Kimberly A. Lumia, MSN, MBA, RN, FACHE, Chapter President
Hello Fellow CTAHE Members and Colleagues:
It’s hard to believe that we are getting ready to close out 2018 and welcome in 2019!
To start off, I want to thank the Board Members and Officers that were able to attend the Strategic Planning Session on 11/19/18 as we develop the Strategic Plan for 2019 through 2022. I especially would like to thank Caroline Piselli, FACHE & Claudio Capone, FACHE for the excellent facilitation of the strategic planning discussion. We look forward to sharing how we will continue to strategically grow and develop CTAHE over the next three years with our membership!
One such initiative is the inception of CTAHE’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and I would like to welcome Gregory Murphy, FACHE as the Chair. He is actively recruiting volunteers for this committee and has some great plans for making sure our Chapter is welcoming and inclusive to all members. I look forward to the coming year as they start to roll out their goals and objectives. If you have an interest in participating on this committee, please let us know!
We also continue to focus upon meaningful engagement and professional growth with our students at Yale University, the University of New Haven, the University of Connecticut, and Quinnipiac University, and I am enjoying working on this with our Student Board Liaisons Melissa Troiano and Jasie Mathew.
The committees of CTAHE have been very busy this past quarter, focused upon continued excellence in the chapter. There is lots to celebrate as we have exceeded our attendee index hours, membership goals and face to face education hours again for 2018! We also look to reflect and refine for the coming year and will be implementing new sponsor opportunities, working from our updated Bylaws and Leadership manual, and are working on our Board succession plan, as we look to recruit and fill two Director positions as well as an Officer position for Treasurer for the 2019-2020 year. The Board also has a commitment to evolve as evidenced by completing newly designed board evaluation forms, so that we can continue to improve and grow CTAHE and the offerings for our members.
CTAHE also passes along our congratulations to Denise Fiore, FACHE who was elected to Regent and Kurt Barwis, FACHE who was elected to Governor; with both of their terms beginning in March 2019 at ACHE’s Annual Congress, which is being held March 4-7 at the Hilton Chicago / Palmer House Chicago. We hope that you will consider attending ACHE’s signature event and while in Chicago join CTAHE at our member meet-up at Lou Malnati’s on Monday, March 4th in the evening for food, fun and networking!
As we look at 2019, I am excited to share the events we already have in the works and hope that you will join us throughout the year. Our first program of 2019 will be an educational networking program at Bristol Hospital on Thursday, February 7th. After Congress, in April we will partner with Yale’s Annual Conference on Friday, April 12th, and then CTAHE will host our 2nd Annual Student Career Fair on Thursday, April 18th at the University of New Haven Orange Campus. In May we will host a Face to Face education program, and then host our 4th Annual Golf Outing on Tuesday, May 28th at Tunxis Country Club. June will see our Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 20th at the Aqua Turf. The fall time will see another educational networking program, our Women’s Forum event, and a new Diversity and Inclusion Forum!
I had the pleasure of reading a book called “The Secret Sauce: Creating a Winning Culture”. The prologue of the book stood out to me and I would like to share it with you here in the closing of this letter.
“Each of us desires to belong, contribute and make a difference. In fact, we could argue that our greatest purpose in life is to be part of a creative community, as that is at the core of what it means to be human. Perhaps your highest calling in life is to discover your place and contribution within a creative community. Regardless of the sector, people should be engaged in meaningful work that makes a difference. The secret sauce is available to leaders of all stripes and organizations of all kinds. All it takes is imagination, passion and willingness to engage!” (Kevin Graham Ford & James P. Osterhaus)
I truly believe that CTAHE has the “Secret Sauce”!
Wishing you and yours a very happy and merry holiday season and a happy, healthy and most of all a prosperous New Year!