Great Lakes Chapter 

of American College of 



educational and networking opportunities 

for healthcare leaders in Western, Northern and Central Michigan.

An Independent Chapter of American Healthcare Executives                "For Leaders Who Care"

The Great Lakes Chapter was historically known as the West Michigan Healthcare Executives Group (WMHEG), which was established in 1988, with approximately 50 members. In March 2004, WMHEG was revitalized as a chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), based in Chicago. Also in 2004, ACHE affiliates in the Central and Northern portions of Michigan agreed to combine efforts as The Great Lakes Chapter.

Current chapter membership includes professionals working in a variety of settings, including hospitals, health plans, medical practices, consulting firms, pharmaceutical companies, nursing homes, universities, and other areas of the healthcare industry.

Leadership for the organization is provided through an advisory board with representatives from the Western, Northern and Central regions of Michigan.

We are pleased to serve the Great Lakes Chapter members. Please do not hesitate to contact us with your comments and suggestions.

2018 Upcoming Events

Save the Dates

April 19: - More Info.

Sustaining a Financially Vibrant Healthcare Organization.  Saginaw Valley State College

April 27:  - Register Now

Developing Mentoring and Coaching Skills, Grand Rapids


The Healthcare Executives Role in IT Decisions,Holland


Healthcare Executive Career Management in Web 2.0 Era.  Saginaw


Improving the Bottom Line by Optimizing Patient Throughput.  Lansing

There will be at least two other events added.  Please check back for details with date and location details.

MHA Breakthrough

MHA Breakthrough, Feb. 22 and 23 at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, is a new event which will inspire and mobilize leadership teams to co-create a better way to deliver care, engage people and drive results. Breakthrough embraces innovative formats, welcomes a broad spectrum of leaders from the C- suite to the board table, and delivers unprecedented insight and knowledge. 

Other topics include population health and strategies to align with anchor institutions that can make the most overall impact; frontline crisis management tactics for behavioral health and affiliating with providers along the continuum of care to manage patients; and tackling caregiver burnout by recognizing the signs, promoting the importance of resilience and developing tools to combat frustration, build trust and connection emotionally.

MHA is authorized to award six hours of pre-approved ACHE Qualified Education credit (non-ACHE) for the program toward advancement, or recertification in the American College of Healthcare Executives. The MHA Breakthrough website contains more details about the agenda, faculty, and networking events, and how to register. Visit and click on Membership-Meetings or contact Erica Leyko ( at (517) 323-3443. A registration discount is available through Jan. 30, 2018.

Gary Kaplan, MD, FACP, chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason Medical Center, is co-author of Leading a Culture of Safety: A Blueprint for Success published by the American College of Healthcare Executives and National Patient Safety Foundation Lucian Leape Institute. Kaplan will lead two sessions, one focused on building accountability for safety as part of the leadership strategy and one outlining how to reduce variability and inconsistent performance in quality, safety and patient satisfaction.

Attend ACHE's 2018 Congress on Healthcare Leadership, March 26-29 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The opportunity to lead is an incredible privilege—a doorway to bring about positive change in the communities you serve. Congress offers you the opportunity to be inspired, to be part of the solution and to be among the best and brightest in the healthcare field. Year after year, Congress delivers cutting-edge professional development, practical solutions and unparalleled networking with a global community of healthcare leaders. Be Part of Something Bigger! To learn more and to register, visit Join the conversation with #ACHECongress in all your social media posts.

Upcoming events

Contact Information PO Box 68013
Grand Rapids, MI 49516
P: 616.456.8013
F: 888.776.7457

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