-Degree Model and 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.


Congratulations to the ACHE-WI 2018 Elected Board of Directors

Ryan Neville, FACHE,President and CEO, Memorial Medical Center in Neillsville was re-elected to the board and will also serve as President-Elect in 2018. Toni Simonson, PhD, FACHE, Executive Director of Behavioral Health, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital/HSHS St Joseph’s Hospital/Prevea Health in Eau Claire was also re-elected to the board. The newest board member is Jennifer Fink, MS, PhD, Director of Graduate Programs in Health Administration and Health Services; Assistant Professor, University Wisconsin Milwaukee.

Ryan Neville is passionate in the mission of ACHE, to advance healthcare management excellence throughout Wisconsin. ACHE WI is the gold standard for professionalism, competence in healthcare leadership and networking for optimal excellence. He plans to continue to assist in the development of networking events to strengthen all members, support leadership development program and provide mentorship.

Toni Simonson serves on the board to ensure that a voice from Behavioral Health is at the table to guide decisions and initiatives that effect health care. She offers the board her experience in behavioral health and ensuring this area of health care is understood and integrated into all other areas of healthcare.

Jennifer Fink is looking forward to being a part of the board for many reasons; including being able to provide a network to her Masters of HealthCare Administration students as well as help provide a talent pool to Wisconsin’s healthcare systems.  As her current role is directing an academic program for healthcare administrators she will be a significant asset in promoting student involvement in healthcare leadership.