Regent’s Message

Message from your ACHE Regent

Michael J. McDonough, DMH, FACHE

Winter 2018

Happy New Year Everyone,

Happy New Year Everyone,

I hope that each of you enjoyed a great holiday season and that you are engaged in rewarding activities for 2018.

It was my pleasure to preside over the American College of Healthcare Executives Regent’s Breakfast and Awards Ceremony for Northern New Jersey at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Princeton, New Jersey on Friday, January 19, 2018. Each year, ACHENJ healthcare executives are evaluated by their peers on leadership ability, innovation and creative management, executive capability in developing their own organization and promoting its growth and stature in the community, participation in local and state health initiatives and civic and community projects, and engagement in ACHENJ activities.

The 2018 ACHENJ Regent’s Awards winners are listed below. Please take a moment to congratulate each of them.

Early Careerist Award

Michael A. Pizzano, MAS
Vice President, CareOne Management, Hospital Division

Senior Careerist

Frank J. Vozos, MD
Chief Executive Officer, Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus

Innovation Award

Kwaku Gyekye
Administrative Director, Population Health, Jersey City Medical Center

Business Partner Award

Mary A. Ditri, DHA
Director, Professional Practice, New Jersey Hospital Association

Lifetime Achievement Award

John K. Lloyd, FACHE
Co-Chief Executive Officer, Hackensack Meridian Health

We were very pleased to welcome ACHE Chairman-Elect David A. Olson, FACHE to the Regent’s Breakfast and Awards Ceremony this year. Mr. Olson addressed a group of over 150 New Jersey healthcare executives. He described the newly revised ACHE Strategic Plan that went into effect on January 1, 2018. The Plan reaffirms that ACHE’s value is most pronounced through its role as the leading educator of management capabilities for healthcare executives – a role that is more important than ever given the dynamic healthcare environment. Mr. Olson traveled to New Jersey from Wisconsin, where he lives and works. He noted to me that the temperature in New Jersey was as cold as his native state.

ACHE Board of Governors member Nancy M. DiLiegro, PhD, FACHE and ACHE District 1 Regent-at-Large Joanne Carrocino, FACHE were also in attendance at the Breakfast.

The ACHE Summer Enrichment Program places diverse students pursuing graduate degrees in healthcare administration into ten-week paid internships in healthcare organizations. Registration is now open for the 2018 Program. The host sites are listed below. I encourage you to alert a deserving graduate student about the Program and to consider how we might obtain additional sites for New Jersey in 2019.

American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Chicago, Illinois
Amery Hospital & Clinic, Westfields Hospital & Clinic Amery, Wisconsin
Aurora Health Care Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Bristol Hospital and Health Care Group, Inc. Bristol, Connecticut
Carolinas Healthcare System and Novant Health Charlotte, North Carolina
Cleveland Clinic Cleveland, Ohio
The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital Dixon, Illinois
Memorial Hermann Health System Houston, Texas
Mount Carmel Health System Columbus, Ohio
Navicent Health Macon, Georgia
OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital Columbus, Ohio
Penn Medicine Princeton Health Plainsboro, New Jersey
Sentara Healthcare Norfolk, Virginia
Stormont Vail Health Topeka, Kansas
Witt/Kieffer Oak Brook, Illinois

I am continuing to schedule visits to New Jersey colleges and universities who are members of the ACHE Higher Education Network. Healthcare administration is a growing part of the curriculum at many schools and I will be reaching out to both HEN and non-HEN schools this year. If you know of a new academic program in healthcare administration in New Jersey, please make me aware of it.

I would like to remind you about 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.

The 2018 Congress on Healthcare Leadership will take place on March 26-29 at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago. I hope to see you there.

Thank you for your support and participation in the American College of Healthcare Executives.


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