Message from the Regent - Texas Central & South|
Gary J. Meyn, MA, FACHE
Greetings to all ACHE affiliates for Texas - Central & South. It is my sincere hope that all of you have made it through this unusually hot and dry summer unscathed by Mother Nature.
In particular I am concerned for those who have been directly or indirectly affected by the numerous wildfires throughout the state. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
I have recently returned from the ACHE Chapter Leaders Conference held September 12 & 13 at the Inter-Continental Hotel, Chicago.
I attended this outstanding informational event for incoming Chapter Leaders in 2007 as an incoming Chapter President. It was packed with valuable information then and it has improved even more since that time.
I attended various meetings during my abbreviated stay and can confidently report to you that ACHE and its leadership are working diligently to keep our professional association the very best it can possibly be.
The consensus is that the Chapter model has been a big success and this brings more responsibility and leadership opportunities to the local Chapter levels.
In my short time as your Regent I have seen phenomenal collaboration between the Central and South Texas Chapters sharing information and improving their respective Chapters for their members.
It started with the planning stages way back in March for the Summer Satellite Program where the Central Texas Chapter participated for the first time. They stepped in and put together one of the two Category I panels presented and secured their two participating sites in Austin and Temple with precision and efficiency as though they have been doing it each year along with the South Texas Chapter.
This program again brought together our two Chapters diverse geographical regions along with our colleagues in Monterey, Mexico. There was high praise from the planning committee and those who attended this program.
The praise was so great that the planning committee proposed the two Chapters collaborate once again on a Fall Satellite Program which is currently scheduled for Saturday, October 29 with two more Category I panels, Becoming an Accountable Care Organization Part II and Achieving the Triple Aim in Healthcare.
We are interested in your opinions on the video conferencing/satellite broadcasting media and how we might utilize it moving forward with only Category II credits available in the coming year. Please let myself and your Chapter leaders know your thoughts on this.
Will the summer be the best time to bring our geographical areas together for such a program or should we save it for the fall and our Chapter elections, awards and a hot Category II topic/s with dynamic participants or do you have another idea?
ACHE has made arrangements with the Texas Hospital Association (THA) to provide an ACHE Category I panel following the annual ACHE/THA breakfast in February of 2012. This Category I panel will have the unique status as having all ACHE Texas Chapters receiving attendance benefits from ACHE.
The Central Texas Chapter has been designated the host Chapter and has taken the lead to develop the Cat I panel Using the Baldrige Criteria to Improve Your Organizations Performance and Quality.
The panel will be moderated by ACHE Chairman and Baldrige award winner, Rulon F. Stacey, PhD, FACHE. A panel of experts has already been confirmed and this program is currently ready to roll. You must be an enrolled participant in the THA Conference to attend this event.
Another legendary Texas event originally started and run by Jon C. Hilsabeck, FACHE, has been resurrected to a record crowd. Jonas Career Networking event has a long history and consistently met at the Oasis in Austin.
This time the event re-opened at Dell Childrens Medical Center on Friday July, 8 with an all-star panel and 75 attendees, a record for this event. Stay tuned, Jon will be taking this event on the road. Possibly to a venue near you.
Lastly, it has been my great pleasure working with Chapter leaders Kuntal F. Sindha and Karla J. Strawn and their respective boards who continue to work toward improving their Chapters and increasing the value of ACHE to our membership.
October 28, 2011
STC-ACHE Fall Educational Program
Video Conference Satellite Series
Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital, San Antonio, TX
Corpus Christi VA Outpatient Clinic, Corpus Christi, TX
South Texas VA Health Care Center at Harlingen, Harlingen, TX
McAllen Va Outpatient Clinic, McAllen, TX
Universidat de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico