|THEF President Carol Dorn Sanders, Regent Joann Anderson, ACHE Regional Direction Terra Levin, Julie Cooper and Joann Spaleta from Carolinas HealthCare System at Congress in Chicago|
|Message from THEF's President|
Well, before you know it, another quarter has passed, and you are deep into the summer months and vacation season. Where did the first half of the year go?
Since drafting my last letter to you, I had the opportunity to represent the Triangle Healthcare Executives’ Forum at the American College of Healthcare Executive’s Leadership Congress in Chicago. As always, the event was packed full of education and networking opportunities. I especially enjoyed spending time with my fellow chapter leaders from other North Carolina chapters, as well as having dinner with our new Regent, Joann Anderson, FACHE, president and CEO of Southeastern Health. She is a servant leader who has a great vision of where she would like for the North Carolina chapters to be at the end of her three-year term. We are fortunate to have her at the helm. (See my blog post about my Top Five Take-Aways from Congress.)
Our board and chapter have been busy this quarter with a networking event in March, the annual UNC Healthcare Executives Student Association dinner in April, and our outstanding Leadership Summit on May 29. We had great attendance at all of the events, and I continue to be delighted to meet new people who have never attended a THEF event before. I certainly hope this trend continues. Education is more important than ever in our industry, and we are delighted to offer local opportunities for you. As always, please let us know if you have ideas for topics that you would like to see covered in future education sessions. And please encourage your co-workers and colleagues to attend a THEF event!
In addition to our education events, one of the chapter initiatives I am most proud of this year is the Advancement Preparation Webinar Series that has been coordinated by Advancement Co-Chairs, Bankie Olatosi and Christa Johnston. The sessions have been very informative and are great assets for preparing to take the Board of Governors exam—the final step of becoming a Fellow. I would encourage you to reach out to Bankie or Christa if you are interested in advancing to fellow status and would like to access the recordings of the sessions.
And I would be remiss if I did not take this opportunity to recognize three people who served on the THEF board and are moving on to new opportunities. Robert Coble served as the UNC HESA Member on our board from May 2013-April 2014, and he will be rotating off the board now that he has graduated from UNC’s MHA program. Jay Wagner served on the THEF board for two years as Communications Co-Chair. He was an outstanding board member and colleague and helped THEF gain presence in the social media world. Jay moved to Baltimore in April to accept an exciting consulting role with Crowe Horwath. Kyle Dorsey will be leaving our board in July after serving as president, immediate past president and membership chair. Kyle helped to breathe new life and energy into the THEF chapter, and we will forever be grateful for his leadership and commitment to ACHE.
Finally, on behalf of the board, we want to thank you for your membership and participation in our activities. For those who are interested in extending your involvement in THEF and possibly becoming a board member, we will be accepting nominations in the near future, and elections for 2015 will be held in September or October.
We hope to see you at an event soon, and we look forward to providing you with new exciting opportunities in the fall. Take care, and happy vacations!