A Message from Your ACHE Regent
Greetings as your new Regent for Connecticut. While we are seeing signs of spring blossom around us the rain keeps dampening our ability to really enjoy spring. Let’s hope we can say goodbye to the many days of rain very soon. I want to be outside where I can get into my gardens!
I want to thank those of you who elected me as your Regent for Connecticut. I hope to serve you well in my three year term. A special congratulations to Kurt A. Barwis, FACHE, President and CEO of Bristol Hospital and Health Care Group, on becoming a Governor for ACHE. A thanks to Kurt as well for my orientation to all aspects of being a Regent.
I recently attended the Student Career Fair held at University of New Haven’s Orange Campus. Our Education Network committee under the direction of Fred Boateng, did a superb job of planning this day. This being our second career fair, over 47 students and 15 employers participated. A special thanks to Marc Brunetti, COO of ECHN, the keynote speaker. Sharing career advice and his personal story of advancement was so worthwhile. I am already planning my fall visits to each EN in the state to help students connect to the local chapter as well as see the benefits of ACHE for their careers ahead.
The ACHE 2019 Congress on Healthcare Leadership held in Chicago in March was excellent. Having CTAHE receive the Chapter Excellence Award is a result of hard work and focus of the chapter board and committee members. Aside from Michael Novak, FACHE, CTAHE Vice President and COO of Montefiore Nyak Hospital accepting the award at Congress, many of you helped the chapter celebrate locally. We should be proud of the chapter receiving this award!
One of the distinguished lectures at ACHE featured Josh Linkner, Author, Chairman and Co-Founder of Platypus Labs. His topic was “Being Innovative in a Time of Rapid Change.” His message of how we need to have everyday innovation in healthcare was inspiring. Josh spoke of embracing new approaches, seeking the unexpected, knowing that barriers can be overcome so that we can leverage our human creativity each day. While there were many valuable lectures and lessons at Congress, this one stood out for me. Taking time to push our creativity to innovation is so important as healthcare leaders.
I end my message to you with a reminder to check the CTAHE website at www.ctahe.org. The annual meeting of the Chapter takes place on June 20, which will feature guest speaker Karen Hinds, speaking on “Leveraging Inclusion, Diversity and Equity for Healthcare Leaders.” And, on July 16 the Chapter will hold a six hour face-to-face education program on “Professional Burnout in Healthcare – Lead Your Organization to Wellness.” Please consider attending these two events.
Denise J. Fiore
Regent for Connecticut