It’s hard to believe 2018 is coming to an end. I read a quote from John Wooden, Hall of Fame basketball coach, UCLA, that has stuck with me. “Without organization and leadership toward a realistic goal, there is no chance of realizing more than a small percentage of your potential.”
I am not a basketball fan, but I do know that Coach Wooden’s success in basketball remains unmatched almost 40 years after he retired. Most of the success his teams enjoyed was due to a strong, healthy organization at UCLA and great leadership, both on and off the court!
We all have a short term goal of finishing the year strong with high patient volumes, cash collections, quality, and customer satisfaction. We all also have longer term “get through the next mile” objectives of preparing for new year insurance changes, achieving the 2019 budget, and building stronger teams. In order to lead the healthcare industry with service, outcomes, performance and innovation, it’s critical as leaders that we focus and achieve both our short and long term goals.
AAHAM celebrated 50 years this year and Three Rivers AAHAM had an exceptional year. We set a goal to increase membership and we succeeded. Another goal was to increase attendance at our Fall Conference and we accomplished that. We are seeing interest in our certification program increasing as well. We will set our 2019 goals at our December Planning meeting and I have confidence that next year will be as successful as this year. The success of our chapter is thanks to the great sponsors and membership we have. Without all of you, we would not be where we are today!
As a chapter with a diverse membership, we all have something to contribute. As we continue to see more and more of our long-term members retiring, it is essential that our students and younger members get involved to set the foundation for the future. If you know a student in healthcare or someone interested in AAHAM, do not hesitate to get them involved in AAHAM. Please reach out to me or any of our Board members if you have questions.
Let’s end the year with strength and prepare for an outstanding start to 2019!
Three Rivers AAHAM President