|Message from the Chapter President|
Aloha Hawai'i-Pacific Chapter Members!
Ladies and Gentlemen, it is now October. To say that the world has seen 'tenuous weather' this summer would be a drastic understatement--with another super typhoon, Trami currently threatening Japan shortly after Jebi's devastation and 6.7 magnitude earthquake combo just this month. Florence devastated the east coast as a Category 5 system and Super Typhoon Mangkhut devastated Guam and the Phillipines. We send our thoughts and prayers to all families who have been impacted by these storms.
On a positive note, we have had a productive quarter for our chapter, so I'd like to take the opportunity to thank our committee and board members for all the work they have done to make these events possible.
First, we had a wonderful breakfast on July 24 and heard from David Olson, FACHE, current ACHE Chairman. Not only did we have a great networking opportunity with over 50 members present, an early and full breakfast is always a nice fringe benefit. As Gidget mentioned, we recognized Josh Carpenter and Suzie So-Miyahira for their accomplishments and winning this year's Regent awards. Finally we were able to interface with David Olson on the current state of ACHE and healthcare. A highlight of the discussion was not only realizing Hawai'i has made some nice accomplishments as a state, but healthcare disruption is an ominous wake-up call for healthcare leaders.
David Olson, ACHE Chair
On August 13-14 we provided our On-Location Educational Program at the Queen's Conference Center. You can't beat the value of obtaining 12 Face-to-Face credits towards your FACHE credential for only $400--not to mention the ono food and the networking opportunity with over 30 in attendance from many organizations. Kevin O'Connor received rave reviews with his program on Leadership Strategies focused on "Breakthrough Thinking for Complex Environments."
Kevin E. O'Connor, CSP
On September 17-18, I attended the ACHE Chapter Leaders Conference in Rosemont, Illinois. This year in particular yielded significant value in ideas and strategies for our chapter. Member engagement and Physician representation continue to be common themes and I look forward in helping to utilize these ideas to better support our Physician leaders and membership experience.
Hawai'i Chapter represented in Healthcare Executive Magazine, Page 78.
Gidget and Micah with David Olson, ACHE Chair
Of special note, it saddens me to see our incoming President Kecia Kelly leave us for opportunities in Northern California. I would like to sincerely acknowledge Kecia's leadership with our Membership and Nominating Committees. Her positive, collaborative spirit will be sorely missed.
Kecia M. Kelly
Finally, we are releasing a Call for Nominations this week. Please look for it and consider--I urge all members to nominate and/or apply for positions on our Chapter Board. There are a variety of Officer Positions, Board Director positions, and Committee positions--members and chairs. This is truly the best way to get the most out of your ACHE membership and work side by side with leaders in our community. I can speak from experience that this is a boon to both your career and current station alike.
Micah B. Ewing, MBA, FACHE
President, Hawai‘i-Pacific Chapter of ACHE
Hawai'i Pacific Health
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