Acute Care for the Elderly Units: A Primer

Americans over 65 will number over 77 million by 2034. Seventeen percent of these older adults are twice as likely as middle-aged adults to require hospitalization at least once a year. Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) units in hospitals focus on the unique clinical and psychosocial needs of elderly patients. Tricia Dela Paz, nurse manager of the 34-bed ACE Unit at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) Mission Bernal Campus, explains.
Tricia Grace dela Paz

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Champion Transformational Change by Taking Time to Understand Its Complexities

By Abraham Cicchetti The rapid evolution of healthcare technologies, treatments, policies and more can have a profound impact on the financial health of healthcare organizations, as well as on patients and other stakeholders. Transformational change within healthcare can be both positive and negative in terms of its financial impact, and understanding these effects – and their trickle-down impacts across the …
Abraham Cicchetti

Regent's Message | June 2023 - Call for Regent's Awards Nominations

I am excited to kick-off the nomination process for the 2023-2024 Regent’s Awards for Northern and Central California. Regent’s Awards recognize outstanding healthcare leaders who make significant contributions to advancement of healthcare management excellence and the achievement of ACHE’s goals. In addition to the Early Career and Senior Executive awards, I am thrilled to announce a new Regent’s Award to recognize Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts.
Philip Chuang

Entering a New World: A Perspective of the ACHE 2023 Congress & My Personal Journey

Balu Rajan reflects on his first ACHE Annual Meeting, the international journey that brought him there, and the leaders who have inspired him along the way.

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Volunteer Spotlight | Mateika Martin

Mateika Martin, MHA, EMT volunteers as a Vice Chair of the JEDI Committee. She shares her work with CAHL and what brought her to the JEDI Committee.

Mateika Martin

Reflections on Passing the BOG Exam: Congratulations to Michael Cureton

In January 2023, Michael Cureton, MHA, FACHE, Chief Administrative Officer of Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson, passed the Board of Governors exam to earn his FACHE, bringing another board-certified leader into the CAHL community.
Reflections on Passing the BOG Exam: Congratulations to Michael Cureton

A Special Father’s Day Remembrance

Father's Day
By Michael O’Connell Father’s Day is a special time to celebrate the contributions made by fathers throughout the United States. Fathers are as different and varied as each one of us. Everyone has a father however it takes a special person to be a Dad. My Dad lived through the Depression and fought in the army during World War II. …

Board of Governors Exam Fee Waiver Ends June 30

If you have been considering becoming a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, it’s time to take action! A waiver of the Exam fee ($225) is still available to candidates who submit an FACHE application until June 30, pending approval of the application.

The FACHE credential brings continuous value to you as a healthcare leader, to your organization and to your community. The FACHE credential:

Provides recognition as a leader among leaders in healthcare management
Demonstrates your competency in all areas of healthcare management
Signifies your lifelong commitment to change and improvement

If you're still on the fence, you can join a FACHE Overview Webinar later this year to learn more about the requirements, the process, set expectations around the Board of Governors Exam, and decide whether 2023 is the right time to pursue your Fellow credential. The webinar will give you the opportunity to ask ACHE staff any questions you might have about the FACHE process. The next webinar is September 14. You can register for the webinar here.

ACHE Call for Nominations for 2024 National Slate

ACHE’s 2023–2024 Nominating Committee is calling for applications for service beginning in 2024. ACHE Fellows are eligible for the Chair-Elect and Governor vacancies and are eligible for the Nominating Committee vacancies within their districts. Those interested in pursuing applications should review the candidate guidelines for the competencies and qualifications required for these important roles: To review the Candidate Guidelines, visit

I wanted to call out that the Nominating Committee Member position for District 5 (which includes Northern and Central California and a number of other western states) will be filled for the upcoming 2-year term (ending in 2026). Candidates for the Nominating Committee should submit a letter of self-nomination and a copy of their resume.

Applications to serve and self-nominations must be submitted electronically to [email protected] and must be received by July 28. All correspondence should be addressed to Carrie Owen Plietz, FACHE, chair, Nominating Committee, c/o Kim Rock, American College of Healthcare Executives, 300 S. Riverside Plaza, Ste. 1900, Chicago, IL 60606-6698. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Rock at (312) 424-9375 or [email protected].

Check Your Email for the CAHL Member Needs Survey

On June 5, ACHE launched its annual Chapter Member Needs Survey, which will provide CAHL feedback on the programs and services we provide. This survey is sent via personalized emails to all members who’ve been with CAHL for at least a year. The survey link is specific to each member and cannot be forwarded to other individuals.
To ensure we receive a great response to capture data that can help us formulate strategies to serve our members, we’re asking for your help:
  • Please confirm your communication setting in your My ACHE account is set to receive ACHE surveys.
  • Check your email folders, including spam, for emails from [email protected]. The emails and follow-ups will be sent June 5, June 12 and June 19.
If you do not receive the survey and could not find it in your spam folder, please contact the chapter relations team at [email protected].

Events THIS MONTH & Save the Dates

Meet new colleagues and build your career and your network. Click each image for more details
June 21 | Virtual networking Wednesday
July 10 | Administrative Fellowship Panel

Warm welcome to new CAHL members

Javier Layna
Yulia Perevozchikova
William J. Hathaway, JD
Thomas C. Curry, PT
Sarkis A. Vartan
Heather M. Freeman, MSN, RN
Molly Spencer

Robert Weston
Jeffrey Richmond
Stephanie L. Phyo
Adrian Adams
Stephanie Sterner
Amir H. Fathi, MD, MBA
Melissa Hanley
Kristin Keller
Decorntae Kpou
Nader Yasin
Jeff Stuart, MD, MBA
Bubile V. Lessley, MBA
Frances Barrios
Samantha J. Scott-Marquina, RRT
Bhargavi Simhadri

Congratulations to New ACHE Fellows

Laura Brotherton, MPH, FACHE
Micah Duchesne, FACHE
Christopher S. Proctor, FACHE
Mayra M. Vega, FACHE

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