In this Issue:
ronPresident's Message

Hello to all members, sponsors and friends of the Missouri Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (MO-ACHE)!

I am reminded daily of the trust you have placed in me as the new President of our chapter, and my goal is to make our chapter the best it can be and be supportive of our members' needs. I not only want to thank all our outgoing Board Members, but also our new Board Members that have agreed to a two-year term in office. We have a lot to do and we are working hard on your behalf.

The outgoing Board is also thanked with much appreciation as we were instrumental in our Chapter winning an Award of Merit from ACHE. Also, congratulations to the Chapter and specifically Kristi Baker, KC LPC Chair, on receiving a Chapter Innovation Grant for developing  mentorship opportunities for early careerists and engage senior-level healthcare executives in the operations and services of the chapter through the use of ACHE's Career Resource Center. Way to go Kristi!

To that end, we have adopted simple, but what we believe to be effective, overarching strategic goals: Engage, Empower and Educate. The Board is on the process of delivering and approving a new three year rolling strategic plan which uses those goals as the platform for our success and encompass other goals and tactics. I hope to have that completed and approved by the Board by the end of March and made available on our website shortly thereafter.

I would encourage everyone to get involved in the Chapter as there are extraordinary opportunities for everyone who wants to participate in some way. We already had and have planned education and social events for our Chapter that your involvement will make only better. We also have formal committees whose members would welcome even greater volunteer participation. Below is a listing of our board members and committee chairs.
Just a quick reminder that ACHE's Annual Congress is coming up next week, March 26 - 29. Your regent, Katie Nowak and I will be attending with other members of our Chapter. If you can make it to the event, please look us up as we look forward to meeting you or rekindling relationships.

In closing, all of the Board Members welcome any suggestions for improvement you would like to share. In the words of Henry Ford: " Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success"

Collegially Yours,
MO-ACHE Chapter President

By way of introduction, I currently serve as a Board Member of MO-ACHE and Chairman of the MO-ACHE Membership Committee. In this capacity, my role is to direct all membership, recruitment, and retention efforts. In addition, the Membership Committee oversees the chapter support of member advancement to fellowship. As past Vice-Chairman to the Membership Committee, I can say it is an honor to serve you in my newly elected role. Many of you may be aware; our chapter recently won the Award of Chapter Merit for performance standards achieved in 2017, and we aim to build upon these accomplishments moving forward.
We have a strong platform for engaging, empowering, and educating our constituents. However, this does not suggest we lack room for improvement and we will not be complacent in our mission to advance our members and healthcare leadership excellence. Late in 2017, our Membership Committee conducted a survey to obtain your feedback regarding ways that we might enhance our chapter's offerings to its members. In direct response to the data acquired from the survey, below are some specific measures we are taking in 2018:
  • The survey revealed an overwhelming desire for more networking and social opportunities. In previous years, we have provided networking sessions before and after educational events and will of course continue to do so. In 2018, we will additionally be working with the Local Program Councils across the state to provide a social networking opportunity for leaders in each region.
  • ACHE National has an established mentoring program and in the past we as the Missouri Chapter have not implemented a similar regional program. You may certainly always continue to take advantage of the national mentoring program. Additionally, in an effort to help foster more localized relationships and enhance engagement in Missouri we are implementing a mentoring program for MO-ACHE that is more regionally focused. Those that engage in our MO-ACHE program will still receive participatory credit from national.
    • Note: For members that have already identified themselves as wanting to participate in this program via our membership survey we will be reaching out shortly in an effort to coordinate an official launch. Members that missed the onboarding process during our membership survey and are interested in participating as either a mentor, or mentee...NOT TO WORRY, you have not missed an opportunity. We intend to implement more than one launch each year.
    • Are you interested in becoming a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives ("FACHE")? This distinction serves as a testament to your knowledge and commitment in the field of healthcare administration, and can help to maximize your professional potential. For the first time, MO-ACHE is designing regionally based resources and opportunities to assist our members in their pursuit of this distinguished board certification in healthcare management. This is separate of the mentor program initiative and specifically intended for those that are studying for the Board of Governor's ("BOG") Exam and seeking the FACHE credential.
The aforementioned initiatives are just a few examples of enhancements we will provide our membership in 2018. All of the same great educational programs and opportunities you've enjoyed in past years will still be offered. These efforts are intended to be additive in nature. This is a pilot year for many of these undertakings, and as such, program details will follow in subsequent communications. Please don't hesitate to contact me directly at if you wish to learn more about these programs, want to learn more about how you can become more engaged in MO-ACHE, or if you have a referral contact that is interested in learning more about becoming a member of our chapter.
Nathan Riner, MBA, CMPE
Membership Committee Chairman, MO-ACHE Chapter

