Greetings from Your President
2017 will soon be here! Where has the year gone! The Chapter has accomplished and exceeded many of our goals and provided service to the community and our members. We provided 12 hours of Face-to-Face Education credit, over 25 hours of Qualified Education, networking opportunities, a Board of Governors Exam Prep Review, the second year of our mentoring program that reaches across the Chapter region, and a day of service. As we onboard the 2017 Board members, the planning has started in the Chapter to provide membership with services to enrich their professional lives and provide education hours for certification/recertification.
Plan Your Career with ACHE Resources
As you set your personal and professional goals for 2017, the ACHE Career Resource Center is devoted to supporting your career success in the healthcare environment. To help you navigate this ever changing marketplace, ACHE brings you a unique, interactive and comprehensive tool for planning and managing your career – CareerEDGE®, a complimentary benefit to ACHE members. CareerEDGE includes assessments, a strategic career planning framework, job site links and more. I invite you to explore the available resources to support your goal development and give you a competitive edge in your career and future endeavors.
The Gift that Gives Back
The Fund for Innovation in Healthcare Leadership, a philanthropic initiative of the Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives, was created to bring innovation to the forefront of healthcare leadership. Consider making a personal donation or a donation to recognize others as a tribute or memorial to ensure the healthcare profession has the visionary leaders and management systems that are needed to improve healthcare delivery. Through this donation, ACHE will be able to develop future leaders, promote diversity and inclusion, explore emerging complex ethical issues, and encourage innovation in healthcare management. Consider making a commitment to the future of healthcare management by supporting ACHE’s Fund for Innovation in Healthcare Leadership. There are several ways to donate to the Foundation of ACHE’s Fund for Innovation in Healthcare Leadership. Whichever way you choose, your contribution can make all the difference, no matter the amount. Please contact Timothy R. Tlusty, Vice President, Development, at (312) 424-9305 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We held our membership drive in October as well as a networking and education event at the uptown campus of UNC Charlotte and through these efforts, we have increased the awareness of ACHE and GCHEG. Our goal for 2017 is to continue to increase the membership to 700. There is still time this year to introduce a colleague to GCHEG and ACHE by using this link: https://www.ache.org/mbership/tell.cfm. If you have questions or want any of our Board officers to talk to a group about the benefits of ACHE and GCHEG, please reference the Chapter website: http://gcheg.ache.org.
2017 GCHEG Board and Committees
The 2017 GCHEG Board of Officers, Members at Large, and Committee Chairs/Vice Chairs will be announced by mid-December. The nominating committee assembled a slate of members who are engaged to volunteer their time and talents to serve the Chapter. After the membership elections, the Board ratifies the slate. The official announcement to the membership will occur after the individuals are notified of the results. An orientation for the new Board will occur before January.
I want to encourage everyone who is interested in getting more involved in the Chapter to look at the opportunities to serve now or in the near future: officer, director-at-large, committee chair or vice chair, committee member, feature writer in our newsletter, help with the website, serve as a mentor… the possibilities are endless. Your presence and attendance at planned educational events, networking events, day of service and functions increase your opportunities to get involved in any way that fits your schedule. Contact any Board member to get more information about how you can get involved with the Chapter. Get involved today in a committee…your service will help the Chapter grow and meet our 2017 goals.
As we move into 2017, I want to take the opportunity to thank the 2016 GCHEG Board for their service and dedication to the Chapter. GCHEG has worked hard to serve the membership through all of the activities we have been involved in this year. It has been an honor and privilege to serve as the President of the Chapter for the last two years. I am happy to pass the baton to Jon Myers, current President-Elect who will serve as your President in 2017.
Our first education event will be in late January as a 1.5 Face-to-Face Education credit. Our annual dinner and education event will be in April/May. A survey was sent out to the members to rank the 2017 education topics. Be sure to let us know what topics are important to you and your professional development.
It is important to continue to learn and stay current on relevant industry changes through education, be part of an organization that gives back to the members, and be of service to others. Hope to see you soon at a future event in 2017!
Happy Holidays to you and your families!
Joann L. Spaleta, FACHE, MBA, MHA, MT(ASCP)
2016 GCHEG President
Joann works at Carolinas HealthCare System as the Assistant Vice President, Charlotte AHEC.