Happy Spring! Happy 90th Birthday, American College of Healthcare Executives! I feel reinvigorated having just returned from the 2023 ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership. Titled “Bolder/Brighter,” close to 5,000 healthcare leaders came together to attend educational sessions on a variety of tracks and topics, and take part in networking opportunities. I attended most of the Leadership Insight sessions. The weekend prior to Congress, I spent Saturday with fellow ACHE Regents and Governors at the Regents Leadership conference. This year’s “Think Tank” exercise focused on advancing the leadership careers of nurses and physicians. Our work groups focused upon answering the following questions: “What are the barriers nurses and physicians face in advancing their careers?” and “How can ACHE help?”. Prior to the Think Tank exercise, we listened to a moderator-led panel providing answers, insight, and further questions on these topics. The panel consisted of a Senior Executive Recruiter, Chief Nursing Officer, Chief Executive Officer & Chief Medical Officer. I had the pleasure of engaging with the Higher Education Network student attendees and academic advisors from University of New Haven. These UNH Students all applied and were accepted as ACHE Program Assistants for Congress – what an awesome opportunity for them!
Our ACHE District 1 Governors are Michael K. Givens, FACHE (Arkansas) and Karen F. Clements, RN, FACHE (Maine). I want to congratulate and welcome new ACHE Chair Delvecchio S. Finley, FACHE and Chair-Elect William P. Santulli, FACHE. In the near future, our Chapter would like to invite ACHE Chair Finley and Governor(s) Clements & Givens to attend an event or meeting, either in person or virtually. On Sunday March 20, I attended the 192nd Convocation Ceremony, In 2022, there were 706 new ACHE Fellows with 192 of these new Fellows participating in person at the Convocation in Chicago. I had the pleasure of joining Alexandria Ofer, FACHE, Connie M. Hilbert, FACHE, Darius Erami, FACHE, and Ritu G. Jain, FAHCE, and their families at the Convocation. I would like to recognize Connecticut Association of Healthcare Executives 2022 Fellows:
• Alexandria Ofer, FACHE
• Andrew Lovig, FACHE
• Ashwin R. Pamudurthy, FACHE
• Austin B. Potter, FACHE
• Connie M. Hilbert, FACHE
• Darius Erami, FACHE
• Diana J. Tannous, FACHE
• Elaine G. Whitney, FACHE
• Karen L. Butterworth-Erban, RN, FACHE
• Kevin M. Ferrarotti, FACHE
• Lewis L. Goodrum, FACHE
• Linda B. Versea, FACHE
• Ritu G. Jain, FACHE
• Vivian S. Argento, MD, FACHE
Congratulations to CTAHE for being one of 16 chapters recognized at Congress this year for the 2022 Award of Chapter Merit and Sustained Performance. I am very proud of the Chapter and the hard work of the officers, co-chairs, members, and students this past year. At Congress, under the leadership of Robert W. Weiss, Co-Chair Sponsorship, we held the first 2023 Inter-Chapter Congress Dinner with CTAHE, ACHE of Massachusetts, Northern New England Association of Healthcare Executives, and ACHE – Rhode Island Chapter at Hugo’s Frog Bar and Fish House. A huge thanks to the event sponsor, Exact Sciences (also a national ACHE premier partner).
CTAHE has some excellent upcoming events, make sure to visit the website to learn more. Upcoming events include:
• April 11, in collaboration with the CT Hospital Association, we will host “How to Handle Interruptions Throughout the Day”
• April 12, CTAHE Women’s Forum presents virtually “Mastering Your Inner Circle”
• April 18, Quinnipiac University School of Health Sciences Denise Fiore Lecture Series presents “Make Authenticity Your Secret Weapon to Success” with Erin Hatzikostas
• April 20 and 21, Yale Healthcare Conference, hosted by the Yale School of Management — Early Bird registration is now open!
• May 23 the 8th Annual CTAHE Golf Outing & Celebratory Dinner at Tunxis Country Club.
As well, please save the date for a CTAHE educational event and celebratory joint cocktail party with the CT Hospital Association on June 15 at the Aqua Turf, Southington, CT. More information to follow. Please feel free to visit the CTAHE website or please contact CTAHE Chapter Administrator Kirsten L. Singleton, CAE at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
In one of the ACHE Congress sessions I attended, Quint Studer shared an interesting change of perspective to the questions asked while doing leadership rounding. Instead of asking the team “how they are,” consider changing that question to “how is your battery today?” While in Chicago, I was able to hear about and experience “Chicagohenge.” If you get a chance, google it, it was very cool to see in person (see picture below).
“You are brighter than the sunlight and bolder than a rainbow. You are the reason spring was created in the first place.”
—Toni Sorenson, author
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