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Todd Willert, FACHE
Community Healthcare System
Onaga, KS

President Elect:
Tracy O'Rourke, FACHE
Stormont Vail Health
Topeka, KS

Past President:
Trenton Stringer
HCA Healthcare
Overland Park, KS

Brady Hoffman
Stormont Vail Health
Topeka, KS

George M. Stover
Hospital District #1 of Rice County
Lyons, KS

Treasurer Elect:
Austin Gillard, FACHE
Clay County Medical Center
Clay Center, KS

KHA Liaison:
Ronald W. Marshall
Kansas Hospital Association
Topeka, KS

ACHE Regent:
Richard W. (Wes) Hoyt, LTC (Ret), FACHE
Hutchinson Regional Medical Center
Hutchinson, KS

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From the Desk of the KAHCE President
Todd Willert, FACHE
What were you doing two years ago?

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 luncheon!

Then, the 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 prediction!).

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.

It appears 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.

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