Kimberly A. Lumia, MSN, MBA, RN, FACHE, Chapter President
Fellow CTAHE Members, Students, Sponsors and Colleagues,
It’s hard to believe that we are getting ready to say goodbye to 2020 and ring in the New Year and welcome 2021! CTAHE has had a unique yet successful 2020. This past year has been extraordinary due to the COVID 19 Pandemic. However, despite the challenges we have all come together. The word “pandemic” from the Greek word pan meaning “all” and demos meaning “people”. As we start to experience the next surge, I would like to dedicate my winter letter to all the Healthcare Heroes on the frontlines caring for patients, families, and communities. Thank you, to everyone, for all that you continue to do.
As the Board recaps our year, we continue to review the 2019 – 2022 Strategic Plan. Our focus in 2021 is to continually engage our Students, Early Careerists, New Members, Tenured Members and Providers. We look forward to sharing how we will continue to strategically grow and develop CTAHE over the next year with our membership! Our Board will still complete an evaluation for the year, and I am looking forward to our continued evolvement for the betterment of healthcare leadership which leads to the betterment of healthcare delivery in the state.
I want to congratulate our Membership Committee and Co-Chairs Kevin Ferrarotti and Austin Potter for achieving our new membership growth goals and membership retention reinstatement initiative as shared by ACHE at the beginning of the year, pre-pandemic. Though ACHE relieved chapters of their goals when COVID hit, Kevin, Austin and the committee continued to make great strides. Each month we welcomed more and more new members who immediately got involved by attending our virtual events and joining committees.
I am also incredibly proud of our other committees like Programs, Sponsorship and Diversity and Inclusion, who saw virtual programming as a way to evolve and increase offerings for our members and supporters. Throughout this year we hosted virtual programming that touched upon resiliency, COVID education, health equity, crisis innovation, networking, and sponsorship engagement. Even though 2020 was considered a “virtual year”, our programs saw strong attendee index hours, almost ¾ of what 2019’s in person hours ended at!
CTAHE was also granted the ability to virtually send ten members to ACHE National’s virtual Board of Governors Study Group complimentary. We are honored to have the participation in this course and offer our members the ability to continue with their advancement goals despite this distinctive year.
Mentoring the next generation of healthcare leaders continues to be of great importance to me, and I had the pleasure of attending two virtual academic events in November. The first was to speak on the executive panel of “Application of Leadership in Crisis: COVID 19”, for the Yale School of Nursing on November 19 for the Nursing Doctorate Healthcare Leadership Program, along with Dr. John Rodis, Gary Havican, and Kerry Eaton. The second virtual panel I spoke on was sponsored by QU ACHE for Quinnipiac University MBA Program Healthcare Leadership & Business students to discuss the topic of “Bedside to Boardroom”, which was a career panel discussion along with Austin Potter, Co-Chair of Membership.
I would also like to welcome our CTAHE Student Board Liaisons Marissa Yulo and Christopher Rogers; thank you for committing your time and engagement with our Chapter throughout both of your last year of school.
On December 10, we hosted our last Virtual After 5, “2020: Been There, Now What?”. The chapter took this opportunity to provide small group networking, celebrated our CTAHE Gives Back Scholarship Award recipients and ACHE National Service Award awardees and shared in some holiday cheer. Please visit our website, www.ctahe.org to see the award winners and reach out to them to congratulate them!
CTAHE will begin 2021 with strong virtual programming; on Wednesday, January 13 we will participate in a joint effort with ACHE of Massachusetts for a program called “Breakfast with Healthcare Champions”, featuring Kevin, Keith, and Andre Churchwell. We will then host a Physician to Administrator Evolution webinar on Thursday, January 28. Our Early Careerist committee is also working on a three-part series that will cover careers in start-up companies, consulting, and hospital operations. ACHE’s Annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership will be held virtually March 22nd – 25th, 2021. This year’s Congress theme is appropriately named, “Reimagine”. Registration opens soon, and I urge you to register to attend! To our students, there will be scholarships opportunities to attend. We are also working on determining when it will be safe to meet in person again, and I encourage you all to keep an eye to our social media channels and emails to when we start to make those announcements.
Wishing you and yours a very happy and merry holiday season and a happy, healthy and most of all a prosperous New Year!
“The Holiday season is a perfect time to reflect on our blessings and seek out ways to make life better for those around us.” Terri Marshall