President's Message

Education and Health Care Leadership Excellence

For over 85 years, the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) has focused on one mission—advancing leaders and the field of health care leadership excellence. Last week, 5,000-plus health care leaders from across the nation traveled to Chicago for the privilege of taking part in a meaningful forum for industry leadership. Held March 20 to 23, the ACHE 2023 Congress, appropriately titled Bolder/Brighter, delivered sessions that equipped attendees with tools to tackle many of the significant issues our hospitals are facing.

With over 180 educational sessions to choose from, leaders gained valuable insights on a wide range of relevant topics that will guide health care teams amid a rapidly changing landscape. I had the opportunity to attend several sessions, including Alignment of DEI Journey to Mission and Community Impact, Hot Topics in Behavioral Healthcare Service Delivery and Care for Our World: Intersecting Health Equity and Rapid Climate Change.

Here in the HASC region, we’re working closely with ACHE of Southern California to further align our collective interests and provide our members with more educational offerings and Face-to-Face and qualified education credits. There is immense value in the continued cultivation of our leaders — especially during these challenging times.

Among the many outstanding speakers and learning opportunities at our upcoming HASC Annual Meeting, May 17 to 19, ACHE speaker Leslie Wainwright, PhD, will lead a session titled Applying Design Thinking to Health Care’s Most Pressing Challenges. This breakout will explore unique approaches to health care issues that can be leveraged from unexpected sources. Attendees will receive three ACHE Face-to-Face credits.

As a reminder, if you haven’t yet registered for the HASC Annual Meeting, I encourage you to visit the HASC website soon and secure your attendance and hotel accommodations. Rooms are filling quickly and hotel registration will close April 25. I look forward to fellowship, learning and the camaraderie of our colleagues in just a few weeks!

Take care and stay safe.

George G.