Welcome to the South Texas Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives website! STC is the local independent chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) for a geographic service area that includes approximately 50,000 square miles of South Texas. It’s an exciting and challenging time to be involved in healthcare leadership, and the STC is committed to providing a forum for advancement and excellence within our profession. Our mission is to be the premier professional membership society for healthcare executives; to meet members’ professional, educational, and leadership needs; to promote high ethical standards and conduct; to advance healthcare leadership and management excellence; and to promote and support the mission of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

2018 Proposed Slate of Officers & Directors

Election:  Friday, October 20, 2017 – at Fall Business Meeting

Position      Candidate Term Ends
President Roxanne Rosa, FACHE Dec 31, 2018
Vice President/President-Elect Mary Weidner Dec 31, 2018
Secretary Adela Garcia Dec 31, 2020
Treasurer Jim Hall, FACHE Dec 31, 2018
Student Affairs Juanita Murray, FACHE Dec 31, 2018
Programs Paul Heyliger Dec 31, 2018
Communications Chris Armijo Dec 31, 2020
Outreach Jim Whitmire, FACHE Dec 31, 2020
Philanthropy & Community Relations Bob Rahal, FACHE Dec 31, 2020
Membership Naydu Lucas, FACHE Dec 31, 2020
Diversity Nicole Leonard, FACHE Dec 31, 2020

*To nominate a candidate for any of the positions above, please submit the nomination to the current President via email (lynntdowns@yahoo.com) the name of the candidate & title of the position before the election meeting. 

2017 Student Scholarship Applications Accepted: Now through Oct 31, 2017!

STC-ACHE 2017 Scholarship Application

Above is the Application Packet for the four 2017 STC-ACHE Scholarships. Please ensure the widest distribution possible to our eligible Graduate Student population.  We always appreciate the selection of the scholarship winners to be as competitive as possible.  This way we can reward the most deserving student.  Each applicant must submit the packet to the South Texas Chapter at stc@achechapter.org no later than October 31, 2017.

The goal of the Scholarship Committee is to review all applications and make scholarship selections not later than Christmas 2017, so that the funds can be distributed in time to help the awardees pay for the 2nd Semester tuition or to support their stated purpose.  Each awardee will also be recognized at the 2018 South Texas Healthcare Landscape event that will be held on Friday, February 23, 2018.

President’s Blog: The Generational Gap

December 16, 2016: I was recently at a strategy meeting where we discussed reaching out and providing service to our customers or constituents.  As the discussion continued, it appeared that we broke down our plan using generational categories.  The Millennial was thought to be self-absorbed and impatient, while very tech savvy.  The Boomers were thought to be hard working, loyal, and more set in their ways.  Should we really stereotype each generation to make decisions on how to serve our customers? [Read the entire blog here]

President’s Blog: Communication for Change

November 9, 2016: Well, that was quite an election cycle with shocking results for many.  So, where do we go from here?  How do we take what has been a divisive environment and unify a country to set sights on a clear vision for the future?  Or can we?  Are we talking transformation here or will it be business as usual? [Read the entire blog post here]

President’s Blog Post: Experience versus Satisfaction

I’ve read a few articles recently that talked about patient experience versus patient satisfaction and how we need to change our survey methods to match and trend those qualities in health care.  Are we splitting hairs here?  In one of the articles, it breaks down in two columns the alleged difference between the two.  I ponder whether or not the patient distinguishes between satisfaction and experience… [read the rest of the blog here]

President’s Blog Post: VIP Health Care

I read an article recently entitled, “VIP Syndrome can be a risk in caring for stars.”  It talked about the death of Prince and Michael Jackson, and how special medical care put them in a position to depend on treatment that was considered outside the standard of care and dangerous.  Most had to do with the treatment of pain, but it mostly concerned the prescribing and delivery of pain medication such as fentanyl, and the anesthetic propofol, used in Michael Jackson’s case to ease his pain and help him sleep. [Read the full blog post here]

President’s Blog Post: Diversity and Inclusion

Today, I sat through a webinar on Diversity and Inclusion.  There were two chapters that touted their successes in this area of health care.  If you haven’t heard or read, there are two new communities in the ACHE forum.  They are the Asian and LGBT communities.  At first I read that membership had to join one of these communities.  I inquired and ACHE Corporate said that it wasn’t a requirement… [Read the full blog post here]