American College of Healthcare Executives SouthEast Texas Chapter Announces New Executive Director of Operations

For Immediate Release: September 17, 2019

American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) SouthEast Texas Chapter announced today that its board of directors has appointed Mark Biscone, PhD, MPH, FACHE as Executive Director of Operations effective October 1st.

Biscone, a Fellow of ACHE, is joining the Chapter from CHI Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center where he has served as the Director of Research. Biscone’s professional history also includes positions at Harris Health System and the Texas Hospital Association and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center.

“I am excited to take on the Executive Director role of an organization that I have admired, and been an active participant in, over the last 10 years,” said Biscone. “I look forward to working with the Board and the membership, to continue to add value and growth to the chapter.”

Biscone will succeed Don Gibson, FACHE, who will transition his position to focus on his consulting business. Under Don’s 12-year leadership, the Chapter increased membership from 300 local healthcare leaders to 1500+. With the support of a team of healthcare students and early careerists as volunteers, Don also earned the Chapter several national accolades from ACHE for success. Finally, beginning in 2013, Don implemented an annual healthcare leadership conference for the chapter, which continues to draw healthcare professionals from across the nation to earn continuing education credits. He will continue supporting the chapter through the conference and helping Biscone with the transition process.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Mark’s caliber and experience step up to follow Don and to lead the efforts of American College of Healthcare Executives locally” said Jack Buckley, Board President. “We are at a critical moment in the delivery of economical and safe care to our patient in all sectors of the health administration field.”

For over 85 years, ACHE has focused advancing healthcare leaders and the field of healthcare management excellence. With 48,000 members, ACHE’s focus for these leaders is a commitment to integrity, lifelong learning, leadership and diversity and inclusion. With today’s rapidly-changing healthcare environment, ACHE’s network of 78 chapters members focus on networking, education and career development at the local level. Members also can earn the prestigious, gold standard FACHE® credential, signaling board certification in healthcare management.

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Regents Report Southeast Texas – Spring 2019

Message from Your ACHE Regent

Spring 2019

Hello Southeast Texas Colleagues,

Wow, I cannot believe summer is upon us and half of the year is just almost over. I hope all of you get to take some time off and enjoy some time with your friends and family.

Special thanks to John J. (Jack) Buckley Jr., FACHE for his leadership of our chapter. I really appreciate all of the work he has done in bringing two great speakers to our first two quarterly educational sessions. For the first quarter, Dr. Toby Hamilton spoke about “Innovation as a Moral Imperative,” providing details of why it’s crucial for us to be innovative in our careers and organizations. Our next scheduled quarterly session (May 9), will feature speakers Dr. Carole Montgomery, MD and Pat Tadel, RN presenting the topic, “A System for Person-Centered Decision Making that Transform Healthcare.”

If you missed or are unable to make our future events you can go to ACHE-SETC’s website ( and download the presentations. Hopefully, schedules will allow you to attend the next two quarterly sessions.  Details of speakers and topics will be released soon.

Don’t forget the ACHE Board of Governors Exam Review Course will be held 7 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, May 18 at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Campus. If you have met the qualifications to apply for the FACHE credential I recommend that you click this link: REGISTER TODAY! to register for the Review Course.

Thanks to all of you who participated in our community outreach event at the Houston Food Bank. Your time and efforts benefited our community.

Thank you for your continued support of our chapter and all that you do to make SETC one of the largest and strongest chapters in all of ACHE.

We have some exciting events scheduled for the remainder of 2019. I hope you will consider joining your colleagues for the following:   


  • June 10-12: Summer Diversity Workshop – ACHE F2F CEUs offered – Institute of Biosciences and Technology, 2121 W. Holcombe Blvd., Houston 77030
  • August 29: 3rd Quarter Educational Session featuring Dr. Tim Garson, Jr., MD
  • September 14: Community Outreach: Houston Food Bank – 535 Portwall Street, Houston, 77029
  • October 29-30: SETC Annual Healthcare Leadership Conference – Intercontinental Houston – Medical Center, 6750 Main Street, Houston, 77030
  • November 7: 4th Quarter Educational Session (Guest Speaker to be confirmed)

