Regent’s Report for Southeast Texas – Spring 2020

Greetings Everyone!

I pray this message finds you and your family well and safe.  I am your newly elected Regent of Southeast Texas; it is my honor and privilege to work together with you to strengthen our leadership skills, and in turn improve the healthcare of our communities!

This is such an interesting time to be a healthcare leader as we are experiencing simultaneous leadership challenges on an unpaved path!  Along with a worldwide pandemic, a great recession and facing great uncertainty, healthcare teams are truly at the front lines shaping the future for generations to come.  As essential workers, we cannot sit back and wait for the worst to pass; we must rise up each day and lead our organizations through these challenges.  Knowing that leadership is more important now than ever, I am very proud and thankful to be part of this strong organization focused on supporting us as we support our communities.

While many have been busy with the implications of COVID-19, our Chapter has been busy finding ways to continue to connect with our members and observe social distancing.  We held a webinar “COVID-19 The Perfect Pandemic” on May 14th with over 120 attendees.  Thanks to those who took the time to join, and thanks to the UT School of Public Health and Dr. Catherine Troisi, our distinguished speaker.  If you missed the webinar, the recording is available to you on the Chapter website.  We are also planning future topics so stay tuned for more information.

As COVID-19 brings challenges with employment uncertainty, the Chapter will be revamping our website to feature local jobs giving both employers and prospective employees the chance to connect.  If you are experiencing financial hardships as a result of COVID-19, I invite you to contact our Chapter Executive Director of Operations, Mark Biscone, who can help connect you with resources to assist in your job search, your membership renewal and your advancement to ACHE Fellow.  You can find Mark’s contact information (and lots of other great resources) on the Chapter website at  Also available to you is the COVID-19 Resource Center on the ACHE website at

I invite you to join us at the Houston Food Bank for an ACHE volunteer event on Saturday, June 6th.  It’s not too late to sign up to help the food bank (which needs it now more than ever) and enjoy a great networking opportunity, too.

As our community begins to return to normal safely, we are looking forward to seeing you (in person!) at the next Quarterly Breakfast on August 27th at the Junior League.   Please make plans to attend!

Also, mark your calendar for the 2020 SETC Annual Healthcare Leadership Conference which will be held here in Houston on October 21-22, 2020 at the InterContinental Houston – Medical Center.  The conference theme is “Innovations in Healthcare Disaster Preparedness: The Regional Disaster Response System and Healthcare’s Role in Preparedness.”

Finally, the dates have been set for 2021 Congress on Healthcare Leadership: March 22–25, 2021 in Chicago at the Hilton Chicago/Palmer House Hilton.  I am looking forward to catching up with those I missed this year!

I am so thrilled to be your Regent and follow in footsteps of so many great healthcare leaders in our region.  Please reach out to me if I can be of any assistance to you.  Thank you for this opportunity to serve you!

Warm Regards,

Jeanna Bamburg, FACHE

Regent for Southeast Texas

Covid-19: The Perfect Pandemic (Webinar)

Catherine Troisi, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Divisions of Management, Policy, and Community Health and Epidemiology at University of Texas (UTHealth) School of Public Health and coordinator for the Leadership Theory and Practice Certificate, having previously served as Assistant Director at the Houston Health Department.  She teaches courses in public health and leadership with research interests in infectious disease epidemiology.  She holds a BA in Chemistry from the University of Rochester, an MS in Biochemistry from Michigan State University, and a PhD in Epidemiologic Sciences from the University of Michigan.

She completed the National Public Health Leadership Training in February 2011 and received the UTHealth School of Public Health Community Service Award in 2013 and 2019 and the Excellence in Teaching award in 2017.  Dr. Troisi received the American Public Health Association Advocacy award in 2015 and was elected to the APHA Executive Board in 2017.  She is active with the Texas affiliate as well, receiving the TPHA award for outstanding service in 2010.  She is the recipient of the 2018 Association of School and Programs in Public Health (ASPPH) Academic Public Health Practice Excellence Award.  She is a Board member of the International Network of Epidemiology in Policy, as well as many local and state public health advisory boards.  She has had 16 op eds published in Texas newspapers and given over 150 media interviews on public health issues.

