Kimberly A. Lumia, MSN, MBA, RN, FACHE, Chapter President
“Spring: A lovely reminder of how beautiful change can truly be!”
ACHE’s Congress on Healthcare Leadership that was held at the beginning of the month in Chicago truly showcased why change is necessary and how to transform along with it, with their opening session focusing on “Being Innovative in a Time of Rapid Change” and themes that were highlighted in their daily education sessions centered around Innovation, Growth, Transformation, Opportunity and Collaboration.
Our own CTAHE embodies those themes and has been awarded the 2019 Chapter Excellence Award for our chapter performance over the past year. To receive one of the 2019 Chapter Management Awards, fully chartered chapters must reach levels equal to or exceeding the following 2018 performance standards in specific areas focusing on education and networking, net membership growth, level of member satisfaction, and advancement of eligible members to Fellow status. For those who were not able to attend Congress, we will be celebrating this accomplishment locally with an event on Tuesday, March 26 at the Delamar West Hartford and I hope all our members will be able to join us! In the coming year, I would love to see the Chapter exceed this level and reach the “Board of Governors Award”!
Also coming off Congress, I would like to congratulate the newly installed Connecticut Regent, Denise Fiore, FACHE, and Kurt Barwis, FACHE as he moves up to the role of Governor with ACHE. Connecticut also had a student representative attend, Matthew Duhaime, and our Women’s Forum Scholarship Winner, Leslie Zucker, FACHE was an integral part of helping keep all our Connecticut members informed and involved in Chicago!
The first of 2019 has also seen a successful networking event held at Bristol Hospital. A special “thank you” goes out to Kurt Barwis and his team at Bristol, as well as our Programs Committee for putting together a fantastic educational event!
Coming up in April, CTAHE sponsors the annual Yale Healthcare Conference on April 12th, and hosts our Second Annual Student Career Fair at the University New Haven Orange Campus on Thursday, April 18th. I am pleased to announce that we have a great turnout of employers so far, and want to thank sponsors BRG, Sodexho and Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center. We also have a great keynote this year to present to the students: Marc Brunetti, Chief Operating Officer with Eastern Connecticut Health Network.
On May 28th we will hold our annual CTAHE Golf Outing at Tunxis Country Club. Please keep an eye out for communications and sponsorship opportunities in the coming days regarding this annual fundraiser for the Chapter and our charity partners!
CTAHE’s Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, June 20th at the Aqua Turf prior to the Connecticut Hospital Association’s Annual Meeting, and the Chapter will hold our annual six-hour Face to Face credit course on Tuesday, July 16th at CHA’s facility in Wallingford.
This year ACHE is focusing on Chapter Operations with regards to recruitment, engagement and offering an advancement tool kit. We look forward to implementing the new Board of Governor’s Examination Review Course Options software/system for our BOG Study Group participants!
I had the pleasure as serving as the Guest Lecturer for the Year 1 Medical Students at Quinnipiac University’s Frank H. Netter School of Medicine on February 21, regarding Women Healthcare Leaders, how to become a healthcare leader, system focus overseeing multiple hospitals and the trends in healthcare related to providers and healthcare leadership. I always remain excited and inspired with what the next generation of healthcare leaders can bring to the table!
In closing, I again offer up what I am currently reading, or as I like to call it, “Book Club Corner”. “Intangibles: The Unexpected Traits of High-Performing Healthcare Leaders” (Health Administration Press, 2018). Author Amer Kaissi demonstrates through stories, interviews and research findings that healthcare leaders can embrace humility and still be excellent at their jobs. Intangibles offers an engaging exploration of evidence-based practices from an array of leaders in different settings. I believe that CTAHE offers the same insight through the vast and varied healthcare leaders and students that make up our diverse membership!