Michael A. Novak, MSM, MBA, FACHE, Chapter President
Greetings Chapter Members, Fellows and Sponsors,
There is an old Chinese expression that says “Better to be a dog in times of tranquility than a human in times of chaos.” (This is widely believed to be the root of the so called Chinese curse “May you live in interesting times” although no evidence for this truly exists). The point being, interesting times are not one of peace and tranquility. It would seem these are interesting times. Following the pandemic, we now see the horrors of war afflicting Ukraine, inflation increasing at staggering rates, and more turmoil than I think we would like. As Healthcare Leaders however, we must carry on and do so in an indomitable way. As leaders have made progress against the pandemic, we must keep our organizations running despite supply chain disruptions and staggering increases in costs, especially labor. We do this by managing through these issues and sharing our experiences and accomplishments with our colleagues. By sharing and networking, we can quickly get to the best practices and shorten the life cycle to improve our organizational performance.
The Connecticut Chapter for ACHE had a great year last year. We will be recognized at the ACHE Congress (March 28-31) for the awards for Award of Excellence and Sustained Performance. Only three chapters in the Nation achieved the Award for Excellence this year. Our chapter has done it twice now. Through the strong efforts of our volunteer members and boards, with the solid commitment of our Healthcare member colleagues, we continue to improve education, share our achievements and give back to the younger executives and students in our midst. It is all good.
Our goal to drive value for our members continues:
- This fall we have our first multi-chapter event planned at Mohegan Sun, “Healthcare Beyond the Horizon“. We are continuing to pack the agenda with insightful speakers and discussions. It will hopefully be a great venue to network with your regional colleges and continue to share the information we hold as a group. Hold the dates of November 13-15, 2022!
- We have over 30 people from Connecticut going to ACHE Congress this year. We have events planned for Sunday and Monday night and are looking again forward to seeing the faces we have missed over the past two years. If you are going to Congress, please register for our Chicago style pizza night Monday so we have a better idea of the number of people attending. The awards ceremony for our Chapter recognition will be held on Tuesday at Malcolm T. MacEachern Memorial Address and Luncheon: Workforce Solutions for the Modern Health World. It should be a fascinating discussion and a great time to receive our awards. Please try to make the event and join us for the group photo after!
- We have our annual golf tournament and meeting coming up on May 24 at Tunxis Golf Club. It’s continually been a very fun event with great food and prizes. We hope to see you all there, play golf, or just come for dinner and enjoy. We look forward to seeing you all there once again.
I would like to thank our sponsors and sponsor team for the phenomenal job getting new sponsors that help up put on these events at reduced costs. A special thank you to our new sponsors: Bristol Health, Eastern Connecticut Health Network, The Hospital of Central Connecticut, Melillo Consulting, Montefiore Nyack, Quinnipiac University and WaterburyHEALTH as well as returning sponsors: BerryDunn, e4h, RestorixHealth and YardeZone. If you have not yet approached your company for sponsorship, we can think of no better cause, as our awards will attest to, than CTAHE.
Thank you for your continued support, the time you provide to the Chapter and most of all, your continued demonstrated leadership in the “interesting times”.