President’s Welcome Letter – 2017
WELCOME to the website of the American College of Healthcare Executives – SouthEastTexasChapter (ACHE-SETC). As your 2017 Chapter President, I am excited about the privilege of serving for a premier organization for healthcare professionals in southeast Texas with membership of almost 1,600! Whether you are an ACHE member or not, I believe you will find that ACHE-SETC provides many opportunities that will be of interest to you. Excellent resources are available at your fingertips when you make the most of this website for learning what’s going on in our region.
Before we fully wrap up 2016, I want to thank Jack Buckley for his strong leadership as last year’s Chapter President. The chapter certainly grew and improved with Jack at the helm.
As our nation moves forward with new leadership, this is an era of a mandate for change at various levels. Challenges facing the nation and the delivery of healthcare in the months ahead will set the stage for how we care for our patients. Quality and performance improvement initiatives continue to drive significant changes in our national healthcare system. As professionals, I believe we have an excellent opportunity to collectively make a profound difference in the services we provide, from this point forward. I hope you will join me in helping to make that difference!
In alignment with making a difference in patient services, I have chosen the Chapter’s theme for this year’s ACHE-SETC quarterly educational programs as, “Driving Patient Experience through Quality and Efficiency”. As a hospital CEO, I have a passion for striving to improve patient experience beyond clinical care and it starts with understanding the journey from the patient’s point of view. As an example, our first quarterly educational session speaker will provide an overview of his family’s experience from the perspective of the patient. I have had the privilege of listening to Armando Nahum’s presentation, at an HCA conference last year. It is a heartbreaking story of a husband and father who had three members of his family suffer from a hospital acquired infection in three different hospitals in three different states in 10 months. Unfortunately, this sad story culminates with the death of his son, Josh. I urge you not to miss attending this event on Feb. 23. You can register by clicking here.
If you are currently a member of ACHE national (in existence for 84 years!), thank you for making that decision to join a highly respected organization of over 40,000 members. If you are a healthcare professional and have not yet joined ACHE, I encourage you to do so by applying on line by clicking on this link: www.ache.org.
Once you become a member of ACHE, you automatically become a member of your local chapter (ACHE-SETC). Annual membership dues for ACHE national are $150/year for the first 2 years. For years 3 through 5 dues are $250 and after 5 years $325.
As a member of ACHE-SETC some of the benefits you can experience are:
- Discounted member pricing for various events throughout the year
- Top-notch, cutting-edge educational programs
- Major networking opportunities
- Access to numerous resources to help you manage your career development
- And much more!
I look forward to the opportunity to meet you at one of our events.
Jeanna L. Barnard, FACHE
CEO, HCA Bayshore Medical Center, Pasadena, TX