Message from the Regent - Winter 2009
It is hard to believe that November has arrived and the snow will be flying in the near future. I hope that you all have a safe and peaceful holiday season.
Bruce Johnson and I just returned from the Chapter Leaders Conference in Chicago (October 19 – 20) where we were able to connect with chapter leaders and ACHE elected leaders from around the country. We shared information about what we are doing here to increase chapter membership and offer meaningful activities for our members. As always your participation and input is crucial to the success of the chapter. The board looks forward to hearing your thoughts about what you would like to see from the chapter and to your participation.
In September the chapter assisted with the Annual Meeting of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association (ASHNHA) by organizing educational sessions for our members and meeting participants.
We were honored to have ACHE Governor Rulon F. Stacey, PhD, FACHE, visit us during the ASHNHA/AHEN annual meeting. He was able to see firsthand what it takes to provide services to the people in our state and the challenges we face. Fortunately we were able to get him out fishing as well… no trip to Alaska is complete without fishing!
We were pleased with the participation and results from the fall conference. More than 50 affiliates from all regions participated in the Chapter Meeting and Educational Sessions held at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, Alaska. Education Committee 2009 Early Planning.jpg
Education Committee for 2009 included:
- James H. Brooks Jr., FACHE
- Michelle Calvin-Casey, FACHE
- Dennis Murray
- Lt Col David “Vince” Gill, FACHE
- Bruce W. Johnson, DHA, FACHE
The insightful panels received high marks and gave participants a deepened understanding of the following topics:
- Service Line Development
- Risk Issues We Face in our Daily Roles
- Managing for Morale
- Maladaptive Behaviors in the LTC Setting
- Simulation Technology Demonstration
With already restrained budgets, having an in-state option for education that draws upon internal talents was a blessing. Participants earned Category I and Category II credits with ACHE.
Members participated in the Annual Meeting and Recognition Luncheon and Board Members also had an informal dinner in Soldotna. AHEN Leaders.jpg (Dawn Carman, Jim Brooks, Bruce Johnson, Norm Wilder, Bob Letson, Chris Galloway, Karl Sanford, Michelle Calvin-Casey)
Excellent networking dinners and luncheons also gave affiliates a chance to learn more about issues with their colleagues.
Central Peninsula Hospital Chief Executive Officer, Ryan Smith and his staff provided outstanding support for all of these meetings. Please join us in giving Ryan a hearty thanks!
I am especially pleased to have had the opportunity to present two Regent Awards for 2009. Please join me in recognizing and congratulating Frank L. Sutton, FACHE, and Bruce W. Johnson, DHA, FACHE, for their service to ACHE, AHEN, and the profession. It was my pleasure to award them the Regent Awards for Alaska for 2009. Often, some of the most deserving people go unrecognized and both of these gentlemen do so much for our profession, our chapter and our state and neither one seeks recognition for their work.
Again, thank you to everyone for all you do for ACHE and for AHEN.
Michelle E. Calvin-Casey MHA, FACHE, SPHR
4449 Julep Street
Juneau, AK 99801