Di Smalley, FACHE, Mercy regional president, Oklahoma communities, has been nominated as 2012-13 chairman-elect of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), an international society of more than 35,000 health care executives.
“Di has shown remarkable ability to effect needed change across the state of Oklahoma,” said Lynn Britton, president and CEO of Mercy in seven states. “In the four years since Di joined Mercy, we have grown from five to 13 hospitals in Oklahoma, and have quadrupled our number of Mercy Clinics, from 10 to more than 40. These facilities help us continue our commitment to ensuring all Oklahomans have access to quality health care. It’s with absolute confidence we support Di in her leadership role at ACHE.”
Pending official election, Smalley will become the second nurse and the fourth female chairman-elect since the position was established in 1933.
“This nomination is the pinnacle of my career,” said Smalley. “It is an honor to be considered for this position, leading a group of professionals I respect and admire so deeply.”
The ACHE offers credentials and board certification to the world’s leading health care executives. With more than 80 chapters in its network, ACHE provides a global health care perspective and access to networking, education and career development at the local level. ACHE is known for its magazine, Healthcare Executive, and its career development and public policy programs.
Nominees must be board-certified ACHE fellows. The ACHE nomination committee meets each summer to select candidates based on experience, involvement and letters of recommendation. Each fall, nominees undergo selection interviews led by the nomination committee.
Officer elections will take place March 19-22 at the Council of Regents Meeting preceding ACHE’s 55th Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago. If elected, Smalley will serve the first part of a three-year term in ACHE’s consecutive chairmanship offices: chairman-elect, chairman and immediate past chairman.
Smalley joined Mercy in 2007 and has nearly 40 years of health care experience. She began her career in nursing and holds a bachelor’s degree from Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, Neb., and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Board certified in health care management as an ACHE Fellow, Smalley served as the ACHE Regent for Nebraska from 2002-2006 and has served as an ACHE Governor since 2009.
Mercy is the eighth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 30 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,500 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.