Kimberly A. Lumia, MSN, MBA, RN, FACHE, Chapter President
Welcome Summer Solstice, oh how I have missed you! The Nationally recognized CT Chapter has had a busy few months, and we continue to hold our momentum right until July with programming! I’m excited to share these recaps, announcements and committee happenings with you.
CTAHE held our 2nd Annual Career Fair on April 18th at the University of New Haven with Keynote Speaker Marc Brunetti, COO of ECHN. There were 45 students from Connecticut’s top healthcare management programs in attendance and 15 of the area’s leading healthcare employers. It was a successful event for our students. I would like to thank our Education Network Committee for all of their hard work in putting this event on, and the sponsors for this event BRG, Sodexo and Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center.
CTAHE partnered with Premier Sponsor Medtronic to host the Executive Forum dinner on May 1st at the Delamar in West Hartford. The evening was full of robust group discussion around the topic of “Providing Value Through a Shared Culture & Vision” and many of Connecticut’s healthcare organizations were well represented at this event.
The 4th Annual CTAHE Golf Outing was held on Tuesday May 28th at Tunxis Country Club. Co-Chairs Gary Havican and Robert Weiss did an excellent job putting together this outing. Despite the rain, it was an incredible day of golf and giving! Thank you to all who attended and sponsored; with your continued support we can increase our educational and professional development offerings to our members.
The upcoming Annual Meeting will be held on June 20th at the Aqua Turf in Southington, CT with the keynote address presented by Guest Speaker Karen Hinds. The topic of “Leveraging Inclusion, Diversity and Equity for Healthcare Leaders” will be delved into, and afterwards we will have the annual Board Induction and Member & Regent Awards. Following the event, a Joint Cocktail Reception with the Connecticut Hospital Association will be held. I look forward to connecting with many of our members during this great day of programming for Connecticut’s healthcare leaders!
The Programs Committee is pleased to present the upcoming Six Hour Face to Face Program, which features an ACHE 2019 Hot Topic: “Professional Burnout in Healthcare, Lead Your Organization to Wellness” presented by Michael Fresina, Ph.D., at the Connecticut Hospital Association on Tuesday, July 16th. This is a great way to stay local and earn valuable hours for your FACHE certification or re-certification!
In mention of the Programs Committee, I would like to take a moment to recognize Morris Gross, who has been a member of CTAHE, Co-Chair of the Programs Committee and Board of Director for the past 42 years! Morris is retiring this July from Western CT Health Network after a remarkable career with them as well as retiring from CTAHE. I want to thank Morris for his dedication and commitment to the chapter and the incredible level of education he has presented to our members all these years. We are a better chapter because of leaders like Morris and his presence and contributions will be missed. I wish him the very best in his retirement years.
I would also like to recognize the Communications Committee and Co-Chairs Sahel Shwayhat and Claudio Capone; they have been busy developing a new logo for our chapter with a planned roll out coming up at the annual meeting. We are excited for these re-branding efforts. Please remember to follow your nationally recognized chapter on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn!
The Sponsorship Committee has also been hard at work revamping our sponsorship levels for 2019 and beyond. I’m pleased to share our new levels, and we will be rolling out new brochures soon. The new levels are: Gold: $2,500.00, Diamond: $5,000.00, Platinum: $7,500.00 and Premier: $20,000. We look forward to continuing to work with our partners and welcome new ones in!
In closing, I have received several emails, phone calls and texts either from potential new members or members whom may have let their membership lapse. I love receiving these inquiries as it is a testament to the awesome work of this chapter. I was visiting the ACHE website, and something resonated with me this month and I thought I would share. “We are leaders who care. We are a profession guided by the highest calling. To improve health for our patients and our communities. This is our True North, guiding our decisions in every challenge we face. We are healthcare executives who believe great leadership can overcome the health crises facing our population, and every day we show up determined to succeed and excel. We are committed to life-long learning, embracing the power of knowledge and how it drives positive change, within oneself and one’s organization. We are leaders, supporting both established and emerging healthcare executives in advancing their careers, while helping close the gaps in diversity and inclusion. We are your collaborator and connector to groundbreaking, innovative thought leadership, aimed at enriching and developing the very foundations of our profession. We are your trusted partner, your leadership community and your professional home. We are the American College of Healthcare Executives. Leading with intent, integrity and vision. For you.”
I continue to be honored and humbled to serve as your Chapter President and I am here for you. Please let me know how I can be helpful to you.
“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” Charles Bowden