We are truly living through a historic time with the emergence of the COVID-19, Coronavirus, pandemic. This virus has infected an unprecedented number of people causing illness, respiratory infections, and fatal death. It has subsequently placed a strain on our healthcare delivery system and tested its ability to manage demand without sacrificing quality of care for patients and safe protections for staff. Many of you and your colleagues are on the front line making personal sacrifices every day and doing what ever it takes to get all of us on the other side of this pandemic. So with that in mind, on behalf of the Maryland Association of Health Care Executives (MAHCE) I am extending a heart filled THANK YOU to you and your respective teams for your unwavering commitment, dedication, and service.
We were off to our normal start in the first quarter of the year and provided a 1.5 Face-to-Face credit hour educational session entitled, “Mindful Leadership: Leading with Heart and Mind for healthcare Leaders,” in January. Due to the mitigation strategies employed throughout the State of Maryland to combat the spread of COVID-19 we cancelled the March scheduled educational session, “Financial Implications: The Push from Inpatient to Outpatient Care.” Face-to-Face education sessions for May and July have also been cancelled until further notice. However, we are currently exploring replacing these sessions with virtual session offerings earning Qualified credit hours. We will send out notices once these offerings are developed. We are hopeful that our annual “All Day” event scheduled for September 10, 2020, can be safely held. But, only time will tell.
Gratitude and appreciation is extended to Alan S. Weisman, who completed his term as Maryland Regent in March, for his service to ACHE members in Maryland and continued support to the MACHE Board. Congratulation is extended to Mark J. Bittle, current Maryland Regent, who has begun to serve his three-year term. Mark will rejoin the MAHCE Board and we are excited to reengage his knowledge and leadership.
MAHCE was recognized by ACHE and received the 2019 “Award of Chapter Merit,” for the second year in a row. We will continue to commit to improving our services to MACHE membership and supporting ACHE priorities and goals.
Please note that those who haven’t renewed their 2020 dues, there’s still time. ACHE has extended the deadline to June 1, 2020.
I am hopeful that many of you have remained safe, your love ones cared for, and you hold on to the endurance to serve others. It is under this type of circumstance we all hope that the best of us is revealed.
Guy B. Richardson, FACHE(R)
President, Maryland Association of Health Care Executives