Welcome to 2016!! Where did time go?! It feels like just last month that I was writing my first message for our summer 2015 newsletter, and now we are more than half way through this fiscal year! I hope all of you were able to spend quality time with your family and friends over the holidays and “unplug” a bit from the ever-changing world of healthcare!
Since my last message in the fall newsletter, there has been a flurry of activity within the Central Ohio HFMA Chapter. The Chapter’s fall education event in November featured a full day of updates on current issues, such as volume to value, interoperability to improve patient care, and a commitment to the community update about the collaborative efforts of Franklin County hospitals. Feedback from many of the participants indicated an appreciation of the variety, relevance, and timeliness of the topics presented as well as high satisfaction with the session presenters.
The annual Holiday Gala in December was a spectacular evening! The event doubled in attendance this year, and more than 100 people gathered to celebrate the success of the chapter! Jeffrey Carranza did an amazing job, as always, coordinating a new location and setup for the Gala. The new location provided for a room for dancing, music and celebrating, while a connecting room provided comfort with couches and tables for members, colleagues, and friends to hold a conversation. The event was a wonderful time for members, colleagues, and friends to gather together to celebrate the holiday season, as well as the accomplishments of the Chapter in a relaxed, festive atmosphere. Once again, we were in the spirit of the giving season and collected toys to donate to Toys for Tots. With more than 100 people attending, the pile of toys under the tree was heartwarming! I’m proud to be part of an organization whose members value the opportunity to give back to those in our community.
The annual membership satisfaction survey results are hot off the press! While survey results indicate many members are very satisfied with the Chapter, the results also highlight opportunities for the Chapter to improve. The Chapter leaders have already started to look for ways to implement some of the feedback into the upcoming Chapter events, and in the coming months, Chapter leaders will continue to tackle these opportunities to make changes that will bring you the value you expect and deserve from your membership. Thank you for your participation and taking the time to help us make our chapter the best!
As we move into the spring, our committees are hard at work preparing for several local events; the Spring Conference – March 17th & 18th, Women Leading Change (formerly Women in Healthcare) – April 14th and Medicare Bootcamp – April 18th – 22nd. The chapter will also host a mini leadership training conference the afternoon of March 23rd. During this time, we will review Chapter goals and strategize on how best to serve the needs of our membership. If you are interested in getting more involved with the Chapter, I would encourage you to contact me, or anyone on the leadership team, about attending the event
I would like to encourage each of you to join our committed group of volunteer leaders, share your ideas, and get involved in the Central Ohio Chapter of HFMA!
Mary (Mathews) Laile
President, Central Ohio HFMA Chapter