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Message from the President

Michelle Hornberger, MHSA, FACHE

Well, I don’t have to tell any of you reading this what strange times we are currently living in. Instead, I am going to focus my thoughts on how to live in this new altered environment and be transparent that while this ‘shelter-in-place’ may be temporary, managing the social distancing on a day-to-day and week-to-week basis is challenging to say the least, especially if you have children at home. 
 
We all have access to a plethora of coronavirus guidelines, protocols, statistics, and curves, so I thought I’d share some links to articles and insights on how we can experience some good news, take a break from reading about COVID-19, and present ways to cope with our new normal. 
 

One of the more interesting articles I recently came across was from the New York Times and it discusses that during a crisis, the people who cope the best are those who are helping others. They call this a “helper’s high” as explained in “The Science of Helping Out.” It goes on to say, “At a time when we are all experiencing an extraordinary level of stress, science offers a simple and effective way to bolster our own emotional health. To help yourself, start by helping others.”

 

It appears many people are actively searching for good news as well, with a good news video on YouTube surpassing 25 million views in one week according to another article in the New York Times entitled  The News Is Making People Anxious. You’ll Never Believe What They’re Reading Instead. In response, National Geographic has created two good news-themed newsletters. One is focused on kids and families. The other is a coronavirus-free newsletter titled Your Weekly Escape.
 

As I reminisce about the history of MCACHE, it has been wonderful to see it continually evolve from the professional organization I originally joined named the Southeast Michigan Healthcare Executive Forum (SEMHEF). In 2002, SEMHEF transformed into the Michigan Healthcare Executive Group & Associates (MHEGA) as an official local chapter of ACHE. In 2008, MHEGA welcomed the northwest Ohio Chapter and changed its name from Michigan to Midwest Healthcare Executive Group & Associates to reflect the merger. In 2014, MHEGA changed one more time to our now current MCACHE name.

 

I hope these resources are of some value to you. I certainly wish you all the best as we manage through this. Stay home. Stay healthy. Stay positive. We are all in this together…even if we’re apart. 

 

Michelle Hornberger, FACHE

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