All the best,

Todd Caliva, FACHE

Regent – Texas – Southeast

CEO, HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake


President’s Spring Message – 2019

President’s Spring 2019 Message

John (Jack) Buckley, Jr., FACHE

Welcome to this edition. ACHE-SETC’s 2019 theme is “Bold Innovation: the New Era of Medicine”. On January 31, the 1st Quarter Session guest speaker was Toby Hamilton, MD, Executive Director, Healthcare Innovators Professional Society, TMC’s Innovation Institute.  He presented his topic on, “Innovation as a Moral Imperative” to an audience of 200 plus.

May 9, for the 2nd Quarter Session, attendees will have the opportunity to hear Carole Montgomery, MD, FHM, MHSA, representing Respecting Choices discuss a “System for Person-Centered Decision Making that Transforms Healthcare”.  It’s common knowledge that most of the funds expended for medical care over a lifetime are spent in the last few month of a patient’s life.  How can families and providers better understand the wishes of the patient, eliminating tough decisions during a very difficult time?  Join your colleagues as this critical discussion begins on May 9th.  Visit for details.

For the 3rd Quarter Session, August 29, Tim Garson, Jr., MD, MPH, Director of the Texas Health Policy Institute, will address perspectives on the use of staff at the top of their license, thereby developing more team-oriented care and enhancing the satisfaction of care givers for their roles.

The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) is your professional organization for education, collegiality and networking, as well as professional performance accountability. Be sure to maximize your engagement with ACHE through active participation in your ACHE-SouthEastTexasChapter.

Please mark your calendar for the Chapter’s 7th Annual Leadership Conference, Tues., October 29 – Wed., October 30, at the new InterContinental Houston – Medical Center. Earn 12 hours of ACHE F2F CEUs and multiple Qualified Education credits.

ACHE will send the 2019 Chapter Member Needs Survey, by email in May 6 – 24, to all members who have been chapter members for more than one year.  Feedback from this survey is very important, in terms of general satisfaction of SETC’s programs and services such as education, networking and your rating of overall satisfaction with SETC. Please take the time to complete the survey.

Your Chapter Board, during their annual retreat May 9, will address the feasibility of broadcasting quarterly educational sessions to outlying areas. Watch for an update on their findings.

We look forward to seeing you at the next Educational Session.


ACHE-SETC Chapter President

2019 Academic Scholarships

On behalf of the American College of Healthcare Executives – SouthEastTexasChapter (Chapter), we are pleased to inform you the Chapter will award academic scholarships again in 2019. The Chapter has a proud tradition of providing academic scholarships to outstanding graduate students in health administration/health services management programs for the sole intent of helping them fund their education. The Chapter may award as many as 5 scholarships totaling $25,000 in scholarships.

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President’s Welcoming Message – 2019

Howdy and Welcome to 2019!

Our hope is that your holidays were a pleasant break from the usual and that you had time with family and friends to recharge and ready yourselves to an eventful 2019.  With the ever changing healthcare landscape, the dynamic economic marketplace and the political environment, 2019 promises to be a year of great continuing opportunity to sharpen our focus on providing care to the patients whom we are privileged to serve.

Your ACHE-SETC Chapter stands ready to assist you in your professional journey for continuing education, networking, mentoring and professional engagement with colleagues across the entire health delivery spectrum.  Take advantage of our quarterly breakfast sessions, other educational and networking opportunities and Leadership Conference on October 23-24.

Our theme this year—“Bold Innovation: the New Era of Medicine”– kicks off with a presentation by Toby Hamilton, MD, on “Innovation: A Moral Imperative” on January 31, 2018 at the Junior League Building at 1811 Post Oak Lane.  If indeed it is still true that it takes 17 years from the lab bench to the bedside for a new procedure to be fully adopted, how do we shorten that time frame for the benefit of our patients?  Additionally, how do we balance the reaction that the “boss has read a new book last week and we have to change again this week” to the continuous expectation for change?

