Kansas Association of Health Care Executives - Winter Issue  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  President's Message
•  Health Care Scholarships Available
•  Message from the Regent - Winter 2011
•  Dos and Doníts for Critiquing Employees Effectively
•  Ensure delivery of Chapter E-newsletter (Disclaimer)


President's Message

by Jeremy Armstrong, FACHE

Greetings to all members of the Kansas Association of Health Care Executives!

As your newly installed President, I would like to give a special thank you to Ron Stephen for his outstanding leadership as President for the chapter over the last year.  I would also like to thank the previous years’ officers and Board of Directors, for their hard work and dedication to our chapter.

This past year has been one of the most challenging for our industry. On top of the usual challenges of declining reimbursements, physician recruitment and relations, and complying with the ever changing rules and regulations, we’ve added the difficult economy, state budget woes, meaningful use, and the passage of health care reform… just to name some of the bigger ones.

With so many new and significant challenges in our industry, I’ve asked myself how KAHCE can help its membership.  I found a great quote by William Pollard that says, “It is the responsibility of leadership to provide opportunity, and the responsibility of individuals to contribute.”  While we all face some intimidating challenges, they provide KAHCE and ACHE the opportunity to provide some tools and resources for you.  If you look at the goals of ACHE and KAHCE, there are plenty of opportunities.

KAHCE has selected the following strategic initiatives: membership, education, mentoring/scholarship, communications, governance, and finance. While all are important, I would like to pay particular attention to: mentoring/scholarship, communications, and education.  It is my belief, that if we do these three well, success in the other three (membership, finance, & governance) will come much easier. 

Mentoring/scholarship:  Provide opportunities for new professionals and students to gain education and to interact with experienced members.  Our student members and early careerist are the future of our industry and chapter. When attending KAHCE activities, please take a few minutes to introduce yourself to the students and new executives. I’ve been blessed to have some great mentors in my career.  I am thankful that some took the initiative and introduced themselves first.

Communications:  Increase awareness of KAHCE Chapter and its activities by improving membership communications.  The Membership Committee has been charged with identifying strategies for membership engagement and communication.  I encourage all of you to please share your ideas as to how we can most effectively communicate with you, our members.

Education:  Provide a variety of opportunities for members to increase their skills and knowledge base.  Our primary objective here is to offer the maximum allowable Category 1 credits per year. I think the biggest challenge for us is to determine what topics we should offer and how we should offer them to the membership. 

We will be discussing all of our goals and initiatives at an upcoming strategic planning retreat.  I would welcome any comments and feedback you have.

Regardless of the challenges we face now and in the future, the KAHCE leadership is committed to providing the “opportunity” for its members to get the education, tools, networking and career development resources they need to grow as leaders.

Thank you for your support and participation, and I look forward to serving as your President for 2011.

Jeremy Armstrong