October Board Member Spotlight: Jeffrey B Kramer, Treasurer
The healthcare industry has evolved over the years and the South Florida Healthcare Executive Forum, the local
chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives continually strives to improve healthcare delivery by
providing opportunities for the professional development of its members. As I look back on my years as a member,
I believe that joining the Forum was one of the most important moves I made early in my career.
I started my career as an auditor at a national public accounting firm and soon joined the healthcare audit group at the firm.
While in that position, I spent my days learning about the intricacies of accounting at hospitals and other healthcare
organizations. At the time, I had no idea how this experience would forever impact my career. Soon after leaving the national
accounting firm, I worked at several regional accounting firms always ending up working with healthcare clients.
It later became clear that forces beyond my control pushed me towards working with healthcare industry clients and I came
to accept that this was meant to be. Once I came to this realization, I began making every effort to educate myself on
healthcare industry issues and developments and decided to join healthcare industry organizations.
The Forum was first such organization that I joined and I soon found myself on the Board of Directors serving as the
Communications Chair and later as Treasurer. Through involvement with the Forum I have made lifelong friendships, met
influential industry executives, learned new skills at educational events and enjoyed networking at many social events.
I invite you to join me as a Forum member and to get involved and participate in this leading healthcare organization.
Let’s connect at the Forum …..
Jeffrey Kramer, CPA, CGMA is a partner with the accounting firm Goldstein Schechter Koch.
He can be reached at
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 October 2015 09:11
Message from the President
Ralph Rios, FACHE, President
Dear ACHE/SFHEF Members & Colleagues:
I sincerely hope that you are beginning to evaluate your performance, learning and
development throughout the year thus far and are pleased with what you have
accomplished. Through the everyday rush of fulfilling your work responsibilities, it is
important to take a step back periodically to review those professional goals which
you have met and those that remain. As your local ACHE chapter, SFHEF is here to
assist you with the opportunities to attain those goals. Through networking events and
activities, you may meet your next colleague, employer, or employee. Through
educational events, you may do the same, gain new knowledge, and build credit toward
advancement to ACHE Fellow, the most recognized credential among healthcare leaders.
Though we have less than two months remaining in the year, SFHEF still has much
going to serve our members throughout the career spectrum. Firstly, our annual student
scholarship applications are open until December 11th. SFHEF offers one $1,000
undergraduate scholarship and one $1,500 scholarship annually. These amounts are an
increase from past years and represent our commitment to our future healthcare leaders,
while recognizing academic excellence and dedication to profession on the part of students
at both levels. Secondly, on November 12th we will host our 2nd annual CEO Roundtable
Breakfast. This event caters specifically and exclusively to our CEO leaders whose roles and
schedules often do not allow them to participate in other chapter activities. What's more,
a last educational event remains, to be held at a new location, the Barry University campus.
The topic, "Leading a Successful Multigenerational Organization" is sure to be of interest to
everyone. Lastly, our December networking event promises to be popular, as we are once
again partnering with W.H.E.N., Women's Healthcare Executive Network.
Our August networker was a huge success; join us and meet new people in our
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 November 2015 10:03
SFHEF's "Diversity Corner"
SFHEF and ACHE "embrace diversity within the healthcare management field". ACHE Statement on Diversity
SFHEF offers the following article from the Journal of Healthcare Leadership to its
membership in hopes for growth and development on the topic of diversity within our field.
IMPROVING HEALTH CARE QUALITY THROUGH CULTURALLY COMPETENT PHYSICIANS:
LEADERSHIP AND ORGANIZATIONAL DIVERSITY TRAINING
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 October 2015 12:37
SFHEF releases 2015 Scholarship Application
South Florida Healthcare Executive Forum is pleased to announce...
FALL 2015 Student Scholarship Application
The South Florida Healthcare Executive Forum (SFHEF), Inc. Board of Directors has established the funding of
two (2) health care management scholarships for Fall 2015:
one graduate scholarship ($1500) and one undergraduate scholarship ($1000).
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION
A note from our 2015 Spring Graduate Scholarship Winner:
"My name is Jamie Marques, aspiring global health administrator passionate about public health equity and
access. As I continue to professionalize my student status via the Robert Stempel College of Public Health
and Social Work, I owe a huge thank you to the American College of Healthcare Executives for they have
made this dream a reality. I feel honored to receive the 2015 scholarship for it has fueled my educational drive
"This funding will support my fall semester expenses allowing me to earn my degree without stopping. I want
to remind all students to take heed in your actions of today for they will reign on tomorrow. For instance, I applied
to this scholarship in May and nearly 3 months later I receive this award and could not be happier. When you
believe in yourself, someone else will too. I feel motivated to continue professionalizing my passion through the
education I crave thanks to the generosity of the ACHE academy.
"I look forward to a lifelong membership with ACHE because I have reaped the benefits of your resourceful
institution firsthand. Thank you for believing in me and providing students like myself the opportunity to achieve
their dreams regardless of socioeconomic status.
"Thank you again; I promise this scholarship to be an investment for I aim to utilize my education as tools to
correct community disparities by improving population health status both locally and globally through education
Jamie Marques | BHSA, MPH
Florida International University
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 September 2015 22:17
CAREER OPPORTUNITY: President, Alleghany Memorial Hospital
Williams, Roberts, Young Inc has been retained to identify a President for Alleghany Memorial Hospital, located in Sparta,
North Carolina. It is a 25 bed, non-profit Critical Access Hospital with an affiliation with Wake Forest Baptist Medical
Center located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Successful candidates will have experience running all functions of a
CAH and proven turn-around experience. A strong understanding of the importance of quality, metrics, revenue cycles
and CMS is mandatory. Critical, is an understanding and ability to development and maintain community relationships
to rebuild market share and to re-instill commitment to the community. With the recent relationship with WFBMC, the
position will require someone who can build, manage and market the synergies created by this partnership. Undergraduate
degree required, graduate degree preferred. Please submit resume to Leigh Burton
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.
Last Updated on Friday, 28 August 2015 15:13
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