Healthcare Administrators of Tidewater - Summer 2016 (Plain Text Version)
Message from Your ACHE Regent - Summer 2016
Note from ACHE Regent, Delores Clement, DrPH, FACHE Regent for Virginia - Central
We recently finished with the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, or the 2016 Summer Olympics. It is always interesting to watch the skills exhibited by the well-trained competitors. The talent and skills exhibited are truly amazing and at times, breath-taking. The talents and skills they exhibit can be matched to those who are delivering medical care to those who are experiencing pain and illness. The skill and knowledge that is needed is no less daunting than what is faced by the athletes. It can be mentally, physically and emotionally demanding. Healthcare professionals must keep their knowledge and skills up-to-date and ready to meet every contingency they will face.
This summer we will continue to see the unfolding of the Presidential election race here in the United States. Regardless of one’s political inclinations, our communities and many of our healthcare organizations were founded on taking care of the ill and vulnerable among us. Responsibility for the health of the population we serve includes all in our respective communities. This challenge will impact our organizations as we move forward despite who may or may not be elected. The answers to the challenges posed in coverage for our communities may vary, based on one’s experience. Those of us who have been involved in the delivery of healthcare services for years rely on ACHE to assist in our ability to adapt to our continually changing environments. It is part of the ACHE ethics pledge: to enhance our profession through leadership in a wide range of community and professional activities.
ACHE provides healthcare leaders with knowledge, regardless of where one is in his/her career through educational programs to keep our skills honed and to keep us abreast of public policy. Networking through a local chapter can provide one with plenty of opportunities to share views of strategies to survive the changes. The educational seminars afford a leader with an opportunity to gain a base of knowledge upon which one can identify successful strategies. The local ACHE chapters are in the midst of planning exciting sessions for the remainder of the year. Take advantage of as many as you can. Hopefully I will see you at one soon – rested and rejuvenated from time you have taken to celebrate summer!
Dolores G. Clement, DrPH, FACHE