1st Quarterly Education Session Recap

Thursday, March 4, 2010. Your local chapter held its 1st Quarterly Education Session for 2010 with an impressive attendance of 182 members and guests. The chapter President, and facilitator for the event, Ron Castagno, FACHE, has declared the theme for this year as, “Bending the Cost Curve of Healthcare Delivery.” The keynote speaker was George V. Masi, FACHE, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Houston’s Harris County Hospital District.  Mr. Masi’s presentation was on “Managing the Health Care Cost Curve: Our Leadership Challenge.” Evaluations completed at the end of the program reveal high marks for Mr. Masi’s presentation.


George V. Masi, FACHE

Other notable presentations that were made during the quarterly breakfast session included the 2009 Academic Scholarship Awards.  Dan S. Wilford, LFACHE, retired President/CEO of the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, presented a $5000 check from ACHE – SETC award in Mr. Wilford’s name to Kathyrne Butler, health administration graduate student at Texas Woman’s University.  Donald (Don) B. Wagner, LFACHE presented a $5000 check from ACHE – SETC in the name of Dr. Jeptha W. Dalston (highly esteemed colleague who passed away in March 2007) to Amy Lawler, health administration graduate student at Texas A & M School of Rural Public Health. In addition, Mr. Wagner presented a check, in his name, for $5000 to Anup Bodhe, a health administration graduate student at the University of Houston – Clear Lake, Texas Medical Center.


Dan Wilford presenting to Kathyrne Butler


Don Wagner presenting to Amy Lawler


Don Wagner presenting to Anup Bodhe

Each of the three students qualified for the award by submitting exceptional ideas in a proposal for healthcare reform as if they were presenting to President Obama. Out of a dozen applicants submitting proposals, Ms. Butler, Ms. Lawler, and Mr. Bodhe impressed the Academic Awards Committee of the ACHE – SETC Board of Directors .the most. The ACHE – SETC Board of Directors are pleased to present these scholarships to our future healthcare administrators.

Deborah Alsante, FACHE, Board Secretary, presented a check for $5,282.96 (a portion contributed from the chapter’s annual golf tournament revenue) to Dalia Wustman, Director of Donor Relations, United Way of Greater Houston.


Left to right: Shari Hemphill, Co-Chair, ACHE – SETC Community Outreach & Golf Tournament Committee, Dalia Wustman, and Deborah Alstante, Co-Chair, ACHE – SETC Community Outreach & Golf Tournament Committee.

Be sure to join us for the 2nd Quarter Educational Session, Thursday, May 13th, featuring keynote speaker Nancy Johnson, former Connecticut Congresswoman and currently a lobbyist, presenting her views on “Bending the Cost Curve of Healthcare Delivery”. Registration should be available on this website by April 15th. Email notices will be sent out in advance.

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