Message from Your ACHE Regent
I’ve been thinking of what to write about in this fall message for a few weeks now. We have been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in our work and our lives for the past eight months. We have learned how to transform what we do, have added resiliency to our lives, and have taken on ways to enjoy life’s simple pleasures more. I decided to focus my message on simple pleasures since taking the time for simple pleasures can re-energize us as healthcare leaders. Early in the day on Halloween, I walked in an open space in Durham, taking in the beauty of fall that had been touched by fallen snow about 36 hours before my walk. The leaves ice glazed on frozen branches and taking in a marsh of grasses in an open field covered in puffs of snow that looked like cotton with the sun warming the still life scenery was my simple pleasure for that day. The sadness of fall coming to a close was quickly diminished by the mix of two seasons together in one morning. Winter’s beauty painted into the colors of autumn was just spectacular.
My other pleasure to share with you was the recently held CTAHE’s webinar, ”Success as an Early Careerist – A Virtual Panel Discussion”. I was honored to be the moderator for this panel that consisted of three individuals who shared their career experiences with over 65 webinar participants. Fred Boateng, MHA of L+M Healthcare, Tiffany Morrissey, MPH, MA of Bristol Health, and Oladayo Sule, MHA, MLS(ASCP) of Hartford Healthcare spoke of their journey into healthcare, different roads they chose to take at times and for two of the panelists balancing work and raising young families. Tiffany also shared her perspectives as a female healthcare leader. While they each have their unique story, they shared common themes such as being willing to seek new things, using inquiry in their early journey, readily accepting feedback, the value of a mentor and a sponsor, and the importance of joining ACHE as a student. For all three panelists, ACHE, through our local chapter, provided them with a wealth of new friends and networking opportunities as they began their careers. Please seek out the recorded link for this webinar already posted on https://www.ctahe.org/ and reach out to connect with these amazing individuals. We all learn from others, and these are three that I am pleased to know, learn from, and continue to enjoy seeing their career progression.
On the national level, ACHE continues to offer value through many virtual platforms – face-to-face credit courses, online learning, and most recently, the news of a virtual Board of Governors Exam study course of which our local chapter has been allocating some seats. I invite you to browse both the ACHE and CTAHE websites for program offerings to advance your lifelong learning journey.
My best to you for the upcoming holiday season. May you enjoy the simple pleasure of family, friends, and the beauty of nature during the holiday season.
As always, please reach out to me if you have any questions regarding ACHE.
Denise J. Fiore, FACHE
Regent for Connecticut