A local chapter of ACHE

Chapter Officers

Chris Martin, FACHE

President Elect
Jennifer Barry-Wrona

Richard Prestidge

Joe Andujo

Immediate Past President
Jason Amrich, FACHE

J. Craig Bailey, FACHE

District 5 Regent At Large 
Chisun Chun, FACHE


Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering for an upcoming event or board committee! 

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February 2018 Print


Value-Based Care and Health Equity 

Oswaldo Grenardo, Medical Director with Centura Health Colorado Health Neighborhoods

As healthcare entities are moving toward value based care and reimbursement, population health will be critical in achieving higher quality and efficiency metrics. Inherent in this work is a focus on barriers to care and social determinants of health. Understanding these issues can then address the "why" patients are not getting their diabetes care, colorectal cancer screenings or utilizing the emergency department. 

We can examine groups of patients to help meet metric goals especially when resources are not available to address individuals. This is where we can begin to improve health equity based on race/ethnicity. Combining cultural understandings of a population with social determinants of health improve the ability of organizations to take care of their patients. Does the organization have the knowledge to accurately capture race/ethnicity data? This is critical to knowing who these patients are and where they are accessing care. 

Changes can then be made in the 1) access to race and/or language concordant providers, 2) method/mode/vehicle/channels that education is given to the patients taking into consideration health literacy and language, all of which have been shown to increase adherence to medical recommendations. Finally engaging the community's support groups and leaders can strengthen the bonds of these patient populations with their healthcare system. These initiatives can then ultimately improve health outcomes and decrease costs for entities in a value based care program and in turn, improve the health equity of racial and ethnic populations. 

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Calendar of Events

CAHE is pleased to host a number of different types of events during the year: C-Suite Roundtables, Networking Events, Educational Panels, Joint Breakfast Meetings with other Colorado healthcare groups, and our Annual Conference.  Find the event or timing that is right for your schedule and join us.  Below is our summer events schedule.  We look forward to seeing you at one or all of these.  Be sure to check in regularly on our website as we add more events.

  • June Networking Event: Thursday, June 21st 5:00pm-7:00pm: Coohillls (1400 Wewatta Street, Denver, CO)
  • CEO Roundtable #1: Tuesday, June 19th 11:30am-1:30pm: Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital (1719 E 19th Ave, Denver, CO) 
  • CEO Roundtable #2: Thursday, July 26th 11:30am-1:30pm: Good Samaritan Medical Center (200 Exempla Cir, Lafayette, CO)


If you'd like to keep in contact with us throughout the year, please join us on social media:

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Career Corner

From Kathryn Werner, Alumni Relations and Events Coordinator at UC Denver School of Public Affairs

I was honored to represent CAHE at the 2018 Congress on Healthcare Leadership in March.  Centralized around the theme of 'Be a Part of Something Better,' the conference challenged healthcare professionals from different regions and specialties throughout the United States to analyze the environment, challenges and opportunities currently facing the industry and how we may work together to provide better care.  Conference attendees consisted of a variety of different stakeholders including students and academic institutions, middle and senior level executives, consultants, military personnel, board members, and care providers.  It was truly remarkable to see all of these individuals in the same place, talking with one another, asking questions, developing understanding and sharing ideas.  I had the opportunity to meet and interact with other students across the country and hear their stories, concerns, and optimism for the future as we sat together on sessions addressing career development, leadership skills, patient safety and experience, and quality improvement.  In addition, I also had increased exposure to executive session topics by serving as a program assistant for Congress directly through ACHE.  In this role, I assisted other conference attendees by providing directions, answering questions and monitoring program sessions.  Two particularly interesting sessions included a discussion on hospital board functionality and another concerning the characteristics of millennials.  I was surprised to learn so much about my generation and the amount of information we are providing through social media.  As I continue to reflect on my Congress experience, I am so fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet so many people, strengthen relationships with my peers, and gain additional insight on the industry I have been striving to understand.  If you haven't been yet, I challenge you to attend next year and apply your experiences, uncertainties, ideas, and enthusiasm in this setting amongst fellow students and other professionals.

From: Juan Carlos 'JC' Montañez,  MS-HCL, CPHQ* M.S. Healthcare Leadership Student, University of Denver 

Thanks to CAHE’s generous financial support, I was able to attend this year’s ACHE Congress. As an aspiring healthcare leader, I was truly impressed with the size and scope of this multi-day conference held along downtown Chicago's beautiful riverfront. Not only did I attend timely and insightful events, I was also able to network with other students and healthcare professionals from around the country, and the world. And being that I am an entrepreneur, I was able to have in-depth conversations regarding ideas I have for disrupting healthcare with technology and policy innovations. Since Congress, I have had numerous follow up conversations with potential start-up partners and subject-matter experts. Of special note, Congress debuted an opening session that celebrates diversity and inclusion in the executive healthcare leadership space. As a Latino, the speakers resonated with my aspirations to lead a healthcare system from the executive suite. Already, I am excited to attend next year’s Congress!

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Welcome New Members

We are proud to welcome the following new members to CAHE!  We look forward to having you as a part of our organization.

Omar Alnachoukati, UCHealth

Capt Atha, Missouri Air National Guard

Mark Baker, Platte Valley Medical Center

CPT Bell, Colorado University Medicine

Julius Bogdan, SCL Health

Elicia Bunch, Centennial Peaks Hospital

HM3 Bush

Joseph Bush, Global Education Group

Carol Calacino, SCL Health/St Mary's Medical Ctr

Lilian Cates, Kaiser Permanente

Katrina Chaffin

Kyle Dahm, HCA HealthONE AirLife Denver

Tiffany Dunn, UCHealth

Jeff Gavi, UCHealth

Michael Granzin, Vail Health

Susan Gray

Katherine Hoth

Katherine Howell, UCHealth

Sarah Jallen, Dawn Clinic

Christina Johnson, Lutheran Medical Center

Kelly Knight, University of Colorado

John Laird, HCA/Rose Medical Ctr

Eric Leafgreen, VMG Health

Shelly Leyba, Adeptus Health

2Lt Machado, US Air Force Academy

Ellen Mangione, Eastern Colorado Healthcare System/VHA

Megan Martin, Apex Dermatology Group

Renee Miller, Vizient

JC Montanez, TLC Concierge Services

Ryan Mueller, Denver Health

Luy Nguyen, Denver Health

Ezekiel Odonkor, University of Colorado Health

Sydney Privette, Centura Health

Jessica Provost, Children's Hospital Colorado

Lindsay Radford, HOK

Lesley Rehak

Michelle Schmitt, Englewood Surgery Center, LLC

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