Happy holiday season! I have a few updates and new thoughts to share about the importance of ACHE involvement at the national as well as local level. First of all, the outreach to our Higher Education Network (HEN) program directors has been very successful in helping us rethink approaches to engaging students. Our program deans and directors appreciate the importance of ACHE and helping us to think of different ways to structure and entice student membership.
Higher Education Network (HEN) outreach
- Career Advancement event confirmed for February 12, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Suffolk University in Boston. The event will provide recruitment opportunities for students and will be limited to 15 employers. In addition, resume review, interviewing skills and professional head shots will be available along with an introduction to ACHE CareerEdge career planning tools. Thank you to Rachel Rosenblum Wilson for being our featured keynote speaker! Special invitations will be extended to NAPHLA and NAHSE to incorporate our Diversity & Inclusion commitment.The Career Event Planning Committee consists of Karen Moore, FACHE, Donna Powell, Christopher Louis, PhD, Richard Gregg, Andrea Paciello, FACHE, Kathy Sucich, Nathan Burke, Allie McPherson, and Carmen Kenrich.
- The WebEx for HEN Program Directors was held on October 9 from 10:30-11:00 a.m. A link to the WebEx is available on the HEN page on https://www.massache.org/hen/. There were five participants and a very engaging discussion with new ideas for growing student involvement. A Spring HEN WebEx is to be scheduled.
Regents Advisory Committee (RAC)
- Current Members: Ann-Marie Panebianco, Richard Gregg, Richard Corder, FACHE and Zack Pepper-Cunningham. The Regent’s Writing Award was approved by the board in September. Terms of the award will be finalized to be granted in the Fall of 2020.
- As we approach ACHE Congress coming up in March 2020, I am reminded of how quickly the Regent’s 3-year term passes. Working with the RAC we are scouting for future Regents. We have a number of chapter members who may have interest in participating in ACHE at the national level. It is not necessary to be a board member of the local chapter. Any of you who heard Kurt Burwis, FACHE, Governor from Connecticut, at the fall conference heard how broad and deep the interests of ACHE working at the national level are, partnering with key organizations to advance leadership, quality and safety, and Diversity and Inclusion among other strategic objectives. Please reach out to me personally if you would like to know more about the Regent experience.
The challenges of leading a healthcare organization are increasing as we are reminded this 20th anniversary of the IOM report on patient safety. The one thing we know for sure is the importance of teamwork and collaboration and the psychological safety required for all voices to be heard. It is my strongest desire to see unprecedented breakthroughs accelerated in the near term. Thank you all for your leadership. It does matter.
Karen O. Moore RN, MS, FACHE
Senior Vice President Operations/CNO
Lawrence General Hospital, Lawrence, MA