|Western Florida Chapter's 2020 Vision|
Dear Fellow WFC ACHE Members,
am excited about my role as President for the upcoming year. After serving as
faculty representative on the Board of the Western Florida Chapter of ACHE over
the last couple years, I have had the pleasure of learning leadership best
practices from Kelly Batista and Krys Berger. I hope to continue their
excellent work serving you as President of the preeminent professional society for
healthcare executives with career development resources.
am currently an Assistant Professor at University of South Florida College of
Public Health where I teach such courses as management, strategy, and
consulting to healthcare management graduate students. In addition to teaching,
I conduct research and write textbooks, most recently a casebook on Healthcare
Quality Management, co-authored with other Western Florida Chapter Board
members Candace S. Smith and Eddie Pérez-Ruberté.
WFC Board met in October 2019 to plan our 2020 Chapter strategy. We set
ambitious plans for the year to continue financial stability, accelerate
membership growth, and increase value & service to our membership.
Initiatives include a revamped website, establishing Chapter champions at local
healthcare organizations, and supporting members’ advancement to Fellow. The
Board will work together to implement these initiatives in order serve our
members’ professional, educational, and leadership needs.
the first quarter of the year, we will have a couple of Chapter events that we
are excited about. In February, we will be hosting a Networking event in the
Tampa area. This event will provide a more informal occasion to network and
build connections among members. In March, we will host “Behavioral Health
Approaches to Increase Value for the Organization and Meet Community Needs” at
Lakeland Regional. Led by moderators and subject matter experts in behavioral
health, this event will investigate how receiving both behavioral health and
primary care treatment in one integrated setting can support patients and
strengthen our communities.
Are you attending ACHE 2020 Congress on
Healthcare Leadership this year? You should consider submitting a narrative
for a poster at the 36th annual Management Innovations Poster Session. ACHE
seeks innovations, such as improving quality or efficiency, improving patient
or physician satisfaction, implementation of EHRs, uses of new technology, and
similar topics. All accepted applicants are expected to be available to discuss
their posters on Monday, March 23, between 7–8 a.m. Posters will remain on
display March 23–25 at Congress.
Please go to ache.org/CongressPosterSession
for the full selection criteria. Submit narratives as an email attachment to PosterSessions@ache.org by Jan. 21,
you very much for your membership in the Western Florida Chapter. I look
forward to serving you in 2020!
Pruitt, PhD, MHA, CPH
President-Elect, Western Florida Chapter
American College of Healthcare Executives