I am truly honored to be the President of the Connecticut HFMA chapter for the 2018/2019 chapter year. Being a member of HFMA has had a significant impact for me both personally and professionally. I have been a member for over 10 years but it wasn’t until I became active about 5 years ago that my story started to change and I saw the true value of my membership.
In today’s challenging times, value is on the forefront and being able to show our members and prospective members the value that HFMA has to offer is a top priority for me as President. With so many different associations out there it is sometimes hard to decipher what each one offers and the benefits to joining one over the other. As I have become more involved with HFMA I realized that the true value was in the opportunities the association was providing to me. I have worked in the healthcare industry my entire career and have learned what a small world it is, especially in Connecticut. Through HFMA I have been able to expand my professional network and develop relationships that have become invaluable in my career. HFMA has also provided opportunities to further develop my communication and leadership skills through participation in committees and programs.
The healthcare industry is constantly changing and my goal is to provide our members with out of the box education and networking opportunities. This past year we held our first dodgeball tournament which proved networking can be more than just a happy hour where you attempt to make small talk. Our Women in Leadership event included networking bingo as an ice breaker to get the conversations flowing, even for the most introverted attendee. With these types of events, members were able to come together and meet in a manner that encouraged developing meaningful relationships, not just handing out business cards.
This year we are switching up our educational programs and offering a telemedicine event in late fall, which will include a legal and revenue track. We are also collaborating with the other HFMA chapters in New England to offer an FQHC conference this fall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. I’m a strong believer that collaboration is the new innovation. I feel that by working with our neighboring HFMA chapters we can reach more members and offer superior programs. Be on the lookout for more collaboration with other HFMA chapters as well as other associations who have the same goal in mind.
Finding the right way to reach our members is at the top of our list and this year we are focusing on reaching members via social media. Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to hear the latest news and stay up to date on upcoming events. This year we have also rolled out a new registration platform which we hope will make registering for programs more user friendly.
I would be remised if I didn’t take a moment to thank our dedicated volunteers and our sponsors. Without you both our Connecticut chapter would not be what it is today. Thank you for your dedication and support.
We are only as good as our members and look to you to help add to the value of HFMA. We welcome new ideas and honest feedback so that we can continue to make HFMA the go to association for healthcare. I encourage each one of you to get more involved and find out how HFMA can help to change your story.
On March 1, 2018, CT HFMA held their second Women in Leadership Event at the beautiful Madison Beach Hotel in Madison. This event was brought back by popular demand after last year’s event which was held in Hartford at the Society Room.
The night started off like most events with an hour of networking, but this year we added a twist. In an effort to engage our attendees and add some fun to social hour we incorporated a bingo game. As guests arrived, they were provided a bingo board with instructions for ways to win a raffle prize. There were three ways to get your card entered into the raffle; complete one row of traditional bingo for 3rd prize, complete two or more rows for 2nd prize and fill the entire bingo card for 1st prize. As the crowd mingled, I noticed the room filled with chatter and laughter. Our networking twist was a hit, everyone was mingling and moving around the room, asking each other questions. The game helped break the ice and we were pleased to see that 90% of the participants filled their entire bingo square!
As the night progressed, everyone made their way to the ball room, where we were introduced to our keynote speaker, Sherry Stewart Deutschmann- CEO of Sunset Ventures, Inc. and Founder of LetterLogic. Sherry’s compelling first-hand account of climbing the corporate ladder as a women leader motivated the audience and was a great interlude to our panelist discussion. Six panelists shared their personal stories of how they climbed the corporate ladder and ended up in their current roles. Each panelist offered a unique insight regarding obstacles they encountered and how they overcame them in addition to providing guidance on how to find good mentors, how they manage work-life balance and advice for current and future female leaders. Our six panelists included Andrea Balogh, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Women’s Health USA; Kirsten Jones, Market President Hartford Healthcare- GoHealth Urgent Care; Cassandra Mitchell, Regional VP, Revenue Cycle, Connecticut Market, Prospect Medical Holdings, Inc.; Laura Redinger, Senior Vice President, Director, Commercial Segment Enterprise Strategy, KeyCorp; Korrine Roth, Administative Director of Quality, Safety & Satisfaction, Western Connecticut Health Network; and Jennifer Willcox, Vice President, Legal Services, Yale New Haven Health.
Overall this event was a success. As healthcare and our leaders evolve, it’s important to come together as professionals and continue to network and collaborate with one another while providing advice and support for the upcoming leaders and their challenges ahead. 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: Amanda.kelly@HHCHealth.org. Also, be sure to check out our Events Pictures Page for pictures from the event.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!