This chapter year has started unlike any other, amidst a global pandemic and increased social and political tensions. Although the current times have presented many new challenges, our leadership team remains dedicated to the chapter’s mission; to define, realize, and advance the financial management of healthcare by helping members and others improve the business performance of organizations operating in or serving the healthcare field. In order to execute our mission, we know that we will have to be innovative and think differently than we have in the past. Our leadership team has created a strategic plan to continue our efforts of providing members with indispensable resources and to ensure that we do so in safe environments. Therefore, going forward, our chapter events and activities may look and feel very different. We ask that you embrace these changes and provide feedback along the way. These are new times for us all!
Our chapter is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year; we are the second oldest chapter of HFMA. There is no way that we would have been able to make it this long without a strong membership base and ongoing group of dedicated volunteers. Whether you are a long-time member or a new member to the chapter, my challenge to you is to get involved. Involvement could be through attending our educational offerings and networking events or volunteering for a leadership position on our board or one of our many committees. We are always looking for individuals to help our chapter continue to move forward and grow and I couldn’t think of a better time than now to get involved.
I may be biased but I truly believe that our chapter provides one of the best ways to meet, learn from and network with healthcare professionals from across our great state. I know we will continue to work diligently so that we can provide these opportunities for you. I hope to see you, either virtually or in person, at an event in the near future!
Stay safe and well!
Steve Backus President, 2020-2021 Senior Vice President, Johnson Financial Group