Regent’s Message

Message from your ACHE Regent

Michael J. McDonough, DMH, FACHE

Fall 2019

Greetings Everyone,

The American College of Healthcare Executives held the 2019 Chapter Leaders Conference and Fall District meeting on September 23–24, 2019 in Rosemont, Illinois. ACHE – NJ President Maria Miranda, FACHE and I were pleased to represent the ACHE Northern New Jersey Chapter at this event.

ACHE is in the second year of its three-year strategic planning cycle. The central goal of ACHE’s strategy is to educate, engage and inspire leaders to advance health. In the plan, ACHE has emphasized three key roles that ACHE serves in fulfilling its mission. They can best be summarized as follows:

Be a catalyst for the field of healthcare management by broadening ACHE’s influence and impact to advance safety, build partnerships and identify those approaches that will help leaders in the field innovate health.

Be a connector across the continuum of the leadership community, cultivating inclusion across the spectrum of the healthcare, strengthening chapters to more easily serve members, while improving member access to ACHE resources.

Be a trusted partner for our members by better aligning ACHE’s value to our members’ preferences and by optimizing digital options that encourage deeper levels of engagement and build a stronger member community.

In September, ACHE opened the public comment period for the plan with a deadline of Oct. 18 to provide feedback to Sydney Edmond, project manager, at

I am looking forward to participating in the ACHE – NJ’s Annual Strategic Planning Retreat in October.

ACHE is continuing its efforts to involve chapters with member reinstatement. Since May, our Chapter has been helping with the reinstatement of members who lapsed on April 1. ACHE’s goal is to reinstate 35.5 percent of these lapsed members by Dec. 31.

To further incentivize chapters to concentrate on reinstatement, ACHE is conducting a challenge in the fourth quarter to reward chapters that meet this goal. All chapters that meet this goal will be entered into a drawing to receive one of three prizes:

  • Paid travel and lodging for one additional chapter leader to attend the 2020 Chapter Leaders Conference
  • Dinner with ACHE President/CEO Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE, at the 2020 Chapter Leaders Conference
  • One complimentary 2020 Congress on Healthcare Leadership registration for the chapter to award to a recipient of its choice

ACHE – NJ Membership Co-Chairs Johnny Rodriguez and Loida Lebron are leading our Chapter in this effort.

We announced the solicitation of nominations for the 2020 Regent’s Awards in July. As in the past, there are five categories of awards available to ACHE – NJ members and business partners:

  • Early Careerist
  • Senior Careerist
  • Innovation
  • Business Partner
  • Lifetime Achievement

Please take the time to think about one or more deserving individuals and send their names to me at the following website: The submission deadline is October 11, 2019.

The Regent’s Awards will be presented during the 2020 Regent’s Annual Breakfast on January 31, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Princeton. I am pleased to announce that Michael J. Fosina, FACHE, Chairman-Elect of the ACHE Board of Governors will be our keynote speaker in 2020.

With the start of the 2019-20 academic year, I have reached out to the colleges and universities that are part of the ACHE Higher Education Network in New Jersey. We will visit the following schools on behalf of ACHE in the coming months:

Berkeley College

Caldwell University

College of Saint Elizabeth

Rutgers University

Seton Hall University

Please remember the Fund for Healthcare Leadership sponsored by the Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives. This Fund provides scholarship opportunities for developing leaders in our field. Please consider a donation to the Fund in 2019.

Please contact me if I can be of any assistance to you. Thank you for your support and participation in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Michael J. McDonough, DMH, FACHE
Regent for New Jersey – Northern