Message from the President

Gwendolyn H. Parker, MD, MBA, FACHE

It’s hard to believe that the year is almost over.  You’re familiar with the quote, “Time flies when you’re having fun”! It has truly been an enjoyable year.  I thank you for allowing me to have the privilege of serving as your President. 

As I reflect back over this year, I attribute MCACHE’s success to the dynamic and dedicated Board members and volunteers.  Our Chapter was honored to receive the ACHE Award of Excellence and Sustained Performance at Congress.  Our accomplishments include; educational programming, networking, community service, and fellowship advancements.  In addition, we had collaborative educational activities with InForum of Michigan, Michigan Health and Hospital Association, Healthcare Finance Management Association, and the University of Detroit-Mercy (Ethics Symposium). 

In September, MCACHE and the Great Lakes Chapter (GLACHE) co-sponsored an ACHE On-location program in Lansing.   I had the opportunity to attend the Chapter Leaders Conference in Chicago along with upcoming President Chris Stesney-Ridenour and President-elect Michelle Hornberger.   The conference provided great networking and opportunities to learn about the “Best Practices” of other chapters.

One of my goals this year was to increase the physician involvement in MCACHE.  The physician membership has increased and there is active physician participation on some of our committees.   Our Regent, Derk Pronger, Kira Carter-Robertson (President of GLACHE) and I are working on collaborative educational opportunities with the Michigan State Medical Society for 2019.   

We will wind down the year with our strategic planning session in December to prepare for a magnificent 2019.  I encourage you to get more value out of your membership by joining a committee in 2019.  Thanks to the Board, committees, volunteers, members, and sponsors for your participation and support to make MCACHE an outstanding chapter. 

Please join me in welcoming the 2019 President, Chris Stesney-Ridenour and President-elect Michelle Hornberger.  I look forward to supporting them. 

The Holidays are fast approaching.  I wish all of you a very safe and happy holiday season!

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