A local chapter of ACHE

Chapter Officers

Jennifer Barry-Wrona

President Elect
Mario A. Harding, FACHE

Richard Prestidge

Joe Andujo

Immediate Past President
Chris Martin, FACHE

Lindsley A. Withey, FACHE

District 5 Regent At Large 
Amit Mohan, PhD, FACHE


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

Email us at contact@cohealthcareexecutives.org


December 2018 Print

President's Report

Hello fellow members,

As 2018 comes to a close, I am mindful of all the volunteers and members who have invested their time and energy advancing their support, interests and commitment to the field of healthcare leadership. 

Our chapter continues to grow in many areas, providing opportunities for the larger membership to get involved in various ways.  This growth continues in the following areas:

  • Organizational Partnerships with Colorado Hospital Association, NAHSE, Women in Healthcare, and all major health systems
  • Student/Academic Programs through resume reviews and health executives panel discussions. We also welcomed new institutions to the association with related program and membership growth.
  • Rural Health & I-25 Corridor Program Growth (North, Central and South) As the Front Range and rural areas grow in population the Events Committee and I-25 Liaisons have committed to new program growth to serve our growing membership. 
  • CEO/COO Engagement introduced a new series of CEO round tables for the early-mid careerist and continue to explore a CMO Council.
  • Annual Conference with the inclusion voice of Public Health leaders joining CAHE panels and discussions.
  • Annual Strategic Planning Session that leveraged the voice of members through surveys and sub-committees.


In all we have provided the chapter with 409 face-to-face credits through over 11 programs.  There are several leadership opportunities and events support needs available if you’d like to get involved.

There is no shortage of the support and development opportunities provided by ACHE for our board and membership through Leadership Development, the Annual Conference and local programing support.

Lastly, one of the highlights of 2018 has been working with the Wyoming Chapter as they have joined our board as a Local Practice Council and will be contributing and participating in CAHE programming moving ahead. 

Thank you to all for your continued support of the Colorado Association of Healthcare Executives. 

Happy Holidays.

Jen Wrona

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Membership Special

The Holidays are the season to connect with others. Which is why this is the perfect time to become an ACHE member or reinstate your membership.  Become a member by December 31, 2018 and we will waive the fee to attend our post-holiday networking event on Thursday, January 31st, 2019.  And for those whose membership lapsed in 2018, we are still offering the 25% annual membership fee discount.  We hope you take advantage of this exciting yet limited time offer!  Please reach out to Michael Ell at 303-586-7315 or mell@employershealthco.com for more information.   

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Winter Holiday Party

We look forward to ringing in the New Year with you at our CAHE Annual Winter Holiday Party on Thursday, January 31st from 5:30pm-8:00pm.  The final details and link to sign up will be posted to our Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter accounts before the end of December.  See you at the party!

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I recently watched a fantastic TED Talk entitled “Start with Why” by Simon Sinek.  In the talk, Sinek challenges organizations and leaders to inspire action by leading with questions and understanding why we do what we do.  As a metaphor, he describes a golden circle of three rings corresponding outside to inside with “what, how, and why.”   Most start with what they do, some may describe how, but only a few great leaders start in the center with “why.”   Sinek argues that this starting point may be the fundamental difference between organizations or leaders that fail and those who succeed. 

So why advance to FACHE… in the spirit of Sinek, let’s start at the center with a few good whys from the ACHE website:  

"Being board certified in healthcare management signifies your commitment to excellence, professional development and to the ongoing evolution of the profession.” - Michael T. Rowan, FACHE, COO, Catholic Health Initiatives, Denver. 

"It's incumbent upon leaders to promote to those we mentor a personal commitment to lifelong learning and ongoing professional development. Achieving and maintaining Fellow status keeps us current with the challenges ahead and sets an example for our healthcare leaders of tomorrow."  - Polly Davenport, RN, FACHE CEO, Ochsner Health System-North Shore Region Slidell, La.

Personally, fulfilling the requirements of FACHE was an extremely meaningful journey of both personal and professional growth.  At each step of this challenging journey, I was rewarded with insights and experiences from the top thought leaders in our ever-changing industry.  Further, I was able to take these insights back to my organization to inspire and lead in a manner that produced true returns.  Finally, I was honored to meet, interact with, and learn from the highest caliber individuals at each ACHE event and course attended.  The FACHE journey aligns with my personal “why” and, in the hope that it may align with yours as well, here are the basic requirements of the “how:”

Submitting a Fellow Application:

  • Be a Member of ACHE
  • Hold a Master's or other advanced degree
  • Hold a healthcare management position and have a minimum of two years of healthcare management experience
  • Three references from current Fellows (one of which must be a structured interview)
  • Provide a copy of your current job description, organizational chart, and resume


Completing the Fellow Requirements:

  • Have a minimum of five years of healthcare management experience (as noted above two years is required to submit a Fellow application)
  • 36 hours of Healthcare Management Continuing Education credit earned during the three years preceding becoming a Fellow; 12 hours must be ACHE Face-to-Face Education
  • Participation in two healthcare related and two community/civic activities within the past three years
  • Pass the Board of Governors Examination in Healthcare Management
  • Have three years of ACHE membership tenure


Finally, here is the “what.” By completing the requirements above, you become a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and earn the distinction of board certification in healthcare management.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the why, how, or what and please enjoy the journey.

Nico Brown, PT, MPT, FACHE (Designate)

CAHE Advancement Chair

VP Therapy Clinic Operations

Howard Head Sports Medicine

Vail Valley Medical Center


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