President’s Welcoming Message – 2020

Greeting Southeast ACHE Chapter Member,

Noel J. Cárdenas, FACHE

Noel CardenasI would like to thank everyone for the opportunity to serve as your 2020 Chapter President.  As a member of ACHE since 1997, I have had the privilege and honor of serving ACHE in numerous capacities from Regent Advisory Councils, Local and National Committees, and as the Army Regent.  As your Chapter President, my #1 goal is to build on the Chapter’s past successes.  I’d like to personally thank Jack Buckley, FACHE, for his exceptional leadership and dedicated service as our 2019 Chapter President.  Jack has served our Chapter for many years and will continue to his service as the Immediate Past President on our Chapter Board.  A big thanks to Todd Caliva, FACHE, for his service as our ACHE Regent for the past 3 years.  Todd did a phenomenal job supporting our ACHE members, Chapter Board and Foundation.  He will continue to serve on our Foundation in 2020.  As Todd completes his term this week as our Regent, I’d like to welcome Jeanna Bamburg, FACHE, as our new Regent.  Jeanna has a long history of service to our Chapter and I look forward to working with her this year.

As you read my message, I know that we are all dealing with the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) virus on our communities.  Due to the social distancing and potential impact of exposure, ACHE made the decision to cancel the 2020 Congress on Healthcare Leadership as healthcare organizations are actively managing the response to coronavirus in their communities.  The Chapter Board is also assessing the situation in our communities and the impact on future events including our May Education Breakfast.  Our goal is to keep our members safe and we will follow the guidance being provided by the CDC and local government official regarding future Chapter events.  We will continue the planning for our October 2020 Education Conference.  We know that with the cancelling of Congress, our members will rely heavily on attending the Conference to obtain their required education hours need for advancement and recertification.  We will keep you updated on our Chapter website as we assess the situation in dealing with the coronavirus.

As your Chapter President one of my top goals this year is to increase member engagement and involvement in Chapter activities.  During our annual Chapter Board planning meeting, we identified opportunities to improve our Chapter’s Committee structure, membership and participation.  At the January Board Meeting, we made the decision to reengineer our Committee structure.  You may have also seen a message from Mark Biscone calling for volunteers for these committees.  The response to Mark’s message was impressive and we had many healthcare leaders step forward to lead and serve on a committee.  Below are committees and healthcare leaders that will be leading our committees.  I’d like to thank these leaders for stepping forward to lead our committees.  We are still looking for volunteers so if you would like to serve on one of the below committees please contact Mark at:

Chapter Awards Committee:

  • Chairperson: Laura Comer
  • Board Champion: Chris Okezie

Community Service Committee:

  • Chairperson: Doug Blackard
  • Board Champion: Bill Hyslop

Diversity & Inclusion Committee:

  • Chairperson: Erika Brown
  • Board Champion: Open

Education & Events Committee:

  • Chairperson: Christopher King
  • Chairperson: Mitali Paul
  • Board Champion: Open

Membership Advancement Committee:

  • Chairperson: Kevin Long
  • Board Champion: Monica Rasmus

Membership & Retention Committee:

  • Chairperson: Felix Bradbury
  • Chairperson: Grant Magness
  • Board Champion: David Wagner

Mentorship Committee:

  • Chairperson: Puneet Freibott
  • Chairperson: Andrea Harrow
  • Board Champion: Gregory Haralson

Nominating & Governance Committee:

  • Chairperson:  Open
  • Board Champion:  Richelle Dixon

Student Membership & Involvement Committee:

  • Chairperson: Alla Adams
  • Board Champion: Sandra Murdock

I would like to close by thanking Mark for supporting our Chapter as our new Executive Director of Operations.  I also would like to thank our members for your support to our Chapter and most of all for your service to your communities.  As healthcare leaders, we are being asked to support the needs of communities during this difficult time.  I know that as we all work together, we will overcome the challenges of dealing with the coronavirus.  I wish all of you the very best of health.


