As you all know the past month has been very devastating for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey & Irma. Our hearts go out to those who have lost their lives, loved ones, homes, and jobs. Many of those affected are our colleagues and their caregiving teams, some of whom worked selflessly to provide assistance to those in need during the storms. If you would like to support the relief effort to assist hospital employees who suffered significant property loss or damage, you can donate to the Florida Hospital Association Employee Assistance Fund for those affected by Hurricane Irma (click here), or the Texas Hospital Association Employee Assistance Fund for those affected by Hurricane Harvey (click here). Any support you can provide is much appreciated.
In other sad news, we lost one of our beloved colleagues and valued leaders in our healthcare community on June 27, Kathi Lencioni. Kathi was a former CEO of Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital and Sharp McDonald Center and she also served as a past ACHE Regent for SOHL. She was an extraordinary leader who cared deeply about mental health and patient safety. In addition to her exceptional leadership, she was a mentor and was very active in assisting early careerists in their professional development endeavors. Kathi lost an almost 2-year battle to cancer, but throughout her treatment, she continued to live a full life traveling and spending time with loved ones. We will remember Kathi’s passion and devotion to the healthcare industry and her spunky, witty, and positive nature that will keep her alive in the hearts of her family, friends, and colleagues alike. To honor Kathi’s legacy, SOHL will be starting the Kathi Lencioni Annual Scholarship for Early Careerists, which will be available to early careerist members of SOHL to assist with the cost for attending an ACHE or SOHL professional development program. More information about this scholarship will be provided later this year.
SOHL aims to provide valuable professional development opportunities for our members at every stage of their career, as well as opportunities for networking with local colleagues. On October 27, SOHL will host the 9th Annual SOHL Conference on the topic of “Innovate for Value,” which is our premier event of the year and the most highly attended. The conference will focus on the transformation to value-based healthcare and will cover topics such as the new clinical care models and business strategies to groundbreaking applications of digital technology, to help healthcare organizations achieve better healthcare outcomes at lower costs and growing market share. The conference will be held at the Scripps Schaetzel Center in La Jolla from 7am-5pm. For more information and to register, visit http://bit.ly/2017SOHLAnnualConference.
As a SOHL member, you have access to member rates for our quality programs. Please remember to renew your membership with the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), if you have not done so already. Your dues include your membership with our chapter, as we are a local chapter of ACHE. It is easy to renew online at ache.org. For those who did not renew your membership earlier this year, keep an eye out for a reminder notice from ACHE this month with more information about the benefits of renewing your membership today!
Nia Price, MPH
SOHL Chapter President
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