Stop the COVID Spread! Coalition Pushes New Message of Bipartisan Cooperation

Congressman Pocan, Speaker Vos join together to urge Wisconsin residents to stay safe

Madison, WI— Keeping ourselves, our friends, neighbors, and loved ones safe is not political.

That’s the message delivered by Republican Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Democratic Congressman Mark Pocan, who appear together in the latest “Stop the COVID Spread!” coalition public education announcement aimed at combating the pandemic raging throughout Wisconsin. The new ad, the coalition’s fifth, will begin airing on broadcast and digital channels throughout the state today as rampant community spread of COVID-19 continues to stress the state’s health care system.

Representing different political parties, geographic areas and bodies of government, Congressman Pocan and Speaker Vos have come together for a cause that all Wisconsin residents can agree on: beating COVID-19. “After another election, it’s clear we have differences, but we can also agree,” says Speaker Vos in the ad. “We can still live our lives and be sensible and safe.” Both elected officials speak about the importance of preventative measures including wearing masks, hand washing, practicing social distancing, and staying home whenever possible. “We have to do all we can to stay safe,” adds Congressman Pocan.

“Wisconsin needs unified responses to the COVID pandemic and aligning around a common message is critical,” said Eric Borgerding, President and CEO of the Wisconsin Hospital Association. “We’re grateful to Speaker Vos and Congressman Pocan for joining us to send the public a crucial message about working together to slow COVID’s spread.” “We all need to do our part to stop the spread of COVID and get Wisconsin out of this public health crisis,” added Wisconsin Counties Association Executive Director Mark D. O’Connell. “As Congressman Pocan and Speaker Vos have demonstrated, keeping Wisconsin safe is something upon which we can all agree.”

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Leadership Development Program OSHS Site Visit Summary

The day started strong with Organizational Culture presented by Anne Finch, CEO. Anne shared her expertise on developing organizational culture and how this influences organization strategy. Strengths based leadership and leadership shadow stood out for the group. It was followed by an engaging leadership panel with Sarah Wabaunsee, Laura Groth and Anne Finch on “insights and perspectives of successful leadership”, authentic leadership, paying it forward, and how failure shapes leadership.  The group also reviewed a brief summary of “There’s No Such Thing as a Dragon” book reading and leadership discussion on conflict management.

COVID-19 Resource Center

Thank you for the work you are doing in your healthcare organizations and communities to manage the impact of COVID-19 and take care of patients. We hope you continue to leverage your professional and chapter-leader networks to share ideas and learn from each other.

Our free “COVID-19 Series With Front-Line Leaders” webinars continue to be well received by our members. Visit to register for these sessions. Recordings are available on this page as soon as possible following the live webinar, along with numerous other resources, including a listing of members in the news.

Information and frequently asked questions from members about education recertification and other areas are available here.

FACHE Membership Tenure Requirement Change

You have shown incredible resilience and leadership as you’ve faced new challenges this year. We are grateful so many talented and dedicated leaders choose the FACHE® credential to demonstrate their commitment to healthcare management excellence.

As you know, the Board of Governors made the decision to change the membership tenure requirement for initial Fellow advancement from three years to one year effective Jan. 1, 2021. We’ve been actively communicating this change via email and social media as well as in our recent Advancement Information Session—the most popular one we’ve ever hosted. We remain confident the change will make Fellow status possible for more of our Members who meet the requirements and wish to advance to this important leadership level.

Keep in mind that while the membership tenure requirement was adjusted, the other requirements for Members to obtain the FACHE credential remain the same.

If you have any questions about the FACHE requirements, the deadline extensions or the process in general, please reach out to our Customer Service Center at or (312) 424-9400, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Central time.

Voting Now Open for the ACHE-WI 2021 Board of Directors

Voting is now open for the 2021 ACHE-WI Board of Directors (VOTE NOW). A link to each candidate’s full application and their biographical information is available on the ballot. All active and life ACHE-WI members are eligible to cast one ballot for up to four candidates. After reviewing all the candidates, please mark your selections on the ballot.

Voting will close at 4:00pm on Friday, October 30, 2020.

2021 Slate of Candidates

  • Laura Bubla, FACHE, Director of Laboratory Services, SSM Health, Madison
  • Kenneth Carlson, FACHE, Vice President, Planning & Business Development, Sauk Prairie Healthcare, Prairie du Sac
  • Abraham Doolhoof, MHA, Manager of Virtual Care and Patient Access to Care, Mercyhealth, Janesville
  • Jennifer Fink, PhD (re-election), Program Director Masters HealthCare Administration (MHA), University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Milwaukee
  • Andy Hillig, MBA, ELI-MP, FACHE, Leadership Coach, Andy Hillig Solutions, LLC, Sussex
  • Aaron Kinney, DBA, MS, Executive Director, Herma Heart Institute / Children’s Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • David Lally, FACHE, Director of Community Benefit & Advocacy, HSHS Wisconsin, Oconto Falls
  • Christina Orr, D.P.T. (re-election), Assistant Medical Center Director, Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Milwaukee


Hospital CEO Roundtable

The COVID-19 crisis has transformed how healthcare is delivered. What changes are here to stay? How are hospitals responding to inequities further exacerbated by the crisis? What does the pandemic mean for healthcare costs?

A panel of hospital and health system CEOs will address these questions at more at the 2020 Wisconsin Health News Hospital CEO Roundtable.


