January WHN Luncheon: What’s the Future of Marijuana and CBD oil in Wisconsin?

Marijuana was among the big winners at the polls in November, with voters in counties across the state signaling their support for legalization. Backers also have a friend in Gov.-elect Tony Evers, who has said doctors should be able to use cannabis to treat patients.

Meanwhile, CBD, which is extracted from hemp plants, has been heralded as a cure-all for everything from seizures to chronic pain to better sleep. State lawmakers recently approved its use, but questions over its health benefits – and legality – remain.

A Jan. 8 Wisconsin Health News panel in Madison will take a closer look at the legal and health issues around marijuana and CBD oil – and their future in the state.

Confirmed panelists:

  • Rep.Chris Taylor, D-Madison
  • Mike Miller, American Board of Addiction Medicine
  • Additional panelists to be named soon.

Register now (link).

Thank You from Second Harvest Foodbank

Dear American College of Healthcare Executives – Wisconsin Chapter,

On behalf of the many local families who need nutritious food, thank you for coordinating a volunteer group on Thursday, November 1, 2018. Your group volunteered for a total of 38.75 hours and the value of this time equates to 2,681 meals. Your group’s service will help Second Harvest Foodbank provide more food to our neighbors struggling with hunger.

Did you know that within our 16-county service area nearly 44,000 children are food insecure and don’t always know where their next meal will come from? Studies show that poorly nourished children can’t concentrate and don’t perform as well in school, have lower graduation rates, and require far more long-term health care spending.

Second Harvest addresses childhood hunger though initiatives like food distribution and FoodShare outreach, and through programs and partnerships like Kids Cafes and School Pantries. Kids Cafes provide afterschool snacks, meals and nutrition education to at-risk children through neighborhood centers. School Pantries provide groceries at no cost to students and their families in a familiar and comfortable school setting. Thanks to your generous support, we’re working to improve access to nutritious food for children facing hunger.

Thank you for making a difference in the lives of those we serve. Together, we can end hunger in southwestern Wisconsin.


Daniel J. Stein


P.S. There are many ways for your business and employees to stay involved with the Foodbank:

  • Give Funds: Consider a program or event sponsorship, such as NBC15 Share Your Holidays to eliminate hunger.  Sponsorships provide tremendous marketing exposure throughout 16 southwestern Wisconsin counties and are tax-deductible.
  • Give Food & Funds: Host a food/fund drive or event. Guidelines, food collection barrels and cash collection jars are available.
  • Give Voice: Be a fan or follower of Second Harvest on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Leadership Development Program (LDP) Site Visit at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, with Cumberland Healthcare

ACHE Leadership Development Program (LDP) cohort IX spent the day in Eau Claire on December 7th for a site visit at Mayo Clinic Health System, organized in collaboration with Cumberland Healthcare.  The group was hosted at Mayo Clinic Health System’s Luther Campus, and joined by leaders from Cumberland Healthcare.

Paul Horvath, MD, Chair – Urgent Care, Mayo Clinic Health System, Northwest Wisconsin, welcomed the cohort as a 2016 graduate of our ACHE Wisconsin Chapter Leadership Development Program and current chapter board member, and led the opening session on Organizational Integration and Physician LeadershipJerilyn Mulcahy, MBA, Director – Corporate Health Services and Cindy Ming, MS, LCSW, Operations Administrator – Primary Care, followed with a discussion on Innovations in the Healthcare Delivery System.  The group continued with a Tour of the Hospital, and then had the opportunity to meet with Michael A. Morrey, PhD, Regional Chair – Administration, Northwest Wisconsin and Southwest Wisconsin, for a focused Introduction to Mayo Clinic Health System including distinguishing leadership characteristics, as well as his own Leadership Path.

Jordan Dow, FACHE, PharmD, MS, Regional Director – Pharmacy, Mayo Clinic Health System, Northwest Wisconsin, wrapped up the morning as another 2016 graduate of the ACHE Wisconsin Chapter Leadership Development Program and current program committee member, and shared valuable insights that ranged from Drug Pricing to the process of earning and maintaining the distinguished FACHE Credential as a board certified healthcare executive.

Mike Gutsch, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer, Cumberland Healthcare, joined the group after lunch for an engaging discussion on Rural Healthcare, and shared unique insights and lessons learned from his own Leadership JourneyKeri Nelson, RN, Director of Nursing, Cumberland Healthcare, followed with a discussion on Nursing Leadership, and experience working with Labor Unions in the Healthcare Setting.

The day of learning concluded with a Panel of Vice Chairs – Administration, Mayo Clinic Health System, including Jason Craig, MBA, Vice Chair – Administration, Medical & Surgical Specialties; Zan Degen, RN, MBA, Vice Chair – Administration, Medical & Surgical Specialties; and Dean Eide, EdD, Vice Chair – Administration, Hospital Operations; with Insights and Perspectives for Successful Leadership in the Healthcare Setting.

