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Winter Newsletter 2012

A Message From Your 
ACHE of Massachusetts President


Dear ACHE of Massachusetts Members, 

As we begin the New Year, we reflect back on 2011 as
being a very successful year. We achieved our goals on membership, education, membership development and networking. We should expect to make even greater progress this year.


The Board of Directors' main goal will continue to be to increase membership and member engagement. Our five-committee structure is well established after its first year
of operations and will continue to allow the organization to grow and accomplish our mission. The Membership, Program, Communications, Early Careerist Network and Sponsorship Committees have an exciting year planned for all of ACHE of Massachusetts. If you are interested in learning more about how you can get involved in one of these committees, please contact Donna Powell, our Administrator, at


Now is clearly a time of change for the healthcare industry, our profession and our organization. ACHE of Massachusetts will provide great value to our members in charting their courses for 2012. We can all anticipate another very exciting year for ACHE of Massachusetts!


William P. Fleming, FACHE



Upcoming Events

Chapter Events
March 1, 5:30 PM W Hotel, Boston, MA

Healthcare Reform: Moving from Theory
to Action

Featured Speakers

Richard Lopez, MD, Chief Physician Executive, Atrius Health
Andrew Sussman, MD, President & Chief Operating Officer, MinuteClinic
Kate Walsh, President & Chief Executive Officer, Boston Medical Center


For more info and registration


May 24, 7:00 AM Sheraton Needham, Needham, MA 

SAVE THE DATE: Spring Conference

Insights Into Successful Organizations and Strategies: National Case Studies on ACO Development 


Warner Thomas, President, Ochsner Health System 

David Longworth, MD, Chief of the Medicine Institute and Strategy Leader for ACO Development, Cleveland Clinic 

Details will be available shortly.

National Events

March 19-22, Hyatt Regency, Chicago, IL
2012 Congress on Healthcare Leadership


April 23-26, Hyatt Regency, Boston, MA
ACHE Boston Cluster


Jack Bailey, FACHE - New MA Regent


Jack Baily, FACHE the Director of Strategic Planning & Process Improvement in the Department of Surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital will be our new RegentJack beginning in March.


In his role as Regent, Jack will serve several functions for both ACHE and ACHE of MA relating to ACHE governance, chapter relations, outreach to the local healthcare community and providing overall representation and visibility to ACHE of MA. His duties will include serving on the Council of Regents, with other Regents across the country, to be a liaison between ACHE and ACHE of MA regarding the needs of the chapter and strategic direction of ACHE. Jack will also be very active in the local healthcare community promoting membership, educational opportunities for the chapter and connecting with each of the healthcare management programs in the state.


In addition to his role as Regent, Jack is also the Vice Chair for Advancement on the ACHE of MA Membership and Advancement Committee.


Membership Campaign

7 members have won a $25 gift card
 YOU can too!

The goal of the campaign is to connect healthcare leaders across Massachusetts through ACHE membership. We are asking you, as a current ACHE of MA member, to recruit NEW Members and re-engage FORMER members (those that let their membership lapse.)


We hope that you will join us in creating an increased network of healthcare professionals throughout the Commonwealth.


Win American Express GIFT CARDS!!!: For each new member that a current ACHE of MA member recruits the following point system will apply. One new member equals 1 point.


1=$25 gift card
2=$50 gift card
3=$75 gift card
4=$100 gift card


If you are able to recruit 4 new members, you will receive a $100 gift card and your name will be automatically entered into a drawing
for a $1,000 gift card.


Early Careerist Network

2011 was a busy and exciting year for the ACHE of MA Early Careerist Network. A few highlights include:
  • Hosting the Annual ECN Healthcare Seminar: Achieving Success in Healthcare Administration for 120 attendees at the W Boston Hotel.
  • Matching 38 early careerists with professional mentors in our Mentorship program.
  • Hosting a networking event for 40 healthcare professionals at a Red Sox game.
  • Increasing our focus on community service--Raising over $2000 for the Jimmy Fund and preparing & serving dinner at Rosie's Place for 110 women and children.
  • Developing the Quarterly Professional DevelopmentEC event Series aimed at delivering practical skills every healthcare leader should master. Our first event, Networking: Tricks and Tips for Success, was held December 7th with 48 healthcare professionals attending.

Behind the scenes, the ECN Planning Team developed a new charter to guide the group. The charter establishes a leadership team and four standing committees.

Congratulations to the 2012 ECN Leadership Team!
  • Jeff Blackwell, Chairperson
  • Jaclene Coit, Chairperson-Elect
  • Rachel Rosenblum, Immediate Past Chair
  • Jenni Bendfeldt, Vice-Chair for Community and Member Advancement
  • Seth Cohen, Vice-Chair for Mentorship
  • David Villarroel & Chiragi Shah, Co-Chairs Professional Development
  • Alex Schwarzer, Vice-Chair for Outreach
A special thank you to Rachel Rosenblum and all members of the 2011 ECN Planning Team for their dedication and hardlinkedin work this past year. We are grateful for your accomplishments and we look forward to a busy and successful 2012!
For more information about the Early Careerist Network and opportunities to get involved, please contact me JBLACKWELL2@PARTNERS.ORG or visit the ACHE website at:


Jeff Blackwell

Chair, ACHE of MA Early Careerist Network