oberle Compliments to 2017 M-SEA Entrants!
David J. Baltzer, RN, LNHA, FACHE
The 2017 winner of the 4th Annual MO-ACHE Student Essay Award (M-SEA) was Andrew F. Oberle, Jr. for his essay, "Fostering Resilience in Trauma Care to Improve Outcomes and Social Program Solvency."  Andrew was celebrated and his essay was published in the 2017 4th Quarter MO-ACHE Chapter News.  Now the MO-ACHE Board of Directors is pleased to compliment the other entrants whose essays are linked to this issue!  We hope you enjoy their thoughts.

It has been my pleasure to sponsor M-SEA since its inception in 2013, but "there's  something new under the sun (Ecclesiastes)." James (Jim) M. Brophy, FACHE and the Sponsorship Committee have garnered generous financial support from Mercy, Cerner, StL Communications, and Allscripts. Therefore, in November the Board of Directors voted unanimously to transition M-SEA to the Board. M-SEA will be administered by the Communications Committee under the capable leadership of Joyce M. Eisel, Dr.P.H.. Please thank all our chapter sponsors for supporting future healthcare leaders in the 8 ACHE Missouri Higher Education Network (HEN) programs!
David J. Baltzer,


Become a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE)!
Earning the distinction of board certification in healthcare management as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) signifies your expertise, experience and commitment to continuing education and professional development. Just as members of the medical staff are board certified, having the FACHE credential by your name indicates a level of achievement in the profession.  The ACHE has new requirements for attaining Fellowship status that can be found at 

For additional information, please contact:
Patrick Altenhofen, Vice President Hospital Operations, Cushing Memorial Hospital
Nathan Riner, Consultant, Riner Group
MO ACHE Membership Committee

March 26-29, 2018 - Congress
March 28, 2018 - The Mental Health Crisis in St. Louis:
Challenges and Solutions
1.5 Hours of ACHE Face-to-Face Credits

Mental health issues are affecting local providers. From inadequate inpatient mental health capacity, to overcrowded EDs and court systems with patients who have serious mental illness and/or substance abuse, to a rise in opioid addiction, to workplace violence, we are experiencing a significant mental health crisis across the nation. These challenges are straining the healthcare community and St. Louis is no exception.

Moderator: Christine Candio, RN, FACHE, President and CEO of St. Luke's Hospital and past Chairman of ACHE 

  • John Eiler, Administrator, Barnes-Jewish Hospital Psychiatric Support Center
  • Sean Hogan, FACHE, President, SSM Health DePaul Hospital
  • Mark Stringer, Director, Missouri Department of Mental Health
  • Joe Yancey, MPPH, Executive Director, Places for People
April 19, 2018 - Acute and Post-Acute Summit
3.0 Hours of ACHE Face-to-Face Credits

The second annual MO Health Care (Acute and Post-Acute Care) Summit is once again being sponsored by MO-ACHE and other professional associations on April 19th. Three face to face credit hours have been applied for. The registration information is included in the attachment, but here is a link for your convenience. On the registration form, please enter ACHE in the "sponsoring trade association" information request line.

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Jim Brophy
Sponsorship Chair

Our Board of Directors has approved a Sponsorship Campaign to raise funds for the Missouri Chapter to host leadership development / educational and networking events across the state for our members.
Sponsorship levels are:

These Sponsorship levels are consistent with other ACHE Chapters. Potential sponsors include health systems, hospitals and healthcare companies such as law, accounting, construction, architecture, and insurance firms that serve healthcare provider organizations.    

Platinum Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Should you have questions or potential Sponsors, please contact Jim Brophy or Jim Andrews:

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