In the words of Martin Luther King Jr., “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” In spite of all the challenges the past two years have presented with the pandemic and not having an opportunity to host in-person events, the San Diego Organization of Healthcare Leaders (SOHL) has continued to find ways to move forward, now, and into the future.
The SOHL Chapter accomplished several new
initiatives toward diversity, equity, inclusion, innovation, and infrastructure,
and continued to move forward. This was made evident with the recent American
College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Annual Chapter Member Needs Survey
results, as SOHL was recognized nationally for exceeding overall member
satisfaction scores. When members were asked “On a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 is
poor and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall satisfaction with your
Chapter,” the 2021 mean was 4.39 (increase by 0.13 since 2019) and higher than
the 2021 National mean for all Chapters (3.88). These results are a testament
to the Board and their leadership from 2019 to 2021. A summary of the 2021
programs and events is in the “Year in Review” section of the newsletter.
All of these accomplishments would not be made possible without the support
of the SOHL Board and volunteers that spent the past year working hard to
ensure the Chapter continuously provides educational opportunities for its
members (see “Awards and Recognitions” section of the newsletter for the list
of recipients). Through
their leadership and the generous contributions of the SOHL
Sponsors, over 50 individual program sessions were provided
to the community. In addition, these efforts supported five SOHL members to become a Fellow of ACHE.
An upcoming program that is made possible by the support of
the SOHL Board and Sponsors is the 13th Annual SOHL Conference, Stronger and
Together, held virtually from December 13-16, 2021. The Annual Conference will reflect on this year
through the lenses of diverse healthcare leaders. This year’s vision is to
instill hope and shed light on various local organizations, responsibilities,
operations, challenges, and personal efforts that help sustain a united front
while offering services to communities during a global pandemic. You can register
for the keynote session with Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., Public Health
Officer for the County of San Diego, and the three-day panel with distinguished
healthcare leaders in Southern California, by clicking here to earn up to 4.5 hours of ACHE face-to-face credits and 1 hour
of qualified education credit. Thank you to the Annual Conference Committee,
led by Johan Otter, and supported by his team of leaders, Moyosore Buari,
Jennifer Reyes, and Ana Ramirez, among others.
In the spirit of Stronger & Together, the SOHL Board
continued the tradition of donating $500 to give back to the community during
these difficult times the past two years. The following organizations will
receive $100 each: Father Joe’s Villages, Feeding San Diego, My Brother’s Keeper
Alliance, Survivors of Torture International, and Young Survival Coalition.
Thank you to the 2021
Past Presidents, Johan Otter, Darrell Atkin, and Dasha Dahdouh, for their
leadership during the pandemic last year and providing me the opportunity to
work with you this year. As we close out this year, SOHL looks forward to
welcoming its new leaders in 2022.
Please help me congratulate the 2022 SOHL President,
Jessica Taylor, who has been a tremendous support for the SOHL Board, members,
and healthcare community. SOHL wishes Jessica all the best, along with the 2022
Board of Directors, elected by the SOHL members in October 2021, and Board
Slate (see “2022 Board
Slate” section in the newsletter for the list of individuals).
2022 be a better and brighter future! I hope you all move forward with
continued success in the new year as you lead your teams to new paths.
Nora M. Bota, M.P.H.
President, San Diego Organization of Healthcare Leaders