Winter 2013 Volume 6 (1)
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President's Message
Message Q1 2013
Your Local Chapter Provides Quality Face to Face Education at an Affordable Rate
Our Lady of the Lake: A Focus on Diversity, Flexibility and Real World Experience
Coastal Bend Local Program Council Update
Donít Let Toxic Beliefs Hold You Back
5 Ways to Keep Your Organization Upbeat
5 Ways to Foster Innovation
Projecting Confidence and Competence
2013 Philanthropic Goals
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Angelo A. Armondo, MHA FACHE
Vice President
Frederick A. Swiderski, MHA, MBA, FACHE
Immediate Past President
Amjed Baghdadi, MHA, MBA, FACHE
Gail S. Nelson
MAJ James H. Hall, MHA, MBA, FACHE
President's Message
Message Q1 2013
Angelo A. Armondo, MHA, FACHE, President, STC-ACHE
HAPPY NEW YEAR to all my American College of Health Care Executive (ACHE) colleagues!  This is the first time I address you as the President of the South Texas Chapter of ACHE (STC-ACHE).  Let me start by thanking last year’s Board of Director’s and Committee Chairs for the superb opportunities they provided for the STC-ACHE membership.  Last year, the Chapter was very busy offering 4 Educational Opportunities, 2 Networking Activities, and 2 Philanthropic Activities.  At the end of the year, many ACHE year-end activities were accomplished on time.  Most importantly, the Chapter completed a very significant transition between Boards.  A number of new processes were implemented during this year’s transition cycle that allowed a much more specific review and revision of the Strategic Plan.  Some of these revisions are already starting to bring results.  One of the Board’s major focuses this year will be to enhance the amount and direction of communications among and between the members of the STC-ACHE.  Please help in this endeavor at every opportunity.  We very much appreciate your input and feedback!
The new Slate of the Board of Directors that you elected in October 2012, all took office on January 1, as well as, those who started their 2nd year in office.  The Board also approved the following major documents:
a) 2013 STC-ACHE Bylaws;
b) 2013-2015 STC-ACHE Strategic Plan (2013 – 2015)
c) The new 2013 STC-ACHE Board of Directors Policy and Code of Ethics.
This last document is brand new and clearly describes duties, responsibilities and expectations for each member of the Board of Directors and how they relate to each other.  I want to remind you, the members of STC-ACHE, that each member of the Board is available to assist you and answer any of your questions about the ACHE.  The purpose of these documents is to assist the Board is to focus its efforts to best meet your needs as a member of ACHE.
Moving on to this year, on January 25th, STC-ACHE collaborated with our partners, the South Texas Chapter, Healthcare Financial Management Association and the Greater San Antonio Health Foundation to present our annual South Texas Healthcare Landscape (HCL).  This year’s HCL established a new record with over 340 in attendance.  Attendees spanned the spectrum of healthcare, containing students through Chief Executive Officers of Healthcare Systems in the audience.  This year’s focus was the Administrator’s Role in Managing and Facilitating Change in this Dynamic Healthcare Marketplace.  Local, State, and National speakers presented their perspectives on this topic, including Dr. Tom Dolan, President and CEO, ACHE in Chicago.
The STC-ACHE has a very full schedule of planned activities for you to participate in.  The Board views its mission as providing value-added benefits (educational, networking, philanthropic and scholarships) for each member to take advantage of.  Our 2013 calendar of scheduled activities is now posted on the Chapters’ Website for your review and planning purposes.  Other Chapter focuses this year are:
a) Increasing member participation with the Board
b) Increasing member advance within ACHE
c) Increasing member participation in all Chapter events
d) Improving member appreciation of STC-ACHE programs
e) Fostering more events of all types in the Chapter’s Local Program Councils
f) Supporting growth in each of the Local Program Councils, and 
g) Increasing the overall number of STC-ACHE activities while maintaining and improving the quality, timeliness, and cost-effectiveness of our Program.
Please offer your support, ideas, and participation in YOUR local Chapter of ACHE, STC-ACHE!
Collegially yours,
Angelo A. Armondo 
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