With the last “blasts” of winter hopefully behind us, we can look forward the energy of spring and a host of GOHLF Local Program activities. Please check our GOHLF website as we continue to enhance the amount and timeliness of information related to our 2014 Face-to-Face education programs. We need to give special appreciation to Mark McGatha, our GOHLF Board Sponsorship Committee Chairperson, for volunteering to start updating and enhancing the GOHLF website. In addition, we need to thank Chip Washienko, FACHE, GOHLF President-Elect, and the three LPC Chairs for their mapping out our 2014 Education Calendar and agreeing on the eight topics that we can offer at 1.5 Face-to-Face Education hours. We would also like to welcome Karen Huttsell as the new Columbus LPC Chairperson. Many of you remember Karen as our former GOHLF President.
After winter weather caused us to postpone our annual Face-to-Face GOHLF Strategic Planning Session on Friday, December 6, 2013, we rescheduled this event to January 23, 2014 with a meeting at the Holiday Inn Roberts Meeting Center in Wilmington. About 15 dedicated GOHLF Board and LPC members once again braved the elements to help us revise our 2013-2015 GOHLF Strategic Plan. Our 2014 Strategic Initiatives Areas of Focus are:
o Recruitment of Membership – Tom Daskalakis, FACHE & Melissa Mackey
* Targeting C-Suite
o Sponsorship – Mark McGatha and Chip Washienko, FACHE
o Diversity & Inclusion – Melissa Mackey and Rosalie Weakland, FACHE
o Higher Education Network – Kevin Brooks and Ed Syron, FACHE
Once again this year and under the primary leadership of Kevin Brooks – West Chester Hospital, we had a record number of students but fewer executives participate in the Ground Hog Day Job Shadowing experience. Kevin was assisted by two Xavier graduate students, Jon-Michael Williams and J. D. Keighley. We had 29 Executives and 60 students participate in the event. As a reminder, we do not only target C-Suite and Vice President Executives. We had several Director level ACHE members who participated. We also had three participating colleges this year – Xavier University; University of Cincinnati and Franklin University. We want to express our appreciation to the Program Directors of those programs for their continued support of Groundhog Day and, especially, ACHE/GOHLF.
As a reminder, we now have a process to publish more “scholarly” and peer reviewed articles submitted by GOHLF members on a quarterly basis. These 800-word articles might address topics like ACOs, Baldrige, EHR implementation or any other topic that is more directed toward discussing healthcare management.
With the conclusion of the 2014 ACHE Annual Congress, the newly created single Regent for Ohio baton has been passed from our former SW Ohio Regent, Craig Self, FACHE, to our new Ohio Regent, Nancy Tinsley, RN, MBA, FACHE. Nancy currently dials into our monthly GOHLF Board meeting call. She can be reached at Nancy.Tinsley1@UHhospitals.org.
In closing, as President and on behalf of the GOHLF Board, we want to express our appreciation for all the voluntary time you give in various ways to make ACHE the premier professional organization for healthcare executives. Please help us grow and move forward by attending GOHLF sponsored 2014 educational events and recruiting a new member. SAVE THE DATE for Annual OHA/Day Education Day, Wednesday, June 11, 2014 in Columbus.
Ed Syron, FACHE