Chapter News

MAHEF Chapter receives Award

Congratulations to the MAHEF for receiving the 2016 Chapter Management Award!

This is one of four performance awards chapters can receive for their accomplishments.

 Educational Events for 2017

Spring Event – April 25, 2017 at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur, IL

Topics:  The Future of Healthcare Financing and Best Practices in Adapting to Local Regulations, Markets and Trends

Summer Event – July 20, 2017 at HSHS St. Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham, IL

Topics: Ethics & Diversity

Fall Event –  Lindenwood University, Belleville, IL

Date and Topics TBD

** Upcoming Educational Event – Friday, September 9, 2016**

 MAHCEF is sponsoring an all day event at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.  Earn 6 Face-to-Face Credits. To register, please email Christina Carney,

 08:30 – 09:00   Late Registration and Networking

  09:00 – 09:15   Welcoming Remarks:

Caleb Miller – Chapter President

Doug Gregory, Manager, Cardiac Catheterization

  09:15 – 10:45    Face-to-Face Education: 

 “Driving Accountability & Transformational Change:  The Secret Weapon In Value Based World”

Moderator:  Todd Roberts, MBA, CSSMBB – Administrator, Quality and Safety, Memorial Health System

    10:45 – 11:00   BREAK

     11:00 – 12:30   Face-to-Face Education: 

“Sustaining a Financially Vibrant Healthcare Organization”

Moderator:  Pat Schou, RN, MS, FACHE

      12:30 – 13:30   Lunch and Networking

                        Sponsor:  Memorial Medical Center      

  13:30 – 15:00:   Face-to-Face Education: 

“Walking the Public Reporting Minefield”

  Moderator:  Bernie Kerr, EdD, MBA, MHA

  15:00 – 15:15   BREAK

    15:15 – 16:45   Face-to-Face Education: 

“Challenges of Diverse Patient Populations”

  Moderator: Katasha Butler, PharmD, MBA

  16:45 – 17:00   Closing Remarks:

Marla F. Beatty, FACHE, Regent, District 3



The Mid-American Healthcare Executives would like to honor and recognize the 2016 recipients of the Undergraduate and Graduate Healthcare Management Award….

Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, BS in Health Care Management

Avona E. Green is a junior Health Care Management Student at Southern Illinois University- Carbondale. She is a member of the Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society, The Student Healthcare Management Association and the SIUC Cheerleading team. Avona currently has a 4.0 GPA and has received several academic awards including a CASA Honors Award, Top 5% Psychology Student Award, Student Athlete Honors Award, as well as continually making the SIUC Dean’s List each semester. She selected a career as a Health Care Manager because she has a passion for excellence in service and an unquenchable desire to make a positive difference in people’s lives. She plans to use her leadership skills, determination, and medical knowledge to ensure that a high standard of quality is always present in any facility that she works in. Her ultimate goal is to create replicable systems of care that can be implemented on a wide scale across the world.  These systems will properly equip medical professionals, and facilitate an environment that gives patients the best chance to heal. She is confident that her experience and her enrollment in the Health Care Management curriculum at Southern Illinois University- Carbondale will serve her well.

justine pratt

 Lindenwood University-Belleville, BS in Health Management

Justine Pratt grew up in O’Fallon, Illinois and graduated from O’Fallon Township High School in 2012.  Immediately after graduation, she began her college career at Southwestern Illinois College.  Justine graduated from Southwestern Illinois College with an Associate in Science in 2014.  From Southwestern Illinois College, she transferred to Lindenwood University.  She will graduate with her B.S in Health Management this year.  In November 2015, Justine began working at Washington University School of Medicine in the Neuromuscular Department as a Clinical Service Representative.  She plans to continue to move up within the health system and also plans to further her education at Washington University.

 leslie flynn

 Lindenwood University-Belleville, MS in Healthcare Administration        

Leslie Flynn RN BSN, is a health care professional with 13 years of nursing experience. She received her nursing degree from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville in 2003. Leslie will be awarded a Master’s in Health Administration from Lindenwood University, Belleville in 2016. Her nursing skillset includes expertise in medical-surgical nursing, oncology and in hospice care.  Leslie has served as leader in a mentor and leadership role for new nursing staff and for student nurses, in both the hospital setting and in the specialty role of hospice care.  During her time in hospice, she also held several different positions including that of nurse case manager, performance improvement specialist and team manager. Her final role in hospice was that of Administrator for the agency.  Her current position is Director of Nursing at a Habilitation Center for the Developmentally Disabled and Mentally Ill. Leslie hopes to continue in a leadership role and plans to further her educational pursuits by obtaining her Masters of Business Administration from Lindenwood University.  She has been married to her husband Chris for 13 years, and is the proud mother of ten year old Owen and four year old Anna.

