I love Spring. It’s my favorite time of year. I like to think of Spring as God’s greatest art with all the beautiful blossoms, lush grass, warm weather, and a general feeling of renewal. For me, the change from winter to spring is nature’s best reminder that change is the only constant, and as one period ends a new adventure, filled with hope and anticipation, begins.
The same holds true with HFMA. Our fiscal year officially ends May 31st and as such, our new leadership team has been elected and preparing for their new adventure, recently returning from the annual leadership training conference in Phoenix, AZ where they spent time learning new ideas and preparing for the upcoming year. I’m excited to see the plans from our new leadership team and I’m confident it will be a great year as they continue with the innovation, collaboration, and great education. They are certainly off to a great start with the Annual Institute coming up in a few short weeks. We hope you will join us in Birmingham at the Grand Bohemian as we celebrate the Art of Healthcare.
It was this same time last year when the 2016-2017 leadership team set goals for the year and if you recall, there was a lot of work to do which created my theme of the year - Let’s Do This. Well, I’m excited to say that WE DID IT!! Below are some of the accomplishments the chapter obtained this year:
Let’s Do Structure:
· Created a 5-year strategic plan
· Created a policy and procedure handbook
· Created an Org chart
· Created job descriptions
Let’s Do Innovation:
· Rebranded Chapter logo to Alabama 365
· Implemented software to improve and enhance online certification coaching and testing
· Implemented software to improve and enhance membership reporting capabilities
· Received $10k scholarship to fund our early careerist initiative
· Re-designed the Chapter website
Let’s Do Membership:
· Exceeded National’s membership goals and requirements
· Added 10 physician members
· Added 5 Nurses members
· Added 3 Faculty members
· Added 7 payer members
*** Numbers are estimated until final report from National
Let’s Do Sponsorship:
· Held our 1st strategic planning session for sponsors
· Brought new sponsors to the Chapter
Let’s Do Volunteerism:
· Held our 1st committee teams meeting
· Added 12 new volunteers
· Created an early careerist committee
As you can see, it’s been a busy year and I’m very proud of the accomplishments of our Chapter. I’m also humbled and honored to have had the opportunity to serve and I send a very special and heartfelt thank you for all your support and encouragement. So, as my time as President ends, I am feeling renewed, optimistic and excited for new beginnings. I’m looking forward to supporting the new leadership team, helping the chapter continue its strategic goals and initiatives, build upon what we’ve started and find ways to add value to you. I hope that you will too.
We Did It!!
P.S. During the leadership meeting in Arizona, national HFMA held a Food Truck challenge where each state participated in preparing a food item, creating a chant, and decorating the food truck. The Alabama team won 1st place in the macaroni and cheese division!! Yay Alabama!