It seems hard to believe that a year has passed since I readied my first letter to you as the incoming President of ACHE MA, but indeed it has. Perhaps the reason for the seemingly quick passage of time has been the pace of activity and achievement throughout 2019 for our Chapter. The fantastic sessions assembled by our Programs Committee, the emergence and recognition of the Diversity and inclusion Committee, the hard work of our Early Careerist Network, the advances made by the Communications Committee in our new website design, the new podcast series created by the Membership Committee, and so many other efforts have made for an exciting and fast-paced 12 months. I would again like to thank our entire board, volunteers and sponsors for making it such a successful year. Although the calendar year may have changed, our mission at ACHE MA has not. Simply put, it is to provide healthcare leaders with an opportunity for professional growth and personal development through educational programs and professional collegiality while promoting high ethical standards and conduct.
I feel as strongly as I did when joining ACHE decades ago that you get from membership what you put in, and then some. Continuing to learn and develop, maintaining excellent professional friendships and networks and having a reputation as a fair, honest and ethical leader are essential to a successful healthcare leadership career. Without all three, your ability to succeed in your career objectives—whatever they may be—will be limited.
For that reason, I encourage you to join, rejoin and stay involved with ACHE MA. We need your talents, input, diversity, different perspectives and, most importantly, camaraderie. So check out one of the excellent educational sessions our hard-working Programming Committee has organized, sign up to serve on a committee, mentor a student or early careerist (you’ll feel young again!), nominate yourself for a national committee or look into getting that FACHE credential you have been putting off over the years. There are so many ways to be involved that there is something for everyone. I can assure you, you will not regret membership.
I am excited about what 2020 brings for ACHE MA. We will strive to make our chapter as accessible as possible through better use of technology, meeting the needs of careerists at all levels and geographic locations in MA and, of course, by listening to our membership. To that last point, always know that our door and ears are open. Feel free to contact our Administrator, Donna Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org with comments, questions or suggestions at any time.
Warm regards for a great 2020,
John Fogarty, FACHE
President, ACHE of MA