Message From the President
I would like to take the time to thank you for your support and the opportunity to serve as your president of the Oklahoma Chapter of HFMA for 2012 – 2013. We have a superb chapter and I look forward to the upcoming year! I would also like to recognize the tremendous leadership of our out-going president, T. Carley Williams. With his positive leadership, our chapter was able to achieve many advances. Carley and I were privileged to represent the Oklahoma Chapter at HFMA’s Annual National Institute (ANI). The Oklahoma Chapter was honored at the President’s Awards Banquet and received the following recognitions:
· Silver Award of Excellence for Education
· Bronze Award of Excellence for Membership
· Multi-Chapter Award for Improving CPE Value of Region 9 Conference
Congratulations to everyone involved in our educational planning and membership program for these outstanding achievements!
As we begin this new fiscal year, I am excited to embrace a new theme “Leadership Matters” – which follows and builds on recent HFMA chairs’ themes of “making it count,” “step up,” and “believe to achieve.” These themes emphasize the importance of leadership as we lead the way to better health care at the organizational, community, and national levels. “Leadership matters” encompasses many aspects of leadership, specifically:
· One person’s acts of leadership, no matter how small, can make a difference.
· Good leadership can make the difference between success, failure or mediocrity.
· It’s important to stay vigilant for opportunities to exercise a leadership role.
We want to carry this theme in all aspects of our professional and personal lives, allowing us to fulfill our organization’s mission and help lead change and create solutions during this challenging time in the health care industry. I believe we can each make a difference and encourage you to consider your role as a leader and what you can do each day, no matter how small, to provide leadership to those around you.
The Oklahoma Chapter is poised to continue building on our solid foundation. My goals for this year focus on continuing our excellence in education and building our infrastructure to promote continued chapter success.
Shannon Fuller, incoming President-Elect and Programs Chair, and Carol Black, Vice President and Programs Co-Chair, will be looking to build on the valuable educational sessions we have provided over the past years and continue to deliver advice from experts on current issues that impact the health care industry.
I value each of you who have served and continue to serve as chapter officers and committee chairpersons. Your leadership is so greatly appreciated. We couldn’t achieve what we do without you! I ask that we all continue to play a role in advancing our chapter. Volunteering on a committee only requires a small time commitment, as most committees meet only 2 – 4 times per year through conference calls and face-to-face meetings. I invite you to get involved and lend your expertise, your time and your leadership to help us create and deliver value to our members.
Inside this newsletter you’ll find a list of chapter committees. Please consider joining! We’d love to have your input and leadership.
Our next meeting will be July 26 – 27 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino just outside of Tulsa. We will hold our next Oklahoma Chapter
Leadership Training Conference (Mini-LTC) on Friday, August 17th at The Tasting Room in Oklahoma City. The Mini-LTC is the first opportunity for chairpersons to organize their committees and hit the ground running as they strategize how to implement their goals for the upcoming year. This Mini-LTC will be followed by a reception (also at The Tasting Room) for those who participate in the day’s activities. Please join us!
I look forward to a wonderful year for the Oklahoma Chapter. Thank you each for your support in allowing me to serve as your president and for the opportunity to work with you as we pursue our chapter’s success.
See you at the Hard Rock in July and at The Tasting Room in August!
Sherry A. Collins