Regent’s Message

Message from your ACHE Regent

Michael J. McDonough, DMH, FACHE

Summer 2019

Greetings Everyone,

The Annual Meeting of the American College of Healthcare Executives – New Jersey was held on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at the world headquarters of Johnson and Johnson in New Brunswick, New Jersey. By all measures, the evening was a great success.

The ACHE-NJ presented awards to a number of very special individuals as follows:

  • 2019 ACHE-NJ Distinguished Service Award: Catherine Ainora
  • 2019 ACHE-NJ Recognition Program Award: Anamika Desai, FACHE and Shawn Ekwall
  • 2019 ACHE-NJ Scholarship: Lina Maria Alfonso
  • 2019 ACHE-NJ Wishes: Kacper Lukasiewicz

The keynote speaker for the evening was Brian A. Gragnolati, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Atlantic Health System. Mr. Gragnolati is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association. He spoke about today’s healthcare leadership and the work of the American Hospital Association to advance the health of individuals and communities.

I am excited to work with Maria Miranda, MPA, FACHE, the new President of ACHE-NJ, and the recently installed officers:

Past President: Jeffrey P. Egnatovich, MBA, RN

President-Elect: Michael A. Pizzano, MAS

Treasurer: Paula A. Gutierrez, MHA, CPTC

Secretary: Glenn Dietz, MHA, FACPE

First Member at Large: Mary A. Ditri, DHA, MA, CHCC

Second Member at Large: Douglas M. Cook, MSN, RN, CEN, NE-BC, FACPE

Communications Chairs: Andrew Donet and Michael Passanante

Diversity Chairs: Anamika Desai, FACHE, Shawn Ekwall and Reetika Sachdeeva

Education Chairs: Patrick Swift, PhD, FACHE and Harshal Shah

Membership Chairs: Loida Lebron and Johnny Rodriguez

The membership of ACHE-NJ is fortunate to have such great healthcare leaders for the 2019-20 year.

I am pleased to inform you that Lina Maria Alfonso, a graduate student from New Jersey has been selected for the 2019 Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives Foster G. McGaw Graduate Student Scholarship.  This scholarship is in honor of Foster G. McGaw, the founder of the American Hospital Supply Corporation.  It is given to students in healthcare management graduate programs.

The American College of Healthcare Executives, through its Higher Education Network (HEN), has an ongoing affiliation agreement with a number of New Jersey colleges and universities. The purpose of the ACHE Higher Education Network is to work with the schools for the benefit of healthcare administration students. I am pleased to announce that Caldwell University has joined the ACHE Higher Education Network as a new member. The ACHE HEN also includes Berkeley College, College of Saint Elizabeth, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and Seton Hall University.

During July, under a separate notice, there will be a call for nominations for the 2020 Regent Awards to be presented at the ACHE-NJ Annual Breakfast in January of 2020. I encourage all ACHE members to consider a colleague[s] for an award.

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