In the spirit of our just-celebrated Thanksgiving holiday, I want to express my appreciation to you for the great support I have had from you over the past year as I served as WSHEF President. I have had the opportunity to work with a very talented and committed Board and have been able to meet many healthcare leaders throughout our state who are making a difference for the patients, families and the communities in which they serve. The Board has continued to listen to our members and implement events and programs in response to what we have heard and had a very active 2018. A few call outs:
- A big thank you to Nick Malos, co-Chair of our Programs Committee, for putting together a great annual breakfast meeting in October, where many of us participated in an excellent panel discussion regarding “Disruptive Innovation in Healthcare Delivery”. Moderated by Rod Tarrago, Seattle Children’s CMIO, and with panelists Ann Goldman (Multicare), Dan Low (MDmetrix/Seattle Children’s), Bernadette Minton (Providence St. Joseph Health), and Sriraman Rajamani (Health Catalyst) – the panel shared their perspective on the evolution of technology’s impact on healthcare, with a focus on use of data analytics.
- I also want to thank the Membership and Advancement Committee co-Chairs, Karin Larson-Pollock and Brooke Stegmeier, for their efforts to put together a Fellows educational event with a national speaker on “Leading in a Changing Environment: Focus on Population Health”. I heard that the presenter, content and venue were excellent.
- Thanks to Steve Saxe, we launched Advancement Information Sessions via webinar for members wanting to advance to Fellow, helping them to learn about the process and tips for successfully passing the exam.
- The Board is also mindful of the need to create more opportunities for members on the east side of the state, hosted a couple of events in 2018, and am pleased that we now have two representatives on our Board from eastern Washington who are eager to help further the effort in 2019.
- Additionally, I am very excited about the work that is occurring to launch our organizational champion framework. This is a focus on engaging individuals from various organizations throughout the state to serve as the point of contact for disseminating information and gathering feedback on our activities, with an aim of better engaging our members.
The Board is continuing to look for opportunities to best meet the needs of ACHE members in our state and will be having a half day retreat in January to talk about the year ahead. We always appreciate hearing your ideas, so please reach out if you have items you would like us to consider.
Finally, I want to remind you about the upcoming ACHE Congress in Chicago March 4-7. This is always a great opportunity to learn from leaders in the field on a wide variety of topics, as well as reconnect with colleagues and meet new ones.
Thank you again for your support this past year – it was a pleasure serving as President. In January I will pass the baton to Lori Nomura who will serve as President for 2019. Lori has been a long-standing supporter of WSHEF and has served on the Board for several years. She has been instrumental in working with the Board over the past few months to establish a new strategic plan, which you will hear more about in the coming year.
Wishing you all a very happy holiday season,