Kimberly A. Lumia, MSN, MBA, RN, FACHE, Chapter President
Hello Fellow CTAHE Members and Colleagues:
I hope this letter finds you well and that you had an enjoyable summer! I always found it a bit sad as summer comes to an end and the kids and life goes back to school. However, I do look forward to the fall season. As we prepare to fall behind it is my pleasure to share what your chapter has been up to this summer and fall.
In August, the Chapter Officers and Board Members participated in a half day strategic planning session to welcome new board members, officers and co-chairs to the board. We reviewed the leadership manual and bylaws for CTAHE.
A few key tactics and developments that came from this planning session that I would like to share with our members that are under development are:
– Mark Holtz, FACHE, COO of Waterbury Hospital has joined the Board of Directors as our new Treasurer and is also chairing the Finance Committee, which has an opening for a co-chair. The focus this year will be the Financial Investment Strategy for the Chapter.
-The board reviewed the Three-Year Strategic Plan:
- Increase Membership (New Members, Returning Members/Lapsed Members & number of members whom are advancing to fellowship)
- Diversity & Inclusion Survey & plans to come regarding the results
- Physician Leadership into Membership
- Increase Student Membership
From here, the Officers and Board will reconvene in November to review the work done on these initiatives and with our Strategic Plan Champions, Board Members Caroline Piselli, FACHE and Claudio Capone, FACHE.
I am proud to report that CTAHE had a strong delegation comprised of myself, Treasurer Mark Holtz, Regent Denise Fiore and Chapter Director Annamarie Grise at the ACHE Chapter Leaders Conference September 22-24 in Chicago. I had the privilege of sitting on the “Taking Flight” Panel with two other Chapter Presidents sharing our proven best practices with other chapter leaders. We also learned more about ACHE’s focus and initiatives on new member growth, engagement and retention, as well as new ideas for events and education for the upcoming year.
CTAHE also offered our annual Board of Governor’s Study Group hosted by Mike Novak & I in September. The intent of this group was to provide the necessary educational review in anticipation of sitting for the Board of Governor’s Examination. Our chapter currently has 91 members that are eligible to advance to fellow (FACHE). Our goal is to have at least 8 members advance to FACHE and we are confident in all those that took the class this year!
As we look to finish out the year, we have a few upcoming events that I would like to remind everyone of and encourage their attendance at. We have an Oktoberfest scheduled for Wednesday, October 23 at Kinsmen Brewery in Milladale from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. During this event we are also hosting a Student Welcome Back Reception and giving them an opportunity to network with leaders from across the state. In November CTAHE is hosting “State of the State of CT Healthcare” provided by Jim Iacobellis & Karen Buckley on Wednesday, November 6th at CHA.
In the New Year, we will offer a Webinar series to our members in January, a Women in Healthcare Networking Workshop on February 13 and an Educational Networking Event at Waterbury Hospital’s new Wound Care Center on March 5. I’m also pleased to announce that we have already booked the dates for our Annual Golf Outing and Annual Meeting in May and June of 2020! Please visit our website www.ctahe.org to view the information, register and save the dates!
I would also like to pass on my congratulations to the ACHE recipients of the Recognition Program. This program was designed to acknowledge the contributions of ACHE members to healthcare management excellence through their volunteer service to their profession, their chapter and ACHE. This year’s awards go to Sue Prior receiving the Distinguished Service Award, Denise Fiore, Elliot Joseph, Henderson Rose and myself for Service Awards. These recipients will be recognized at our October event.
In closing, I would just like to also recognize our Sponsors, as without their help and support we wouldn’t be able to continue to provide the incredible educational offerings and experiences that we do for our members and be known as “Connecticut’s premier organization for connecting and educating healthcare leaders”. We are always welcoming & accepting new sponsors, so if you know of someone who is looking to make an impact with healthcare leaders in the state, please let us know!
“And all at once summer collapsed into fall” Oscar Wilde