We are looking at new ways to bring you more of the required “Face to Face” ACHE required educational credits.  Be sure to mark the dates of October 23-24 on your calendar for the Chapter’s Leadership Conference.  Six to nine hours of ACHE F2F CEUs will be offered with the opportunity to earn a total of 12 hours for the year via other events scheduled in 2019.

On behalf of the Chapter Board, joined by our Chapter Administrator, Regent and the Foundation Board, we look forward to serving your continuing educational needs and encourage you to “bring a colleague” to one of our sessions.

Jack Buckley, FACHE

ACHE-SETC Chapter President

Regents Message – Fall/Winter 2018

Happy holidays SETX Colleagues,

I cannot believe we’re wrapping up another year and the holiday season is in full swing. It is my wish for each of you to be able to take some time off and enjoy your family and friends this holiday season.

Our 2018 healthcare leadership conference at Texas Woman’s University was one of our best to date. I’d like to express personal appreciation to Don Gibson and volunteer team leaders: Tyra Barge and Cescely Collins. Other key team members who dedicated two full days of their time and talent included Murat Uralkin, Kyle Jenkins, and Jason Baumgarten. Thank you for all that you did to help put together such a great event. I’d like to also recognize and thank TWU’s HA Program Director, Dr. Gerald Goodman, and his entire team for hosting us. It was a great venue and an absolutely beautiful building. We’re hoping TWU will be able to accommodate our healthcare leadership conference in upcoming years.

As many of you are aware, being a member of ACHE plays an important role in professional development and enhances your professional and personal network. Those considering taking the next advancement, I highly recommend and encourage you to make the very important commitment in achieving the very distinguished fellow-ship status. To learn more, visit for more information.

I hope you enjoyed our fourth quarter breakfast session, where we had great attendance on November 8. Harold Griffin, PhD and Alla Adams, PhD, shared their expertise on professional success, leading change and making a difference in the healthcare industry.

Lastly, I thank each and every one of our members for your support and commitment in making this another very successful year. With your help, we will continue to enhance the SouthEastTexasChapter. I wish you all a wonderful and safe holiday that includes lots of quality time with your family and friends.

Be sure to take note of the Save-the-Dates for 2019 events listed in this issue.


Todd Caliva, FACHE

President’s Message Fall/Winter 2018

Dear Healthcare Professionals,

As I near the end my term as the President of ACHE-SETC, I am reminded of being so blessed to have had an opportunity to work with some incredibly talented people within the chapter’s circle of highly professional members.

It has been a privilege to provide service to the chapter and work with fellow board members who help provide the leadership for ensuring that ACHE-SETC continues as one of the largest and highly respected chapters affiliated with ACHE. As Past- President, I look forward to supporting Jack Buckley as he begins his term as President and continuing to serve you in ways that add value to the future direction of the chapter. The board and I look forward to focusing on additional ways to strategically grow the chapter and provide what you as members want.

As 2018 comes to close I want to thank the chapter board and committees for all the support they provided this year. Special thanks to volunteer team leaders Tyara Barge and Cescely Collins for all the hard work and countless hours they invested in coordinating the many volunteers to support each event throughout the year and the healthcare leadership conference. Much of the success of our chapter events are dependent on highly committed and skilled volunteers and their dedication is greatly appreciated. I would also like to express my appreciation to Don Gibson, our chapter administrator, for all his work to ensure the smooth running of the chapter.

Reflecting back there is much to celebrate. For example, a recent chapter survey analysis of the past three years (2016- 2018) revealed the following:

•         SETC consistently outperforms “all chapters’ mean” overall member satisfaction.

•         SETC members have higher satisfaction with the services they consider as highly important compared to all chapters

•         SETC events are well attended compared to the attendance in all chapters

Thanks to the chapter’s “re-instatement campaign” the chapter membership is currently 1460. The goal is to reach 1500 or more by January. Thank you for your support!

Wishing you and yours happy holidays and a great New Year!

Paul O’Sullivan, FACHE

2019 Fall, Winter Newsletter







ACHE-SETC 2018-2019 Mentorship Program

The ACHE-SETC Mentorship Program Committee

(Note Mentee Application Deadline Below)

The ACHE national organization recognizes the importance of providing resources for the healthcare student and the early careerist. ACHE has developed a myriad of leadership development programs, self-assessment tools, resume tools, job search essentials, networking resources and mentorship programs to accommodate healthcare leaders across the entire spectrum.

