Winter 2022

Dear Healthcare Leaders,
We move from winter into spring with momentum from our recent activities. We also anticipate additional engagement across the local and national spheres for new and existing members and volunteers in educational and networking events, support for professional development, and service opportunities. 
Recent Events. In December, we came together with DV-HIMSS to continue our longstanding collaboration for an end-of-year celebration. This year, we gathered at Top Golf for networking to recognize success and tee up the coming year — pun intended! — in a setting that allowed us to be outside, as we were in person for the first time since March of 2020.
Our annual Breakfast with the Regents in March, led by Michael George, FACHE, ACHE Regent for Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey, and David Tam, MD, FACHE, ACHE Regent for Delaware, engaged more than 150 people to learn from Dr. Sandra Brooks, CMO, TJUH Inc. & JUP, and EVP, Chief Community Health Equity Officer, TJU about the scope of this groundbreaking regional collaboration formed to advance equitable health. We were also honored to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of Michele M. Volpe, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer of Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, who received the Regent's Senior-level Healthcare Executive Award and Hisham M. Valiuddin, DO, Assistant Medical Director in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, who received the Regent’s Early Career Healthcare Executive Award, respectively.
We also launched a new collaboration with ACHE chapters across Pennsylvania through a tremendously successful panel directed toward early career leaders on “Organizational Culture and Finding Your Fit.” The session featured both culture experts and health system executives in conversation about assessing culture during a job search, understand cultural fit when in a new role or organization, and discuss how to effectively utilize the levers of cultural influence. We look forward to continuing to develop our collaboration across the state and the region!
ACHE Congress Reception. I am excited to be part of the HLNDV contingent headed to Congress, ACHE’s conference, dedicated to helping attendees experience the depth of ACHE’s networks of people and the knowledge that they bring on a national level. Several chapter members have been chosen as speakers this year, giving the broader healthcare community the opportunity to engage with local success stories and lessons learned. We are partnering with the chapters of Pennsylvania and ACHE of NJ to host a networking event on Tuesday, March 29. Registration is complimentary but required for entry. I am looking forward to seeing you all there!
Board Elections. Each year, we hold nominations and elections for Board seats in the spring. Please cast your vote between April 25 and May 20, 2022which begins on June 1, 2022. Board members serve two-year terms, and this year we elect leaders for the 2022-2024 cycle. To be eligible for election to the Board, chapter members are required to volunteer on a committee for one year prior to nominations. If you would like to participate in nominations in 2023, please contact Meredith Inniger, Volunteer Coordinator, at To participate in voting this spring, please anticipate an email from HLNDV with a survey link in the coming weeks.
New website. The spring will also bring a refreshed chapter website with quick and clear access to resources, up-to-date programs and opportunities, and ways to get involved. Thank you to the board committee that has directed and facilitated the upcoming transition. Stay tuned! 
Upcoming events. We have established a focus on behavioral health for HLNDV events in the spring and summer months this year, and look forward to exploring educational offerings during this time of acute need and opportunity for behavioral health. We will also be holding our 2022 annual meeting in late summer or early fall, where we will be recognizing a chapter member with our Administrative Achievement award.
HLNDV is fortunate to have leaders expanding the number and accessibility of opportunities to give back to our greater community. Currently, we want to draw awareness to the critical blood supply shortage in the US, in part due to the pandemic. To donate blood, locate American Red Cross blood donation center near you: HLNDV will award one free registration to the 2022 HLNDV Annual Meeting via a random drawing from entrants who donate blood and register their donation with HLNDV. The contest runs through March 28, 2022 and details are at our website:
The group is also exploring a summer in-person family friendly community service event at the Coatesville (PA) VA Medical Center. Ideally, we would like to involve our colleagues who are Armed Forces Veterans in this project. Interested Veterans, please contact Morris Fansler ( or Donna Walsh ( 
The chapter engages students in driving their own development through providing resources and connections that serve to advance individuals’ careers while also strengthening the future of healthcare leadership as a whole. To that end, we sponsor the I. Donald Snook Student Case Competition, which asks students to prepare and present on a topic selected each year. Winning teams receive funds to be directed to education-associated expenses. Deadline for abstracts submission is May 2, 2022 and more information can be found HERE.
Board of Governors Exam Preparation Course. Achieving fellow accreditation (FACHE) is a mark of accomplishment recognized across our field, and a meaningful way to engage as a leader in the national ACHE community. The cornerstone of the FACHE accreditation is a comprehensive exam testing knowledge of healthcare administration and supporting ethical leadership. Last fall, the chapter hosted our first internally-developed preparation course, which resulted in significant number of fellows passing the exam and paving their path to an FACHE. Additional information and registration for this spring’s course can be found HERE.
Appreciation and Recognition. The chapter is only able to provide the resources and connections that it does through the ongoing creativity and dedication of its volunteers and concerted support of sponsors and Partner Healthcare Organizations (PHOs). Thank you to all.
Volunteer today. As always, one of the most rewarding opportunities offered through HLNDV is to contribute your knowledge and skills as a volunteer, building your network and gaining perspective from other leaders along the way. If you would like to become involved with our chapter, we would be happy to welcome you into one of our committees. Please either contact me at the email below, or our Volunteer Coordinator, Meredith Inniger, at
With best wishes,
Carey Gallagher, MBA, FACHE
President, HLNDV
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