Message from Your ACHE Regent
Shortly after my last Regent message, we were all faced with the need to immediately shift our priorities as healthcare leaders to either put into action our COVID-19 emergency planning or as a patient caregiver to shift to the care and treatment of COVID-19 patients. From setting up test collection tents to laboratory diagnosis to ICU care, we are creating history as we handle this pandemic. We have also had to adapt to a ” virtual ” lifestyle with our work and social distancing quickly. Work at home and Zoom meetings have become the norm for many. During this time, ACHE has established virtual work for the Chicago office. Please browse the resources referencing COVID-19 available to you from ACHE at ache.org/COVID. As noted on the CTAHE website, ACHE has made accommodations for 2020 dues payments with an extension to May 4th, 2020. ACHE is also offering an unemployed dues waiver for qualifying members. You can obtain more information on this by contacting the ACHE customer service center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our CTAHE Chapter has been very progressive during this pandemic with hosting virtual events. The first “Virtual After 5” held on April 1st had over 29 participants. It was a great way to connect with fellow members after work. By the time you read this message, an evening webinar was held on April 16th, “Digging Deep: Leadership Lessons from the Field to Care for Yourself and your Colleagues.” Please check the website for more upcoming virtual chats and future webinars.
A warm congratulation to Caroline Piselli, FACHE, longtime ACHE, and CTAHE member and Board member for achieving Lifetime Fellow Status with ACHE. In the fall, Caroline and I had an opportunity to meet for a cup of coffee one Sunday. That connection reminded me of how enriched we are in having the connections we make with our members and fellow healthcare leaders.
I have been committing to extending a daily personal thanks to someone in the healthcare profession for what they are doing at this unprecedented time; through a phone call, in-person chat with social distancing, a quick text, or a written note. Whatever you are doing to recognize and thank Healthcare Workers today, continue to do so. We are privileged to be a part of shaping the future in healthcare.
Thank you for your leadership and dedication to the profession at this unprecedented time. You have my heartfelt gratitude.
Denise J. Fiore, FACHE
Regent for Connecticut