|President's Message Spring 2014|
|Angelo A. Armondo, MHA, FACHE, President, STC-ACHE|
2014 is off to a swift start for our Chapter. The newly elected Board of Directors met in January to review the overall plan for the year and review first drafts of the updated Chapter Bylaws and Chapter Policy and Code of Ethics. Key among the proposed changes in these documents was the establishment of a Diversity Director position, a Committee on Diversity, establishment of the Speaker Series, and the establishment of up to 4 Director-At-Large positions to serve as mentors and advisors to all of the Board Committees. The Board of Directors meetings are held monthly and are open to members of the Chapter.
At the end of January, the Chapter held the 2014 South Texas Healthcare Landscape (HCL) in conjunction with the South Texas Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the Greater San Antonio Healthcare Foundation. This annual day-long event brings national, state and local speakers together to provide the HCL attendees with an update on healthcare management. As those of you in attendance know, this year’s theme was “Leadership Opportunities and Critical issues in Today’s Healthcare Landscape”. It focused specifically on Patient Safety and Quality, Healthcare Reform Implementation and Financial Challenges. I am pleased to tell you that this year’s HCL was one of the largest we have had thus far with over 350 registrants and over 15 organizations sponsoring the event. The HCL is now almost 20 years old and always provides opportunities for great education, great networking and great fellowship, in addition to 1.5 Face-to-Face and 6.0 Qualified Education credit hours. Its attendees span the spectrum from the C-suite to the graduate classroom and its topics are relevant for all. It is not too early to put this event on your calendar for 2015. It will be held next year, as always, on the last Friday of the month of January (January 30, 2015). The 2015 HCL will be held in the same location as last year, St. George Maronite Center, 6070 Babcock Road, San Antonio, TX. This past January we were privileged to have Christine Candio, FACHE, Current ACHE Chair, as our speaker. This coming year we will have Deborah Bowen, FACHE, ACHE President and CEO as our ACHE speaker! Don’t miss this opportunity. Remember to save the date now!
The Chapter has had a tremendous response to our Philanthropic and Community Relations activities. As a result, during last year’s Strategic Planning Conference, the projected number of events was increased from the four we did in San Antonio to seven being planned for 2015. The credit and appreciation for scheduling and managing these superb events goes to Joyce Brown, FACHE, and her Committee. Thusfar, this year, two of these activities involving the SA Public Library and the Brides Against Breast Cancer have already occurred and on May 24th Haven for Hope will have occurred by the time you read this newsletter. These events are very satisfying, please check on the website for upcoming events to participate in!
For her outstanding implementation and management of the Philanthropy and Community Relations Program of this Chapter, as well as all her other volunteer activities supporting the Chapter (President, Vice President, Past President, and Treasurer among others), Joyce Brown was awarded the 2014 Regent’s Award for South Texas. Congratulations Joyce, thank you and most well deserved!
Again as a result of actions at the 2013 Strategic Planning Committee, the Chapter started a new Speaker Series Program. This program is in addition to the Chapter’s primary Education Program and is designed to provide quick hitting, 1 hour presentations on topics of special interest to healthcare executives, as well as an excellent opportunity for networking with peers. The first event in the 2014 Speaker Series was presented on March 6, 2014 at the Petroleum Club. Fifty-one members attended this Speaking Series Event hosted by Bill Rasco. The topic was “Patient Safety and the Healthcare Executive’s Role” presented by Colonel James “Jay” Burks, FACHE, Director, Air Force Medical Operations Agency (AFMOA) & Director, Medical Support Operations and Administrator.
I had the privilege of representing the Chapter at the 2014 Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago from March 24 – 27, 2014. The educational and networking opportunities were superb, as always. What made this Congress special for the Chapter, however, was being recognized as one of the top 8 Chapters (of 80) in ACHE. Our Chapter was recognized for receiving the ACHE Award of Distinction for 2014. This award means the Chapter was successful in achieving two of the four performance objectives established by the College. Thanks to your support, we exceeded these objectives in the areas of Member Satisfaction and Education and Networking. THANK YOU ALL For YOUR ASSISTANCE AND INVOLVEMENT!
Very shortly after this event, the Chapter delivered the second of its normal educational events for the year. On 4 April, 2014, the 2014 Spring Educational Event was held at the Sonterra Country Club. This event provided two panel discussions, each worth 1.5 face-to-face credits (3.0 total) for the 101 attendees. The first panel, “Leading a Successful Multigenerational Organization” was moderated by MG (Ret) David A. Rubenstein, FACHE. The panel provided great insights into healthcare and other organizations management and motivation of workforces consisting of workers from different generations. The second panel, “The Healthcare Executive’s Role in IT Decisions” was moderated by David A. Tapia, FACHE. The panel provided great insights into IT decision making in the healthcare environment. Our Summer Educational Event is scheduled for July 18, 2014 at the Dominion Country Club, hope you plan to attend!
Colonel David A. Bitterman, FACHE, Chief of Staff, Southern Regional Medical Command (SRMC) was recently awarded the American College of Healthcare Executives Senior-Level Regent’s Award. The award was presented by MG Jimmie O. Keenan, Commander, SRMC, in April. Congratulations David!!
For those of you in STC-ACHE, eligible to advance to Fellow in the College (over 150), I am pleased to announce we are underway in the Chapter’s Advancement Cohort to help you prepare for the Board of Governor’s Examination. Even if you can’t attend the whole Program, there will be a day-long course in “Fundamental of Healthcare Management”. This course is currently scheduled sometime in the middle of August. Please contact Phil Santillanes, Director for Advancement for additional details (210-293-3435, email:email@example.com.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the South Texas Chapter of ACHE, I want to express our collective "'THANKS and WELL DONE" to Diana Schultz for her superb service to the Chapter as the Director for the Coastal Bend Local Program Council (CBLPC) for the past 2 years. During her tenure as Director, the CBLPC was more active in providing educational, networking, and philanthropic activities in its history, right there in the Coastal Bend area. These activities included high quality ACHE Face-to-Face educational hours provided locally, that were moderately priced and readily available to the ACHE affiliates in that area. Diana was awarded the STC-ACHE "2013 Administrator of the Year" Award in recognition of her outstanding leadership on behalf of ACHE, the Chapter and all ACHE affiliates in the CBLPC area. We wish Diana the very best in her new position in El Paso, TX. Our loss, both our Chapter and to her organization, is most certainly Kindred's gain in El Paso. Diana, thanks again for all you have done!!"
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the South Texas Chapter of ACHE, I want to express our collective "'THANKS and WELL DONE" to Kim Briand for her superb service to the Chapter as the Director for the Chapter Publications for the past 2 + years. During her tenure as Director, she aggressively delved into a real problem area for the Chapter and immediately solved it. Her contributions to the Chapter in scheduling input from each BOD member on a recurring basis ensured enough articles would be generated for the Newsletter. She scheduled, cajoled, received, massaged and synthesized the input articles and produced really high quality Quarterly Chapter Newsletters. In so doing, she bailed the Chapter "out of hot water" with ACHE and provided a valuable source of information and communication for all STC-ACHE members. We wish Kim and her husband the very best in their next assignment, knowing that our loss will most certainly be their next Army posts great gain. Kim, thank you again for all you have done!!
The Board of Directors and I wish each of you a wonderful, personally and professionally successful year. We invite you to come and enhance your professional development and networking with your local Chapter, the South Texas Chapter, ACHE. Please check out the Chapter website to keep you up-to-date on events and to have Chapter documents available to review (http://stc.ache.org/). We are here for you!
Angelo A. Armondo, MHA, FACHE
President, South Texas Chapter
American College of Healthcare Executives