Gary Havican, MBA, FACHE
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year everyone,
The CTAHE chapter has once again had a very productive and exciting year. Beginning with Congress in March, the CT chapter hosted several networking events including our ‘CTAHE Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan’ attracting 100 ACHE from the Massachusetts and New York chapters and vendors. During Congress we were awarded the ‘ACHE’s Award of Chapter Distinction’ by achieving two of the four award performance standards in 2016 as well as the “Award of Chapter Sustained Chapter Performance’ which is for continuously receiving Chapter Service Awards.
A Board of Governors Study Group was initiated in March and ran through June and the outcome was very favorable, turning out several new Fellows to ACHE.
In 2016, CTAHE added a new annual fund raising and networking event; the CTAHE Golf Tournament. In 2017, we held our second annual tournament, we added the “Make a Wish Foundation” as a philanthropy above raising money for the chapter and we entertained nearly 140 golfers and raised in excess of $15,000! The CTAHE will be donating $2,000 to the Make a Wish Foundation of Connecticut.
In June, once again we hosted our annual board meeting and welcomed in a new slate of chapter officers and board members. Following the meeting, Dr. Jonathan Gruber from M.I.T presented on ‘The United States Healthcare Reform” to a motivated audience of approximately 150.
The September annual recruitment/networking event enticed 100 members and prospective members to attend. Several new members signed up that night which was more than any previous events. We see a growing interest of people in all aspects of the healthcare industry to join our chapter. One of the continuing goals of the chapter is to attract the leaders from different healthcare industries from throughout Connecticut.
We’ve updated our content management system and launched a new web site this past year with the most up to date content and a user friendly format. This site provides event information, officer contact information, chapter and ACHE related news as well as updates on all educational programs, networking events and congress related activities.
Our Mentor/Mentee program has really grown significantly. The mentors and potential mentees have a defined criteria from which to work from and a schedule that’s not over-burdensome from a time perspective. There are over 20 participants in the program. We also are proud to continue to offer our “Coaching” program to nominated members. This program, hosted by one of our sponsors “Ignition Business Coaching” uses a series of assessments and interview techniques to identify the member’s traits and provides coaching where an area of growth and opportunity exists. This is a very well received program specifically for our members who are early careerists or are looking to change jobs.
We had a total of 50 Chapter events this year – social, networking and educational. We are proud to say that we always meet if not exceed our educational goals.
CTAHE continues to be a thriving chapter with extremely active committee members and a strong board. It is great to see the early and mid careerists so involved and really making a difference in our chapter. I am looking forward to a busy and successful 2018!