|Message from the President - Q1-2016|
I’d like you to close your eyes and think about your favorite tune.
If the song is newer, chances are you like it because it sounds fresh, innovative, or tells a story you connect with. The song has a special unique quality to it that you have not experienced, but draws you in to it. Perhaps the artist is someone relatable, bonding you to the music.
If your song choice is older, it has brought you comfort in the past. Something familiar in its nature brings you to a place of inner peace, incites feelings of love, or brings on a rush of adrenaline. With your eyes closed, you feel the steady harmonic rhythm and cord progression and your specific song choice brings you energy.
Welcome to the Symphony of Healthcare Management. On a regular basis, issues and trends will pop up that feel completely new, causing confusion through our unfamiliarity. At first, these issues can bring quite a bit of excitement into our lives (ex: Affordable Care Act, Bundled Payments, ICD-10). Eventually, we realize that some of these healthcare songs have a familiar cadence or beat to them.
Sometimes it seems that in the healthcare industry, what’s old is new again, and we are simply rehashing the classics in new ways, similar to how the music industry is constantly reinventing itself. Let’s remember the training we have had, act with kindness and patience, and work proactively. At the end of the day, people still matter most. Organizational culture, finance, technical proficiency and communication will still drive our organizations forward. These are the tools of leadership excellence that we use to manage new issues in a changing healthcare environment. For those of you who attended ACHE’s 2016 Congress, know we are prepared to “Lead Well’. So take a deep breath and relax – you’ve got this.
ACHE provides you with many opportunities for advancement through healthcare management excellence. Take advantage of the opportunities for career support, resume review, educational opportunities, volunteerism and more. Our Central Florida Chapter is committed to supporting you in your journey to Fellowship accreditation. If you are seeking a new path forward in your career, engage with our Central Florida chapter. I guarantee you will find value in networking as you share industry best practices with other area leaders. We have many senior leaders who have dedicated themselves to fostering a spirit of curiosity and learning within our Central Florida chapter.
As a final note, I am pleased to announce that 2015 was another banner year for the American College of Healthcare Executives of Central Florida. We saw progress that resulted in a record number of event attendees, chapter sponsors, our membership grew by over 12% and membership satisfaction soared to previously unreached heights, leaving us in a position of financial strength. In 2016 we will use this position of financial strength by reinvesting in your membership, as you have already seen in January through our Inaugural Gala event and will continue to see through our expanding event schedule and partnerships. The role you have played as a highly engaged membership has led to national recognition again in 2015 as we were recognized as a Chapter of Distinction, and are one of only ten chapters in the country to receive the Award of Sustained Performance. Thank you for being a part of our song in 2015 and for the roles you have played in achieving this sustained success. I invite you to turn up the music and dance with us again in 2016!
Jake Kirchner, DPM, MHSA
Board Member, Chapter President, ACHE of Central Florida