This is the time of year where we not only give thanks, but also reflect on the year that is almost over. In my case, I am very thankful for all the support I’ve received over the years from many mentors, CEOs, directors, colleagues and friends. I’ve been particularly blessed to have worked with some very dedicated professionals on the Board of MAHCE over the last 11 years and the last two years as President. I’m particularly reflective right now, as I’ve retired from active healthcare administration and moved out of the State of Maryland, both for the first time since 1980.
Unfortunately, the MAHCE programming year ended on a down note as we had to cancel the Orioles Park at Camden Yards, Networking Night on November 15th due to low pre-registration. However, we will be working to add another program to replace this early next year.
There are several initiatives that MAHCE has undertaken this fall. We awarded two scholarships in memory of Doug Shepherd, Past Governor/Regent/chapter President. We also awarded cash awards to three Maryland nonprofit agencies for their services in the health field (Madison House Autism Foundation, MERIT Baltimore, and Friends of Patients at the NIH).
At our all-day educational event on October 11th, we heard from 4 expert panels on Innovations in Healthcare. I was particularly excited to be a moderator for rural panelists to discuss their efforts in care coordination, population health and reorganization of care, outside the Baltimore/Washington corridor. Many thanks to Megha Kachalia and her committee who did an incredible job of pulling together a truly massive event which offered 6 FACE to FACE credits to the attendees.
The Board is also working on creating scholarships to assist with the high expense of attending ACHE’s annual Congress which is held in March in Chicago.
A new advancement to Fellow program has been established by ACHE with a new updated exam. For a number of years MAHCE has sponsored a Board of Governor’s Exam review course. The Board is debating how to continue our locally based educational session in an inexpensive manner. The alternative would have Maryland (and nearby state chapter members) ACHE Members sign up for ACHE’s programming for exam review at considerable expense.
ACHE has a national initiative on Diversity and Inclusion. At the Chapter Leaders Conference in September, Alan Weisman, Regent and I were proud to accept an award from ACHE for Diversity and Inclusion for MAHCE. We are continuing to look at Diversity and Inclusion efforts through the Membership Committee, headed by Jan van Londen.
I would like to welcome the following new Board officers and members for the 2019-2020 years:
President – Guy Richardson
President Elect – Megha Kachalia
Programming – Shawanna Jackson
Operations – Mahmia Richards
Community Outreach – Stacy Hodge
Development – Tangee’ Pruitt
At Large – Amanda Valentine
At Large – Margeaux Anderson
Also special thanks to departing Board members, Christina Farias, Frank Rath, Ray Dudley. Ray served many years as the Development Director securing sponsorships for MAHCE to reduce the cost of regular membership events for members to less than the cost of the food at the events. Christina has been a stalwart in Operations for the last 2 years, organizing all the logistics for every event that MAHCE conducted. Also, thanks to my predecessor, Bernie Poindexter for setting up a solid Board for me to work with and showing me the ropes in my two years as President – Elect.
I will always cherish my evenings with MAHCE, despite long drives from Cumberland, Waldorf and then Chestertown. The comradery and support that gain from others is irreplaceable and the friendships are lifelong. Thank you.
From South Carolina – best to you and yours this holiday season and Happy New Year!
Scott D. Burleson, FACHE
MAHCE President, 2017-2018