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Jennifer L. Tomasik, SM, FACHE

Vice President & Principal, CFAR, Inc.

ACHE Regent, Rhode Island

Contact via email

Dear Members of the ACHE RI Community – 


When I last wrote, I was feeling optimistic. The days were getting longer. The summer was ahead of us. Covid restrictions were falling away. A few short weeks later, we’re heading into Fall and with it the uncertainty that rising Covid numbers will bring. To say this is a trying time for healthcare is a vast understatement.

ACHE RI recently hosted a virtual event that brought together healthcare leaders across Rhode Island for a powerful discussion focused on healthcare leadership and care transformation during the pandemic. It was simply inspiring. We heard from Dr. Philip Chan of Brown University and the RI Department of Health, Dana Palka, Director of Adult Ambulatory care for Rhode Island Hospital and Merrill Thomas, the President & CEO of Providence Community Health Centers. They shared critical lessons learned that demonstrated the creativity, innovation, commitment and resilience of healthcare providers and their organizations as they went above and beyond to make care available and accessible to all Rhode Islanders and to get as many people as possible vaccinated. At a time when my optimism was turning to dread, hearing their experiences and seeing their leadership in action gave me great hope about what is possible. I would like to thank each of them for their incredible contributions to the state—I am grateful for their leadership! I would also like to thank each and every one of you for the work you are doing—and continue to do—as we transition into this next phase of the pandemic. We are in this together.


I’m also feeling hopeful about a few other things that are happening in our chapter…


New Board Members

The ACHE RI Board of Directors unanimously elected two new members to the board! I speak on behalf of the entire board when I say how excited we are for Sarah Freelove, MPH, RN, CPHQ, CSSBB (System Director, Ambulatory Process Excellence at Lifespan Health System and Lifespan Physician Group) and Jeffrey Gaines, MD, FACEP (Vice President, Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, Newport Hospital) to be joining the team.


Save the Date – ACHE RI Annual Meeting

Please save the date for our ACHE RI Annual Meeting, currently slated for Thursday, October 28 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. While we are working on the full agenda, we are delighted to announce that ACHE Chair, Carrie Owen Plietz, FACHE, will be joining us! Carrie is regional president, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, where she oversees all of Kaiser Permanente's care delivery and health plan operations in Northern California. It’s sure to be a great evening, and we hope you join us!


Get Involved

We are actively looking for people who want to get involved in the inner workings of the chapter. We have openings on the Board, as well as opportunities to join the Communications, Membership and Education Committees.  If you would like to learn more, please reach out directly to me ( or Erik Gabrielson, our chapter administrator, who can be reached at


Again, thank you for all you are doing for the health of Rhode Islanders and beyond. Be well.


All my best, 

Jennifer L. Tomasik, SM, FACHE

Regent, ACHE Rhode Island Chapter

Vice President & Principal, CFAR, Inc.