|A Message from Your THEF President|
Dear THEF Members:
As I wrap up my year as Chapter president, I want to take a minute to thank the entire chapter for your support and engagement over the past year, and reflect on the accomplishments of the chapter as a whole.
At the beginning of the year, we set out to accomplish some key goals, and we were able to make major progress towards them. Our 2016 goals, and our progress towards them are noted below.
- Continue to provide value to chapter members by offering timely, high quality continuing education opportunities by offering at least 9 Face to Face Credits.
This year we exceeded our Education goal, offering the full 12 hours of Face to Face credits, and also repeated several hours in the eastern part of our chapter’s region. We continued our tradition of a half day event, attracting many new and high profile panelists to participate, and again packing the meeting room. We also brought back our Senior Executive Roundtable Breakfast, hosting three area hospital Presidents as the panelists in a small group setting that maximized conversation and networking.
- Grow, Diversify, Strengthen
Our 2016 local member survey indicated that our members work in hospitals, academia, pharma, research, consulting, physician services, and more, and we know that in our market, physician leadership is a rapidly growing reality due to increased emphasis on business/clinical dyad leadership models. As such, we targeted new potential members by offering programs that appealed to multiple sects of our local healthcare industry, and were more intentional about inviting physician leaders to serve as panelists and participants in the chapter. In addition, we continued a 20 year tradition of partnering with the local student association, UNC HESA on the April education event.
- Promote and Support Advancement
Again this year, we sent targeted communication to members who were eligible to advance and offered assistance with the process. We also have started laying plans to host a Board Exam prep session in 2017. Stay tuned for more information on advancement from THEF!
- Give back by participating in at least two community service activities
A group of THEF members volunteered at the NC Food Bank on March 4th, bagging over 6,000 pounds of black eyed peas, which provided over 5,400 meals for local families. In November, we did a food drive at our Networking Event, again for the NC Food Bank, right before the holidays and the food bank’s highest demand season.
- Continue to partner with local healthcare organizations
This year we set a goal of raising $8,000 in sponsorship dollars to support chapter education events. We exceeded this goal, partnering with and receiving sponsorship dollars from several local organizations including WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Visantis, LabCorp, MedStaff, and the Duke Master of Management in Clinical Informatics Program. We are extremely thankful for their support, and look forward to further collaboration in 2017.
In addition to meeting these goals, we also:
- Awarded three $500 Student Scholarships to deserving local students pursuing a career in healthcare administration. These students can use their award dollars towards ACHE membership or educational expenses, and will serve on a THEF committee in 2017.
- Worked with interested members to revitalize the Eastern North Carolina Healthcare Executives group (ENCHEG), hosting a Face to Face session and also sending a chapter member from the eastern part of the state to the Chapter Leaders Conference in Chicago in September. Thank you to Brett Anthony, Neil Kinard and Luke Waller for your efforts to serve the eastern region of our chapter!
- Sent two additional Board members, including our president-elect Heather Jacobson and membership chair Erika Blackston, to the Chapter Leaders Conference in Chicago in September.
- Coordinated a chapter networking event at the 2016 ACHE Congress, as guests of the UNC- Chapel Hill Gillings School of Public Health at their alumni networking event.
All of these accomplishments could not have been possible without the hard work of our dedicated Board members, including Erika Blackston, Heather Jacobson, Will Holding, Simeon Furman, Frank Manole, Swati Bhardwaj, Heather Bogan, Maryanne Volkringer, Joyce Harper, Katie Price, Kate Zmijewski, and last but certainly not least, Neil Kinard. I want to send special thanks to Neil. As a long-time THEF Board member, Neil has demonstrated exceptional leadership and dedication throughout his tenure. Neil has decided to roll-off the Board for next year to focus on his family and spend more time with this son doing cub-scouts, and though he will be sorely missed, his work over the past several years has set us up for success in the future. Neil-thank you for everything you have done for our chapter!
Finally, as healthcare leaders, we have many changes to navigate ahead of us in 2017, from broad changes like MIPS/MACRA and other unknown healthcare impacts under the new administration, to local changes to network affiliations and the payer landscape. Therefore, I hope you all have a happy and restful holiday season, and as I pass the “THEF baton” to incoming president Heather Jacobson, I wish you much success in the New Year.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and our chapter!
-Jessica Landin, MHA, FACHE
President, Triangle Healthcare Executives Forum