Happy Spring! I am excited to share my first Regent message #ctregentlife with CTAHE members. I would like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank our past ACHE Governor Kurt A. Barwis, FACHE, President and CEO of Bristol Hospital and Health Care Group, Inc. and past Regent Denise J. Fiore, FACHE, COO & SVP L&M Healthcare, Yale New Haven Health for their dedication and service over the past three years to ACHE and CTAHE.
My Regent term began at the close of the Council of Regents meeting on March 26, 2022, followed by the Eighty-Eighth Convocation on Sunday March 27 whereby ACHE recognized those Fellows who successfully passed the Board of Governors Examination, achieving board certification. Congratulations to our newest Fellows Austin B. Potter, FACHE and Ashwin R. Padmurthy, FACHE! The 2022 Honorary Fellow was presented to the entire “Healthcare Workforce” recognizing the passion and resilience of the healthcare workforce during a two-year long pandemic. The ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership titled “Advance” started on Monday, March 28, with approximately 4,000 in-person attendees. I was emotionally moved watching and listening to the Northwell Nursing Choir at the opening session. CTAHE members were able to spend time with our friends from ACHE of Massachusetts at dinner experiencing some awesome Chicago pizza.
I participated in a “think tank,” exercise at the Council of Regents, which focused on developing the leadership workforce. There were two questions asked; 1. What is the most important lesson you took away from your experiences over the past two years and 2. Who you would like to develop as a leader, what competencies, preparation and training would be most effective? There was great discussion of a few themes that resonated with me; leaders of today, tomorrow and the future will need to have superior emotional intelligence, understand the basics (being a visible leader), instilling a calm presence, and having an ability to execute. We all need to ensure we continue to develop and mentor our emerging leaders, investing in our people and taking care of them much like we care for patients and families.
I have been asked what it means to be a Regent and why did I want to be a Regent. The ACHE Regent is an elected position with a 3-year term. The purpose is to uphold the Vision, Mission and Values of the College and serve as a liaison between the ACHE and the local chapter as a resource to membership, including our students and the Higher Education Network. The Regent area for District 1 consists of the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont, as well as Canada. I decided to pursue the role of Regent for Connecticut to support our professional association and my engage with the chapter. CTAHE is an excellent chapter and has given so much to me that I wanted to give back. I am proud to share that CTAHE was recognized at Congress with the following awards: the 2022 ACHE Award of Chapter Excellence during the Malcolm T. MacEachern Memorial Address “Workforce Solutions for the Modern World of Healthcare,” and the 2022 ACHE Award for Sustained Chapter Performance. Congratulations to CTAHE Chapter President Mike Novak, FACHE the board, officers, and membership for all their hard work on this accomplishment.
I would like to welcome the following CTAHE members to my Regent’s Advisory Council: Michael A. Novak, FACHE, Austin B. Potter, FACHE, Mark H. Holtz, FACHE, Christine S. Cooper, FACHE, Jennifer D. Jackson, JD, RN, Angela Mattie, JD, Stephen H. Liebowitz, Leslie A. Zucker, FACHE, Susan Prior, Ysmael A. Peguero, FACHE, Kevin M. Ferrarotti, and Oladayo Sule.
I want to congratulate the class of 2022 and recognize our students that are graduating this May from the following Higher Education Network Universities; Fairfield University, Quinnipiac University, Sacred Heart University, The University of Connecticut, The University of New Haven, and Yale University. I welcome them to continue their journey with ACHE & CTAHE as they transition from student to an early careerist in healthcare. I would also like to thank our past chair of the Higher Education Network (HEN) for his service Fred Boateng, L&M Healthcare Administrative Director Ancillary Support Services as he transitions and welcome our new co-chair Stephen Liebowitz, Consultant, BRG and thank Leslie Zucker, FACHE, Health System Specialist VA for continuing as co-chair. Please let me know how I can be helpful to you on your journey. If you have any questions regarding ACHE and/or CTAHE please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to seeing you all in person at the CTAHE 7th Anniversary Golf Outing & Celebratory Reception & Annual Awards Dinner on May 24 – please register today! And please take some time to enjoy the changing weather and self-care.
Kimberly A. Lumia, RN, FACHE, Regent for Connecticut