As we move ahead into 2019, I look forward to working with each of you as the incoming President of ACHE MA in maintaining our status as one of the strongest chapters in the College. I would like to thank our outgoing President Andrea Paciello and our entire board for their great work with our organization in bringing us to our present level of excellence.
The beginning of each New Year challenges us to re-evaluate where we are and to start anew. Putting aside the dreaded and often short-lived "resolutions", I find it is often more helpful to pause and reflect on our basic our overall purpose—what have we set out to do? At ACHE MA our mission, simply put, is to provide healthcare leaders an opportunity for professional growth and personal development through educational programs and professional collegiality while promoting high ethical standards and conduct.
As a member of ACHE for over 30 years, I can honestly say that these are more than just words in a mission statement. Continuing to learn and develop, maintaining excellent professional friendships and networks and having a reputation as a fair, honest and ethical leader are essential to a successful healthcare leadership career. Without all three, your ability to succeed in your career objectives—whatever they may be—will be limited.
For that reason, I have always been a big fan of ACHE. You get out of it what you put in, in fact more than you put in. It can be tough to set aside the funds for that membership fee when you are early in your career or at a point where you may feel you’ve heard every seminar there is to hear. Believe me; I’ve been in both those places. My advice to all of you is to make the investment. It pays real dividends that you can rely on for the rest of your career.
My other reason for encouraging you to join, rejoin and stay involved with ACHE MA is admittedly selfish—we’re only as good as the members we have. We need your talents, input, diversity, different perspectives and, most importantly, camaraderie. So check out one of the excellent educational sessions our hard-working Programming Committee has organized, sign up to serve on a committee, mentor a student or early careerist (you’ll feel young again!), nominate yourself for a national committee or look into getting that FACHE credential you have been putting off over the years. There are so many ways to be involved that there is something for everyone.
I am excited about what the coming year brings for ACHE MA. We will strive to make our chapter as accessible as possible through better use of technology, meeting the needs of careerists at all levels and geographic locations in MA and, of course, by listening to our membership. To that last point, always know that our door and ears are always open. Feel free to contact our Administrator, Donna Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org with comments, questions or suggestions at any time.
Warm regards on a great year,
John Fogarty, FACHE
President, ACHE of MA
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