We Lead for Safety

From safety.ache.org 

Improving healthcare safety requires leaders who are committed and take a stand to achieve the highest standards of safety. Strong leadership involves balancing core values while consistently raising the bar for excellence.

ACHE’s leadership development expertise coupled with the IHI/NPSF’s in-depth insight on safety practices, offers healthcare leaders the foundational tools to measure, build and sustain a culture of safety in the workplace.


  1. Commit to leading for safety by signing our We Lead for Safety pledge and receive a Leading For Safety certificate.
  2. Assess Your Safety Culture by taking this self-assessment.

Once you take the pledge to commit to a culture of safety and assess your current safety measures, we will continue to provide you with scalable steps and guideposts on the path to major progress. The Blueprint contains best practices and guidance to help you choose your first action steps. And, we will continue to provide timely information, tools and resources that support your commitment to safety.



All events currently available qualify for 1.5 Face to Face Credits

Innovations in Inclusion: Identifying and Overcoming Implicit Bias


Date: Wednesday, October 30
Time: 10am-4pm (registration begins at 9:30am)
Where: Healthcare Council of Western PA
Credits: 1.5 Face to Face & Qualified Education
Cost: ACHE Member – $30, Non-member – $40, Student – $20
Lunch will be provided

9:30-10am  Registration

10-11:30am  Keynote Address by Dr. James Taylor

11:30am-12noon  Lunch Served

12noon – 1:30pm – Panel Education Session – Understanding Implicit Bias and its Impact on Healthcare Leadership

1:30-3:30pm  Knowledge Cafes (Breakout Sessions) – Overcoming Bias in Medical Professional Settings

3:30-4pm  Closing Remarks and Networking

Additional Speakers:

  • Ann E. Thompson, MD, MCCM – Vice Dean, Professor, Critical Care Medicine –University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Cassandra A. Cooper- Manager, Diversity Learning – UPMC
  • Yasmin S. Purohit – Professor, Human Resource Management –Robert Morris
  • Tyler Titus – Vice Chair, PA Commission of LGBTQ Affairs
  • Dr. Priya Gopalan – Medical Director for Women’s Psychiatry Services and Consult and Liaison Services, UPMC Western Psychiatric
  • Nikia Tucker, CRNP & Dr. Shelia Ramgopal – Allegheny Reporductive Health Center
  • Dr. Ken Ho – Chair of the PreP Committee, AIDS Free Pittsburgh
  • Dr. Keith Stowell – Medical Director for Resolve, Psych Emergency Department and PsychCare+, UPMC Western Psychiatric
  • Mary Jayne McCollough – Founder and Executive Director, Global Wordsmiths


Thursday, December 5th – Annual Event and Chapter Celebration at Phipps Conservatory featuring Heather Rohan, FACHE, Chairman of ACHE as the keynote speaker.

Welcome to the 2019 Board of Directors

Executive Committee

  • Caitlin Gaudi – President
  • Alexandra Lackos – Vice President 
  • Kelly Blake – Treasurer
  • Samantha Yeung – Secretary (Marketing and Membership Chair)
  • Natalie Bulger, FACHE – Immediate Past President (Advancement Chair, Nominating Chair)

Directors at Large

  • Carrie Ennis, FACHE – Sponsorship Chair
  • Kim Fierst – Programming Chair
  • Dr. Denise Johnson, FACHE – Diversity Chair
  • Evan Finklestein – Early Careerist Chair
  • Michael Bush, FACHE
  • AJ Harper
  • Kevin Broom
  • Dorene Sommers
  • Stephanie Dorwart
  • Kelsey Hooker – Student Representative
  • Jean Tauber – Regent

Thank you to our 2019 Annual Sponsors