Nicole Aloia, MHA, MA, Operations Administrator – Medical Oncology, Mayo Clinic Health System, and Benjamin (BJ) Brenna, PT, DPT, SCS, PES, Director of Business Development and Rehabilitation Services, Cumberland Healthcare, collaborated as co-hosts in planning the Site Visit as part of our ACHE-WI Leadership Development Program and student mentee Anna Johannes joined the group from Future Healthcare Executives at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

JHM Introduces Podcast: “A Leader Who Cares”

ACHE’s Journal of Healthcare Management has launched a new podcast series on the JHM website and on iTunes. “A Leader Who Cares” is an audio version of the interview included in each issue of JHM and offers a convenient digital format for busy leaders.

In the first installment of the podcast series, Richard D. Cordova, FACHE, president emeritus of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and current member of several boards, shares his thoughts on how serving on boards has shaped his perspective on healthcare leadership. JHM Editor Eric W. Ford, PhD, leads the interview in the September/October issue of JHM, accessible in print, online via ache.org/Journals, and on iTunes. Listen to this series for inspiration from ACHE’s leaders.

Student Members Apply for an ACHE Graduate Student Scholarship

Applications for the 2019 Dent and McGaw scholarships are opening soon! Offered annually, the Albert W. Dent and Foster G. McGaw graduate student scholarships are awarded to outstanding students enrolled in graduate programs in health services administration to help finance their education. Each scholarship is worth $5,000. Every year, ACHE awards up to a total of 15 scholarships.

Visit the Albert W. Dent and Foster G. McGaw Graduate Student Scholarship web pages for more information. Applications open starting Jan. 1, 2019.

Apply for Fellow and Complete Requirements by Dec. 31

The importance of earning the distinction of board certification as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives cannot be overstated. Earning the FACHE® credential demonstrates a healthcare leader’s competence, leadership skills and commitment to excellence in the field. Take the next step in advancing your career. When you achieve Fellow status, this accomplishment benefits their professional goals and the healthcare management profession.

Applicants who successfully meet all requirements by Dec. 31, including passing the Board of Governors Examination, will be eligible to participate in the Convocation Ceremony at the 2019 Congress on Healthcare Leadership.

WHA offering free webinar series: Building Resilience for Health Care Professionals

Beginning in January, the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) and the Wisconsin Medical Society are partnering to offer a free monthly webinar series, focused on building workplace resilience for busy and stressed health care professionals. The issue of burnout among health care professionals is real, common but treatable. The 2019 monthly sessions included in this series will address the issue with engaging and evidence-based content, delivered in bite-sized doses, and include practical tools, strategies and resources for building and maintaining a resilient workforce that will be immediately applicable for all members of the health care team, regardless of your role.

As a member of the Wisconsin Chapter of ACHE, WHA would like to personally invite you to register today to participate in this important series.

The series was developed and will be led by well-known health care workforce resilience expert Dr. Bryan Sexton, Director of the Duke Patient Safety Center at Duke University Health System. Each session is scalable for an audience of any size, and will also be recorded for participants to access on-demand. We recommend you consider gathering staff for the live session each month or using the recorded session as part of a regularly scheduled staff meeting throughout 2019. Each monthly session will feature a unique topic and is approved for both AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ and Nurse CE credit., for those who participate in the live event or view the recording within 30 days.

The first session, Prevalence and Severity of Burnout: Workforce Resilience as Care Quality, is scheduled for January 8, so I encourage you to register today. Pre-registration is required, so register now.

If you have specific questions about the series or registration, contact Jennifer Frank or 608-274-1820.

Wisconsin Health News Reporters Roundtable

November’s election results are set to shake up healthcare in Wisconsin. But how far will Democrat Gov.-elect Tony Evers be able to go with a Republican Legislature? What are the chances of campaign promises like expanding Medicaid? And where are there areas for compromise?

On Dec. 11, we’re assembling some of the state’s best political and healthcare reporters to recap the year’s biggest stories, dissect the potential healthcare impact of the elections and preview the most important stories for 2019.


  • Scott Bauer, Associated Press
  • Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Jessie Opoien, Capital Times
  • David Wahlberg, Wisconsin State Journal


Chapter Board and LDP Volunteer at Second Harvest

Most of us know what it feels like to be hungry. Your stomach growls a little bit and you head to the refrigerator to get a little something to hold you over until your next meal.

For about 1 in 9 of us in southwestern Wisconsin that next meal isn’t always there. That means 8 in 9 of us probably don’t know what it’s like to have to water down our food just to make it stretch another day. Or to have to put a crumpled up piece of paper in our son’s brown paper lunch bag so it looks like he has something to eat and he’s not so embarrassed at school. That’s real hunger!

Since 1986 Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin has put more than 100 million meals on the tables of the 1 in 8 who are facing hunger in southwestern Wisconsin. They work together with hundreds of local hunger-relief charities to provide the peace-of-mind people get when they know they have enough food. They are also a member of Feeding America, a nationwide network of member food banks and the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization.

Despite the millions of meals they’ve been able to provide as a result of our generous donors over the years, there is still a gap between the number of meals we provide and the number of meals needed.

That’s where the ACHE-Wisconsin Chapter Board and LDP co-hort made a difference by giving their time! On November 1, the group spent the afternoon at Second Harvest, sorting and packaging sweet potatoes and apples. They left Second Harvest knowing that together, we can end hunger!

Apply for Fellow and Complete Requirements by Dec. 31

Chapter members, now is the time to 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 they 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 ache.org/FACHE.