Eric M. Young, FACHE, President
Greetings HCAT Members!
I hope that each of you enjoyed a restful and relaxing summer. The HCAT team has been working hard to prepare a great roster of events for you this fall. I hope you can join us for our next event, A Focused Look at Behavioral Health in Hampton Roads on Thursday, October 6 at the Norfolk Yacht Club. The team has gathered a tremendous panel to have a discussion about the area’s strengths and opportunities around behavioral health. It will be a do-not miss event!
Your HCAT Board of Directors has also experienced some changes over the summer. Laura Kelsey, President-Elect and Eric Henry, Treasurer, both accepted new jobs outside the area and have relocated. Both terrific members of our team, we will certainly miss their contributions and leadership to the chapter, but wish them well in their new endeavors. I am sure their new local ACHE chapters will be happy to have them on board! With that, we had two board vacancies that needed to be filled. Our bylaws allow for the appointment of board members to fill vacant seats, so we have begun that process. I’m pleased to announce that Samantha Kern, Director of Patient Care Services at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital has been appointed President Elect. Sam has chaired our Programs Committee this year and has done a fantastic job. She will continue to provide leadership to that team as Michele Carroll, Director of Orthopedics for Sentara Healthcare steps into Sam’s role. Finally, we are in the final stages of appointing a treasurer, so we will announce that shortly. With these board transitions, it’s a great opportunity to again remind you that we are always looking for individuals looking to get more involved. We will have several board and committee positions open for next year, so if you have an interest, please let us know so we can get you plugged in.
Finally, if you are on the cusp of obtaining your Fellow Credential, I’d encourage you to take those final steps and complete the process. Our Membership & Advancement Committee can help you find useful resources and upcoming study sessions for the Board of Governors Exam.
Thank you for your continued involvement in the chapter, but more importantly, I’d like to thank each of you for the role you play in making our healthcare system better. In these days it’s easy to throw darts at the healthcare industry (surely, we have some things to work on), but by and large the people I encounter in the industry day come to work eager to make a difference in someone’s life. And we do. I’ll leave you with one challenge – find a way to do something out of the ordinary for one of your patients, members, residents, or customers this month. Just one thing for one person and see where it goes.
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