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Message from the President

Christine Stesney-Ridenour, MBA, FACHE

The focus for fall is environmental sustainability and to begin to consider what the health care industry is, or has contributed, to global warming and what we as health care leaders can do to decrease or even eliminate our carbon footprint.  

 

Like most industries, health care continues to face exponential challenges and change. Not only is our population aging, but we are seeing sicker patients with multiple co-morbidities that will continue to impact our efforts to be good stewards of our environment.

 

Environmental sustainability can be found in many forms; from as simple as eliminating the use of bottled water, recycling, reusable vs. disposable products, and use of solar and alternative sources of energy, to name just a few. It can also mean eliminating unnecessary testing and reducing length of stay and if done thoughtfully, each of these examples are also opportunities to significantly reduce cost, adding to its importance.

 

MCACHE is always looking for more involvement in all its committees, and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee is no exception. So, let us know if you are interested in being a part of helping this committee make a difference.

 

I hope that what you read in the August MCACHE newsletter will help you evaluate opportunities about how you can make a difference in your health system (or whatever contributing industry you represent).  As leaders, we must be diligent in finding ways to contribute new ideas to increase efficiencies, decrease cost, and of course, improve our margin to continue the mission.

 

In closing, the August quarterly newsletter, as well as the great work of MACHE’s many committees, are  a few of the ways we hope to provide you with continued education, networking opportunities, and ongoing value as a member of MCACHE. Enjoy the rest of your summer, and I look forward to seeing you at an event soon.

 

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