Fall 2015
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Call for Nominations: 2016 Board of Directors
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Communicating Change
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2015 Board Members
Garry Kauffman, MPA, FACHE, RRT, FAARC
(336) 971-1108

Katy Davis, MHA
Cone Health
(336) 832-7396

Deana Knight, MSN, HSAD, CEO
Select Specialty Hospital-Greensboro
(336) 832-8571

Michelle Bednarek, MHA, CHC, CPhT
Cone Health
(336) 218-8460

Lisa Pennington, FACHE, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
Cone Health
(336) 538-7517

Kwadwo Frimpong-Badu
(405) 219-0130

Immediate Past President
Vivian Langley, MHA
Cone Health
(336) 538-7087

Education Chair
Bridgett Sellars, PhD, RN, FACHE
AMN Healthcare
(336) 209-4933

Sponsorship Chair
Mark Watson, MPT, OCS, MBA
Watson Healthcare Solutions
(412) 302-1668

Audit Chair
Brad Marino, MPH, FACHE
Fellowship Hall
(336) 580-9198

Recruitment Chair
Michael Duke
(336) 416-0568

Education Liaison
Carol Vogt, Dr.P.H., MSN
Pfeiffer University
(704) 945-7318

Student Associate
Eleanor Rivers
Cone Health
(336) 254-6720
Message from the President
Garry Kauffman

Greetings fellow ACHE of the Triad Members!

When I looked at the calendar and noticed that it was time to write this third quarter report, I could hardly believe it.  The first 9 months of this year have absolutely flown by.  Thanks to Vivian Langley, 2014 President, who built a fabulous board for us to enter this year, we have had the most educational programming and networking in the history of our chapter.  All of our events have been well attended and have resulted in several new members. Our educational events have been well received, as noted by attendance and evaluations. Our networking events have provided us with another means of connecting with non-members and communicating the value of ACHE membership. These events also provide a much needed opportunity to de-stress from the rigors of our professional careers in in a relaxed environment and provide the attendees with another opportunity to learn from each other. Thanks to those of you who have attended our networking events this year and we looking forward to seeing you at future events. If you haven't been able to make it yet, we hope you are able to join us in the future.

One of the goals of our board this year is to provide you with opportunities to earn more face-to-face credits. Our Education Committee, chaired by Bridgett Sellars, has been literally working overtime to achieve this goal. With our healthcare organization's budgets seemingly tighter each year, these local educational programs provide a means of obtaining valuable information that we can utilize in our organizations and doing so in a cost-effective manner.  Invitations will be forthcoming for our annual meeting, but please hold the date: November 5th. Based on the tremendous feedback we had from the annual meeting last year, we are again holding the annual meeting at the Grandover Resort. Also based on recommendations from our members, we are offering 1.5 hours Face-to-Face credit this year.

In addition to increasing our educational programs and networking events this year, our board decided to try something different this year to support our student scholarship fund.  We planned a golf outing, the proceeds of which were directed to support our scholarship fund.  The story is longer than this column permits, but the short story is that we can chalk this initiative up to good intentions.  For the golfers in the readership, it was a swing and a shank. While the committee, co-chaired by Jeannie Wilson and Dave Jenkins, spent an incredible amount of time and effort to promote the event, we simply didn't get the number of golfers to make a go of it.  We ran into competing tournaments, TJC surveys, etc. and we felt it prudent to cancel the event and try again next year.  We actually had a number of sponsors, all of whom said they were committed to supporting us this year.  I want to thank Jeannie, Dave, and our entire board for their extra efforts to launch this inaugural event.

In closing, I welcome the opportunity to speak with any of you regarding the activities of our chapter, educational programming you would like us to provide, community service opportunities to increase our visibility, and other opportunities that will increase our value to you, the members of ACHE of the Triad.

Garry Kauffman, MPA, FACHE
2015 ACHE of the Triad President

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Save the Date!
Using Lean, Six Sigma, and Blue Ocean Thinking to Transform Organizations
Thursday, November 5, 5:00 PM
Grandover Resort and Conference Center, Greensboro, NC
Join us for an evening of networking, fine dining, and a panel discussion featuring four local professionals providing an overview of the various methodologies and share their experience regarding the use of these approaches in their respective organizations.  Registration includes dinner and two drink tickets (beer, wine, or soda).
Registration information will be emailed in the coming weeks.

Welcome To Our Newest Members
We are excited to welcome the newest members of ACHE of the Triad: Samar Ellison, Myra D. Kelly (Cone Health), Michael Lalor (Hospice and Palliative Care Center), Eleanor Parker (Randolph Hospital), and Priya Patel.  We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event!

Congratulations to our New and Recertified Fellows
Recertified: Cindy Jarrett-Pulliam, Danica Patterson (Novant Health), and Judy Schanel (Cone Health).