July Board Member Spotlight: Adrian Parker, FACHE, Program Chair
As Program Chair of the South Florida Healthcare Executive Forum (SFHEF), offering quality continuing
education opportunities for our membership is important. Having joined the American College of Healthcare
Executives (ACHE) as a student member two decades ago, my exposure to such programing has been extensive
and educational. At the core of our efforts, we strive to highlight a variety of relevant healthcare topics important
to the South Florida community.
As a result, we have been able to offer five (5) educational programs this year (2015) to approximately 300
individuals for a total of 7.5 continuing education units (CEU). To date, SFHEF also featured 23 panelists from the
South Florida area in four (4) Broward and Miami-Dade county venues with programs averaging a satisfaction rate
of 4.8 on a five (5) point scale.
SFHEF has three (3) educational programs remaining in 2015, each worth 1.5 CEUs, scheduled in collaboration
with partner organizations: the National Association of Health Services Executives (Improving the Bottom Line
by Optimizing Patient Throughput – Miami Jewish Health System 9/17/15), Healthcare Financial Management
Association (The Push from Inpatient to Outpatient Care – Memorial Regional Hospital South 10/15/15),
Women’s Healthcare Executive Network (Leading a Successful Multigenerational Organization – Barry University
11/19/15) and partnering with the University of Alabama in its 35th Symposium for Healthcare Executives.
In addition to my efforts with the SFHEF Board of Directors, I have been blessed to be part of Holy Cross Hospital
(Fort Lauderdale, Florida) since 2008. Holy Cross Hospital, a part of Trinity Health, is a 557-bed full-service,
non-profit Catholic hospital operating in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy. At Holy Cross Hospital, my primary
responsibility is Strategic Planning and supporting our team in providing compassionate, high quality,
South Florida Healthcare remains one of the most dynamic markets in the country where organizations range
from proprietary to governmental and not-for-profit providers coexisting in the same market. SFHEF, an ACHE
Chapter, stays committed to improving healthcare delivery by providing opportunities for professional
development to its members through educational activities. Affordable Quality Educational Programs equal value,
and SFHEF continues to favorably impact my career development and growth with the value it offers through its
Please join the many South Florida professionals from all facets of healthcare by connecting to the South Florida
Healthcare Executive Forum for your professional development and continuing education needs. I look forward to
meeting you at one of our remaining educational programs during 2015 and serving as your SFHEF Program Chair.
Until next time, I’m Adrian Parker ... let’s connect!
*Let's Connect! is a monthly, SFHEF column produced by South Florida Hospital News*
Last Updated on Monday, 06 July 2015 10:59
Message from Your ACHE Regent: Spring 2015
Message from Your ACHE Regent
Healthcare is the best industry to serve! There is plenty of opportunity to engage, make a difference, and just be a part of
something bigger than you. Healthcare is expected to reach close to 20% of the U.S. GDP before 2020 and is bursting
with innovation; new products and services to name a few. A recent survey of U.S. consumers found they would be
willing to spend more than $13 billion a year of their own money on those new services. It’s the promise of those new
products and services that is enticing more and more businesses to turn to the U.S. health system as an opportunity
for innovation, differentiation, and profits declares the consultants from Price Waterhouse Coopers earlier this year.
Therefore, with 76% of the Fortune 50 now in the health industry, it is evident that opportunities are limitless. However,
to attain success, health systems will need to attract bright leaders, those who understand the value of learning,
networking, and giving back to build the next generation of leaders. Therefore, what does this means as a member
of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)? You are at the right place, at the right time,
and for the right reason.
How do you capitalize on your ACHE membership? It’s simple – become a Fellow, a board-certified healthcare
management executive. This achievement will open opportunities to be a part of innovation, have a seat at the table
towards better outcomes, affordable care, and developing an engaging care process for our nation. Let me explain.
This month, I attended the annual Fellow Seminar in Miami, Florida on preparing for accountability in today’s world of
healthcare reform. First, the event was for Fellows only. Instantly there was an environment for engaging conversation
that challenged and stretched everyone’s frame of mind, altered perceptions and increased points of reference. Secondly,
40% of attendees were C-suite executives interested in the same things I was, education and networking. Third, for those
who know me, I appreciate the occasion to blend multidisciplinary learning with networking outside your market.
Did I mention this group of nearly 60 executives represented over 20 states - that was tremendous opportunity?
Here’s why – I met nine leaders in my specific field of healthcare; of those, six leaders became LinkedIn connections,
two leaders I have had at least one, if not two telephone calls to follow-up on the innovative developments in their markets
and one leader was a local neighbor in a adjacent county, I finally got to connect a name with a face.
Leaders, today is the best time to serve in the healthcare industry. More importantly, the support ACHE and its members
provide to equip you for today and tomorrow is priceless. I suggest you take advantage and reach out to your local chapter
president and get involved – be careful it could change your career! If you have any questions or comments about becoming
a Fellow, feel free to contact me.
Best regards in your healthcare career,
William P. Perno, FACHE
ACHE Regent for Florida - Eastern
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 June 2015 21:07
Annual Installation Dinner 2015
Thank you to the ACHE/SFHEF members, sponsors, board and all of the new faces that joined us at our Annual Installation Dinner.
With over 150 people in attendance, the evening included lively networking; a summary of the 2014 SFHEF board accomplishments;
a thought-provoking presentation by Christy Dempsey from Press Ganey; and the installation of the 2015 SFHEF Board.
Our Annual Installation Dinner kicked off what promises to be a great year for our organization.
We look forward to connecting with you all and seeing more new faces at our events this year!
Last Updated on Saturday, 31 January 2015 17:18
The American College of Healthcare Executives’ Job Center is a complimentary online resource designed to bring together the right candidate and the right job. It is a member only resource for job seekers, but is open to both member and non-member employers interested in listing positions. The Job Center features more than 2,300 position listings with nearly 4,000 active job seekers and was enhanced in early 2013 to include many new features.
Job seekers now benefit from improved search functionality, new job notification options, enhanced job detail pages, and a mobile-friendly version. Employers can utilize new job activity information reports, options to upload a company logo to appear on job listings, and resume alerts to notify you when new candidates meet your criteria.
We hope you make use of this popular ACHE resource. We are especially interested in increasing the number of early careerist opportunities, as launching a career in today’s competitive healthcare management marketplace presents challenges for many of our early career members.
To take a look at the ACHE Job and Resume Bank click ACHE-JobBank.
If you have further questions, contact Marisol Santiago at
or (312) 424-9446.
Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 11:19
Benefits of Membership with South Florida Healthcare Executive Forum
As a member of South Florida Healthcare Executive Forum, you will have access to important resources such as:
- Online membership directory
- National job listings
- FACHE study group
- ACHE category I education credit
- Educational programs on timely healthcare topics
- Online discussion forum
- Interaction with community healthcare leaders
- Networking with peers and colleagues
If you are not a current ACHE affiliate, we encourage you to JOIN TODAY.
Non-members are welcome to attend chapter events. If you would like to be added to the chapter's non-member mailing list to be notified of future programs and events, please send an email to the
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Last Updated on Monday, 19 May 2014 10:25
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