As I compose this message I reflect on the many accomplishments of the past year. To our great members this is a time to reflect on our: families, relationships, professional work, accomplishments and much more. This is the wonderful time of year for each of us to give thanks to the many people who touched our lives in so many ways. It is my privilege to serve as your leader for our North Florida Chapter. I have an opportunity to work with so many others who volunteer their precious time and dedicated commitment to the service of our organization. Please accept my heartfelt thanks for your work and for your support over the past (fast) year. A few highlights:
- Over 20 members earned Fellow status this year
- 6 members were awarded ACHE awards: 1 Distinguished Service & 3 Service awards; 2 Regent awards (Early & Senior Careerist)
- Established 3 new affiliations in our ACHE Higher Education Network: University of West Florida; University of St. Augustine; and Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University (FAMU).
- Hosted Board of Governors Exam prep course with over 20 attendees from 3 ACHE chapters in partnership with Veterans Administration
- Delivered more than 6 face to face credit hours
Aside from showing my greatest appreciation, we all must consider how each of us personally influence our individual social environment. Collectively we will be able to display this on our improved social media platform. This will serve as cornerstone of our deliverance to our members and social environment the great things we do for our chapter and communities we serve. The fruits of our labor will be readily displayed by the end of this year via our improved website, LinkedIn page and additional ACHE branding material. As professionals and leaders in the field of healthcare, we have the opportunity and responsibility to guide our colleagues and organizations beyond the current elements of divisiveness, fear, anger and misunderstanding. These tenants I reinforced during my recent speaking engagement to FAMU’s School of Allied Health, as part of their S. Tanner Stafford lecture series. Each of us can do this daily as we show our appreciation, respect and empathy for our co-workers and community in which we so proudly serve.
Lastly, we are members of the most preeminent professional organization in the world dedicated to advancing leadership, education, and improvement in the important area of healthcare. Our goals will follow the pillars already established by being a Catalysts for the field of healthcare management: Advancing Safety; Building Partnerships; Innovate and Transform; Connector across the continuum of the leadership community: Strengthen Chapters; Advance Diversity and Inclusion; Increase Access to Resources; Trusted Partner: Foster Engagement; Support Leaders; Personalize the Experience. Therefore, my single message for our chapter is to implore our members to promote warmth, understanding, communication and cooperation
Happy Holiday Season!
Donald E. Mitchell, RN, FACHE
President ACHE – North Florida Chapter