April 2017
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President's Message
Sam McAdams, President
President's Message

My Fellow ACHE Colleagues,

As an Oklahoma native I tend to get excited this time of year, not so much for the “April showers that bring May flowers”, but for the severe weather! Some of you who were born and raised in Midwest may share this sentiment. I have one vivid memory in particular when I was a child in the 1970s as I laid eyes on my first Oklahoma tornado. I was living at that time on a small farm in a town near Chickasha called Ninnekah. I recall watching Gary England on TV one evening when my parents gathered me and my three brothers together to an outdoor storm cellar. My father cracked open the cellar door and invited us up the steps to see the tornado as it moved across the gravel road in front of our house. I remember feelings of fear and excitement all in the same moment. Several years later I graduated from Norman High and moved to Utah for college. Only then did I learn how much I would miss our thunder & lightning shows coupled with the severe weather broadcasts which take over the air waves during storm season. You know that when Mike Morgan wears his sparkly tie on the 5 o’clock news, it’s about to go down.

In all seriousness, however, what have Oklahomans learned over the years from our severe weather events? For starters, we have one of the nation’s most robust severe weather alert systems. Most cities in Oklahoma have invested in tornado siren infrastructure to ensure alert coverage for most populated areas. In the past few years you may have noticed that the Emergency Alert System has tapped into the smart phone market to develop alerts that can be sent out to select geographic areas. In addition, many Oklahomans have established family emergency plans or installed storm shelters in their homes. All of these measures not only ensure safety but are the result of actions taken based on prior experience.

I believe that as Healthcare Leaders we too play an important role in action planning. As exemplified by the Emergency Alert System, it was not enough to be satisfied with an outdoor siren system to alert local residents. They came up with an ingenious idea to leverage the growing demand for smart phone technology. So I ask ourselves, what have we learned from our past experiences? What are the industry trends that we should be leveraging? Are we proactive or reactive to market changes? And what measures are we taking to not only ensure the safety of our patients but to advance healthcare in Oklahoma? Food for thought.

As always, I appreciate your continued advocacy for our patients and families and look forward to seeing each of you at our upcoming spring events.


Sam McAdams, MBA, FACHE




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