  • Damond Boatwright, Regional President, SSM Health Wisconsin
  • Cathy Jacobson, CEO, Froedtert Health
  • Chris Woleske, CEO, Bellin Health
  • John Russell, CEO, Prairie Ridge Health

This live, virtual event is free.

Event Details: 

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Register to receive the livestream link prior to the event.

Join the ACHE-Wisconsin Chapter Board of Directors

The American College of Healthcare Executives-Wisconsin Chapter strives to assemble a board that encompasses a diverse representation of leaders throughout the state who are committed to the advancement of healthcare leadership and fulfilling the chapter’s mission. The mission of the Chapter is to be the professional membership society for healthcare executives; to meet its members’ professional, educational, and leadership needs; to promote high ethical standards and conduct; to advance healthcare leadership and management excellence; and to promote the mission of ACHE.

To be eligible to serve on the Board, an individual must be a member of the Wisconsin Chapter and have completed one year of membership in ACHE. Download the position description for more information and expectations. Board members should expect to commit 40-60 hours per year for board activities, which include:

  • Attendance at quarterly Board meetings, typically lasting 3-4 hours
  • Chair, co-chair or actively serve on one committee
  • Participation on the Regent Advisory Council (RAC), providing guidance and support in the advancement of the Regent’s goals for our Chapter

If you are interested in becoming a Board director, please complete the following by October 16, 2020 @ noon.

  1. Completed Board Application. Click here to apply.
  2. Attach your resume within the application.
  3. Support of 10 ACHE-WI members (an e-mail link to support you will be sent after your application and resume are received)

A ballot will be prepared and distributed to the full membership in mid-October and election results will be announced in early November.  New directors will be asked to attend the virtual board meeting on November 13, 2020.

LDP “Coaches Panel”

On September 15th, ACHE-WI Leadership Development Program hosted a 90 minute “Coaches Panel” to offer an opportunity to gain perspective from the ACHE-WI Leadership Development Program alumni. This panel was a new addition to the Leadership Development Program curriculum. The panel members answered a series of questions that offered insight into what participation in the Leadership Development Program has provided and an opportunity to gain diverse perspective on leadership, career advancement and networking. The coaches offered advice to early careerists, many books to reference and quotes to live by. Some of the inspiring feedback and advice included:

  • Train your replacement
  • Take the time for the things that matter to you
  • Seek first to understand and then to be understood
  • Having an empty seat is better than the wrong person in the seat
  • Don’t burn bridges
  • Know yourself
  • Have an open mind and form your own opinions
  • Invest in yourself
  • People don’t always remember what you have done but they do remember how you made them feel

Thank you to all who took the time to make this event possible.


Vaccine: Hope and Controversy – Health Law and Innovation Virtual Series

Thursday, October 1, 2020
Live Webinar | Noon – 1:00 p.m. CDT 
Please join Husch Blackwell as we go virtual with our Health Law Conference. The series will include a range of important topics relevant to the healthcare industry. The webinar programs will be offered every Thursday from October 1 through November 19.

Our first session will include a panel discussion on a potential COVID-19 vaccine. The session will cover the progress of Operation Warp Speed, aspects of vaccine distribution plans and considerations for employers.

Who Should Attend
CEOs, COOs, CFOs, general counsel, compliance officers and other senior business leaders, as well as representatives of hospitals, physician groups and other healthcare organizations.

Continuing Education Credit
This program is pending approval for Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin continuing legal education credit.

Please be sure to self-report 1 ACHE Qualified Education Credit using the link titled “My education Credit” on your myACHE profile page for each session you attend.

The October 1 session is complimentary; however, registration is required. We encourage you to forward this invitation to interested colleagues. Unable to join us at the scheduled date and time? Register anyway and we will email the recording to you.

Upcoming Programs
Want to plan ahead? Registration is also open for the remaining programs in our Health Law & Innovation virtual series. Click the program title below to register for each session you would like to attend. All programs will be held Noon – 1:00 p.m. CDT.

·     October 8 – Developing Strategies Around Hospital and Physician Integration

·     October 15 – Virtual Health: Who Will Be Leading Tomorrow? CMS, Consumers, COVID-19?

·     October 22 – Risk Management: Uncharted Waters

·     October 29 – Strategic Acquisitions and Investment Opportunities During a Pandemic

·     November 5 – Stimulus Relief Funds: Strings Attached!

·     November 12 – Pharmacy Trends 2021: What to Watch Out for After the Year That Was

·     November 19 – Health Law 2021: A Legislative Outlook

CARES Act, COVID-19 & Return-to-Work Guidance
Husch Blackwell provides guidance regarding COVID-19 updates, the CARES Act, rapidly changing state-by-state orders, including those that impact stay-at-home and return-to-work protocols. Contact these legal teams or your Husch Blackwell attorney to plan a way through and beyond the pandemic.

Questions? Contact Morgan Buciumean at 303.749.7281.

Recruit Your Non-member Colleagues to ACHE

September is the perfect time to recruit new members to ACHE. When your non-member colleague applies in September, ACHE dues are only $160 for the remainder of 2020 and all of 2021. Members may apply online at Remember, when you participate in our Leader-to-Leader Rewards Program, we will award you one point for each person you successfully recruit as a Member. Be sure to remind your colleagues to list you as their sponsor on their applications to ensure you receive credit.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the benefits of ACHE membership, please contact the ACHE Customer Service Center at (312) 424-9400 or at