My Fellow ACHE Colleagues,
Greetings Sooner Healthcare Executives. I would like to take a moment to thank the Sooner Healthcare Executives leadership for asking me to step into the role as Interim Regent in the stead of our good friend and colleague, Tim Johnsen, FACHE. I certainly have big shoes to fill as Tim has done an outstanding job over the past few years serving in this capacity. On behalf of the organization, we wish Tim much success in his new adventures in New Mexico.
I am both humbled and excited to carry the torch as we work as a Chapter to implement our 2020 goals and objectives. Thank you to all my Oklahoma ACHE friends for entrusting me with this important responsibility. I am committed to the success of our Chapter and its members.
As a reminder, you are invited to attend the Sooner Healthcare Executives business meeting on Friday, November 15. The meeting will take place at 7:15 a.m. at the Cox Convention Center as part of the Oklahoma Hospital Association (OHA) Annual Convention. Come listen to our ACHE Governor, Sara M. Johnson, FACHE, who will speak to us. Immediately following the meeting, the OHA will be offering a three (3) hour ACHE Face-to-Face Education credit opportunity in which we will hear Dr. Leslie Wainwright speak to us on the topic of "What is the Current State of Innovation in Healthcare and What is to Come."
Also, mark your calendars for the 2020 Congress on Healthcare Leadership which is scheduled to take place March 23-26 at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago. This is an excellent opportunity to rub shoulders with ACHE colleagues from around the nation, recognize our recent Fellow graduates and listen to best practice concepts by select presenters while receiving qualified face-to-face credit. Register today!
As always, I appreciate your continued advocacy for our patients and families in Oklahoma.
Samuel C. McAdams, MBA, FACHE
Regent for Oklahoma
Dir of Med Staff Services & Grad Medical Programs
SSM Health/St Anthony Hospital
Dear SHE Members,
We have reached the fourth quarter of 2019. I hope each of you have had a productive and successful year. I have certainly enjoyed serving you as your chapter president for the past 22 months. As I wrap up my two year term as president, I want to thank those of you who have supported our Oklahoma chapter through event attendance and committee participation. The SHE Board has worked very hard over the past two years to provide greater education and networking value to our membership, as well as provide additional opportunities to serve.
The Board formally established working committees for Education and Networking, Marketing and Communications, and an Ad Hoc Awards Committee. This past Spring, our Education and Networking Committee produced a fantastic Spring Leadership Summit featuring Jake Poore who educated us on Disney’s customer service culture, and implementing it in a healthcare environment. For the second year in a row SHE partnered with three sister chapters in Texas to offer a multi chapter education summit in Plano, TX. This year’s summit was highly successful, building upon last year’s success.
SHE offered four networking events this year, three in OKC and one in Tulsa. All of which were very successful, very well attended. Thank you for joining us and making those events a success.
In an effort to more effectively represent industry segments, SHE expanded the Board size to 15 members. This expansion also allowed more SHE members to participate on the board. SHE focused this year on diversifying board membership so that the following industry segments, leadership levels, and career statuses are represented:
With these advances in programming, involvement opportunities, and professional diversity, SHE will move in to 2020 continue focusing on member value.
Tulsa/Eastern OK Program Council
The Board has recognized that a majority of SHE’s participation has come from the OKC area, as well as rural OK. In an effort to better accommodate and meet the needs of Eastern OK members, SHE has initiated a Tulsa Program Council. The sole purpose of the Tulsa Program Council is to promote and provide education and networking opportunities for SHE members residing in the Tulsa metropolitan area, as well as Eastern, OK. All SHE members are welcome at future TPC events.
The TPC kicked off earlier this month with 10 new SHE volunteers from the Tulsa/Eastern OK market plus three Board members who live in the Tulsa/Eastern OK area. This group of volunteers immediately went to work and has planned a Fall networking event to be held Thursday, November 21st at the Elgin Park Brewery in downtown Tulsa from 5 pm to 7 pm. This will be a fantastic event. Watch your emails for more information.
Both the Education and Networking Committee and the Tulsa/Eastern OK Programing Council will solicit your input on SHE and TPC activities and value. All SHE members will receive the SHE member survey. Members in Eastern, OK will receive the TPC survey as well. Please answer both surveys, if you receive both. Your input is critical to SHE’s success. SHE and related program councils cannot meet your membership value needs without your input. If you have any additional thoughts and directions, please contact me directly. firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-859-5334
SHE would like to welcome Sam McAdams, FACHE as Oklahoma’s interim Regent. As you may have learned, our Regent, Tim Johnsen, FACHE, accepted a wonderful opportunity to lead the Presbyterian Health System hospitals, based in Albuquerque, NM. Tim nominated Sam McAdams to fill the remainder of Tim’s Regent term, and the Board of Governors approved the nomination. The Regent serves as an ex-officio member of the SHE Board, providing a direct link between SHE, an independent chapter, and ACHE. If you have any concerns, questions, or thoughts about ACHE’s national plans and activities, please contact Sam McAdams. Please join SHE in welcoming Sam back in to an ACHE leadership role.
Annual Breakfast Meeting
As is our annual custom, SHE will host an annual breakfast on Friday, November 15th during the OHA annual convention and trade show. Our ACHE Governor, Sarah Johnson, will be speaking and providing an update on ACHE initiatives. Mrs. Johnson is Sara M. Johnson, FACHE, is the Director of Executive Education at the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.
The breakfast begins at 7:15 am and ends at 8:15 am. You do not have to be an OHA annual convention registrant to participate in the annual breakfast meeting.
Chapter Participation Opportunities
You will recall in my last letter that I encouraged you to join the Board members by volunteering on SHE committees. We had a very nice response and are enjoying getting to know the members who have joined our Marketing and Communications Committee chaired by Alicia McAlpin, and our Education and Networking Committee chaired by Rizan Mohsin. We still have plenty of opportunities to join committees.
Here are several ideas for you to consider.
Also, you’ll recall that SHE has established a Marketing/Communications Committee led by Alicia McAlpin. Alicia is a very experienced Marketer and would welcome individuals who have a passion for print/direct mail and social media marketing. Please contact Alicia at email@example.com. If you have a desire to work with vendors who sponsor SHE, we have opportunities for you too.
If you want to participate, but none of the above resonates with you, please contact me directly and let’s discuss your interests. We can find opportunities that match your passion with SHE’s mission to provide professional education and networking opportunities to ACHE members in Oklahoma.
Again, thank you for your membership in ACHE and SHE and thank you for your service to our communities, and our State, no matter what role you serve in. Without you the mission of healing lives would not be possible. Also, thank you for supporting the Board’s efforts this past year. The Board will be electing new President Elect and Treasurer Elect positions in November. Mrs. Briton Stoll will become President for the 2020-2021 term. Briton is a fantastic leader and will continue SHE’s growth and member value improvements.
Yours in service,
Chris Whybrew, FACHE