Bryana Parker

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, BS in Business Management: Health Care Enterprises Specialization

Bryana Parker Bryana is a senior at Southern Illinois University Carbondale majoring in Business Management with a specialization in Health Care Management.  She was born and raised on the Chicago’s west side raised by my single mother. She began schooling at Whitney Young Magnet High School, which is one of the few prestigious selective enrollment schools in the city of Chicago. Bryana has always been motivated to go above and beyond the expectations people set for her, which is why she has been so driven during her undergraduate career. Throughout her studies at SIU she has maintained GPA over 3.0 while engaging in a host of leadership positions and working as a Student Supervisor at SIU’s Student Recreational Center. Bryana feels honored and blessed by every opportunity she has been presented with and plans to continue to strive for the best.

Erin Fitzpatrick

  University of Illinois-Springfield, MPH/MPA Joint Degree

Erin Fitzpatrick is a graduate student in the MPH/MPA program at the University of Illinois at Springfield, scheduled to graduate in May 2016 with the MPH and MPA degrees and two graduate certificates, one in Community Health Education and the other in Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security. She holds a BA in Elementary Education with a concentration in general science. Through her education she has learned that helping others and giving back is her passion. She is currently interning with the Mental Health Association of Greater Chicago and has had the opportunity to teach about various mental health issues for Chicago Public Schools. She hopes to utilize both her Masters of Public Health and Masters of Public Administration in the future by working in an administrative healthcare position. With her passion for community health, she is excited to graduate and apply her experience and knowledge to a career that allows her to give back to others.

Dan Burke

University of Illinois – BS in Community Health: Health Planning & Administration Concentration

Dan Burke is a senior in Community Health with a concentration in Health Administration and Planning as well as a minor in Business. Dan has worked diligently to gain as much experience as possible in his field while attending the University of Illinois. Some noteworthy experiences include serving as an administrative intern at Carle Hospital under the Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, acting as an administrative intern to the President of South Suburban Hospital, and working as an intern in the Office of Risk and Emergency Management at Dupage County Health Department. Dan served as the President of the Future Healthcare Executives and participated in research concerning Women vs. Men CEO’s in Healthcare. He will be applying the knowledge he has gained both through his schoolwork and experience as he begins working as a consultant for The Claro Group in July of this year.

Presentations of the 2016 Undergraduate and Graduate Healthcare Management Awards

MidAmerica Award - Justine Pratt - Lindenwood

Dr. Bernie Kerr, MAHCEF Board Member, presented the undergraduate Health Management Program student award to Justine Pratt during Honors Convocation ceremonies at Lindenwood University-Belleville on April 26,2016.  Pictured left to right are Dr. Brett Barger, Lindenwood-Belleville President, Dr. Kerr and Ms. Pratt.

MidAmerica Award - Leslie Flynn - Lindenwood

Dr. Bernie Kerr, MAHCEF Board Member, presented the graduate Healthcare Administration Program student award to Leslie Flynn during Honors Convocation ceremonies at Lindenwood University-Belleville on April 26,2016.  Pictured left to right are Dr. Brett Barger, Lindenwood-Belleville President, Dr. Kerr and Ms. Flynn

Avona Green - MAHCEF award 2016 with Bart

Bart Millstead, MAHCEF Board Member, presented the undergraduate Health Care Management Program student award to Avona E. Green at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. 

Dan Burke acceptance

Lynne Barnes and Dr. Stephen Notaro presented the undergraduate Community Health – Health Planning & Administration student award to Justine Pratt during Carle Foundation Hospital’s Spring Intern Event on April 18, 2016.

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February 22, 2016 – Education event and CEO Circle in Urbana, IL at Carle

This event was approved for 3 Face-to-Face ACHE credits toward certification or recertification. The topics are listed below.

Patient Centered Medical Home

Learning Objectives:

– Understand what led to the transition of medical practices to

the medical home structure.

–  Describe key drivers supporting the medical home model.

–  Describe the services offered in a medical home and

operational changes required.

–  Understand how medical home success is measured.


Becoming Accountable: Achieving Success in Population Health Management

Learning Objectives

–  Describe key success factors for effective population health


–  Discuss innovative physician-hospital collaboration

approaches for becoming accountable

–  Identify specific planning and implementation steps to

forming accountable care organizations


Dr Desai

Sapan Desai, MD, PhD, MBA  pictured with Tom Dolan, PhD, ACHE

SIU/Memorial Earn Top Quality Award from World Hospital Congress

October 30, 2015

A collaboration of Springfield health care organizations took home top honors at an international meeting for health care leaders held Oct. 6-8 in Chicago. A panel of experts at the International Hospital Federation’s (IHF) 39th World Hospital Congress presented representatives from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and Memorial Health System with first prize for the best presentation. The study, “Improving the Success of Strategic Management Using Big Data*”, explored how big data can be used to personalize health care.

