Regent’s Report

regentDear Colleagues,

Happy New Year!

I trust that you had an enjoyable holiday season.

As we prepare for what is likely to be a very dynamic year, leveraging our affiliation with ACHE can provide solutions to seize opportunities. Capitalizing on the strength of ACHE connections can also offer proactive interventions that will better position our organizations for success.

M&A, drug price increases, volume-to-value shifts with ICD-10, supply chain efficiency and lease vs. buy options, capital reinvestment strategies vs. dividend payouts, securing data, increasing public access to outcomes information/smartphone integration, true population health management, ‘superbug’ infections, meaningful use and other reimbursement penalties, as well as emergency management are likely to continue as top opportunities into 2016. Participation in local chapter and national ACHE events are great places to network with other executives and identify best practices. You can also forge mutually beneficial partnerships and hear thought provoking presentations by exceptional speakers.

Scott McClelland’s ‘Fake it Til You Make It’ and Other Lessons for Dealing with Change, Jim Olson’s Leading in a Different Kind of Way: Service as an Undercover CIA Spy, Nathan Kaufman’s A Crucial Conversation about Healthcare Inflections, and Dr. Brene’ Browns Daring Leadership were all powerful, riveting, and entertaining presentations supporting the 2015 Educational Theme of “Leading Change in Uncertain Times.” Please join us as we begin another year of great educational sessions:

  • January 21-22, 2016 – THA Annual Conference (ACHE F2F events and breakfast), Dallas, TX
  • February 18, 2016 – ACHE-SETC 1st Quarter Educational Breakfast Session, The Junior League of Houston Ballroom, Houston, TX
  • March 14-17, 2016 – ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership, Hyatt Regency Chicago, IL
  • April 28, 2016 – ACHE-SETC 2nd Quarter Educational Breakfast Session, The Junior League of Houston Ballroom, Houston, TX
  • May 18-20, 2016 – ACHE-SETC Annual Conference on Healthcare Leadership/Medical World Americas Conference, George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX


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Sadaf Z. Abbas, RN, MSN, MBA, Assistant Nurse Manager at MD Anderson Cancer Center
Varkey Abraham, MBA, MPH, Program Manager, Nocturnal Program at MD Anderson Cancer Center
Clifford J. Bottoms, MBA, FACHE, Chief Financial Officer, St. Joseph Medical Center
John (Jack) J. Buckley Jr., MBA, FACHE, Executive-in-Residence, Texas A&M HSC MHA Program
Craig A. Cordola, MHA, MBA, FACHE, President, Central/West Region/Senior Vice President, Memorial Hermann Health System
David Elgarico, MHA, Chief Operating Officer, HCA West Houston Medical Center
Carlos R. Escobar, MHA, FACHE, Associate Vice President, Business Operations and Facilities, UTMB at Galveston
Don R. Gibson, MHA, FACHE, President/Owner, Quantum Leadership, Inc. & Quantum Health Resources & Assoc.
Gerald R. Goodman, MHA, Dr.P.H., Professor & HCA Program Director, Texas Womans University
Andrea Harrow, MSN, DNP, RN, FACHE, Chief Nursing Officer, HCA Clear Lake Regional Medical Center
Donna G. Hermis, MHA, FACHE, Hospital Safety Officer, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital
Andrew B. James, DrPH, JD, Assistant Professor of Health Care Administration Texas Southern University
Raymond J. Khoury, MHA, FACHE, HADM Faculty Chair, University of Houston – Clear Lake
Ryan R. Miller, MBA, FACHE, Executive Director, Orthopedic Specialty Center, Christus Health
Richard Mills, RN, MHA, NEA-BC, FACHE, Hospital Supervisor, Harris Health System
Leslie S. Norman, MPH, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, Chief Nursing Officer, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land
Christopher Okezie, MBA, FACHE, Vice President of Operations, Harris Health System
Justin M. Perkins, MHA, FACHE, Regional Practice Administrator, St. Joseph Regional Medical Center
Frances L. (Lee) Revere, MS, PhD, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, Program Director of Healthcare Management, Director of Fleming Center for Healthcare Management, UT School of Public Health
William (Bill) B. Riley Jr., MD, FACHE, Chief Medical Officer, Memorial Hermann Katy
Lowell E. Stanton, MBA, Vice President/Chief Financial Officer, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital
Edgar L. Tucker, MPH, FACHE, President, E L Tucker Consulting LLC
Donald B. Wagner, MHA, LFACHE, Consultant, Wagner Healthcare
Michael T. Walsh Jr., MHA, FACHE, Director, Texas Children’s Global Health Initiative, Texas Children’s Hospital
Richelle R. Webb Dixon, MHA, FACHE, Assistant Vice President of Operations, CHI St. Luke’s Health
Vicky M. Williams, MSHA, President – Houston Chapter, National Association of Health Services Executives

I’d like to again personally thank our Immediate Past Chapter President, Craig A. Cordola, FACHE for his tireless efforts on behalf of ACHE and our chapter. He led our Board and committees through a very successful year of events aimed at enrichment, education and service. Each of the quarterly speakers that he selected provided thought provoking and insightful information in line with the educational theme of, “Leading Change in Uncertain Times.” Craig clearly led the growth and strength of our chapter, sustaining us as the 6th largest chapter of the 80 recognized by ACHE.

I would also like to again welcome our incoming Chapter President, John (Jack) J. Buckley Jr., FACHE. Jack is clearly dedicated to the advancement of our profession and has been an extremely active board and committee member. He has worked diligently to introduce students to ACHE and provide them with a comprehensive healthcare management learning experience. Please provide him with your support as he takes the helm to lead the renowned ACHE – SouthEast Texas Chapter!

As I begin my final year, I thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Regent and I look forward to hearing your suggestions and feedback.

Warmest Regards,

Jessie L. Tucker III, Ph.D., FACHE
Regent for Texas-Southeast

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