ACHE-SouthEastTexasChapter welcomes participants in its mentorship program each fall. The purpose of the mentorship program is twofold: to assist students and early healthcare careerists in their growth and development; to give mentors, a satisfying and enriching relationship in which to share their wisdom, insights, and experiences.

Criteria for mentor participation:

  • Membership in ACHE and a current member of the SouthEastTexasChapter with
    • A position as Vice-President, Sr. Executive, or Director in his/her organization OR
    • Minimum of five years of Healthcare Management experience with ACHE Fellow status
  • Willingness to help develop students or early healthcare careerists

Criteria for mentee participation:

  • ACHE Student Associate membership status or current member of the SouthEastTexasChapter
  • Less than five years of healthcare management experience
  • Willingness to develop professionally
  • Signature of faculty advisor or supervisor

Program Timeline:

Sept 1 Accepting Mentor Applications
October 12 Mentee Applications Due
October 31 Matches Announced
May 9 End of Program Celebration

If interested, please complete the Mentor-Mentee Questionnaire Form and send to Representatives from the Membership Committee will follow up with you to match you with your mentor or mentee.

Applications due October 12, 2018.

Regent’s Message Winter 2018

Message from Your ACHE Regent

Winter 20018

Hello Southeast Texas Colleagues,

First, Happy New Year to you and your family, I hope everyone’s year is off to a great start. If you had a chance to attend one of our education sessions last year, thank you for your support.

Special acknowledgement and thanks to Jeanna Bamburg, FACHE for serving as our chapter president last year. Her leadership was greatly appreciated. I would also like to welcome our incoming chapter president Paul O’Sullivan, FACHE.  I am certain Paul will also do a great job leading our chapter.

For those of you who were unable to attend our first quarter breakfast, you missed a great event. Judge Emmett and Memorial Hermann’s lobbyist did a fantastic job reviewing the phenomenal response of our city during Harvey and disaster preparedness for the future.

I announced two Regent awardees from Southeast Texas at the THA Conference during the Horace Coldwell Breakfast session. I could not be more pleased to award both Jeanna Bamburg, FACHE and Anne-Claire France, PhD, FACHE as recipients of the Southeast Chapter. I have known and worked with both for several years and they have made significant contributions to our chapter over the years. Please join me in congratulating them for this award and recognition.
Many of you may be aware that our chapter is a proud recipient of the ACHE 2018 Award for Chapter Merit and the Award for Sustained Performance. During the March 2018 ACHE Congress ACHE-SETC will be presented the awards from the ACHE Chapter Management and Awards program.

Thank you for your continued support of our chapter and all that you do to make SETC one of the largest and strongest chapters in all of ACHE. Special thanks to Charles D. Stokes, FACHE, CEO of Memorial Hermann.  This year, Chuck serves as the National Chairman of ACHE. Thank you Chuck for your leadership and support.

We have some exciting events scheduled. I hope you will consider joining your colleagues for these sessions. As you all know, 2018 Congress on Healthcare Leadership is right around the corner in Chicago. I plan to attend, and hope to see many of you there as well.

Save-the-Dates for the Following Upcoming 2018 Events:

Saturday, March 17
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Community Outreach
Houston Food Bank
535 Portwall Street
Houston, TX 77029

Thursday, April 5
5:45 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
“What’s Up, Boss?”
Junior League of Houston
1811 Briar Oaks Lane
Houston, TX 77027

Friday, April 13
Reg. 12 N – Tee T. 1:30
17th Annual Golf Tournament
Tour 18 Golf Club
3102 FM 1960 East, Humble, TX 77338

Thursday, May 24
6:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Second Quarter
Educational Breakfast Session
Topic/Speaker – TBD
Junior League of Houston
1811 Briar Oaks Lane
Houston, TX 77027


All the best,

Todd Caliva, FACHE
Regent – Texas – Southeast
CEO, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center
(281) 338-3110