|Message from THEF's President|
Dear THEF Members and Friends:
Henry Ford said, “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”
Triangle Healthcare Executives’ Forum is a great example of what Ford describes in the above quotation.
While our organization was officially chartered in 1980, there was somewhat of a rebirth in 2011. With strong leadership, a committed volunteer board, and eager members and non-members, THEF regained momentum at one of the most critical periods in our industry.
And over the past three years, we have kept together as a core board and added new co-chairs and other roles as deemed necessary. We have:
· Evolved and built on a very strong education program, listening to your needs;
· Diversified our membership;
· Collaborated with graduate programs at The University of Mount Olive, Pfeiffer University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Medical School;
· Promoted and encouraged our members to advance to Fellow status; and
· Grown our networking events in number and attendance, seeing familiar and new faces at each one.
And now, with a very strong foundation, I feel—as the new president—that we are working together toward a common vision with shared goals that will ultimately mean success to you our members and within the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).
ACHE clearly defines success in its Chapter Awards Program. We are going to strive to achieve all four goals listed below, but we would be thrilled to achieve two, which would entitle our group to the Award of Chapter Distinction.
· Chapters must provide at least 10.4 hours of chapter event programming per chapter member (THEF has 535 members x 10.4 hours = 5,564 hours);
· Chapters must have a net membership growth of 11.3 percent (60 new members);
· Chapters must receive 3.9 or higher on a 5-point scale in chapter member satisfaction;
· Chapters must advance a number greater than or equal to 9.6 percent of the members eligible to advance to Fellow at the beginning of the year (16 members).
We also set additional goals for our organization, and they are:
- Host a day-long education event
- Conduct two joint education events
- Increase networking events to one per quarter
- Encourage more executive involvement
- Schedule an Executive Breakfast
- Update THEF website
- Engage more volunteers—5 members per committee
- Increase sponsorships to $10k
But as you know from being involved in other volunteer organizations, the board alone cannot reach these goals. We need your assistance and commitment to build this organization into what we know it can be—a premiere healthcare education and networking source—for one of the true centers of medical excellence, The Research Triangle.
At each event, we will update you on our goals for 2014, and we will ask you to get involved. We will have volunteer engagement forms available for you to complete, but please do not hesitate to contact any board member to ask questions or learn more. (Information included in the sidebar) Bring a colleague with you to one of the education or networking events. And finally, promote THEF via social media—LinkedIn or Twitter. It’s amazing how valuable these tools can be!
So on behalf of the board, thank you for your membership. Thank you for your commitment to helping to build on the success of this chapter. And thank you for sharing your thoughts and ideas with us.
Carol Dorn Sanders