New Mexico Healthcare Executives Newsletter

Spring 2016

Inside this Issue:

President’s Letter           

ACHE National News  

Article of Interest       

NMHE Board                   

Member Recognition    

Sponsor Thank You       

Upcoming Events          


Letter from the President

Dear Colleagues,

2016 has already been a very exciting year.  In January the chapter hosted its’ annual strategic planning event at UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center.  NMHE’s strategic planning event is an excellent way to get involved in chapter leadership and is held in January every year. 

In March at the ACHE Annual Conference (Congress) in Chicago, NMHE was awarded the Chapter Excellence Award and was the only Chapter (out of 70) in US to receive this prestigious award. This award is given to chapters that meet goals established by ACHE on membership development, advancement of members, education hours offered and satisfaction of educational offerings.  

On April 29 we will host a CEO Rounds at Guadalupe County Hospital in Santa Rosa. Many thanks to Christina Campos, FACHE for hosting this event at her facility. 

This year NMHE will host 4 CEO rounds with a focus on highlighting facilities that are lead by minority women. NMHE offers chapter events throughout the year and we encourage you to check NMHE’s website regularly for upcoming chapter events.

The NMHE Board of Directors is integral to chapter operations and our board members make valuable contributions to NMHE’s success.  Recently two board members joined NMHE’s board of directors, Amy Blasing with Presbyterian Health System and Dr. Michael Gomez with UNMH Medical Group.  We are very pleased with these additions and excited about what they will bring to our team.   If you are interested in joining NMHE’s board please reach out to me at

I want to welcome new additions to the chapter leadership.  NMHE Board member Kayla Hammond was elected as Chair of the Mentorship and Advancement Committee and Jennifer DeWinn was elected as NMHE Membership Committee Chair.  Deb Mohesky, MBA - Mentorship and Advancement Committee Vice-Chair, Wm. Boyd Kleefisch, FACHE

I’m always excited to see new members join the chapter and 2016 member recruitment is off to a great start!  I am happy to announce the following members who joined our chapter in the first quarter of 2016:

·         James Kaminski, Albuquerque

·         Lillian Montoya, Santa Fe

·         Anne Foster, Santa Fe

·         Mirielle Begay, Albuquerque

·         Lt Col Christopher R. Bishop, Albuquerque

·         Lara Wengert, Albuquerque

·         Lt Col Curtis Hudson, Clovis


Russell B. Stowers, Ed.D., FACHE


ACHE National News


Tuition Waiver Assistance Program

To reduce the barriers to ACHE educational programming for ACHE members experiencing economic hardship, ACHE has established the Tuition Waiver Assistance Program.

ACHE makes available a limited number of tuition waivers to ACHE Members and Fellows whose organizations lack the resources to fund their tuition for education programs. Members and Fellows in career transition are also encouraged to apply. Tuition waivers are based on financial need and are available for the following ACHE education programs:

  • Congress on Healthcare Leadership
  • Cluster Seminars
  • Self-Study Programs
  • Online Education Programs
  • Online Tutorial (Board of Governors Exam preparation)
  • ACHE Board of Governors Exam Review Course

All requests are due no less than eight weeks before the program date, except for ACHE self-study courses; see quarterly application deadlines on the FAQ page of the tuition waiver application. Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Recipients will be notified of the waiver review panel's decision not less than six weeks before the program date. For ACHE self-study courses, applicants will be notified three weeks after the quarterly application deadline.

If you have questions about the program, please contact Teri Somrak, associate director, Division of Professional Development, at (312) 424-9354 or For more information, visit


Board of Governors Exam Fee Waiver Promotion 2016

ACHE is pleased to offer once again the Board of Governors Exam fee waiver promotion to ACHE Members who apply for the FACHE® credential between March 1 and June 30, 2016. Eligible Members must submit their completed Fellow application and $250 application fee during the promotion period. Pending application approval, ACHE will waive the $200 Board of Governors Exam fee. All follow-up materials (i.e., references) must be submitted by Aug. 31, 2016, to receive the waiver.

For more information on the promotion, go to  

ACHE Executive Program

The ACHE Executive Program is designed to help healthcare middle managers refine their knowledge, competencies and leadership skills. Participants will have the opportunity to learn, share and grow professionally together over the three multi-day sessions. The program will cover relevant topics such as improving patient safety and clinical quality, physician integration strategies, appraising personal leadership, managing disruptive behavior, talent development, understanding hospital governance, conflict management and measuring financial success.

The Executive Program, a three-part series of sessions, will be held at the following locations and dates: Chicago (June6-8), San Diego (Aug 15-17) and Orlando, Fla. (October 24-26) Participants will attend all three sessions.

