Message from the President

Gwendolyn H. Parker, MD, MBA, FACHE

Happy Spring! It’s been a long, cold winter. I’m looking forward to gardening and golf. The inconsistent Michigan weather has not hindered the hard-working MCACHE committees. These dedicated groups of volunteers are working to carry out our strategic goals to provide our members with a rewarding experience.


First quarter offered many outstanding activities. In January, we had a breakfast meeting featuring ACHE’s Chairman-elect, David Olson. Mr. Olson gave an update on the organization’s strategic plan and the role of the local chapter.


In February, the Student Activities Committee sponsored its 13th Annual Job Shadow Day which links health service administration students to a healthcare executive. The Emerging Leaders sponsored a community activity at Focus Hope in which our volunteers assisted with the Food Service Program.


The Annual ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership was held in Chicago in March. Past-President, nancy Susick had the honor of receiving our chapter’s “Award of Excellence and the Award for Sustained Performance.” These awards are given based upon performance standards for the following categories: education and networking; net membership growth; the level of member satisfaction, and advancement of eligible members to fellowship status. Congratulations to the board and volunteers for making this happen.


On April 11, the Student Activities Committee hosted its second “Generational Diversity Program.” More than 100 people registered for this event. It was so enlightening to see the different thought perspectives between the Baby Boomer, Gen X, and Millennial. We can no longer do business as usual. Health care must become more innovative in its delivery. Thanks to the following board members for serving on the panel: Robert J. Yellan, Luanne Thomas Ewald, and Bryan Wickersham.


The board continues to focus on our 2018 strategic objectives: membership growth and satisfaction; education and networking opportunities; fellow advancements, and diversity and inclusion.


Welcome to our new members. I encourage your participation in our networking, educational, and volunteer activities. Consider joining a committee (information may be found on this website at http://mcache.ache.org/volunteer/


What can we do to make your membership in MCACHE more rewarding? Please forward any suggestions or ideas to me at mcache@achemail.net


I look forward to meeting you at our upcoming events.

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