Regent’s Message

Message from your ACHE Regent
July 2020

Greetings Everyone,

Working through the COVID-19 crisis is complicated and difficult for so many reasons. I have heard the analogy that it is like asking firefighters to take their families with them into burning buildings. For so many healthcare workers this rings true.

Thankfully, the number of COVID-19 cases in New Jersey is decreasing every day, and I think it is safe to say that we are moving toward a new normal. At least that is what people are saying, but truthfully, nothing about it feels normal.

Masks, temperature checks, distancing, testing, tracing…if you are like me, you are not allowing these challenges to keep you from thinking about what you can accomplish on behalf of our patients and their families during the remainder of the year.

I’m a big advocate for joy in work. I believe that when we enjoy our work, our lives are enriched both inside and outside of the office. And I believe that, now more than ever, finding and harnessing joy in our work is critically important for all of us. So perhaps the more important question is what do we want to accomplish in 2020?

While you ponder your answer to this question, I would like to remind you that ACHE and ACHE-NJ are here to support you now and always.

There are many COVID-19 related resources available to you at

Additionally, the chapter is hosting a summer webinar series covering a diversity of timely and relevant topics including unconscious bias, post-COVID management, and telehealth. Details are available on this website.

We are also excited to be launching a Mentorship Program for New Jersey healthcare leaders who are currently employed in healthcare management positions. The goal of the Mentorship Program is to assist members in developing careers in the competitive world of healthcare administration, networking with other healthcare professionals, expanding knowledge of healthcare issues, and promoting the value of participation in ACHE. Please email Mary Therese Hankinson at or Syed Rehman at, Co-Chairs ACHE-NJ Mentorship Committee, for more information.

Finally, please join me in congratulating our new chapter president, Michael Pizzano. I look forward to collaborating with Mike and his board on behalf of the entire ACHE-NJ community.

Thank you for serving as the heroes our communities need during this challenging and uncertain time.

Stay safe, stay strong,


Ruth Bash, FACHE
Regent for New Jersey – Northern