A Note from the Chapter President – March 2022

Apr 25, 2022 | Chapter President

Michael OConnell

A Note from the Chapter President – March 2022

by | Apr 25, 2022 | Chapter President

CAHL Leading the Way

The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) is “devoted to moving the ACHE mission of improving health forward in an ever-changing healthcare environment.”   And the California Association of Healthcare Leaders (CAHL), as one of ACHE’s chapters, is committed to advancing ACHE’s mission and  called to a journey of excellence as defined by core values of integrity, lifelong learning, leadership, and promoting diversity and inclusion. 

Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE, ACHE’s President states that “caring is at the core of what we do. Ensuring the delivery of safe, high quality care. Expanding opportunities for diverse executives in healthcare. Developing physician leaders.  Enhancing the value of the FACHE credential. And increasing collaboration and strategic alliances.”

As CAHL’s incoming President, I am committed to work with our 1,500 ACHE members located in 50 of California’s counties to support lifelong learning through numerous opportunities including:

  • Attending 2022 virtual or in-person educational programs
  • Networking with other ACHE members, non-members, corporate sponsors, and stakeholders
  • Pursuing ACHE fellowship
  • Volunteering on an ACHE committee
  • Serving as either a mentor or a mentee

It is through CAHL that you can further develop your leadership competencies in building relationships, developing and coaching others, helping to solve problems, planning and organizing projects, and effective communications.

CAHL is a volunteer association and our Board of Directors are all volunteers donating their time to help advance CAHL’s mission.  Through our efforts, we are able to bring forth a positive attitude, accountability, empathy, responsibility, focus, and innovation.  The varied experiences possessed by our Board of Directors is what allows CAHL to achieve its mission and allows us to be agile in our planning and execution.  Our Board committees work  cross-functionally with stakeholders to create and deliver valuable offerings and services.  In collaboration with ACHE, we are committed to delivering tools, thought-leadership, and services to help our 1,500 members develop and advance their careers and the healthcare management profession.

It is through this phenomenal Board team – and the way in which they truly personify the spirit of collaboration – that we are able to move our mission forward, and support our members in what they need to improve health for communities in which they serve.

If you are interested in getting more involved in CAHL’s initiatives, I invite you to let me know of your interest and we will get you connected with one of our Board committees.

I look forward to an incredible 2022 as we lead ourselves out of a pandemic and explore new ways to connect, discover, and lead.


Best Regards,

Michael O’Connell, MHA, FACHE

President, California Association of Healthcare Leaders (CAHL)