What an exciting and challenging time to be in healthcare! Our world is changing at such a rapid pace, making HFMA more important than ever. This year's HFMA theme is "Thrive." As President of Oklahoma HFMA, I am happy to be a part of your opportunity to help your organization "Thrive". HFMA is ready to meet your educational needs and provide you with the knowledge to succeed.

Our Oklahoma HFMA leadership team began our journey at Leadership Training Conference (LTC) where I learned what a great team we truly have. We worked to understand our roles and explored ideas to develop our membership and programs.   Next, came mini-LTC. We had a good turnout and broke into groups to work on building our committees. We hope the end result will be increased participation from more of our chapter members.

Our Program Committee has already put together a great summer program that was well attended. They have also been actively working on the upcoming Red River Rivalry with the Texas Lone Star Chapter in September and our next Oklahoma Meeting in January. Those are both shaping up to be great conferences.

I hope all members will utilize the wonderful opportunities that HFMA offers and maximize their membership investment. It is in the challenging times that healthcare leadership at all organizations are actively looking for ways to cut costs. Often, education is one of the first things to go. My hope is that our leaders in Oklahoma understand that in the frantically changing healthcare environment, education is vital. The resources that HFMA offers to stay competitive are unmatched. Let HFMA continue to help you "Thrive."


Julie Ward, FHFMA, CPA
President, OHFMA