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Chicago Health Executives Forum Newsletter
First Quarter, 2014
In This Issue
Letter from your President
Farewell from John Short, FACHE
NEW CHEF Members
ACHE Recognition Program

CHEF President's Corner


Raymond J. Swisher, FACHE

Welcome to our first newsletter for 2014!  It's also a first for me as your Board President, and I have to say it's been a whirlwind first month of activity since our Annual Meeting/Dinner in February.  We have your feedback from those who filled out the evaluation forms at the end of the Dinner, and while the feedback was largely positive, there is always room to improve.  This year's Dinner had many modifications to the program based on your input, and next February's will also focus on your feedback.  So thank you for taking the time to let us know what you are thinking and feeling; it's very important to us.


We are already half way through the CHEF University educational sessions preparing for the ACHE Board of Governors Exam for those aspiring to the ACHE Credential of Fellow.  This again was modified to reflect your feedback, in that participants preferred 6 longer sessions in lieu of our traditional 10 ninety minute sessions.  I got the privilege to facilitate one of the sessions, and I want to tell you that this is one of the most engaged group of members I have ever encountered in my years of teaching.  Based on their active participation during my session, I predict nothing but success for this group. 


Finally, I want to share that I've had the additional privilege in the past few weeks to meet with the President of the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) as well the national and local leadership of the National Forum for Latino Healthcare Executives (NFLHE).  CHEF is 100% supportive of ACHE goals on diversity in healthcare leadership, and you can expect our networking and educational events in the future to reflect the richness of that diversity. 

7 Things Really Persuasive People Do

While many people don't like to sell, most find themselves having to persuade someone at some point. Persuasion is not just for salespeople and their prospects. You may try to persuade an employee to perform better, or perhaps you want to persuade your boss to take on your brilliant idea. Whatever your persuasive need, here are seven things that the most persuasive people consistently do:


1. They Are Purposeful

Truly persuasive people understand their power and use it sparingly and knowingly. They understand that most conversations do not require trying to get someone to do or accept something. Aggressive pushers are a turn-off and will put most people on the defensive. It's the person who rarely asks or argues that ultimately gets consideration when they strongly advocate an idea, especially when they do it with power and persistence. Simply put, they pick their battles. Want to persuade more? Argue and advocate less often.


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A Message from your ACHE Regent


John Short, FACHE

This is the final message that I will compose as Regent of the Chicago Metro Area.  I am passing the baton to Anita J. Halvorsen, FACHE where I leave it in very capable hands.  


It has truly been a pleasure serving as your Regent.  Some of the things I learned include:

  • When you get to see it from the inside, you realize that ACHE is a very efficient, well run organization.
  • ACHE staff at every level are unsurpassed in customer service.  (Go, Jennifer Connelly!)
  • While our Chapter organization, CHEF, is the largest chapter in the country, there are still many opportunities for members to get involved. 

Many of you may recall my career transition that occurred during the past year.  The number of people who were willing to help is truly a testament to our profession.  People I had never met before went out of their way on my behalf.  All I had to do was ask.  Remember this when it happens to you.


Special thanks to my Regent's Advisory Council.  The student programs, campus visits, ACHE awards, not to mention our tireless networking benefitted many members.


And finally, a shout out to the CHEF Board for your dedication and for your time.


I'm happy to report that I will be starting an interim position at a large hospital in New York.  Interim Management is an area of interest to me, so I'll be giving it a try.  Wish me well.


John J. Short, FACHE
Regent for Illinois - Metropolitan Chicago

CHEF's Job Board Powered by Nationwide Leader in Web-based Career Connections


Brian Crawford

Chair, CHEF Communications Committee

Employers and jobseekers are encouraged to take advantage of CHEF's Job Board, powered by career services leader JobTarget, a web-based career center that connects jobseekers with prospective employers in the health care industry.


Use of the CHEF Job Board is free to members who are seeking career opportunities. To access it, click here.  We work hard to make sure the CHEF Job Board focuses on career opportunities in the Chicago healthcare marketplace, and users are easily able to expand searches to JobTarget's nationwide network.


JobTarget is an industry leader in job board development, integration, and management. Founded in 2001, the company is the nation's largest provider of career services software for professional associations, powering more than 1,000 custom-designed job boards.


CHEF is proud to offer this valuable service to jobseekers and employers alike.

A special welcome to our newest members of the Chicago Health Executive Forum. 
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ACHE's Recognition Program -
A Message from Deborah Bowen, FACHE, CAE

Dear Colleague:


A hallmark of the healthcare management profession is volunteer service to the profession and to ACHE. ACHE's Recognition Program is designed to acknowledge your service to the healthcare management community.


Points are awarded according to various types of volunteer activities or services performed. In most cases, the points are awarded to each ACHE member automatically if the activity or service is conducted through ACHE.


In some instances, the activity or service is performed individually or locally in an ACHE chapter. These activities must be self-reported by March 31, 2014, to receive credit this year. Activities can include:


  *   Writing articles for a chapter newsletter

  *   Speaking at local chapter education programs

  *   Being a mentor to another professional

  *   Serving as an informal advisor for Fellow candidates

  *   Chapter career assistance programs


Awards for the Recognition Program are given annually at each ACHE local chapter. Click here to learn more about the Recognition Program..

To self-report your chapter involvement, visit and click on "My Volunteer Service" in the left-hand column. You will also be able to view the points you have accrued and the activities and services you have performed. 

If you wish to send an email with any questions or corrections, just click here.  




Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE

President and Chief Executive Officer

Professional Development on a Budget

You can provide ongoing training for yourself and your team without expending a large amount of resources by starting a book club. It's simple: The team commits to reading a book by a selected due date, and then you meet to discuss what you have learned. Follow these steps to make a book club part of your training plans for 2014:

1.  List the topics you want to cover
. Examples: management, leadership, communicating effectively, time management, etc. Aim for one topic a month. Then search online for books on that month's skill. Pick a few books for each topic so that you can give the team a choice of what to read. Then vote as a team to pick the book. 

2.  Meet to discuss the process
. At the beginning of each month, hold a meeting to hand out copies of the book, to set a deadline for finishing the reading and to provide a list of discussion questions employees should answer as they read the book. Include these questions among others: "What was most important to you?" "What did you learn that was new?" "Did you agree or disagree with any parts of the book?

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