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Message from Your ACHE Regent
Spring 2017

Dear Colleagues and Friends:

I hope that you are well, and that by the time you’re reading this we are experiencing something a little more like a late New England spring, instead of the fall/winter temperatures that we endured over the Memorial Day weekend…

Lots to update you on as we hunker down, and anxiously await better weather!

Thank you and welcome!
Thank you, Karen Moore, FACHE, for your last two years of leadership as our Chapter President; I know that I speak for my fellow board members and our membership at large, when I say how much I learned from your leadership style, grace and kind approach to your work. Thank you Karen for sharing your gift of authentic, appreciative leadership; we are better for your commitment to the Chapter and to the profession that we all call home.

Welcome Andrea Paciello, FACHE as our new Chapter President! It is good to know that our growing, learning, engaged Chapter has such a strong and dedicated leader at the helm Andrea, looking forward to your time in this role.

Congress – Discovering Possibilities and Opportunities
If you made it out to Chicago for Congress this year, thank you! These meetings and opportunities to network, connect and reconnect are all the more beneficial with your willingness to travel, engage, and contribute.

I had the chance to chat with many of you there this year and there was a real sense from you that the content and faculty were more dynamic, more engaging and left you with a real sense of "value-add" and ROI than in past years. I trust you have taken the learnings back home. Hold the date for next year! March 26-29, 2018 – see you all at the BIG Bar…

As in years past we hosted a MA Chapter Dinner while in the Windy City. We opted to return to a shore-based venue this year, and had over fifty members and guests join us for a fun evening of fellowship, laughter and good food and drink at The Gage Restaurant. A shout out to my wife, Robin Corder, for planning this event on our behalf! Thank you darling!

Spring Conference
Your Chapter hosted another successful Spring Conference on May 25. Thanks as always to the terrific work of the Programming Committee, under the leadership of John Christoforo, FACHE and an enormous debt of gratitude to our Executive Director, Donna Powell. For all of your coordination, support and operational expertise that makes these events run so smoothly, thank you Donna!

We heard from several keynote speakers:

  • Jonathan Gruber, Ph.D., Ford Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • James Capretta, Resident Fellow and the Milton Friedman Chair, American Enterprise Institute
  • Christine Schuster, President & CEO, Emerson Hospital Health System 

And then switched things up a little with a panel discussion, moderated by Larry Goldberg of Larry Goldberg Consulting. The panel was made up of:

  • James Capretta, Resident Fellow and the Milton Friedman Chair, American Enterprise Institute
  • Alan Macdonald, President and CEO, Hallmark Health Systems, Inc.
  • Christine Schuster, President & CEO, Emerson Hospital Health System 
  • Steven Tringale, President and CEO, Tringale Health Strategies LLC

Thank you all for making this another successful event!

If you have ideas, suggestions or recommendations for future topics, speakers or formats please forward them to me or John. Thank you! Ensuring that we meet and exceed your learning and networking needs is important to us.

In addition to the program we had the opportunity to present two $1,500 Kinzer Scholarships (honoring the memory of David Kinzer who served as President of the Mass Hospital Association from 1973-1985) to most deserving HEN program graduates:

  • Natascha Zorrilla from Suffolk University
  • Samuel Boadu Jr. from the Boston University, School of Public Health

Readying to Celebrate
At next week’s Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association Annual Meeting at Chatham Bars Inn, the Chapter will have the honor of recognizing two outstanding members for their contributions to our profession. We will be presenting the Young Healthcare Executive of the Year Award and the Senior Healthcare Executive of the Year Award. I can’t tell you who’s receiving them; that would ruin the surprise (you have to come to the meeting to find out…), what I can tell you is that they are friends and colleagues well deserving of our recognition and thanks. Look forward to seeing you on June 7!

A shout out to Lynn Nicholas, FACHE and the leadership of the MHA for providing us the opportunity to present these awards at their Annual Dinner. Thank you Lynn! 

A Book
This is a shameless plug for a book written by a friend, not because he wrote a book but because it’s really good. Making Work Work by Shola Richards is a must read. This is Shola’s first book and I suspect (hope) will not be his last. Several years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Shola and let me just say he is positive energy personified. Well worth the read - I’d love to hear what you think.

A quote
For those that know me, you know that I’m a fan of being on the water and a lifelong student of leadership. This quote from Mark Twain strikes me as a blend of both:

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

Stay well, enjoy the summer, and please let me know if there is anything you need.

With love and respect,

Richard H.L. Corder, FACHE, MHA, CPXP
Regent for Massachusetts

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