"Let's Connect!" April 2015 PDF Print E-mail
April Board Member Spotlight:  Hugo Ramirez, Networking Chair-Elect

                                                                hugo

I have the honor of sitting on the board of South Florida Health Executive Forum (SFHEF), as Networking-Chair Elect.
I have been an active member of SFHEF, the local chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE),
since undergraduate school. I still remember the first meeting I attended—a networking event held at Don Shula’s
Steakhouse in Miami Lakes. I remember driving to the location and being extremely nervous.  When I walked through
the doors I felt like a deer caught in headlights. I didn’t know anyone and felt intimidated, until I bumped into my
Health Service Administration professor.  She began introducing me to various administrators from hospitals, insurance
companies, and rehab facilities to name a few. Everyone was very professional and courteous. My professor then said,
“Ok, now it is time for you to go network”.  After she left me alone, I was instantly approached by numerous people who
were truly interested in getting to know me. Some of these people were individuals who held very high positions within
their company.  Since I was still in undergrad, I had a lot of questions to ask and comprehend. Most importantly,
I wanted to understand how to apply what I was learning at school to their particular role and obtain firsthand knowledge.  
Needless to say, I found every moment extremely beneficial. 

After graduating from undergrad, I obtained a job managing a very busy and prominent dermatology practice.  I continued
to be active with SFHEF by attending educational and networking events. During graduate school, I was approached by one
of my professors who sat on the SFHEF Board to consider holding a future board position.  I hesitated because I wanted to
make sure I could serve a board position to the fullest capacity.  I made a personal commitment to attend every event that
SFHEF held that year in order to familiarize myself with the organization.  Simultaneously, I also decided to explore other
employment opportunities.  Through SFHEF events, I consulted with some of the board members for advice on the best
way to efficiently accomplish this goal and received kind, attentive feedback. At a later time, I was notified by one of the
board members of a Physician Group that was looking for a Practice Manager.  The board member forwarded the group
my resume—I met with the owners of the practice the next day—and soon after, I was hired.  Today I am the
Practice Manager of South Miami CritiCare, Inc. We currently hold contracts with Baptist Health of South Florida and staff
the physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners at three of their six Emergency Departments. 

I owe my position with South Miami CritriCare, Inc. to the relationships I built with the members of SFHEF.  I am a true
testament of one of the benefits of becoming involved with SFHEF.  The benefits I have obtained from the Forum are
two-fold: 1) exposure to very informative and rewarding education sessions with top-notch panelists from every facet of
healthcare and 2) personal development of my professional skills. Now, I am giving back to the SFHEF/ACHE by sitting
on the board and strategically planning networking events for our great membership.  My goal is to encourage students
and non-members to participate and attend our events.  The benefits are many, and the experience is unmatched. 
So take my advice: attend our meetings and participate, learn, grow and evolve with the SFHEF.  You won’t regret it!

*Let's Connect!
is a monthly, SFHEF column produced by South Florida Hospital News*


Last Updated on Friday, 17 April 2015 10:27
 
Annual Installation Dinner 2015 PDF Print E-mail

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
 
Message from Your ACHE Regent: Fall 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Fall 2014

The year has truly flown by and healthcare continues to reshape itself in the various marketplaces in Eastern Florida. Our chapters have also been very active this quarter and offering our members educational face to face hours and a lineup of excellent speakers and topics. We also are in the window for elections in committees and officers. As you read this please engage your chapter if you have interest in any of these positions. Your talent and expertise are much appreciated as we all grow professionally and build our relationships and networks to get the job of healthcare done. Well done. I want to congratulate all of our Eastern Florida members for your commitment to ACHE, chapters and our communities.

At the annual Florida Hospital Association meeting, we recognized several members for their hard work and contributions to the chapters. John Martin from the ACHE of Central Florida Chapter has been a mainstay in building strong relationships between the chapter and the University. He stepped up to the plate and forged new opportunities for our students and the chapter members. Cami Leech Florio, FACHE from the Treasure Coast Healthcare Executive Network Chapter has worked tirelessly in the astute planning and execution of programming events. We have a couple more Regent's Awards to present for our South Florida Healthcare Executive Forum members in January 2015.

I also want to recognize the ACHE of Central Florida Chapter for earning one of ACHE’s Award for Diversity and Inclusion. The training, scheduled events and contributions of its diverse group has promoted diversity for the chapter and ACHE. Thanks to the ACHE of Central Florida members and to all of our chapters for promoting greater awareness and diversity among members and in our communities.

Just a few weeks ago we celebrated Veterans' Day. I want to thank all of veterans for your service to our nation and in protecting and safeguarding our way of life. Thanks Veterans! And we celebrated Thanksgiving Day around family and friends. What a great country. Please remember to be safe and to enjoy your families. All the best for the upcoming holiday seasons and a new year, 2015!

Keith W. Gallagher, FACHE
Regent for Florida - Eastern
CEO/Administrator
Memorial Hospital Pembroke

Last Updated on Friday, 05 December 2014 15:52
 
ACHE's Job Center PDF Print E-mail

sfhef ache career resource center

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (312) 424-9446.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 11:19
 
Benefits of Membership PDF Print E-mail

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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