Noel J. Cárdenas, FACHE

Regent’s Report for Southeast Texas – Winter 2019

Message from your ACHE – SETC Regent

February 2020

Greetings Southeast Texas Colleagues,

During my three-year term serving as your Regent, we have been able to achieve many accomplishments together, such as increasing our membership to the highest level it has ever reached and continuing to expand our annual leadership conference.  With that, I would like to congratulate our incoming Southeast Texas Regent, my colleague and friend, Jeanna Bamburg, FACHE.  Under Jeanna’s leadership of our chapter, I am confident that we will continue to excel and advance in ways we have not yet even fathomed.  I have been so honored to have been the Regent for this incredible chapter and will watch with much excitement with Jeanna as our new Regent.  I will continue to contribute to ACHE Southeast Texas chapter, as the board chair of our chapter’s educational foundation board.  I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all have been so supportive of the organization and me personally over the years.  Without you, the organization would not be as strong and vibrant as it is.

Also, I would like to thank Jack Buckley, FACHE for all his great work this year as board chair, as well as his tireless commitment over the many years he has served our chapter.  Please join me in congratulating and welcoming Noel Cardenas, FACHE as our incoming 2020 board chair. I have no reservations that Noel will do an outstanding job leading our chapter.

Another important transition to note within our chapter include the successful onboarding of Mark Biscone, FACHE into the role of chapter administrator, to replace Don Gibson, FACHE.  I greatly appreciate the time and effort both these men have, and continue to contribute, to our chapter.

Last, but not least, thank you to each, and every one of our members for your continued support of our chapter and all you do to make SETC one of the largest and strongest chapters in all of ACHE. I’m looking forward to seeing you at some of our upcoming events this year.

All the best,


Todd A. Caliva, FACHE
Regent for Texas – Southeast
HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake

President’s Winter Message – 2019

President’s Winter 2019 Message

John (Jack) Buckley, Jr., FACHE

Dear ACHE colleagues,

As 2020 begins a new decade, so does our ACHE-SETC leadership team begin new initiatives.  I hope that you and your personal and workplace families found the Holidays to be a joyous change of pace and a chance to relax and energize for the New Year.  As I wrap up my term as your Chapter President, I am excited about working with our new Chapter President, Noel Cardenas and Chapter Vice President, Richelle Webb Dixon, as they assume their roles in January 2020.

We have our first quarter breakfast session on January 29, 2029 and registration now is open!  Come and hear about what is happening on the legislative front from moderator Ted Shaw, President and CEO of the Texas Hospital Association, and expert panelists Tim Ottinger from CHI St. Luke’s Health, Freddy Warner from Memorial Hermann, and Meghan Weller from HCA Texas.

A special thank you to retiring Board members Anthony L. Dawson, FACHE, Paul C. O’Sullivan, FACHE, and David P. Bernard, FACHE, for their service and support.  A warm welcome to new Board members; Carla C. Braxton, MD, FACHE, Lindsey Harper Crain, FACHE, Gregory L. Haralson, FACHE, Dan B. Newman, FACHE, Chris O. Okezie, FACHE, and David S. Wagner, FACHE.  As affiliates of the ACHE-SouthEast Texas Chapter, you are in very capable hands with your leadership team for 2020 and beyond.

Puneet Freibot is heading up our Mentorship Committee and is in need of mentors. Remember the axiom:  Get a mentor; be a mentor!  Reach out to Puneet ( and her team to make arrangements to mentor a colleague!

Alla Adams ( and Felix Bradbury ( are serving as co-chairs of the Membership Committee.  Reach out and encourage a colleague to join our professional organization and advance to Fellow.  We have crossed the 1,500 member level and have the potential to reach 1,700+ members this year.  Let’s get there!

If for some reason you have not yet paid your dues for 2020, there is still time to do so at:

For 2020, the motto is simple:  Gig ‘em!

Jack Buckley


Regents Report Southeast Texas – Fall 2019

Fall 2019

Hello Southeast Texas Colleagues,

I cannot believe we are in the final months of 2019 and the holiday season is already creeping upon us. It is my wish for each of you to be able to take some time off, enjoy your family and friends this holiday season, and rejuvenate for the great things coming in 2020.

