American College of Healthcare Executives
Chapter Quarterly E-newsletter Spring 2010
In This Issue

ACHE of Central Florida January Event (Category II)
Message from the President - Winter 2010
Upcoming Events
News and FYI
Join the ACHE Official Group on LinkedIn
Earn 1.5 ACHE Category I education credits
Ensure delivery of Chapter E-newsletter (Disclaimer)


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Chapter Officers

President
Keith Lundquist, FACHE

Immediate Past President (also serving as Programs Chair)
Ken Peach, FACHE

Vice President
Lonnie Cahoon

Secretary/Treasurer
Karl Hodges, FACHE

Board Members
Daniel C. Honerbrink, FACHE
Brian Hudson
Robert (Bobby) McCullough
Timothy P. Menton, FACHE
Sandra L. Randolph, FACHE (also serving as Membership Chair)
Jan Moysey, Communications Chair

Message from the President - Winter 2010
Keith Lundquist

Regardless of the continued pressure for some type of healthcare reform, providers, insurers, suppliers and other stakeholders within the industry face unprecedented pressures.  Just to name a few:

  • Slow economic recovery.  Central Florida along with the rest of the state is likely to experience a longer general economic recovery than many of the other 49 states.
  • Stalled population growth.  The Sunshine State may still offer the “sunny rays” from above, but increasingly snowbirds and others are having to make difficult decisions between living in Florida or residing in other parts of the country.
  • Instability within physician practices and other provider groups.  A combination of pressures from the general economy, a deteriorating payer mix and reimbursement cutbacks have caused once stable organizations to begin to show signs of foundational cracks.
  • An increase in uncompensated care means providers, particularly hospitals, will have to enlarge their safety nets to deal with area residents who use their Emergency Departments as the place of last resort for treatment of non-urgent healthcare needs.
  • A decreased tax base puts upward pressure on businesses, government and others to reduce funding for critical healthcare services at a time when those same services are in greater demand by the recently unemployed.
  • And, affecting all sectors of the healthcare industry, expense growth is most likely far outpacing revenue growth.

So, is there a silver lining to this dark cloud hanging over the healthcare industry?  Part of the answer was presented at the January 26 educational event sponsored by our chapter entitled, “Maximizing the Utilization of your Current Infrastructure.”  This event featured speakers from the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute and Clinical Excellence for GE Performance Solutions.  You can read highlights of the presenters in another article in this newsletter. 

 

Along the same line, a panel of Central Florida healthcare providers will offer examples of how to reduce expenses within an environment of constrained resources at our next chapter educational event on March 30.  Look for registration information elsewhere in this newsletter for the program, “Sustaining a Financially Vibrant Healthcare Organization.”

 

Later this year our chapter plans to sponsor a program on talent management as well as another one on the topic of IT connections across healthcare organizations.

 

Our Board at ACHE of Central Florida is committed to provide you with the tools, ideas and practices that can help you manage your way through the uncharted waters ahead.  Also, make sure you keep your eyes open for the silver linings above as you paddle forward.

 

President

Keith D. Lundquist, FACHE

Keith.Lundquist@Health-First.org

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REGISTER NOW!
You are invited to attend the Category I (ACHE education) event in Orlando on March 30.  Join your fellow members to network, enjoy food, earn credit and learn from fellow professionals.

Topic: Sustaining a Financially Vibrant Healthcare Organization

Date:    March 30, 2010

Time:    6:00 P.M. Networking
            6:30 P.M. Dinner
            7:00-8:30  Program

Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 6850 Westbrook Blvd., Orlando, FL  32821 (near Sea World, I-4, FL Turnpike, and the Beachline)

Panelists: 
         *   Bob Snyder, COO, South Seminole Hospital
         *   Judy Killebrew, COO, Holmes Regional Medical Center
         *   Daniel Honerbrink, FACHE, CEO, Hampton aDel Healthcare Solutions

Moderator:   Ken Peach, FACHE, Future Vision Group

Cost:  $25 for students, $30 for members, $35 for nonmembers

*Those in attendance will receive 1.5 Category I credit hours. 

To Register Contact: Ann Corniel (407-303-1410, ann.corniel@flhosp.org) or Ken Peach (407-451-7330, futurevisiongroup@juno.com)



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