President’s Message

Greetings from your Chapter President
Nehemie Georges Owen, MHA, FACHE




Greetings to my fellow ACHE/GCHEG members and those of you interested in learning more about our organization and chapter. 

If you want to connect, succeed, learn, advance and lead, then it’s time to join the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).  ACHE membership helps you excel professionally and advance excellence in healthcare management.  Maximize your professional potential by earning the premier credential in healthcare management. When you become board certified in healthcare management as an ACHE Fellow (FACHE), you’ll have the knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed.  ACHE membership includes membership to your local chapter.

The Greater Charlotte Healthcare Executives Group (GCHEG) is a very active chapter within ACHE and has a mission to help members through career development, education, and networking opportunities.  Many of our GCHEG members also look to get more involved in their local chapters through participation in mentoring, participation on the GCHEG Board committees, having their organization sponsor an upcoming education or networking event, or speaking at an education event. 

We are here to serve our members and look forward to connecting with all who are interested in getting involved and advancing the mission and vision of ACHE and the local GCHEG chapter.  Please reach out to me if I can be of assistance in your journey. You may also reach out to our President-Elect Marque Macon or any member of our board to discuss opportunities to serve the chapter.


Recognition and Thanks

2018 is off to a great start due to the engagement of our very talented board members, committee members and volunteers.  Our chapter was recently notified of attaining two ACHE’s Chapter Management Awards in 2018.  The Award of Chapter Distinction awarded to all chapters that meet 2 of the 4 ACHE performance standards in 2017.  We achieved top-ranking level of member satisfaction through the annual member survey response and greater than 9% of chapter members eligible to advance achieving the FACHE credential.  The Award for Sustained Performance awarded to all chapters that meet at least one of the four performance standards for a continuous three years.

We were also notified earlier this year, that our chapter for the first time applying, received the ACHE 2018 Grant for Chapter Innovation Award.  This grant will be used to fund innovative projects around diversity and inclusion, as well as increasing member engagement within the chapter.  Thanks to your involvement, we are very excited to be one of the very few chapters nationally bestowed these three honors. 

The recognition continues with our ACHE NC Regent, Al Taylor, FACHE bestowing the Regent Award Winner to one of our fellow members and current Treasurer-elect Jhaymee Heinlein as the 2018 Early Career Healthcare Executive.  This honor took place prior to the North Carolina Hospital Association (NCHA) annual winter meeting on February 14, 2018.  This was the first year that the local ACHE chapters collaborated on offering 2 educational events that sold out prior to the NCHA meetings. A special thank you to the Triangle Healthcare Executives’ Forum (THEF) chapter and the GCHEG chapter for leading this successful endeavor.

I also want to extend a very special thanks to Jon Myers for leading our Chapter as your 2017 President and setting the stage for a successful 2018.  Our chapter is strong because of the collective engagement of our chapter leaders and member engagement.  I look forward to connecting with as many new members as well as seasoned members throughout the year.


Upcoming Events

We started the year with the NCHA/ ACHE collaboration event February 14, 2018 in Raleigh and a Career Fair for early careerist on February 23, 2018 at Pfeiffer University.

The following are a few upcoming educational and partnership events:

April 4- Charlotte Chamber Healthcare Summit at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel

April 6- National Public Health Week (NPHW) Community Health Panel Discussion at UNC Charlotte

April 10- Med Link Forum, Improving the Health Status of your Community Panel at Project 658

April 18- Pfeiffer Spring Dinner, Leadership to Foster the Culture of Innovation at Pfeiffer University

We encourage you to visit the GCHEG website often as we are planning engaging educational and networking events throughout the year. 


About Me

I joined ACHE as a student member while in graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University. Upon pursuing my Master of Health Administration with VCU I moved to Charlotte, NC in 2006 to complete my Administrative Residency at Carolinas Medical Center- Mercy.  During this time, I occasionally attended a few GCHEG events while being involved in other community service and non-profit board work. In 2011, I was asked to participate in a panel discussion for GCHEG and ever since then have remain committed to the chapter and board.  I served on the Education Committee, Treasurer-Elect, Treasurer, President-Elect and currently as President of the chapter.  It is an honor and a privilege to serve and be part of such as engaging chapter. I am currently an Assistant Vice President in Human Resources at Atrium Health.  My husband, Nehemiah and I have a two-year-old son Elijah and another boy due in April.  We enjoy spending time as a family outdoors, traveling, playing golf or simply hosting friends and family for dinner.  I look forward to connecting at an upcoming event.

Nehemie Georges Owen, MHA, FACHE

2018 GCHEG President

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