Message from Your ACHE Regent
Well, I hope you all had a wonderful summer! I have to say as we sit here nearing the end of August, it went by much too quickly! I hope everyone got some much needed sun, rest and relaxation!
Summer is not a particularly busy time in the Regent schedule, but I did again this year sponsor an ACHE breakfast at the Maine Hospital Association Summer Forum. The event was held on June 22 and the speakers were Kris Doody, RN, FACHE, CEO, Cary Medical Center in Caribou, Maine and M. Michelle Hood, FACHE, President of EMHS. Kris and Michelle answered questions in panel format about their respective roles as members of the AHA board during the election and the debate about healthcare reform. It was immensely interesting and great feedback was received from many in attendance!
I have been trying to partner more with the Maine Hospital Association on joint events between them and ACHE. This year, they have started offering ACHE Qualified Education credits for all of their conferences, along with CEU and CME. So, certainly something to keep in the back of your mind when looking for quality in-state education.
Speaking of quality in-state education! Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Annual NNEAHE meeting and education session being held November 2 and 3 at the Cliff House in Ogunquit! This is a beautiful venue and we will be hosting an array of great speakers. Look for the agenda and the link to register, which should be coming to an email near you very shortly. The Cliff House is already taking reservations. Just mention NNEAHE when registering to receive the conference rate.
Another initiative ACHE is working on, is the reinstatement of former members and Fellows who have allowed their membership to lapse. I and my colleagues at the Northern New England Association of Healthcare Executives (NNEAHE) will be working with ACHE to develop efforts to reach out to former members via letter, phone or email to encourage them to reinstate their status. Your membership is valuable to our organization as every member enriches the collegial experience and knowledge sharing.
I continue to seek candidates to receive Regent awards. I am looking for two candidates, one for a Lifetime Achievement Award and one for an Early Careerist Award. If you have someone in mind and would like to see the award criteria again, please let me know and I will forward it along. Having been the recipient of an Early Careerist Award myself, (many years ago), I know the influence that had on my remaining an active member of ACHE and doing the work to seek my credential (FACHE). I would love to instill this into another young healthcare executive, and of course recognize those that have contributed so much to our profession over their careers! Please send me some ideas!
Thank you all yet again. It is an honor and a great learning experience to be your Regent. I look forward to two more years representing the great state of Maine. Have a great fall!
Marie Vienneau, FACHE
Regent for Maine
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