I pray this message finds you and your family well and safe. I am your newly elected Regent of Southeast Texas; it is my honor and privilege to work together with you to strengthen our leadership skills, and in turn improve the healthcare of our communities!
This is such an interesting time to be a healthcare leader as we are experiencing simultaneous leadership challenges on an unpaved path! Along with a worldwide pandemic, a great recession and facing great uncertainty, healthcare teams are truly at the front lines shaping the future for generations to come. As essential workers, we cannot sit back and wait for the worst to pass; we must rise up each day and lead our organizations through these challenges. Knowing that leadership is more important now than ever, I am very proud and thankful to be part of this strong organization focused on supporting us as we support our communities.
While many have been busy with the implications of COVID-19, our Chapter has been busy finding ways to continue to connect with our members and observe social distancing. We held a webinar “COVID-19 The Perfect Pandemic” on May 14th with over 120 attendees. Thanks to those who took the time to join, and thanks to the UT School of Public Health and Dr. Catherine Troisi, our distinguished speaker. If you missed the webinar, the recording is available to you on the Chapter website. We are also planning future topics so stay tuned for more information.
As COVID-19 brings challenges with employment uncertainty, the Chapter will be revamping our website to feature local jobs giving both employers and prospective employees the chance to connect. If you are experiencing financial hardships as a result of COVID-19, I invite you to contact our Chapter Executive Director of Operations, Mark Biscone, who can help connect you with resources to assist in your job search, your membership renewal and your advancement to ACHE Fellow. You can find Mark’s contact information (and lots of other great resources) on the Chapter website at https://ache-setc.org/. Also available to you is the COVID-19 Resource Center on the ACHE website at www.ache.org.
I invite you to join us at the Houston Food Bank for an ACHE volunteer event on Saturday, June 6th. It’s not too late to sign up to help the food bank (which needs it now more than ever) and enjoy a great networking opportunity, too.
As our community begins to return to normal safely, we are looking forward to seeing you (in person!) at the next Quarterly Breakfast on August 27th at the Junior League. Please make plans to attend!
Also, mark your calendar for the 2020 SETC Annual Healthcare Leadership Conference which will be held here in Houston on October 21-22, 2020 at the InterContinental Houston – Medical Center. The conference theme is “Innovations in Healthcare Disaster Preparedness: The Regional Disaster Response System and Healthcare’s Role in Preparedness.”
Finally, the dates have been set for 2021 Congress on Healthcare Leadership: March 22–25, 2021 in Chicago at the Hilton Chicago/Palmer House Hilton. I am looking forward to catching up with those I missed this year!
I am so thrilled to be your Regent and follow in footsteps of so many great healthcare leaders in our region. Please reach out to me if I can be of any assistance to you. Thank you for this opportunity to serve you!
Jeanna Bamburg, FACHE
Regent for Southeast Texas