|Message from Your ACHE Regent - Winter 2019|
|Patricia Sanders-Hall, FACHE|
I hope you are staying warm and safe during this frigid weather that is typical for winter in the Midwest. Our chapter has gotten off to a good start under the outstanding leadership of our new president, Tony Thompson, FACHE, CEO at Allen County Regional Hospital and both new and returning board members. Tony has set a high bar for our chapter to achieve or exceed all goals set for us by ACHE, and we hope to engage our board, committee chairs and members in meeting this expectation!
One way to be engaged at the membership level is to attend educational events sponsored by the chapter. Rising to the challenge of meeting the educational needs of our rural members, this chapter is committed to offering education that is relevant and practical in the rural setting. We also have added virtual education by teleconference to our planning this year, and we are exploring several sites willing to host these teleconferences to bring Face-to-Face ACHE credit to members unable to travel to the live educational venue. This change was a response by our ACHE governance team after feedback from many chapters like ours who have many rural facilities and members across a large geographic area. We are excited that there is strong support for the needs of our rural leaders to continue their educational development and career growth without the cost, hardship or inconvenience of long distance travel. We are excited to be in the early stages of planning for our annual spring educational program in Topeka, Kansas on May 2-3, 2019. More details will be forthcoming from the chapter in the coming weeks.
Last fall was our first chapter-sponsored community service activity and it was a successful first start. During our educational event planned in Topeka in May we will be sponsoring our second event and are planning a hands-on volunteer experience by partnering with Harvesters. There is nothing more rewarding than giving to the less fortunate and even more so when you are personally engaged in an effort which will assist the needy. We hope you will be among the volunteer team who will participate in this experience. Please watch for details which will be included with registration information for the May event.
The Kansas Regent’s Advisory Council (RAC) met on February 8, 2019 to prioritize guiding recommendations for our chapter. I am very pleased to have a diverse group of leaders on the RAC from healthcare facilities, educational institutions and private healthcare businesses offering their insights from their combined talents and experience.
As always, please let me know if I can assist you or offer guidance as your Regent. Please contact me at KANSASREGENT. Stay warm!
Patricia Sanders-Hall, FACHE
ACHE Regent for Kansas (2018-2021)