It is with mixed emotions, and a great deal of appreciation, to announce that our Southeast Texas Chapter’s Executive Director of Operations, Don Gibson, FACHE, is retiring at the conclusion of 2019. Don has contributed tirelessly to the success of our local chapter. Don, I would like to publicly thank you for your support and dedication to our chapter for the last 12 years. You have done an outstanding job and contributed a great deal to our growth and accomplishments. It is definitely going to be difficult to fill the big shoes you leave behind. We wish you a wonderful retirement; you will be missed, but never forgotten. You have done so much for so many and we truly thank you. I am also pleased to announce that Mark Biscone, PhD, MPH, FACHE will be stepping in as Don’s replacement. Mark brings extensive knowledge and experience, and I am confident will seamlessly transition into the role and provide our chapter with valuable support. Mark has been very involved with our Chapter over the years and I am very excited to have Mark join us in this capacity. Please help me in congratulating and welcoming Mark to ACHE-SETC as the new Executive Director of Operations!

Thank you to all who were able to participate in our September community event at the Houston Food Bank. It was great to see so many members giving back to our community. Our annual 2019 healthcare leadership conference was another one for the books. I hope all those who were able to attend enjoyed it as much as I did. I am proud to report we have seen some significant engagement with additional physicians who have expressed interest in participating in our future chapter events.

Lastly, thank you to each and every one of our members for your support and commitment in making this another incredibly successful year; I trust with your help we will continue to support and grow SETC as one of the largest and strongest chapters in all of ACHE.

I wish you all a joyous holiday and ample quality time to spend with your family and friends.

Save-the-Date for the Following Remaining 2019 Event:

4th Quarter Education Business Session, Wednesday, December 4 at 6:45 a.m. at the Junior League of Houston (1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston). The topic is “Changes in Medicine = Changing Access” and will be presented by Nancy Dickey, MD.

All the best,


Todd A. Caliva, FACHE
Regent for Texas – Southeast
HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake

Jeanna Bamburg, FACHE, Elected to American College of Healthcare Executives Council of Regents

For Immediate Release

Jeanna Bamburg, FACHE, Elected to American College of Healthcare Executives Council of Regents

CHICAGO, December 3, 2019—Jeanna Bamburg, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer, HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast, has been appointed to the Council of Regents, the legislative body of the American College of Healthcare Executives. The Council of Regents serves as the vital link between ACHE and members by approving governance and membership regulations, as well as promoting ACHE programs, services and activities within their respective areas.

Bamburg will take office at the Council of Regents meeting March 21, 2020, during ACHE’s 63rd Congress on Healthcare Leadership at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. As a Regent, Bamburg will represent ACHE’s membership in Southeast Texas.

Bamburg has served as Chief Executive Officer at HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast since 2012 and has served HCA Houston Healthcare for 22 years in various leadership positions including Chief Operating Officer, Associate Administrator, Director of Business Development and Director of Marketing.

Board certified in healthcare management as an ACHE Fellow, Bamburg is also a Certified Healthcare Trustee and a graduate of the Texas Hospital Association Leadership Fellows Program. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Texas Healthcare Trustees, the Alley Theatre’s Advisory Board and supports several organizations in her hospital’s service area.

In 2019, the Houston Business Journal named Bamburg on the lists of Most Admired CEO and Women Who Mean Business.

Bamburg holds an MBA from the University of Houston–Clear Lake.

About the American College of Healthcare Executives

The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of 48,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE’s mission is to advance its members and healthcare management excellence. ACHE offers its prestigious FACHE® credential, signifying board certification in healthcare management. ACHE’s established network of 77 chapters provides access to networking, education and career development at the local level. In addition, ACHE is known for its magazine, Healthcare Executive, and its career development and public policy programs. Through such efforts, ACHE works toward its vision of being the preeminent professional society for leaders dedicated to improving health. The Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives was established to further advance healthcare management excellence through education and research. The Foundation of ACHE is known for its educational programs—including the annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership, which draws more than 4,000 participants—and groundbreaking research. Its publishing division, Health Administration Press, is one of the largest publishers of books and journals on health services management, including textbooks for college and university courses.

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.

For more information about the Chapter, please visit

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Jack Buckley, Chapter President

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