Message from the President
Welcome to a new year and the beginning of a new decade. This is especially exciting for me as I begin my tenure as your 2020 MCACHE President. Having been a member of MCACHE since 2002, I am incredibly honored to have the opportunity to now serve as your chapter President. I am extremely grateful for the leadership Christine Stesney-Ridenour has provided both as our chapter President and as a mentor to me, preparing me to take the helm. Chris has really exemplified the values of ACHE with her commitment to leadership and lifelong learning, as well as educating a few of us along the way! Our many thanks to you Chris.
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.
What I love about this history is the transformation of the chapter and the efforts to become more inclusive, being open to new ideas, new members and expanding our chapter’s presence in the Midwest. Our chapter continues to exemplify the ACHE value of diversity and inclusion through our Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Committee. Although a fairly new committee, the D&I members are continually challenging themselves to provide our members with thought-provoking content, and are working diligently to plan another outstanding educational program as we try to evolve ourselves with the rapidly changing healthcare environment.
Diversity & Inclusion, also referred to as diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is creating new career paths and roles, new businesses, and new thought leadership. According to data from Indeed, DEI-related job postings were up more than 25% from August 2018 to August 2019 across every industry, as reported November 20, 2019, in an article from The New York Times. What an exciting time for our healthcare members who are learning how to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.
I am looking forward to all of the activities and events planned for 2020 which of course are posted on the MCACHE calendar including:
- State of the Healthcare Union Address on March 19th
- Annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership on March 23-26
- A Look at Price Transparency Through Different Lenses on April 2
I look forward to the year ahead and my journey with you. I sincerely hope I can bring value to MCACHE and to you, our members, throughout 2020.
Michelle Hornberger, FACHE