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Message from the Chapter President
Nizar Wehbi, MD, FACHE

Dear members and fellows,


Let me be the first to congratulate you on your decision to change the name of our chapter to “ACHE of Nebraska & Western Iowa”. The new name will allow more recognition in association with the ACHE brand which is very recognized both in healthcare and non-healthcare fields.


As this newsletter is the last for me as president, I would like to reflect on some of the accomplishments that the chapter had in the year 2015.


We had a big emphasis on education and networking to ensure that our members stay up-to-date with the knowledge and skills they need. We also wanted to provide networking opportunities for our members and fellows. We achieved both by reinforcing and extending our collaborations with Nebraska Hospital Association, professional groups and other ACHE chapters.


Here is a list of the events we offered in 2015:

  • January 22, 2015 – Panel Discussion, Networking and Dinner Event “Career Positioning: Strategically Mapping Your Early Career Development” hosted by Bellevue University

  • March 16, 2015 - Networking event in Association with ACHE Congress at the Elephant and Castle in Association with ACHE Congress in Chicago

  • April 23, 2015 - Panel Discussion, Networking and Dinner Event “Ensuring Your Community's Emergency Preparedness” at Upstream restaurant in Omaha

  • May 22, 2015 - Panel Discussion and Networking Event in Association with NHA Mid-Year Event “Becoming Accountable: Achieving Success in Population Health Management” at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney

  • August 20, 2015 - Panel Discussion, Networking and Dinner Event “Leading Information Safety: Planning for Data Privacy” in collaboration with ACHE of Iowa, and hosted by Nebraska Orthopedic Hospital

  • October 21, 2015 – Education Event in Association with NHA Annual Meeting “Strategic Planning: From Formulation to Action” by Alan Zuckerman at Embassy Suites, LaVista

  • October 22, 2015 - Chapter Annual Breakfast Meeting in Association with NHA Annual Meeting at Embassy Suites, LaVista

  • October 22, 2015 - Panel Discussion and Networking Event in collaboration with HFMA and in Association with NHA Annual Meeting “Financial Implications: The Push from Inpatient to Outpatient Care” at Embassy Suites, LaVista







As I near the end of my term as President, I want to personally thank our 2015 Board of Directors: Jennifer Volland, FACHE, Regent; Mike Hansen, FACHE, Past President; Mark Longacre, FACHE, President-Elect; Glen Gilson, FACHE, Treasurer/Secretary; Robert Copple, FACHE, Director-at-Large; Carol Wahl, FACHE, Director-at-Large; Mark Klosterman, FACHE, Director-at-Large; and Laurie Baedke, FACHE, Director-at-Large. Your support and involvement over the past year is greatly appreciated!


I would also like to thank Jenny Korth, our student liaison. Last but not least, special thanks to our administrative assistant Hannah Smith. She always succeeds in keeping all the board and chapter business right on track.


Also, thanks and appreciation to all of you, our members and fellows. You are the reason the chapter exists and together we can all grow and succeed.


I would like to welcome Susan Walsh, MHSA, RN as the incoming president-elect for 2016.


I look forward to continuing my work with our incoming president Mark Longacre, FACHE. I am confident that the chapter is in good hands and under strong leaders.

For more success.


Sincerely,



Nizar Wehbi, MD, FACHE

President, ACHE of Nebraska & Western Iowa

 

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