The first quarter is coming to an end and Spring is right around
the corner; although in Western PA we have seen glimpses of Spring all
throughout the winter. The milder winter
is not the only excitement that the last few months have provided, our ACHE
chapter has been hard at work to fulfill our goal to help members network,
learn, and advance.
In December we had a successful annual member event where
several members gathered at PNC Park for an evening of networking and an
inspiring as well as very interactive talk by Dr. Kathy W. Humphrey, Senior
Vice Chancellor for Engagement at the University of Pittsburgh. This served not only as a wrap-up for 2016
but also provided a jump start to the many great opportunities that 2017 will
bring for the members of our chapter.
In January, we welcomed 3 new board members - please join me in
welcoming Caitlin Colkitt (UPMC), LaJuana Fuller (UPMC), and Mona Lisa Leung
(student, University of Pittsburgh). On January 25th we held
our first board & committee member celebration and recruitment event at The
Foundry! We had approximately 30 interested members join us to celebrate
our team as well as learn how they too could become more involved in the
chapter through committee work. The next morning on January 26th, we
held a “Breakfast with the CEO” event in the Erie area; where 20 members had
the opportunity to dine and have an interactive discussion with John Gennaro,
FACHE Director, Erie VA Medical Center.
In February, our chapter offered a free 1.5 Face to Face Credit
education event on the topic of ‘Career Positioning—Proactively Managing Your
Professional Development”. The panelists included; David Gibbons, MHA, RN –
Executive Vice President and COO, UPMC Northwest and UPMC Hamot, Stacey Vaccaro,
FACHE- COO, The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh, and Jennifer Dee, MHA –
Vice President Ambulatory Behavioral Health and Executive Administrator,
Department of Psychiatry, UPMC. The panel provided a very focused discussion on
career planning for approximately 30 members comprised of mostly student
members, early careerists, and mid-level managers.
In March, several of our board and chapter members had the
opportunity to attend the annual ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership in
Chicago. The Western PA chapter joined
other chapters from the state of Pennsylvania to host our members at an “All
Pennsylvania” reception at the Mercat a la Planxa. It provided a wonderful opportunity to
collaborate and engage with colleagues from across the state.
Positive momentum will continue beyond the first few months of
the year as we have many education and networking events planned throughout the
remainder of the year. I look forward to
reporting about the status of those events in future newsletters. In addition to events, ACHE of Western PA
continues our commitment to Diversity and meeting our member needs in the
northern region. This year we have two committees represented on the board dedicated
to those initiatives.
As always, the challenging landscape of healthcare continues to
be upon us, and we rely on timely and relevant education as well as each other
to support our success. We hope that the Western PA chapter of ACHE is a
go-to resource for you to Network, Learn and Advance your careers. Please
consider joining us at an upcoming event in the Pittsburgh area or Northern
region. We appreciate your membership here at ACHE of Western PA and are
eager to meet you at an event. We welcome your participation and any
feedback that you may have.
Laura Griffin, MHA
Director, Network Nursing
Allegheny Health Network