The School of Medicine and Memorial teamed up through the Midwest Healthcare Quality Alliance (MHQA) and SIU Outcomes and Analytical Research (SOAR) programs. The collaboration was recognized for innovation in medicine, quality of care and health care management, said Sapan Desai, MD, PhD, MBA, vice chair of research in the Department of Surgery at SIU, co-chair of SOAR and member of the MHQA board of directors.

“This is a huge accomplishment for Memorial and SIU,” said Desai. “The MHQA is transforming medicine and teaching doctors how to apply a vast body of knowledge to patients’ particular and unique medical histories using big data. International recognition for the pioneering work that goes on at SIU and Memorial Health System tells us that we are making a difference.” Desai has been invited to attend the next congress in Durban, South Africa.

According to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Memorial Health System and Co-Executive Director of the MHQA Charles D. Callahan, PhD, “This top quality award from the World Hospital Congress is a testament to the potential of this unique Midwest Healthcare Quality Alliance partnership to advance the level of health care throughout our region and beyond.”

About the World Hospital Congress

The World Hospital Congress is a unique global forum that brings together more than 700 health care leaders, including key drivers of national and international policy, management, financial trends and solutions in health care management and service delivery. The expert panel considered more than 100 presentations by representatives from 19 countries before selecting the award winners.

About the Midwest Healthcare Quality Alliance (MHQA)

The MHQA, founded in 2014, is a unique partnership between Memorial Health System and SIU Healthcare, with a mission to foster healthy populations through innovative research, education and practice. In its first 18 months, the MHQA has launched the federally certified Quality Alliance Patient Safety Organization (QAPSO), been credentialed by the American Board of Medical Specialties to certify physician Maintenance of Certification quality improvement projects, and presented its first annual Healthcare Safety and Innovation Symposium, combining lecture and simulation experiential learning in the new Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation.

*The authors of the project include: Sapan Desai, MD, PhD, MBA, Vice Chair of Research, SIU and Director of the Quality Alliance and Predictive Analysis, Memorial Medical Center; Tiffany Whitaker, RN, MS, Assistant Director, Surgery Research and Clinical Outcomes, SIU; Todd Roberts, MBA, Administrator of Quality and Safety, Memorial Medical Center; Jim Wilkerson, System Director of Operations Improvement, Memorial Medical Center; and Chuck Callahan, PhD, MBA, Chief Operating Officer, Memorial Medical Center. This group meets on a regular basis to solve complex challenges in health care delivery that impact patients in central and southern Illinois and throughout the world.

Member Receives National Recognition

Katherine Bunting, CEO of Fairfield Memorial Hospital has been named by Becker’s Hospital review as one of the “50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know” and “130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know”.

 Katherine J. Bunting, PhD, RN. CEO of Fairfield (Ill.) Memorial Hospital. Dr. Bunting joined Fairfield Memorial Hospital, a critical access hospital, in 1998. Under her administration, Fairfield was recognized by the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health and iVantage Health Analytics for overall excellence in outcomes. Before joining Fairfield, Dr. Bunting worked at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney, Ill., for nearly two decades. Dr. Bunting has been an active member of many committees and boards including the Rotary Club, Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Sorority, the Illinois Long-Term Care Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is also a past president of the Illinois Hospital Association Region 5 and is president-elect of the IHA Steering Committee. Congratulations!


The Mid-American Healthcare Executives would like to honor and recognize the 2015 recipients of the Undergraduate and Graduate Healthcare Management Award….

Alfaro Joshua Alfaro
University of Illinois
B.S. Community Health
L.Butler Lance K. Butler
Lindenwood University – Bellville
B.S. Health Management
Geraldine_Carmona_Photo Geraldine Carmona
Southern Illinois University – Carbondale
B.S. Health Care Management
Galloway Marcus Galloway
Southern Illinois University – Carbondale
B.S. Management, specialization: Management of Healthcare Enterprises
B.Simmons Brett J. Simmons
Lindenwood University – Belleville
M.S. Healthcare Administration
Umesegha Chidinma Umesegha
University of Illinois
Master of Public Health /
Masters of Public Administration: Joint Degree
….for their excellence and leadership as students of

the healthcare management profession!

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