Enrollment is limited to 30 healthcare executives. For those individuals whose organization lacks the resources to fully fund their tuition, a limited number of full scholarships underwritten by Toshiba American Medical Systems, Inc. are available. For more information, contact ACHE, program specialist, at (312) 424-9362 or visit


Q1 Article of Interest


5 Reasons Why Emotional Intelligence is Critical for Leaders

When asked to identify the necessary traits for leaders, most would propose answers that fall within a wide range of topics. Charisma, purpose, determination – these are just a few of the traits that are typically used to define a leader. However, many leaders have a single quality in common. In short, what distinguishes the best leaders from the majority is their level of emotional intelligence.


Emotional intelligence is defined by the ability to understand and manage our emotions and those around us. This quality gives individuals a variety of skills, such as the ability to manage relationships, navigate social networks, influence and inspire others. Every individual possesses different levels, but in order for individuals to become effective leaders, they’ll need a high level of emotional intelligence.  In today’s workplace, it has become a highly important factor for success, influencing productivity, efficiency and team collaboration. The following are important reasons why leaders should cultivate their emotional intelligence:

1. Self-Awareness

Leaders with emotional intelligence are self-aware and able to recognize emotions as they happen. This is a vital skill for leaders, as it helps them obtain a clear understanding of their strengths and weaknesses without any obstruction. In addition, great leaders are able to perceive emotions as they arise in response to an action or situation. As a result, they are able better able to address problems and handle any future complications.


2. Emotional Management

The prior skill gives leaders the ability to stay aware of their feelings. The next step is learning how to manage those emotions. Leaders with high emotional intelligence are able to regulate themselves and stay in control. These individuals are unlikely to rush headlong into hasty decisions or let their anger take over their behavior.  It is vital that individuals in managerial positions keep their emotions in check, as it will help them stay in a respected position.

3. Effective Communication

What is the benefit of emotional awareness and management if you are unable to clearly express your thoughts? Luckily, individuals with emotional intelligence also have the skill of effective communication. They are able to clearly convey directions and know what to say in order to inspire and motivate others. An important skill for leaders, communication can be a deciding factor in whether the team listens or not.

4. Social Awareness

Leaders with emotional intelligence are well tuned to the emotions of others and are able to pick up on what is going on around them. They are able to sympathize with others by putting themselves in the employee’s shoes and giving helpful feedback. This is a critical skill for leaders, who work closely to inspire and motivate a team. If the leader is unable to empathize with their employees, he or she will surely find it difficult to obtain respect or loyalty.

5. Conflict Resolution

In the workplace, there’s always the risk that emerging conflicts can threaten or disrupt efficiency and productivity. However, leaders with emotional intelligence are equipped to handle conflicts and provide resolution. With this skill, leaders can quickly placate any disagreements that arise between employees, customers, and other parties. In conjunction with the above skills, leaders can use their emotional intelligence to develop a more effective workplace.


—Adapted from “5 Reasons why emotional intelligence is critical for leaders,” by Sara Fletcher,


Chapter Information and Member Recognition

Thank you NMHE Board of Directors and Leadership!

Russell B. Stowers, Ed.D., FACHE - President

Kelly Byram, MS, MBA – Past President

Debra Perez, RN   Vice President – President Elect

Greg Nainani, Treasurer

Claire Hilleary, CPA, MBA - Secretary

Kat Abraham, OTR –Programming Chair

Ron Aldrich, LFACHE

Amy Blasing, RN

Christina Campos, MBA, FACHE

Michael Ell, MBA, FACHE

Michael Gomez, MD, FACHE

Kayla Hammond - Mentorship and Advancement Committee Chair

Mary Jacintha, MSc, MS, FACHE - Past-President and Regent

Matthew Klosterman, MHA – Past President

Barry Silbaugh, MD

Ryan Stevens, MHA, FACHE


Thank you 2016 Chapter Sponsors!

UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center



Membership Recognition

Congratulations Jaime Silva-Steele, RN, CEOUNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center for achieving Fellow in the first quarter of 2016!

If you know a chapter member who should be recognized please send an email to:


Upcoming Events

You are invited to join NMHE for the CEO Rounds on April 29th at 11:00AM at Guadalupe County Hospital in Santa Rosa. This event is open for NMHE members and  will receive 1.5 Face to Face credits.  Please RSVP for this event to:


Stay in Touch!

·      If you want to receive info about upcoming events please email to be put on NMHE’s email list. 

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·      NMHE Twitter: @NM_ACHE

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