On January 18, 2018, CT HFMA held their first Dodgeball tournament at Nomad’s in South Windsor. The intention of the event was originally geared towards engaging young professionals with the help of our seasoned HFMA’ers acting as ambassadors. I wanted to offer a networking opportunity in a fun and relaxing environment that would attract our next generation. What actually happened was more than I could have ever anticipated. Registration started off slow but quickly gained momentum in mid-December. As I began talking to the teams I realized these teams were just as excited as I was about the tournament. Team comradery was already building within each organization and I was not prepared for what occurred on game day. Eight organizations, Sibson, Marcum, Hartford Healthcare, Parallon, Vantage Point, Qualidigm, Reid & Reige and Techton showed up at Nomads ready to play. There were team shirts, sweat bands, face paint, eye black, cheering sections, air horns and even the signature Patches O’Houlihan scarf. The excitement in the air was infectious as registration was underway and the teams began to warm up and practice. The energy continued to grow as drawings were held for the first round of the double elimination bracket and the rules were reviewed. Nomad’s has two full size basketball courts which allowed two games to be play at one time. What quickly unfolded was more than I ever expected. I knew it would be a fun time but what I wasn’t prepared for was the team building experience that was happening right in front of me. These eight teams made up of players of all ages, women, men, accountants, actuaries, lawyers, architects and consultants all walked onto that court unified and ready to compete. For many it was the first time playing dodgeball and the first round gave the teams a good sense of the rules and how the games were going to unfold. The second round was where you really saw that competitive drive as teams began to band together with their eye on the prize. The teams and their cheering sections bonded together and played with such heart and determination.
As the night unfolded I watched as Sibson dominated each of their games and quickly moved to the final bracket. Hartford Healthcare was a force to be reckoned with, and like a proud momma, I watched Marcum make the long trek through the “opportunity” bracket and fight their way into the finals. Sibson was crowned the champion in the final round and now will have to work hard to defend their title.
The only remaining question is: what’s next. As the healthcare industry changes it’s apparent that our methods of interacting, networking and collaborating need to change as well. We are already brainstorming for the next event and would love to hear feedback from you. Please feel free to reach out to me with any suggestions and feedback email@example.com. And most importantly…. SAVE THE DATE – January 17, 2019, same time, same place for our 2nd annual CT HFMA Dodgeball tournament.
P.S. Be sure to check out our Events Pictures Page for more pics from the event!
CT HFMA held yet another fantastic Annual Meeting this year!
On September 14th, the CT chapter held it’s 66th Annual Meeting at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, CT. Another great day, filled with great education and inspiring speakers. And the venue provided the perfect backdrop for networking with our membership! Please click here to check out some pics from this great event!
Joe Pajor, Retired, serving as part time consultant with my wife Kathy’s consulting firm
CT Scanner (CS) Joe Pajor (JP)
(CS) Please provide a brief summary of your work history (companies worked for titles):
(JP) 42 years in hospital finance, Meriden- Wallingford Hospital [now mid-state]72-78, Internal Auditor, Assistant Controller MT Sinai Hospital[ acquired by St. Francis]78-80 [Director of Finance Division], Hospital of St. Raphael, 1980-2000, director in various revenue cycle activities Stamford Hospital 2000-2007, Administrative Director Patient Financial Services, Norwalk Hospital 2007-2014 Administrative Director Revenue Cycle.
(CS) When did you join HFMA? What committees have you joined and positions have you held within HFMA?
(JP) President, for chapter as well as serving on numerous committees such as Program, Annual Meeting, Certification, Sponsorship, Region 1 Executive, HFMA National Advisory Board for Revenue Cycle, National Chapter 2.0 Committee on Regional Executives.
(CS) What made you join HFMA?
(JP) I was told to by my CFO at Meriden Wallingford Hospital immediately upon my hire, but soon looked forward to every monthly meeting at Yankee Silversmith in Wallingford, where every hospital CFO and key financial staff met to discuss state and national health care financial issues.
(CS)What have you found to be the benefits of joining HMFA?
(JP) So many, staying connected to national and state issues. Never would have known other health care financial professionals if not for HFMA. Networking from the after the meeting reception in the 70’s at the Yankee Silversmith, to the current networking opportunities at chapter events and Region 1 Conference.
(CS)What is your favorite event that the HFMA has held?
(JP) Locally, the CT HFMA annual meeting has become a must attend, since it highlights what is happening in CT Health Care: and the closing panel provides insight into CT Leadership thinking. This past year’s Region 1 provided a regional look at health care issues and its closing panel was great – not only for the speaker’s comments, but their interaction with each other as three CEO’s had an opportunity to join in a meaningful dialogue.
(CS)What piece of advice would you give to a new member of the HFMA?
(JP) Get out of your comfort zone as soon as possible and get involved. Almost everyone is reluctant to get involved, but if you start to volunteer and ask to be on a committee, good things will start to happen. And once you are on a committee, be proactive and ask for responsibilities. Soon you will be meeting many great members throughout the state and having a good time doing it.
My tag line for HFMA is, “Learn, Laugh, and Commiserate”; which I think captures what HFMA meant to me.
(CS) Can you tell us a little about yourself? Like your family life or hobbies and interests?
(JP) I have been married to Kathy for 20 years and she too has been the president of the Connecticut chapter and Region 1 Executive. We have four children and 6 grandchildren, with one more on the way. My interests are: the Boston Red Sox, travel and the theater – having been a Long Wharf Theater season ticket holder for over 30 years, and now enjoy going down to New York for Broadway shows. I have jogged in 5 marathons (60 pounds ago); NYC -3 DC, and LA., jogged a mile in all 50 states, attended a game in every major league ball park, been to 43 countries, mostly in Europe, the Caribbean, and the Far East. I appeared on Broadway in Monty Pythons Holy Grail, as I was selected to appear from the audience with the cast during the show, and they presented with me an award. One great recent travel experience was spending a week in Cuba doing volunteer work on a farm and living with native Cubans.
(CS) Are you a member of any other organizations career oriented or personal?
(JP) I previously served as Chairman of the Board of CT Better Business Bureau, and Columbus House (CH), a homeless shelter and transitional housing not for profit in New Haven. I still volunteer with CH, and in a strange twist, my current CH involvement ledt me to be on the startup of the Better Business Board Foundation. I am serving now as Board member and Secretary which will soon be providing consumer feedback on Connecticut not for profit charities.
(CS)What are your goals for your future career wise, personally and within HFMA?
(JP) My goals are to take a carpe diem approach to the max in my retirement years. On May 26th I completed my role as Chair of the Region 1 HFMA Conference held at the Mohegan Sun that drew over 430 attendees. From now on, my HFMA involvement will be limited to providing my two cents when asked by either the chapter or Region 1. With my 45+ year membership, I have lots of penny experiences from which to provide my 2 cents.
(CS)Please feel free to add any other information that you feel would be useful or fun for the other members to know.
My only regret with HFMA was that I waited until my late 50’s to get involved on the chapter leadership level. Since I wanted to give back for all HFMA did for me in my career, I realize now I should have been more involved in the leadership ranks much earlier in my career for the all the value and enjoyment it gave to me.
Thank you Joe, for all your hard work and service to the organization.
by Kathy Rizzetta
Senior Staff Reporter