Chuck Tanner, FACHE
March 9, 2016
Hafa Adai from Guam! The Guam Local Program Council of the Hawaii-Pacific Chapter of American College of Healthcare Executives is transitioning leadership. As we change we want to give our sincere thanks to LCDR Joe Fromknecht, John Ray, and LTJG Matt Gallagher for their work last year!
The incoming leaders are:
The new leadership team had an initial meeting and made plans for the upcoming year. The first item is to have monthly all member meetings either during lunch or after hours. This “all member” meeting is tentatively scheduled for March 29. This meeting will host Senator Dennis Rodriguez, Jr., Chairman of the Guam 33rd Legislature Healthcare Committee speaking on the System of Care and initiatives to improve healthcare delivery. In addition to our monthly guest speaker meetings we are considering adding some “social mingles” to our palette! A major function of our group is to create bridges between our military and civilian members and what better way to do that than enjoying what our island has to offer!
Since our membership is a healthy mix of civilian and military members we are looking to have future speakers speaking on how the military and civilian sectors collaborate to provide services. Other topics concerning the not for profit sector and the establishment of coalitions are on the docket too! Guam is busy with Healthcare events and the upcoming FESTPAC celebration. I would like to highlight some of those “busy” moments here on Guam!
In February our military partners conducted showcased disaster response support during Cope North 16. In addition to Air Force and Navy personnel, this exercise included counterparts from Australia, Japan, Korea, New Zealand and the Philippines spreading throughout the Mariana Islands. To read more about this major event check out this article! http://www.andersen.af.mil/News/tabid/1981/Article/673588/andersen-medical-teams-showcase-disaster-response-support-during-cope-north-16.aspx
The 12th Festival of Pacific Arts is fast approaching and is scheduled for May 22 to June 4, 2016. The Festival of the Pacific Arts is held every four years since 1972, and brings together artists and cultural practitioners from around the Pacific region for two weeks of festivity. It is recognized as a major regional cultural event, and is the largest gathering in which Pacific peoples unite to enhance their respect and appreciation of one another. To learn more visit https://festpac.visitguam.com/
On the legislative side there are several healthcare related bills in the works. Of note is Bill 277-33 that was recently introduced by Senator Dennis Rodriguez, Jr. This Bill would call on the Guam Economic Development Authority to launch a Request for Information so prospective contractors could provide information on how to transition the operation of the hospital to a public-private partnership. For more information on this and other bills check out the legislative website at http://www.guamlegislature.com/index.htm .
Keeping with our collaborative and educational mission we are happy to share items of interest in healthcare with our members. To affect this, we have an email group of Guam members and if members have an event they would like to share, you may send me the information and I will pass it on! This service is also available for our Hawaii friends too! Just send me an email and I will add you to the list! (For privacy, I send information BCC)
Until next time.
Si Yuus Maase
Chuck Tanner, FACHE
President, GLPC ACHE
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