In This Issue
Samuel B. Seifert, MHA
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Wendy Hicks, RN, MSN
Novant Health, Forsyth Medical Center
Vivian Langley, MHA
Alamance Regional Medical Center
Sherry Nance, MHA, RT(R)(N), CNMT
High Point Regional Health System
Anthony Potter, CHPA-F, CPP, FAAFS, FACHE
Immediate Past President
Pamela M. Sinclair, FACHE
Advanced Home Care
Message from Your ACHE Regent - Spring 2012|
Message from Your ACHE Regent
I hope all is well with each of you. I am enjoying the opportunities to work with many of the ACHE members in North Carolina as your Regent. As I mentioned in my last Regent Newsletter, 2012 is alive with issues directly and indirectly affecting our industry. Change is coming…perhaps sooner than later. I often wonder if “health care reform” is really going to reform the issues that most need reforming. I know we are anxiously awaiting the decision of the Supreme Court on the requirement for individuals to purchase health insurance. Regardless of which side the Court comes down on, the ruling will have a fundamental impact on our management activities going forward. State-wide, we are all preparing for a big election year. A record number of Congressional seats are up for grabs, there will be a change in the Governor’s office, a very important vote on an amendment to our state constitution and the usual local elections will require a close watch on how the election results affect our healthcare management responsibilities. In the Charlotte area where I live, planning is underway big time for the Democratic National Convention activities.
So, I am thinking this is the time for leadership to rise to the top. Leadership development and life-long learning is the foundation of ACHE. But we have to have a little fun with this stuff. That world renowned leadership development tip sheet, the comic strip called “Dilbert” ran a timely strip on April 30 in the Charlotte Observer. Dilbert’s boss (the pointy-haired guy) is talking to several others and shares that he is reading a book about leadership. He says “…I realize I don’t do any of the things discussed in that book…” In the next frame, the boss says “….I don’t understand how such a book can get published with so many errors…”
Oh, well, wish us all some good luck.
The 2012 Congress was held in March. I enjoyed seeing a lot of NC ACHE members. (Plan now to attend the 2013 Congress.) Attendance overall was an all-time high. I especially enjoyed the opportunity to participate in the Convocation ceremonies when all ACHE members who advanced to Fellow in the past year were recognized. It is impressive that 25 NC members advanced and received recognition and the status of Fellow. These new Fellows have earned the opportunity to use the FACHE initials. 29% of the NC ACHE members are Fellows. NC’s percentage is higher than the national percentage.
Board Exam Fee Waiver Promotion
This is a good opportunity for me to urge more NC members to take advantage of ACHE’s offer to waive the board exam fee for ACHE members who apply for FACHE credential between March 1 and June 30. Find more information on this promotion at www.ache.org/FACHE.
ACHE Call for Nominations for the 2013 Slate
A vacancy will occur for an ACHE Fellow from District 2 (NC’s District) on the ACHE Nominating Committee. It is a two year term ending in 2015. Several NC members have been appointed to ACHE committees recently. The Nominating Committee is important and it would be great to have someone from NC on this committee. Fellows can review the committee candidate guidelines at the “Affiliates Only” area of ache.org. Select the “Candidates Guidelines” link on the left side of the page.
I know your chapters are active. I have participated in several board meetings and several face-to-face education sessions. The education sessions have been of high quality and well attended. I strongly recommend that you be active in your local chapter. We are fortunate to have 4 chapters in NC. Some states have only one so we have ACHE activity close to all members. If you are not receiving periodic email messages from your local chapter, please let me or ACHE know. We can fix that!
Cheers to all and a pleasant and healthy spring to you….
John Roberts, FACHE
ACHE Regent for North Carolina