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Ms. Diana L. Smalley

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Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce
  • Board Member
    United Way of Greater Oklahoma City
  • Board Member
    Memorial Community Hospital
  • Board Member
    Nebraska Board of Ambulance Advisors


  • bachelor's degree
    Midland Lutheran College
  • master's degree , public health
    University of Minnesota
  • MHA
    University of Minnesota
63 Total References
Web References
ACHE Board of Governors, 6 Feb 2015 [cached]
Diana L. Smalley, FACHE / 2015
Immediate Past Chairman
Diana L. Smalley, FACHE, is regional president of Mercy in Oklahoma.
She also serves as Immediate Past Chairman of the American College of Healthcare Executives, an international professional society of more than 40,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. With comprehensive programs in credentialing, education, career counseling, publications and research, ACHE works toward its goal of being the premier professional society for healthcare executives dedicated to improving healthcare delivery.
Board certified in healthcare management as an ACHE Fellow, Ms. Smalley served as an ACHE Governor from 2009 to 2012. She was the Regent for Nebraska from 2002 through 2006. She has also served on numerous ACHE committees.
Ms. Smalley has served as regional president of Mercy in Oklahoma since 2007. Prior to that, she served Avantas LLC, Omaha, Neb., as president from 2005 to 2007. At Alegent Health, Omaha, Neb., her roles included senior executive from 2003 to 2005, vice president for operations from 1999 to 2003 and COO from 1997 to 1999.
She also served Avantas LLC as co-founder/managing representative from 1999 to 2004. Her previous roles included Midlands Community Hospital, Papillion, Neb., as CEO from 1995 to 1997, COO from 1983 to 1995 and director of nursing from 1979 to 1983, and Springfield (Ill.) Community Hospital as its director of professional relations from 1976 to 1979.
In addition to her service to ACHE, Ms. Smalley has been a member of the board of directors of Memorial Community Hospital, the Nebraska Stroke Foundation and the Nebraska Board of Ambulance Advisors, serving as its chair. She is currently on the board of directors for the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Greater Oklahoma City.
Ms. Smalley received her master's degree in public health from the University of Minnesota and her bachelor's degree from Midland Lutheran College.
Contact info:
Diana L. Smalley, FACHE Regional President of Mercy in Oklahoma Mercy 13321 N Meridian Ave Ste 300 Oklahoma City, OK 73120-8356
Phone: (405) 752-3756
"Mercy's vision for heart care in ..., 19 Nov 2007 [cached]
"Mercy's vision for heart care in Oklahoma led us to pioneer with leading cardiovascular physicians in opening the first Oklahoma Heart Hospital on our campus in 2002," said Diana Smalley, president and CEO of Mercy Health System of Oklahoma.
Diana L. Smalley, ..., 6 Feb 2015 [cached]
Diana L. Smalley, FACHE Immediate Past-Chairman
HLNY Newsletter Summer 2013, 26 July 2014 [cached]
Diana L. Smalley, FACHE, addressed our chapter that evening.
words from Diana L. Smalley, FACHE, Chairman of ACHE. It was wonderful to have the senior leadership of ACHE at our gala and she is such a great leader. I look for- ward to working with Diana.
left to right): Michael J. Fosina, FACHE, ACHE Regent; Diana L. Smalley,
Mr. Savage, Mr. Tenzer, Ms. Meier, Ms. Williams, Ms. Smalley, Mr. Fosina,
ACHE-MN Chapter, 16 Nov 2014 [cached]
Diana Smalley ACHE Chairman Diana Smalley Visits Minnesota
In March, ACHE-MN hosted a special dinner in Minneapolis in honor of women leaders in healthcare. Our guest speaker was Diana Smalley, FACHE and 2013-2015 Chairman of the American College of Healthcare Executives sharing her inspiring journey "For the Love of Healthcare Leadership" with female healthcare leaders from throughout Minnesota.
Diana shared her journey of navigating obstacles and refining career strategies to achieve her leadership dreams. She recalled how in the early years, proving herself required her to successfully navigate a male-dominated leadership structure, without the benefit of many other female examples in roles to which she aspired. In every instance, Diana strove to give her employer more than they paid her for. Her key to success? "Don't get wrapped up in titles. Look around and see what the organization needs and find a way to do it". She credits her father as one of her strongest mentors and cheerleaders and for teaching her to be a servant leader in the community.
Diana Smalley appreciated her many educational opportunities, including earning an MHA from the University of Minnesota's renowned program and especially her achievement of the FACHE credential. She credits ACHE's Fellowship credential as "the great equalizer", helping advance her career. "Strike one against me: I was a nurse. Strike two: I was a woman. Strike three: There was no strike three because my FACHE credential gave me genuine credibility". Displaying her excellent sense humor, Diana shared the experience of proudly walking across the stage to receive her FACHE at the convocation ceremony, to which she was greeted, "Congratulations Sister", apparently being mistaken for a nun!
Diana Smalley ACHE-MN Event
Diana continues her role as Regional President of Mercy Oklahoma and has served forty years as a leader in health systems, many in her home state of Nebraska. She has also served in several governance positions in ACHE and with other community voluntary organizations.
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