|Message from the President - Summer 2013|
Dear Central Florida Colleagues,
It is already spring time and feeling more like summer every day in Central Florida – that’s so hard to believe time can move as fast as it does. Greetings from your local ACHE chapter!
After speaking with Ms. Alexandra Johnson, FACHE, our ACHE Regent for Florida-Eastern, and who is better known to her colleagues and friends as Alex; I could not agree more about her statements on the benefits and substantial community impact seeking the FACHE credentials can be. Alex further stated:
“Being a Fellow is not a token title you can add to your business card and casually set your sights on the next accomplishment. It’s the natural evolution of your healthcare management career, the next milestone as you settle into the professional role you will play in society. Advancement requires dedication that reveals itself through education, civic and healthcare-related involvement, tenure in management and as an ACHE member, and the support of other Fellows. The process is meant to test your mettle, but the reward is certainly attainable”.
In May, I attended a Fellows Seminar in Coral Gables titled “Hospitals and Integrated Networks of the Future” for two days. After earning the 12 continuing education credits and reflecting on the vast amount of valuable information provided, I realized many major benefits to being a board-certified Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives for the past six years.
First, I attended the event with nearly 50 other Fellows with many more years of healthcare experience and 50% of those were leading significant portions of the care delivery to their communities. So, the amount of knowledge and experience was incredible and invaluable to your young chapter president with 20+ years until retirement. Basically, this forum gave me access to leaders not in my market, who were quite candid about their strategies as the healthcare industry evolves into a new paradigm from fee-for-service to a value-fee-service. Secondly, because of these new relationships, I’ll now be connected to a natural group of mentors to tap into as my organization traverses our industry’s uncertainty for years to come. So in essence, being a Fellow is a blessing to me, my organization, and the community we support!
On the local scene, your Central Florida Chapter leadership team has been very busy. Already just in the first five months of the 2013, we’ve held four educational and/or networking events compared to 2012, that’s a 300% increase. Please join me in special thanks, which go out to Jacob Kirchner of Florida Hospital for his dedication to driving awareness, maintaining vitality, and increasing visibility to the chapter on behalf of its members – Thanks Jake!
Leading our chapter’s Board of Directors’ towards meeting the needs of healthcare professionals, who service the community in our seven-county region is quite a pleasurable experience as well a worthwhile and rewarding use of my time. Their unselfish service, exampled by Jacob is a course of normal business for this group. For example, I was honored to share the platform in May with our Vice President, Dewane Pace, FACHE, from Health Central as we engaged a packed room of students from the University of Central Florida. This group of students had two common characteristics, one they all were in or considering their graduate programs in various degrees of healthcare; secondly, they all had a passion to serve others. Dewane and I concluded the evening feeling equally energized and honored to meet these future leaders.
Allow me to leave you with this thought, this same energy allows every leader the ability to help their teams define and foster a sense of purpose that furthers the goals of all our organizations. Because, I truly believe combining the natural forces of people, priorities, and purpose – a passionate leader creates an unstoppable momentum that can transform an entire organization. And when the process allows that passion to be communicated from the top down and/or bottom up, the results are clearly amazing. So, passionate leaders, combined with grassroots approach to engaging the hearts and minds of our teams, is the secret to making significant changes in our industry! Subsequently, Passion plus Opportunity equals Success!
So I passionately invite everyone to participate in your local Central Florida chapter of ACHE, with the numerous opportunities to be engaged and live the values of service through integrity, lifelong learning, leadership, and diversity; you will be a success to those with the most need in your community.
Are you ready for a challenge? Then success is just a phone call or email away, if you’re interested in making a difference by volunteering at your local chapter, give me a call at 407-200-8257 or email Judy Killebrew, FACHE, our Chairperson leading the Membership Committee at email@example.com and we’ll connect your passion with an opportunity towards success.
Remember, we are striving towards our 2015 Vision: Driving Awareness, Maintaining Vitality, and Increasing Visibility – together as a team, we can achieve great things!
William P. Perno, FACHE
President – ACHE of Central Florida