What were you doing two years ago?
|From the Desk of the KAHCE President|
As we prepare for our KAHCE spring
conference to be held in Manhattan on April 28 as well as the ACHE Annual Congress
starting in less than two weeks – both in-person events – I am reminded of
March 2020. The
education committee was putting the final touches on what promised to be an
outstanding spring forum. Topics ranged from the growing applications of artificial
intelligence; the expansion of telemedicine and broadband; using social media
to build customer satisfaction; and several sessions devoted to our changing
political climate. All that was left was selecting the menu for the Thursday
first public health restrictions on crowd sizes were issued, and on March 16, I
reluctantly cancelled our venue. None of us knew what the next couple of months
would be like, but we assumed that we would just keep the program and present
it in conjunction with the KHA annual meeting in September 2020. I knew
baseball was in trouble, but I had every confidence
that football would be back in full force by the fall (a famously failed
I remember a
meeting with our medical staff in March as we tried to wrap our heads around
the coronavirus and what it could mean
moving forward. One of our physicians, a veteran of more than 40 years who is
not prone to speculation or hyperbole, said, “I don’t know – I have never seen anything like this.” Knowing him, it was chilling to hear.
that we have now transitioned to the endemic stage of the public health crisis,
and our hospitals and associates have once again shown how remarkably resilient
and adaptable we are. It has been a two-year period like no other that I can
remember in my 30-plus-year career. None of us knows what the “new normal” is
going to look like, but I suspect that most of us are looking forward to
getting together – in person – once again with our peers and colleagues!
Please join us for the KAHCE Spring
conference on April 28. We have many experiences to share from living and managing through the
historic events of the last two years, but perhaps more importantly, we’re
ready to forge a path toward our new reality.
Todd Willert, FACHE
KAHCE 2022 President
Community Health Systems, Inc.