President’s Message – Summer 2016

I am excited to be writing my inaugural “President’s Message” to the Sunflower Chapter. I am truly honored you have selected me to serve as your 2016-2017 President. As an active volunteer in the Sunflower HFMA chapter for the last 6 years, I’ve had the privilege to work with some of the most dedicated and talented healthcare professionals in the industry. During this year, our industry will continue to evolve and change; processes that worked in the past may no longer apply. With this in mind, the Sunflower Chapter will continue to provide educational opportunities designed to help you navigate these challenging times.

I want to take a moment and thank our Immediate Past President, Bill Lane. I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor and under his leadership the chapter received two awards at the ANI awards banquet in Las Vegas. The chapter earned a Gold Award for Education and Bronze Award for Certification. Congratulations Bill for a fantastic year!

At this year’s Leadership Training Conference, your chapter officers and select committee chairs had the opportunity to meet the newest National Chairperson, Mary Mirabelli. Mary’s background in healthcare and her passion for HFMA is remarkable. Mary’s 2016-2017 Theme is ”THRIVE”. She spoke to many of the challenges that our membership knows all too well. However, where there are challenges, there are great opportunities to THRIVE and to push ourselves to new limits. The Sunflower Board of Directors, Chapter Officers, Committee Chairs and Co-Chairs are committed to pushing ourselves to make sure that your membership needs are being met.

It’s hard to believe but our 1st educational event for the year is already in the books. Our 22nd Annual Cost Report Workshop was held in Wichita on July 28th and 29th. Thank you to all of our speakers, volunteers, and business sponsors that helped make this event so successful. If you weren’t able to attend, we hope to see you at an upcoming program. Here are a few to consider…August 24-26 Mid-America Summer Institute, October 25th-27th Chargemaster Workshop, December 7-9 All Payers Workshop. Mark your calendars….
While the above programs have given our chapter national recognition in excellence, we are working on some exciting projects to bring even more educational opportunities to our membership. These projects include; Educational Roadshow (coming to a town near you), Women in Leadership Conference, revamped website, social media platform (linkedIN, Facebook, Twitter, Chapter App) …. real time communication and networking/mentoring opportunities.  Stay tuned….

Finally, I want to thank the chapter officers, the Board of Directors, Corporate Sponsors and all of the program chairs and co-chairs. The countless hours that you put into this great organization has not gone unnoticed. I’m looking forward to working alongside everyone this year.
Stay Connected, Stay Engaged and THRIVE!

Josh Honn
Sunflower Chapter- HFMA