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ACHE Rhode Island Chapter

Quarterly Newsletter December 2021

A Message from your ACHE Rhode Island Chapter President 

To ACHE RI Colleagues,


As we round out year two of the Covid-19 pandemic, I’d like to express my gratitude for your outstanding leadership to preserve the health and well-being of the Rhode Island community despite the numerous unprecedented healthcare challenges we experienced from significant healthcare staffing shortages that continues to worsen every day, supply chain shortages, two Covid-19 variants, rising operational costs, high census, etc. As healthcare leaders, we continue to rise to meet these extraordinary challenges and remain resilient adapting to the everchanging disruptions in healthcare.


Please join me in congratulating Mark Johnson, FACHE as the new Rhode Island ACHE Regent, Mark will officially be appointed to Regent at ACHE’s Congress on Healthcare Leadership in March 2022. Mark’s passion, energy and commitment to the mission and vision of ACHE is remarkable, we wish him well in his new role. On behalf of the ACHE board, a heartfelt thanks to Jennifer Tomasik as Rhode Island ACHE Regent for her service, talent, leadership and dedication to ACHE-RI chapter and is much appreciated by our members. 


Even though the Delta and Omicron variants derailed our ability to move forward with in-person events in 2021, it did not prevent us from continuing to offer virtual events providing face-to-face (F2F) credit that kept many of us connected and engaged. A special thanks to the esteemed panelists and moderators who came together virtually for these events. I am looking forward to connecting with all of you again face-to-face in 2022!!


Please join us at the following upcoming virtual events:


Lessons Learned During the Pandemic: Staffing During Covid-19

January 24, 2022 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Register HERE today!


Managing for Morale - Effective Management Techniques to Retain Your Staff

February 16, 2022 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Register HERE today!


To register for these events and for additional information on future events, visit our website at acheri. org and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram. A key benefit to being an ACHE-RI member is the ability to expand one’s network and knowledge as to other individuals, organizations and various sectors within healthcare.


We continue to ask for members to take a more active role in our Chapter. We have a need for membership on the following committees:


  • Communication Committee

  • Educational Committee

  • Diversity and Inclusion Committee

  • Membership Committee

  • Sponsorship Committee


If you are interested in joining please reach out to Erik Gabrielson at



Mark your calendars for:

2022 Congress on Healthcare Leadership

March 28-31, 2022

The Hyatt Regency, Chicago, IL

Registration is now open.


Thank you for your outstanding leadership. Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year and I hope to see many of you at upcoming ACHE-RI offerings.


Best regards,


Orla Brandos DNP, MBA, RN, FACHE

President, ACHE RI


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