I would like to thank the members of MAHCE and the Board of
Directors for electing me to be your President for 2017-18.
I’d like to thank
departing Board members, Mike Cetta, MD, past Program Chair and Kathy Marconi, PhD,
past Faculty liaison for their service to MAHCE. Mike raised our programs to a new level of
excellence and leaves behind a dynamic Program Committee that is active and
continuing to provide relevant continuing educational programming. Kathy, as Faculty Liaison and now a retired
chair of the graduate program of Health Services Management at University of
Maryland University College has started our Board focusing on the needs of the
nontraditional health services management programs and students. In addition, we are trying to strengthen ties
with all student programs in Maryland – graduate or undergraduate in the health
care management/administration field.
In addition, this month there will be a new Regent for ACHE
from Maryland. Dennis Pullin has served
in this role for the last three years and has been an incredible role model and
mentor to our Board and our state. If
you were present at the November networking event, then you got to see Dennis
moderating a power packed panel regarding career planning and advancement. That was one small example of his leadership
and commitment to MAHCE and ACHE. Thank
you for your service as Regent, Dennis!
We have six new Board members that have joined the Board for
this year. Nick Haider and Frank Rath
are at-large board members. Terri
Palazzo has taken over the chair of the Program Committee and is doing a great
job already in planning events for March, April in Salisbury and May! Christina Farias has the large shoes to fill
taking over for Alan Weisman as the Operations Chair. This job is essential to make sure that the
meeting sites provide the proper audio-visual support and super food, and that
everyone is registered properly to receive their continuing educational
credits. Jangar Richards is serving as
the new Faculty liaison and Staci Hodge is our new student Board member.
I have an exciting initiative to announce for this
year. We will offer an educational
program in collaboration with the Delaware ACHE (known as Health Leadership
Network of the Delaware Valley – HLNDV) that will occur in Salisbury, Maryland
on Friday morning, April 21. This is an opportunity to hear two panel discussions and earn three Face
to Face credits, while beginning a spring weekend at the beach! The Delaware panel brings representatives
from three hospital systems and one health department to discuss “Improving
the Health Status of Your Community.” The Maryland panel will discuss the Opioid Crisis in Maryland and how it
is being addressed at various levels of government and society, all this for the very low price of $25 for
breakfast, lunch and these two excellent panels! Announcement is forthcoming - Sign up soon!
Burleson, MBA, FACHE