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. 


April 2020 Print

Letter from the President

Healthcare is an ever-changing complex industry.  I want to remind everyone that CAHE is here for you, and I encourage you to CONNECT! 

This year is already off to a remarkable start thanks to the amazing work of your CAHE Board, committees, sponsors and volunteers.

In January, CAHE volunteered at Project C.U.R.E, which prepares donated medical products for international distribution and partnered with the Colorado Healthcare Strategy and Management (CHSM) on a government affairs panel where we discussed healthcare policy and its potential impact. CAHE also worked with the CU Denver Business School to co-host a Diversity in Healthcare Symposium to discuss diversity in leadership roles. 

On May 7th-8th, CAHE will host its two-day annual conference at the Westin at Beaver Creek with a focus on innovation in healthcare. Be sure to mark your calendar for this event!

I look forward to CONNECTing with you at an upcoming event!

John Polikandriotis, CAHE President

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Calendar of Events


May 07, 2020 - May 08, 2020
10:00 AM MDT to 12:00 PM MDT

The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain
126 Riverfront Ln
Avon, CO 81620
Venue website

Join us for a great 2-day session focused on innovation in healthcare.

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Volunteer with CAHE

CAHE is seeking individuals to fill the vacant board positions below: 


The Membership & Advancement Committee Chair provides leadership to the Chapter Board and Membership & Advancement Committee in developing member recruitment and retention activities, setting annual membership goals, evaluating member satisfaction, and promotes FACHE credential to Chapter members.


  • Promote the Chapter and ACHE to area healthcare executives. Send out applications and follow up.
  • Promote and market ACHE membership among nonmembers throughout the Chapter’s geographic area.
  • Promote the FACHE credential to Chapter members.
  • Work with Regent to increase membership growth and advancement.
  • Work with Program chair to develop programs to attract new members.
  • Actively seek and advance new members for the Chapter and affiliates for ACHE.
  • Creates annual advancement plan to advance affiliates within ACHE.
  • Works closely with ACHE Division of Membership to identify member’s needs for advancement and provides resources (BoG study groups, identification of Fellows for required interviews/references, identification of Face-to-Face and Qualifying Education hours in the local area).
  • Conduct at least two ACHE Advancement Information Sessions (AIS) per year in conjunction with a Chapter education and networking event.
  • Communicate effectively on all levels and seize any opportunity to positively represent the organization at meetings or social functions that would benefit the Chapter.
  • Assist in providing information for the Chapter newsletter and Chapter website regarding advancement in ACHE.



  • Must be a current ACHE affiliate in good standing.
  • Organizational, time management and administrative skills.


Term of Office:

  • Two (2) years


Attendance Responsibilities:

  • Attend 75% of Chapter meetings.
  • Miss no more than three (3) Board of Directors meetings annually.


Committee Responsibilities:

  • Chair the Membership & Advancement Committee.
  • Coordinate with other committee chairs, as needed.
  • Set goals and develop membership growth and advancement.
  • Assist with Programs Committee on identifying programs for Face-to-Face and Qualified Education hours.



The Diversity Committee Chair provides leadership to the Chapter Board and Diversity Committee on diversity and inclusion practices.


  • The Board of Directors will appoint no less than two (2) members to serve on the Diversity Committee.
  • Conducting an annual self-assessment of the chapter’s diversity and inclusion practices and proposing new practices and programs.
  • Conduct at least one chapter educational event offering face-to-face ACHE continuing education credits on the topic of diversity and inclusion.
  • Publish at least one chapter newsletter article on diversity and inclusion each year.
  • Develop and maintain a formal, written collaboration with the National Association of Health Service Executives (NAHSE).



  • Must be a current ACHE affiliate in good standing.
  • Organizational, time management, and administrative skills.


Term of Office:

  • Two (2) year


Attendance Responsibilities:

  • Attend 75% of Chapter meetings.
  • Miss no more than two (2) Board of Directors meetings annually.


Committee Responsibilities:

  • Chair the diversity committee.


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The Path to Fellowship

FACHE – So…what’s in it for me?

I was asked at a recent meeting why I choose to be involved with ACHE and commit to becoming a Fellow (FACHE). I started my career as a physical therapist, treating one patient at a time. I gradually migrated into rehab management, then became involved with ACHE when I was serving in MD Group Practice and Hospital Administration in Minnesota. The community there was welcoming and eager to mentor newcomers regardless of whether you worked at the competition. The feeling was one of community and commitment to deliver continuous improvement in healthcare. The educational opportunities were valuable in developing my management and leadership skills and I found many mentors willing to help me along. 

When working on in the provider world, I often thought about becoming a Fellow in ACHE, but between raising kids and the rigors of work, the time never seemed right. After doing a healthcare start-up company and then landing with a service-related healthcare firm, I feared I would look like just another “sales guy” when interacting with hospital and group practice executives. I committed to preparing for the FACHE requirements and six years ago became a Fellow in the ACHE. I was proud to put that designation on my card and noticed a difference when first meeting many of the hospital executive I approached in business. Often there was a comment about it, and in general, I felt a difference as it was apparent to them that I was committed to the healthcare community and likely walked in their shoes! I continue to encourage my colleagues on the service/supply side of healthcare to engage in ACHE and consider studying to become a Fellow. It requires a deep understanding of all aspects of healthcare management and leadership and enhances one's understanding of the primary mission of serving patients.

I now work across eight states including Colorado. I make it a point to put the ACHE events from each of the states I travel to on my calendar and attend meetings whenever possible. The camaraderie is always positive, and I continue to meet new colleagues willing to share ideas and solutions to the problems we all face. ACHE makes that possible!

ACHE is an organization that serves healthcare leaders and helps us better serve patients in our community. Healthcare is the community I chose to be a part of and involvement in ACHE is part of how I deliver on my commitment to the community, through ongoing learning, mentoring and community service. ACHE provides so much to help ME – but the true value is how it helps me better serve patients and the communities we serve.

Greg Soderberg, GE Healthcare

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