Winter has hit Central Virginia with some of the coldest temperatures we have experienced in quite some time. I am looking forward to this year, though that will be bittersweet. I am hoping for continued improvement in my health, which I have written about through these messages. There is much to be hopeful for! Yet this will be my last Regent message before handing over the baton in March to John P. Harding, FACHE, who will be your next Regent for Virginia - Central. John and I have begun working together in the transition to plan the first event of his time in office in spring. Though in the midst of winter, it helps to think that spring will be here soon. Here in Virginia we traditionally have an ACHE luncheon at the VHHA/VHREF Spring meeting in Williamsburg. Save the tentative date for Thursday, April 6, 2017 and plan to join us for lunch. At that luncheon, Regent Awards are presented.
Just prior to our Spring Luncheon in Williamsburg is the annual ACHE Congress in Chicago. There is much information shared at the ACHE Congress each year. The excellent sessions that help us stay up-to-date and better lead our organizations are a way to gain encapsulated information. The ACHE Annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership, “Discovering Possibilities & Opportunities,” will be held March 27 – 30, 2017 at the Hilton Chicago/Palmer House Hilton. We hope you are able to go.
I want to thank all of you who have helped me over the past four years that I have served as Regent. It has been an honor and although I will remain active, I will miss seeing many of you that I have met in this role through my travels to the Higher Education Network programs as well as all of the educational sessions in various parts of the Commonwealth. It truly has been a pleasure serving on your behalf!
Dolores G. Clement, DrPH, FACHE
Regent for Virginia - Central
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