Regent’s Message

Message from your ACHE Regent

Michael J. McDonough, DMH, FACHE

Fall 2018

Greetings Everyone,

The American College of Healthcare Executives is our professional society. ACHE is a source of pride for the values we represent – integrity, lifelong learning, leadership and diversity and inclusion. At its June 2018 meeting, the ACHE Board of Governors approved a modest increase in dues for 2019.  The ACHE Board of Governors made this decision in order to continue to expand and personalize its services to us, its membership. ACHE has not had a dues increase for the past fifteen years. The 2019 dues increase is as follows: International Associates [$10 increase]; Members tiered by tenure [$10 increase for years 1-2, $15 increase for years 3-5, $20 increase over 5 years]; and Fellows [$20 increase].

The ACHE conducted the 2018 Chapter Leaders Conference and Fall District meeting on September 16-18, 2018 in Rosemont, Illinois. I was pleased to represent the ACHE Northern New Jersey Chapter at both meetings. The ACHENJ received the ACHE District 1 Award for Diversity. Our Chapter received this award for its efforts on diversity and inclusion notably by having a diversified membership on the Board of Directors, a standing Diversity Committee contained within the Chapter Bylaws, a Diversity Panel education program in May and the current #MyFellowWomen and #ChapterChallenge campaigns. I was very pleased to accept this Award on behalf of our Chapter at the Conference. Please join me in congratulating the members of the Board of Directors on this achievement.

One of the topics at the Fall District meeting was the ongoing issue of reinstatement of ACHE Members and Fellows. The ACHENJ, through its Membership Committee, made a good effort this year in reaching those Members and Fellows whose membership had lapsed. As of our September Board meeting, thirty-nine individuals have been reinstated. I applaud the efforts of our Membership Committee on this matter.

Over the past year, I participated in the revision of an educational program/material designed to prepare eligible Members to take the ACHE Board of Governors Examination. ACHENJ was selected to conduct a pilot face-to-face educational pilot program using this material for eligible Members. The pilot program was conducted on July 23, 2018 at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. Mr. Stephen K. Jones, FACHE was the instructor for the twenty-six attendees. We can all wish them good luck as they take the examination in the near future. Our Chapter has also continued its effort to prepare Members for the examination through the development of a current six session study group series.

We announced the solicitation of nominations for the 2019 Regent’s Awards in July. As in the past, there are five categories of awards available to ACHENJ 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 12, 2018.

The Regent’s Awards will be presented during the 2019 Regent’s Annual Breakfast on January 18, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Princeton. I am pleased to announce that Nancy M. DiLiegro, PhD, FACHE and member of the ACHE Board of Governors will be our keynote speaker in 2019.

With the start of the 2018-19 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
  • College of Saint Elizabeth
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • 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 2018.

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