President’s Message – December 2019


Dear Colleagues,

Not only are we closing out another year in just a few short weeks, but are also saying goodbye to another decade! I would certainly be remiss if I did not acknowledge the new heights our community has reached over the last 10 years, as well as national and global trends San Diego and Imperial Counties have harnessed to accelerate our field. From erecting new facilities to expanding successful programs, from making the annual lists of Best Hospitals in San Diego to being featured worldwide – here’s to another decade of partnerships, leadership, new opportunities, and growth.

I am also proud of our Chapter’s accomplishments this year:

  • Held the 11th Annual Conference and welcomed over 130 attendees.
  • Had the largest ever mentorship program participation with 35 mentors and 37 proteges.
  • Offered 12 face-to-face credits to members.
  • Secured funding for 6 SDSU students to attend ACHE Congress.
  • Partnered with Kathi Lencioni’s family to offer a scholarship for the second consecutive year.

Our programs would not be possible without the hard work and support of the Board members and volunteers. A sincere thank you to our sponsors who make it possible for us to continue to provide high-quality programs and offer opportunities for your professional development.

We also extend our congratulations to the newly appointed Southern California Regent, Harry C. Sax, MD, FACHE, and look forward to working with him over the next two years.

If you are new to our Chapter, you may not be familiar with the ACHE Fellow distinction. The importance of earning this distinction of board certification as an ACHE Fellow cannot be overstated. The FACHE status benefits your professional goals. It also benefits the health care management profession in general as it demonstrates your competence, leadership skills, and commitment to excellence in the field. I encourage you to take the next step in advancing your career by achieving Fellow status. If you didn’t take advantage of SOHL’s Executive program or the Advancement Study Group opportunities, I urge you to consider participating in both in 2020. If you are just beginning your journey toward board certification and the FACHE credential, ACHE offers complimentary resources. They are designed to help you succeed so you can be formally recognized for your competency, professionalism, ethical decision making, and commitment to lifelong learning.

Please continue to stay informed on SOHL’s activities and opportunities via Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and our website. We look forward to bringing exciting new educational programs and professional development opportunities to you in 2020.

Happy holidays to you and thank you for your commitment to your profession and ACHE!


Dasha Dahdouh, MPH

SOHL Chapter President