Teaser on Upcoming Podcast about Breaking Down Silos

This week we bring you a short teaser segment we couldn’t fit into next week’s podcast release.  This month’s topic is Breaking Down Silos, and our guest is Mike Grubich, President and Chief Talent Officer at the LAK Group.  In this five-minute conversation, Mike responds to a real-world example of siloed leadership experienced by one of the co-hosts, Brian.  We hope you enjoy and tune in for the full episode next week.

Message from your ACHE Regent – Summer 2022

Greetings ACHE-WI friends and colleagues,

The 2022 ACHE WI Chapter Annual Conference is right around the corner, scheduled for September 19-21 at the Osthoff Resort, in Elkhart Lake, WI. The agenda this year is as impressive as past years, as is the number of individuals participating as speakers, moderators, and panelists. Better yet, it is returning to in-person so we can all network and reconnect live. If you have not registered yet, time is running out, don’t delay any further. Register here.

Over the past year, the ACHE WI Chapter’s work towards ACHE’s justice, diversity, equity and inclusion goals has grown tremendously. Our President of the Wisconsin Board of Directors, Christina P. Orr, Assistant Medical Center Director at Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, has been a strong champion and advocate for the justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts of the Wisconsin Chapter. As an ACHE Wisconsin Chapter initiative, Chapter members have been instrumental in the formation of the Wisconsin chapters for both National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives (NALHE) and the National Association of Health Serves Executives (NAHSE). This has afforded cross-membership opportunities, networking, and greater engagement with the diverse healthcare leaders in Wisconsin. I am also proud of the diversity of the current Leadership Development Program in Wisconsin. The efforts of our Chapter members are making a difference.

Providing awareness and education to the Chapter on various aspects of diversity has also increased in frequency and depth over the past year. Some of the recent Chapter events which feature topics on diversity and/or included a diverse group of speakers are provided below:

In April, a Face-to-Face presentation titled “Health Disparities in Wisconsin and Lessons from Leading Community and Health Organizations.” was conducted by Deborah Hagen, Primary Care Division Manager, with Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, Dominique Morgan, Market President, VillageMD of Michigan, and Joanne Holland, CFO with Access Community Health Centers. James McLain, FACHE Deputy Director (COO) with Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center served as moderator.

In June, a Face-to-Face presentation titled “Behavioral Healthcare: Approaches to Increase Value for the Organization and Meet Community Needs” was conducted by Kirsten Johnson, MPH, Commissioner of Health, City of Milwaukee Health Department, Toni Simonson, PhD, FACHE Executive Director – Behavioral Health, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital and Jessica Small, PharmD, BCPP, MBA, VP Operations – Behavioral Health, Advocate Aurora Health with moderator Nick Jaworski, CDE, CEO Circle Social, Inc.

Additionally, Chapter podcasts have also been active in featuring topics on diversity or included diverse groups of speakers, a few examples are offered below:

July 28, Episode 16: “Culturally Competent Care,” with Richelle Webb Dixon, FACHE, SVP and COO of Froedtert Hospital explained how many health care organizations are working to ensure they provide culturally competent care. Richelle focused on the need for patient population data, the engagement with customers and relationships with communities.

March 21, Episode 14: “Quarterly Spotlight with Damond Boatwright,” Damond Boatwright, FACHE President and CEO of Hospital Sister’s Health System (HSHS) spoke on patience, lessons learned from listening, setbacks and taking risks.

February 22, Episode 13: “Addressing Social Determinant of Health: Marie Barry.” Rural WI Healthcare Cooperative (RWHC) Director of Economic Development, Marie Barry talked about creating synergies between rural hospitals and rural communities. She also talked about how the program acts as a “bridge” between the hospital and community and works to ensure that diverse representation is at the table when discussing economic development.

ACHE is committed to promoting and preparing highly diverse and qualified healthcare management leaders. As WI Chapter’s diverse healthcare leaders continue to grow and serve our communities, it is my hope that many will participate in the six-month Thomas Dolan Executive Diversity Program. Dolan Scholars are empowered through a structured curriculum and activities that:

  • Cultivate strong leadership presence
  • Sharpen expertise in diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Build critical leadership skills across the 10 healthcare management knowledge areas
  • Expand capacity to navigate career opportunities and challenges

Our entire Chapter should be proud of this enhanced growth and engagement is the area of diversity. It also reminds me that the sky is the limit when we collaborate and work together toward a common goal. Thank you all for your efforts, enthusiasm, and continued support of our WI Chapter.

Proudly, Your Regent

Thomas N. Shorter, JD, FACHE
Regent for Wisconsin


ACHE Leadership Development Program Site Visits at Froedtert Hospital and Children’s Hospital

ACHE-WI Leadership Development Program (LDP) cohort XIII met with leaders from Froedtert Health and Children’s Wisconsin during site visits co-hosted by cohort members Hannah Byford and Megan Ose.

