I don’t think it’s just me, but healthcare today seems like a very different industry than the one I learned about in grad school or entered into as an early careerist. Of course, our shared commitment to holding the needs of the patient paramount has not changed, but everything else feels like it has. While there’s a small part of me that would like to cling to the familiar territory where the recipe for success was clear (volume), the bigger and more rationale part knows that we are headed in a direction that is more aligned with why most of us pursued careers in healthcare leadership to begin with – to improve people’s health and lives. And yet, the changes can feel particularly unsettling because the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in healthcare now are evolving, and healthcare leaders that don’t keep up with these changes will fall behind.
That’s where ACHE of MA comes in. Our Programming Committee works tirelessly to identify the evolving educational needs of our members, and then assembles regional and national experts to bring to you the most current thinking on those topics. If you haven’t attended a program before, join us and 300 of your colleagues and see for yourself the caliber of discussion and thinking that we offer. Beyond the educational programming, with more than 1,000 members here in the Commonwealth, we provide the critical opportunity to connect and network with other healthcare executives, to share challenges and best practices, and to learn from one another. Over my nearly 20 years as a member, I’ve found that supportive network to be one of the greatest personal and professional gains.
So if you are one of the few that haven’t joined us yet, come to a program, check us out, and join. It’s a two-for-one bargain: when you join the national ACHE, you automatically become a member of ACHE of MA, therefore getting the benefits of the national perspective and the local access and connection. If you are already a member, thank you! I encourage you to think about how you can deepen your engagement with the organization, and therefore your own learning and connection. Consider signing up to serve on a Committee, mentor a student or early careerist, nominate yourself for a national committee or office, or advance to Fellow status and earn your FACHE credential. Lifelong learning and professional development isn’t a passive activity; you inevitably always have more to do than time to do it, but give yourself at least an hour or two a month to carve out some time to reflect, develop, and contribute to your own professional growth and sense of connection.
And if you have suggestions for the chapter as you engage with it, we’d love to hear them. Our Board strives to be transparent, accessible and remains incredibly committed to making sure that we are ever-increasing the value we provide to our members. We want to hear from you about how we can continue to do that - please send your comments and ideas to our Staff Administrator, Donna Powell, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and she will make sure I and the Board reads and responds to them.
We may come from different organizations and different perspectives, but we have much in common and much to share with and learn from one another as we work together to improve the health and quality of life for our fellow citizens of this Commonwealth and beyond.
Andrea B. Paciello, FACHE
President, ACHE of MA