Message from your ACHE Regent
Congratulations to our newest fellows Albert N. Lamptey, FACHE and Jillian K. Menzel, FACHE. The Connecticut Association of Healthcare Executives is excited to welcome 62 new members thus far this year. Congratulations to CTAHE members who have been selected to join ACHE committees; Ije Akunyili, MD, FACEP, ACHE – Editorial Board, Suri Venkata Satya Sai Alekhya – Student Committee, and Kurt Barwis – Bylaws (2025).
A warm welcome to our 2023-2024 Higher Education Network students, student leaders, and faculty advisors. The seven HEN Universities have started their meetings in collaboration with CTAHE. I have enjoyed attending these events and meeting the new & returning students, student leaders and faculty advisors. CTAHE held a Welcome Back event on September 14 with the University of New Haven & Yale HEN programs. I shared with the CTAHE HEN committee The American College of Healthcare Executives Richard J. Stull Student Essay Competition in Healthcare Management. The purpose of the competition is to stimulate and demonstrate the ability of future healthcare executives to identify and describe important issues and developments in their chosen profession. Essays must be received at ACHE by close of business on December 4, 2023. Entries are only accepted electronically. To view instructions for electronic submission, visit ache.org. For more information, please contact Sheila Brown, Chapter Relations Specialist, at (312) 424-9316 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On September 21, CTAHE held an in-person Face-to-Face program “The Emerging Role of Robotics” at Mohegan Sun. I would like to thank the panelists and sponsor of the event Intuitive. Upcoming CTAHE events are below:
October 10, 2023 – Noon – 1pm. As the obesity epidemic grows, healthcare organizations must focus more on treatments and solutions for patients (and for employees).
Calling All Students! This STUDENT ONLY program allows for mixing and mingling among peers and future professionals. This is a great opportunity to make connections, discuss and brainstorm professional topics, or make a new friend from a different school! This virtual event will be held on Wednesday, October 11, 2023.
Student Workshop: Navigating the Transition from School to Career Save the Date! Time of the Event is TBD. Are you looking for advice, tips and tricks on moving from being a student to your professional career in health care? Look no further.
Save the Date for the Connecticut Healthcare Exploration Event! Friday, November 10, 2023 – 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM Hosted By: Yale New Haven Health. More details to come! This series of events provides students the opportunity to network with healthcare professionals and explore different roles in the Healthcare Industry.
CTAHE’s 9th Anniversary Golf Outing & Celebratory Dinner is Tuesday, May 21, 2024. Register for golf or sponsorships on the Registration Form. Join us for raffles, contests, mulligans, fun, and more!
I attended the ACHE 2023 Chapter Leaders Conference in Chicago titled “Bolder/Brighter Together” in September. CTAHE President Michael A. Novak, FACHE, Vice President and President Elect Austin B. Potter, FACHE, Co-Chair Sponsorship Robert M. Weiss, and Co-Chair HENs & Sponsorship Stephen H. Liebowitz, DHA were in attendance. Chapter Leaders Conference is an excellent opportunity to spend time with chapter leaders across the country and share best practices. A huge note of appreciation and thanks to Rob Weiss and Stephen Liebowitz for their excellent presentation at Chapter Leaders Conference, “Implement a Thriving Sponsorship Program.” It was such a great way to showcase the excellent work they have done. Congratulations to CTAHE Chapter recipients of the 2023 ACHE Regent-At-Large DEI award presented at this year’s Chapter Leaders Conference.
The Chapter Leaders Keynote address was presented by Katherine A. Meese, PhD, Director of Research, Scholar of Organizational Behavior & Leadership at the University of Alabama Medicine & Wellness Office, Birmingham. Her presentation, “The Human Margin: Building Foundations of Trust” defined by Katherine as “The Human Margin, no humans, no margin, no mission” was outstanding. Katherine shared a comparison of a refinery versus a hospital “when the system breaks down what happens; things explode, people die, and it costs money.” However, the refinery has a downtime and makes the necessary improvements and repairs. In healthcare, staff burns out, leaves and then must be replaced. One key focus is asking employees what would improve their experience at work; and to pay attention when employees say “to feel that I am not expendable”. The focus of Katherine’s work is to improve positive emotions which are contagious, commit to gratitude which equals greater happiness, recognize employees in a way that they value and help to develop relationships with their peers to avoid loneliness at the workplace. These actions create an environment for employees where they can flourish while addressing employee’s well-being. “Trauma informed leadership at its core is; hear me, protect me, prepare me, support me and care for me.” The importance of trust of leadership and the engagement of employees is more important than ever before. Those components of trust “CHORES; competence & consistency, honesty, own your mistakes, relationships, expectations and safety”. One question that we should always ask ourselves “why did you choose healthcare, what is the significant story that brought you to this place?”. (11) The Human Margin: an interview with Katherine Meese, Ph.D. | LinkedIn
The Chapter Leaders Conference sessions included the following topics: “Optimizing your chapter education events for success, Ready to serve, Inclusivity, Globalization & Evolution, Collaborative communications & marketing strategies, Succession planning & sustainability = success, Bold ideas for engaging future healthcare leaders, Achieve a meaningful DEI blueprint & Chapter finance essentials”.
CTAHE Board bi-annual strategic planning event will be held on October 18, and will be focused upon similar topics presented at the Chapter Leaders Conference—continuing to focus upon our students, membership, and emerging healthcare leaders.
ACHE is on a bold mission to raise $1 million for the Fund for Healthcare Leadership by March 2025. Scholarships from the Fund help diverse, talented individuals acquire the skills and training they need to forge a career path in healthcare leadership. The Fund supports participation in ACHE’s Career Accelerator Program, the Executive Program and the Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program, as well as additional educational opportunities presented during the year. Your support matters! Without donor funding, these programs cannot exist. The need is greater than ever. Please consider a personal gift to the Fund and/or one from your organization.
Please feel free to visit the CTAHE website for all upcoming events. Wishing you a wonderful fall, may you have some time to appreciate the changing seasons. “There are three essentials to leadership: humility, clarity & courage.” – Chan Master Fuchan Yuan