A full morning at Froedtert Hospital included: Breakfast with the President, Eric Conley; Specialty Leadership Discussion: Solid Organ Transplantation, with VP Leigh Anne Mixon; Froedtert Hospital Tour; Froedtert Hospital Executive Leader Spotlight, with SVP Susan Campbell; followed by Lunch and Networking.

The full afternoon at Children’s Hospital featured: Children’s Specialty Group Panel, with President Scott Turner and COO Aaron Kinney, FACHE; Children’s Community Health Plan, with COO Mark Rakowski and CMO James Slawson, MD; Leadership Development Program (LDP) Alumni Panel, with Jason Mattern, Kyle Landry and Mike Flaherty; followed by a Tour of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Members of LDP Cohort XIII include: co-hosts Hannah Byford and Megan Ose; Nikeya Bramlett; Andrea Harsh; Bill Kehl; and Daniel Wall who will all be recognized at our ACHE-WI Annual Conference along with their administrative champions who support their involvement in our Leadership Development Program.

Nominate a Leader for Our Gold Medal Award

The Gold Medal Award is the most prestigious award ACHE bestows on leaders who have made significant contributions to the healthcare profession. This award identifies Fellows who best exemplify leadership at the organizational, local, state/provincial and national levels, and who continually contribute to the improvement of the delivery of healthcare services and community health. We may give up to two Gold Medal Awards each year: one to an outstanding executive in a healthcare delivery organization and the second to an executive in a nondelivery healthcare organization, such as an alliance, association, university or consulting firm. The deadline for submission of the nomination packet is Aug. 31.

Visit the News and Awards section of ache.org for full details on the nomination process, award criteria and past recipients. If you have questions, please contact Jennifer L. Connelly, FACHE, CAE, at (312) 424-9320 or jconnelly@ache.org.

Save the Date: Virtual Leadership Symposium

Save the date for the Virtual Leadership Symposium, Oct. 10–11. This premier virtual event includes featured faculty, cutting-edge sessions and integrated networking.The event qualifies for 6 ACHE Face-to-Face Education and continuing clinical education credits.

The two-day agenda is aimed at recharging your leadership potential, with virtual live sessions, as well as on-demand presentations available to registrants at their convenience. Register today.

Advancing Diverse Executives

Meet the 37 scholars selected for ACHE’s 2022 Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program and Career Accelerator Program, who come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines.

This year, the Executive Diversity Program will consist of e-learning, including webinars; self-study materials; and three multiday, in-person sessions. The Career Accelerator Program is exclusively virtual. Dolan scholars are empowered through a structured curriculum and activities that cultivate strong leadership presence; sharpen expertise in diversity, equity and inclusion; build critical leadership skills; and expand one’s capacity to navigate career opportunities and challenges. Both programs are six months in duration and are wholly funded by the Fund for Healthcare Leadership.

We hope you recognize these exceptional leaders at an upcoming event and include them in your chapter’s DEI efforts. For more information, visit ache.org/DiversityandInclusion to learn more about the Executive Diversity Program, Career Accelerator Program, and other diversity and inclusion resources.

New Podcast Episode Released – Culturally Competent Care: Richelle Webb Dixon

Many health care organizations are working to ensure they provide culturally competent care.  Some claim to already provide it.  How does an organization know if they are?  Last month, Coffee with College sat down with Richelle Webb Dixon, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to dig into this topic.  Richelle explains that organizations start with data to learn the demographics of their patient population.  Then, to be culturally competent, an organization must engage deeply with customers and create meaningful relationships in the community that drive the care provided. It’s not enough to just knowing your patient demographics.  What type of care is the customer asking for?  Only after this is known can you begin a journey to culturally competent care.  We hope you enjoy listening to Richelle’s insights.

If you would like to learn more about ACHE Wisconsin Chapter membership, Coffee with the College Podcast, or have general questions; please send us an email at ACHE-WI@badgerbay.co

LDP Resume Workshop

On June 10, 2022 the Leadership Development Program participants engaged in a resume writing workshop. Ryan Neville, Chief Administrative Officer, Wausau/Weston Region facilitated and subject matter experts; Aaron Kinney, DBA Acting Chief Operating Officer, Children’s Specialty Group and Jonathan Lewis, MBA, RN, FACHE Vice President/Chief Operating Officer UW Health, University Hospital served as panelists for the discussion. Prior to the meeting, the experts reviewed the cohort’s individual resumes for content and recommendations. The panel offered an engaging discussion of specific resume enhancements, pitfalls and suggestions. The cohort agreed the event was valuable and took away many ideas for resume enrichment.

Those in attendance from the LDP committee were:

  • Ryan Neville
  • Aaron Kinney
  • Kelly Boggs