|Message From Your ACHE Regent - Fall 2020|
|Patricia Sanders-Hall, FACHE|
Dear KAHCE Colleagues,
It was my great hope that by this time in 2020, we might have good news to share about the fight against COVID-19 and some projections about getting back to in-person events. However, our state and Missouri, Oklahoma, Colorado, and places all across the nation are all seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases. We must remain diligent in our efforts as healthcare leaders to share information about precautions and be role models for our communities. We have heard from so many of you as well as from all across the nation about the many challenges being faced by frontline patient care staff as well as those unsung heroes who are working behind the scenes and in support roles to keep our facilities operating. Our communities are so grateful for all of the essential workers in healthcare as well as all of the other critical services workers whom we all need to keep us going.
In keeping with the continuation of these precaution efforts and in aligning with our national ACHE organization, KAHCE regrettably had to cancel our annual fall meeting. We offered election of our officers and Board by email ballot, and our annual Board retreat on November 12th was also a virtual event. KAHCE has announced virtual educational programs, and they have been well-planned and well-received thus far. We are glad this format will continue to serve us well into the future. Having this option for a state where many are unable to travel to on-site programs has been an unexpected improvement created by this pandemic,especially for our members living and working in rural areas. Finally, our Higher Education Network (HEN) visits will also be virtual.
I look forward to the Zoom visit with KU Health Services Management students on November30th and will report on a virtual visit to Wichita State University in the near future as well.
Please continue to check out the abundant articles and resources related to the Coronavirus on our ACHE website at www.ACHE.org to stay abreast of information and strategies from reliable, science-based professionals as well as from your colleagues across the country. If you believe you have developed the best practices you want to share, please contact me directly at KANSASREGENT or send to our Regional Director, Phillip Shaffer, at pshaffer@ACHE.org.
We are very pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Kansas Regent Awards. The recipient of our Early Careerist Regent’s Award is Jackie Jeschke, MHSA,a Senior Consultant in Strategy and Integration at PYA in Overland Park. Jackie has served as an active member of our KAHCE Board and in the role of the Kansasco-chair of the Bi-state Kansas City Program Council. Our chapter is very grateful for Jackie’s leadership in continuing to bring quality education programs for healthcare leaders in the Kansas City area in collaboration with the Missouri Healthcare Executives Group. KCLPC is the only bi-state Local Program Council in the country.
Our Senior Executive Regent’s award was presented to Judy Corzine, FACHE, Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Stormont-Vail HealthCare in Topeka. Judy has served as past chapter president and has had an extended role as immediate past president in heading up our Nominating Committee. Judy has also taken on leadership with updating our chapter Bylaws and has served as on our Board in keeping our actions aligned with our charter rules and responsibilities. Our chapter has great admiration for all of the effort and time Judy has given to our organization, which is only one of several professional associations to which she belongs.
These two Regent awards were purposely selected to represent a change from the traditional leaders who have been past recipients. Though all were deserving, I wanted to send the message this year that healthcare consulting agencies, healthcare vendors and partners, and many of the non-clinical healthcare leaders in direct care facilities are also critical to the success of our mission to provide outstanding care. Another change instituted in this Regent term was the establishment of an award that will specifically recognize mid-careerist leaders as well as recognizing exceptional leaders in Kansas rural communities.
I will end my message with a renewed hope for better news about managing COVID-19more effectively in the near future. My sincere wishes for your good health,safety, continued courage, and strong spirits in these difficult days ahead.
Patricia Sanders-Hall, FACHE
Regent for Kansas