Kimberly A. Lumia, MSN, MBA, RN, FACHE, Chapter President
Fellow CTAHE Members, Sponsors 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 (“bers”) season. As we prepare to fall behind it is my pleasure to share what your chapter has been up to this summer and fall.
On August 19th, the Chapter Officers and Board Members participated in a virtual strategic planning session led by Vice President Michael Novak, FACHE. Our board remains committed to and has set these as our priorities within our strategic plan.
- Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in all facets of our chapter
- Mentorship/Stewardship & Buddy Programs (most recently the “CTAHE Gives Back” membership scholarship application was created to help members who have experienced a loss of employment or wages due to the COVID-19 pandemic)
- Membership (engage, grow overall membership to include new members & lapsed members and establish events/programming that add value professionally. We look forward to further engagement from the Fairfield county area)
- Early Careerists (engage, grow membership & establish events/programming that adds value professionally)
- Physicians & Providers (engage, grow membership & establish events/programming that adds value professionally)
- Students (engage Student Liaisons to serve on the board & establish events/programming that adds value professionally including a robust network)
- Ongoing Succession Planning for the Board of Directors & Officers of CTAHE
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 help drive planning for 2021.
On August 24th CTAHE held the 5th Anniversary Golf Outing which was a great success with 75 golfers and 25 sponsors. This was our first in person event during the Phase II re-opening plan in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Orders for the COVID-19 Pandemic. I want to personally thank our golfers, sponsors and Golf Committee Chair Robert Weiss, Annamarie Grise and the entire golf committee for a wonderful and safe event. This year we added a beautiful trophy to the outing, and I would like to congratulate our first-place team from Hartford HealthCare who took it home – Robert Weiss, Andrew Turczak, Tom Mangano and Dr. Gary Dee.
CTAHE is discussing offering the Board of Governor’s Study Group hosted by Mike Novak & Kim Lumia virtually. The intent of this group is to provide the necessary educational review in anticipation of sitting for the Board of Governor’s Examination. Our chapter currently has 78 members that are eligible to advance to fellow (FACHE). Our goal is to have at least 9 members advance to FACHE 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. We are hosting a Virtual Student Welcome Back Session on September 30th. We also just announced an October 8th virtual panel session with the same incredible panelists from our virtual Annual Meeting to lead us through a discussion about “Preparing for the Second Wave: Strategies to Provide Care to Vulnerable Populations During the Pandemic”. On October 22nd from 5:30-6:30 pm CTAHE is hosting a virtual State of the State of CT Healthcare Panel Discussion provided by Karen Buckley & Jim Iacobellis from the Connecticut Hospital Association. ACHE National Chapter Leaders Conference has been moved to a virtual platform which will take place next month, which I am pleased to announce that CTAHE will have a strong delegation attending. We will also host an Early Careerist Success Stories Panel on November 11th, and then host another educational webinar on November 18th with Dr. David Gruen, CMO for IBM Health presenting. CTAHE also continues to partner with ACHE of Massachusetts and ACHE Rhode Island on their virtual programing to provide our members with an even broader range of educational and networking opportunities!
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!
“A fallen leaf is nothing more than summer’s wave goodbye.”