As we approach this year’s ACHE Annual Congress in Chicago,
I am very pleased to have the opportunity to participate in a national
organization that is creating a positive impact on delivering quality care,
building a culture of safety, and enhancing the patient experience across the
continuum of care. The sessions and the speakers at Congress will be inspiring
and give members the opportunity to get involved in their communities by
sharing knowledge and practical applications to address the challenges we face
in a changing healthcare environment.
Closer to home, I am honored to report that our SOHL Chapter
has received the ACHE Award of Chapter Distinction and the Award for Sustained
Performance. Whereas it’s always great to be awarded and recognized with such a
high honor for performance in 2017 from ACHE, there is much more to the story.
Our chapter is unique in that our performance is not just
being sustained but continues to improve over time. It is only through the
commitment of our board, chapter members, and volunteers that allows us to
deliver such quality programming. Our calendar is full of valuable programs and
events that enrich the path to professional development.
That level of performance simply cannot be accomplished
without teamwork. I know “teamwork” is an often overused term, but the San Diego
SOHL chapter exemplifies the concept. Thanks to the efforts of previous chapter
leaders, our chapter is characterized by diversity and giving people at all
stages of their career the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and contribute.
We get fantastic involvement from our VA and military health communities and we
welcome technology and service innovators—along with our hospital and health
system members—to get involved in helping us craft quality education, networking,
career advancement, and community service programs.
We also welcome the involvement of complementary
organizations across southern California—HCE, HIMSS, HFMA and others—to provide
a comprehensive series of valuable communications and educational opportunities
to members. We are also grateful for our team of committed sponsors who help
underwrite these efforts.
Our culture of inclusion has helped us build a thriving team
here in San Diego. We would welcome the opportunity to have your
involvement—please contact me or any Board member to find out how.