A local chapter of ACHE

Chapter Officers

Mario A. Harding, FACHE

President Elect
John Polikandriotis, PhD, FACHE, CMPE

Richard Prestidge, MHA, MBA

Nicole L. Schell, FACHE

Immediate Past President
Jennifer B. Wrona, FACHE

Lindsley A. Withey, FACHE


Our volunteers make it possible for us to organize and implement excellent programming each year. Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering for an upcoming event or for a committee. In your comments, please be sure to include the committee or event(s) you are interested in volunteering for. 


March 2019 Print

CAHE Annual Conference

The CAHE Annual Conference will be held this year in Beaver Creek on May 2nd and 3rd at the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain. We are excited to bring you enlightening discussions on Navigating the Uncertainty of Healthcare with a variety of subject matter experts who will offer innovative approaches to pertinent topics. We will examine new partnerships, government changes, and technology innovation - just to name a few.

You will not want to miss this amazing event.  Registration is now open. Click here to learn more and register. Discounted hotel reservations can be made using this link.

We look forward to seeing you in Beaver Creek.

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Conference Pre-Session on Mental Health

This year, CAHE is adding a pre-conference session at our Annual Conference - Behavioral Healthcare: Approaches to Increase Value for the Organization and Meet Community Needs. This panel session will run Thursday, May 2nd from 10:00am through 11:30am and features the following esteemed participants:

  • Matt Vogl, UC Health – Panelist  

Matt has a passion for bold new ideas to take on mental health challenges, which was a driving force behind the creation of the National Mental Health Innovation Center (NMHIC). Before taking on leadership of the NMHIC startup, Matt served as Deputy Director of the University of Colorado Depression Center.

  • Cathrine Frank, MD, Henry Ford Behavioral Health – Panelist

Dr. Frank’s goal is ultimately to prevent illness and to work with patients and families to achieve full remission of psychiatric disorders and the fulfillment of a happy life. She is currently chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Services at Henry Ford Health System.

  • Abraham Nussbaum, MD, Denver Health – Panelist 

As Chief Education Officer, Dr. Abraham Nussbaum provides strategic vision, daily direction, and administrative oversight for Denver Health’s health professional education programs, which educate more than 2,000 learners annually. He is the Denver Health Designated Institutional Officer for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

  • Andrew Romanoff, formerly Mental Health Colorado – Moderator

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Calendar of Events

HFMA Colorado –Spring Symposium-Imagine Tomorrow

Yesterday is forgotten.  Today is almost gone. We must look forward to building a better tomorrow. 
Join us April 10-11 at the Arvada Events Center for an outstanding educational and networking event.  Kevin Brennan, 2018-2019 National HFMA Chair, will be our keynote speaker delivering a message of healthcare challenges that presents numerous opportunities to make a difference and build a better tomorrow for patients and communities.  This program offers up to 14 CPE credits to participants. Go to our website at https://hfma-co.org  for more information and to register for the event. CAHE members can register as non-members and get HFMA member pricing by using coupon code CAHE.

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Colorado ACHE Higher Education Network (HEN) Universities Seeking Student Projects

We have four HENs in Colorado that offer Masters in Health Administration programs: 1) University of Colorado-Denver, 2) University of Denver, 3) Colorado State University-Global Campus, and 4) Metropolitan State University of Denver.  Some of the Colorado-based HENs require graduate students complete a student project as a prerequisite for graduation.  If your organization has any short-term projects (semester) that would benefit both your organization and students please contact Mark Stevenson, FACHE, CHIE, Chair CAHE Academic/Student Affairs at Mark.J.Stevenson3.civ@mail.mil.  This is an excellent opportunity to support student programs in Colorado and help influence our future health care leaders.  I will work with the HENs to have student's assigned and connect an organization point of contact with either faculty or students.  Thank you for consideration and I look forward to connecting and supporting our leaders of tomorrow.

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Letter from the President

Greetings ACHE/CAHE members,

Hope your 2019 is off to a great start!  It's hard to believe we are approaching the end of the first quarter and Spring has arrived. Yes, I grew up in Memphis so I appreciate the warmer weather every year in Colorado. 

On behalf of the CAHE Board and as your President, I appreciate your support of our state chapter.  Your participation at educational and networking events has been awesome and look forward to an exciting year ahead!

In future newsletters I'll share more with you about me. For now, I moved to Denver in 2004 from Jacksonville, FL where I worked at Mayo Clinic.  I have worked at Denver Health for 12+ years.  My wife and I and our 2 daughters live in Parker. 

I am excited to serve as your 2019 Chapter President and look forward to meeting you at a future event. 

Mario Harding, FACHE
Colorado Association of Healthcare Executives (CAHE)
8547 E. Arapahoe Rd., Suite J263
Greenwood Village, CO 80112
(720) 253-7588 (Mobile)

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Career Corner

Student News

This year, 3 outstanding students received scholarships from CAHE to attend ACHE Congress in Chicago: Katrina Chaffin, Alex Scialdone, and Breanna Wong.  Here they share about their experiences at this year's Congress. 

With the support of CAHE, I was able to attend my first ACHE Congress this year. The opening session with Josh Linkner was about innovative thinking and that theme was woven throughout the conference. The seminars and events were an inspiration to keep the patient central to the work that we do and strive for better outcomes. The experience was not only a gratifying professional experience but a personal one as well. As an Asian woman, the ‘Better Together’ joint diversity and inclusion reception was particularly important to me because it showcased minority representation in healthcare administration. Connecting with a network of healthcare professionals in all areas of healthcare and career levels was invaluable. Congress helped me to broaden my network and connect with HCA colleagues across the country. I also learned about programs across the country from other students. I was fortunate enough to be one of two students in attendance representing MSU Denver. The information presented during seminars reinforced what I have been learning throughout the MHA program. I highly recommend attending ACHE Congress and encourage other students to make it part of their professional development.  -- Katrina Chaffin

Although 2019 was my first year attending ACHE Congress on Healthcare, the knowledge I gained and connections I made will last a lifetime! I didn't know what to expect but the overall experience was phenomenal; it was so much more than just attending seminars and learning about the innovative approaches healthcare executives are taking to combat current and future challenges. The experience was so invigorating because of the general buzz and conversations being had everywhere with like-minded people who really want to improve the healthcare industry. The free resources available, from career advising and resume reviews, to employer connect and executive portraits, were also a fantastic bonus. Without the aid of the CAHE scholarship, I wouldn't have been able to experience any of this because of my current financial situation. I am so grateful that the CAHE scholarship allowed me to attend my first ACHE Congress on Healthcare and I look forward to attending Congress for years to come!  -- Alex Scialdone

ACHE’s 2019 Congress on Healthcare Leadership provided valuable information on innovation and a wide array of other subjects. Last year, I had a great introduction to Congress serving as a Program Assistant. This year, the ACHE Congress Scholarship offered by CAHE gave me the opportunity to experience Congress differently. It enabled me to use time that that was previously spent working to participate in more networking events and attend more sessions, especially those not specifically for students. One of these sessions covered FACHE Advancement Information. This answered many of the questions I had about ACHE, the FACHE credential, and the process to obtain it. I look forward to having 5 years of executive experience so I can pursue the FACHE designation.  -- Breanna Wong

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