|by Karin Larson-Pollock, M.D.|
ACHE Colleagues –
I hope you are all enjoying our wonderful (albeit hot) summer in this great state!
It’s been a busy time since I began my term as WHSEF President in April. We held a very successful WSHEF event April 27, where Cassie Sauer from the Washington State Hospital Association provided a legislative update, and an expert panel from around Washington discussed the most impactful healthcare initiatives in the Washington State Legislature. On June 17, we co-hosted the Future of Healthcare in Washington Conference, and July 13-16 again brought an ACHE Cluster to Seattle, where it was wonderful to see so many of you at the networking event co-hosted by WSHEF and Aramark. We have heard loud and clear from many of you that you want more networking events like that - so be on the lookout! We are in the midst of finalizing planning and will be posting the Meet & Mingle dates and locations very soon on the WSHEF website, as well as sending out electronic communications. If you are interested in hosting a Meet & Mingle in your area (especially the eastern side of the state), please contact our Membership Co-chair Steve Saxe at email@example.com.
BOD UPDATE: Friday, July 17 the WSHEF Board of Directors took time out of their busy schedules to participate our semi-annual Strategic Planning Retreat, where we welcomed our new WSHEF President-Elect Martin Benning, bid farewell to our Regent Steve Zieniewicz and focused on planning for 2015-2016 in alignment with ACHE national initiatives. Thank you to our wonderful Board (pictured here with Steve at our retreat) for your continued dedication to the chapter: Andrea Zavos-Turner, Martin Benning, Lori Nomura, Jim Cannon, Bill Reid, Steve Saxe, Jacqui Sinatra, Joel Flugstad, Sandra Slater-Duncan, Carol Velasquez, Steve Zieniewicz, Major Johnathon Evans, and our student representatives: Chris Gleason (WSU) and Rachel Shangraw (UW). Additionally, thank you to Van Chaudhari (webmaster), Sue Miller (newsletter), and Daniel Montanez (Diversity Co-chair), for the key roles you play in WSHEF.
Our aim is to provide you with a strong programmatic calendar of events and services that are valuable to you – whether you are looking for continuing education, advancement to Fellow status or to simply network with other members. Have thoughts about what might bring value to our members? I’d love to hear them, so contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, we realize that communication is key in this geographically-challenged state, and that our members prefer to stay connected in various ways. Thus, we are looking to enhance our communication beyond our website and quarterly newsletters. Interested in assisting us in the social media realm? Contact our Communications team at email@example.com.
BOARD ELECTIONS: We recently redesigned the Board calendar to align with the calendar year, our fiscal year, and most other ACHE local chapters. As such, we will have board positions open for January 2016, and the nominating process begins soon. Interested in a Board Member or Officer position? Please see the WSHEF 2016 Board Elections post in this Newsletter for more information.
UPCOMING DATES: As we work to finalize the program and events calendar, note that we plan to host Meet & Mingles in the Puget Sound area in September/October and possibly an event in Spokane sometime this fall. Also, save the date for our WSHEF Annual (Breakfast) Meeting: Thursday October 8 with keynote speaker Chas Rhodes from The Advisory Board Company. More information coming soon.
VOLUNTEERING: We have many opportunities for you to get more involved in WSHEF – from assisting with an event to ongoing participation in one of our four committees: Communications, Diversity, Membership and Program. Please feel free to contact me or the chairs of the committees to learn how you can get involved!
FAREWELL: Lastly, I’d like to wish our Regent, Steve Zieniewicz, the best of luck as he takes on his new role with Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey. Steve’s dedication to both ACHE and our local WSHEF chapter has been outstanding, and he will be missed.
Karin M Larson-Pollock, MD, MBA, FACHE
WSHEF President 2015