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Discussion with ACHE Regent, Tim Johnsen!

Tim Johnsen, the Oklahoma ACHE Regent for the Sooner Healthcare Executives, and INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center President, spoke to the OU MHA Program about ACHE, how to support clinicians as administrators, Lean Six Sigma and other strategies INTEGRIS uses to achieve patient safety and quality outcomes, and how earning Magnet status contributes to the health system’s nursing culture of excellence and transparency.

A few points of advice Tim shared includes: •seek to understand before being understood, •over communicate to reach the ways people want to learn, but communicate within reason, •use Lean to remove waste when implementing change, •ensure you join and hire cultural fits, •supporting physician wellness is critical, •take care of your staff, •proactively accept more responsibilities to learn more about various areas in healthcare to secure your role as a leader.

Thank you for taking time to join us, Tim!

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Sooner Health Care Executives Annual Summit 2019

Sooner Healthcare Executives Annual Summit 2019

Sooner Health Care Executives Annual Summit keynote speaker, Jake Poore.

Jake Poore, President and Chief Experience Officer, Integrated Loyalty Systems. A former Disney executive, Jake led training programs for 65,000+ employees and helped launch Disney’s corporate training center: The Disney Institute. Jake is a passionate advocate for improving patient experiences and employee engagement.


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Oklahoma ACHE members and friends are invited to the join the OU MHA program at their annual ACHE Congress Reception in Chicago on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Hilton Chicago.  Please RSVP to Kyndall Wahkinney at or (405) 271-8001 Ext. 43414.


The SHEs, OU ACHE Chapter, and OU Health Law Student Association enjoyed serving others at the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Diner & Kitchen on November 28, 2019.  Thank you to all who came to make a difference!


Thank you to our 2018 Summit sponsors!


Congratulations to Diana L. Smalley, RN, FACHE, one of two 2018 ACHE Gold Medal Award recipients. The Gold Medal Award, ACHE’s highest honor, is bestowed on outstanding leaders who have made a significant contribution to the healthcare field throughout their service career.
Ms. Smalley, regional president of Mercy Oklahoma, served as ACHE Chairman from 2013 to 2014, on the Board of Governors from 2009 to 2012, and on the Council of Regents from 2002 to 2006. Ms. Smalley also currently serves on community committees and boards throughout Oklahoma.
The purpose of the award is to identify ACHE Fellows who best exemplify leadership at the organizational, local/state/provincial and national levels. The Gold medal recognizes individuals who go beyond the confines of their own organization to continually contribute to the improvement of healthcare services and community health.

Ms. Smalley, pictured with University of Oklahoma MHA Students, Joey Geresi, Whitney Dockrey Miller, Madi Trost, and Azka Khawaja.

The Sooner Healthcare Executives hosted the statewide, Monday night dinner for Oklahoma healthcare leaders and students at STK Steakhouse during Congress. We would like to thank INTEGRIS for helping sponsor the annual dinner and Gerry Ibay for coordinating the event.

Mark E. Rogers, FACHE, Executive Director of the Absentee Shawnee Tribal Health System, is pictured with recent OU MHA ACHE graduate, Sara Wilhight. Rogers, a SHE Advisory Board member, was one of eight Oklahomans recognized for becoming a Fellow.

University of Oklahoma MHA students at the OU MHA Alumni Reception at Congress.

Sooner Healthcare Executives is excited to announce we earned the ACHE Award of Chapter Merit for 2017. The SHE chapter of ACHE was recognized at a special ceremony during the 2018 Congress on Healthcare Leadership.

Sooner Healthcare Executive Annual Business Meeting at the OHA Convention

Thank you to all that attended our annual meeting at the Oklahoma Hospital Association Convention. Here are some highlights from the event:

Sam McAdams, FACHE, SHE President, received the President Plaque for his time served as the Sooner Healthcare Executives President.

Marti F. Jourden, received the Distinguished Service Award.

Lori Wightman received the Exemplary Service Award.

Edwin Ibay and Mark Tozzio received the Service Award.

Sooner Healthcare Executives Education and Social Networking Event

Thank you to all that joined us on April 27 & 28! The panelists and moderators went above and beyond.