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Message from Your ACHE Regent
Summer 2017

Dear Colleagues and Friends:

I hope that this note finds you well, and that your summer was relaxing, restorative and that you spent time doing what you love.

I love summer just as much as the next New Englander, but my favorite season is the fall. Don’t get me wrong, nothing beats a day on the water in the height of summer and a little too much vitamin D… but I do yearn for and welcome the crisp mornings, changing colors and the sense of peace that comes with the season we are poised to enjoy.

Some thoughts about the fall…

Fall is harvest season and is a great time to take stock and sum up results

Summer is done, school is back in session, and the year is slowly moving towards its end. It’s a wonderful opportunity to take stock, review and acknowledge your achievements in all aspects of life. It is an equally good time to set priorities, revisit goals, and get clear about the changes that will bring you one step closer to achieving your purpose.

I have shared in the past the value of finding “tribe”. That group of colleagues and friends that share your values, believe in similar things as you do, and are, like you, committed to making a difference in healthcare. One element of the tribe that can support both the giver and receiver is the power of mentorship.

Our mentorship program is wonderful opportunity to learn, grow, give-back, and explore what success looks like for you. Both mentors and mentees come out better than they went in. If you’re interested in learning more – email the program at

Fall reminds us that change is the only constant

Mother Nature is in charge. Leaves change color, days get shorter and the nights get cooler – all signs of the eternal circle of nature. Akin to nature following these seasonal patterns, we also face constant change in our personal and professional lives. Difficulties pass, new opportunities present themselves, and we have time to reflect on the prospect of a better future.

Our chapter has some terrific opportunities this fall to prepare and learn about the future – check out the chapter website for details of these upcoming events to embrace change:

  • Strategically Mapping Your Early Career Development
    • Tuesday, September 19, 2017
  • ACHE of MA Conference - Contemporary Models for Improving Care Delivery for Patients, Providers and Populations
    • Wednesday, September 20, 2017
  • Fellow Advancement Review Course
    • Friday, October 6, 2017
  • Save the Date: Fall Conference
    • Thursday, November 2, 2017

Fall is time for family, friends and gratitude for it all

This time of the year seems to provide more opportunities for gathering with family and friends; whether drawn in by the warmth of a fire, the need to share a meal, or simply by the desire to gather as community. It also feels like natural preparation for the season of holidays that are just around the corner.

Spending time with people you care about, whether family, friends, co-workers or strangers in need is an enjoyable and restorative activity.

Taking time to thank others is a wonderful way to “pay it forward” and to remember that the little things in life are actually the big things.

Employees want to be thanked for the work they do. Praise from your supervisor is the most impactful driver in improving employee job satisfaction and happiness. In a recent survey, there was a reported 46% greater turnover in organizations with ineffective recognition programs. Say, (even better write) a meaningful thank you!

Thank you for all you do to improve healthcare each and every day, for your commitment to leaving this field better than you found it and for your friendship, collegiality and leadership.

Happy Fall!

With love and respect,

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

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