|Welcome Back from ACHE’s 2013–2014 Chairman, Diana L. Smalley, FACHE|
Whether you are a student returning to campus for the fall semester or one who takes classes via distance learning, I encourage you to consider ways your ACHE membership can complement your academic training. Here are just a few:
- Your local ACHE chapter can be an excellent resource for networking and continuing education. All members are automatically members of their local ACHE chapter. Go to my.ache.org to find yours.
- ACHE’s annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership is one of the largest gatherings of healthcare leaders in the world. Congress, which features a Student Track, provides an unparalleled opportunity for networking and career enhancement. See if your schedule allows you to attend the next Congress, March 24–27, 2014, in Chicago. Visit ache.org/Congress to learn more.
- Lean on ACHE’s Code of Ethics and Ethical Policy Statements as primary reference points for ethical performance and decision making. Study and consider ethical issues as you refine the values that will guide you throughout your career. I believe in the ethical policies of ACHE, which help guide decisions I make as regional president of a health system, overseeing 17 hospitals and 65 clinics in Oklahoma.
- Take advantage of ACHE’s publications: Healthcare Executive magazine and your choice of either The Journal of Healthcare Management or Frontiers of Health Services Management are included with your ACHE membership. The articles, many written by ACHE members, focus on current industry trends and best practices, and are great resources for up-and-coming healthcare leaders.
I’m a lifelong learner, and I truly believe that to be a successful healthcare leader you have to continue to have a love and passion for what you do. I keep that passion alive by interacting with my fellow ACHE members, staying current via ACHE communication pieces and taking advantage of continuing education tools ACHE provides. Let ACHE support you as you begin to pour the foundation on which you’ll build your successful career.