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President's Message


I am honored you have selected me as your 2016-2017 President of the Metropolitan New York Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. I am also honored to have such an outstanding dedicated and hardworking team of Officers, Board of Directors, Committee Chairs and Co-Chairs.

First, I would like to thank our Immediate Past President,Meredith Simonetti. Under Meredith’s leadership, the chapter received three National Yerger award's and shared in two additional Yergers for Region 2. We also received a Bronze award for Education. Meredith served the Chapter and its members proudly. Congratulations Meredith on an outstanding year!

At this year’s Leadership Training conference, National Chairperson, Mary Mirabelli, rolled out hertheme, entitled “Thrive.” This certainly is an appropriate theme this year; our industry is evolving in so many different ways, creating multiple opportunities for each of us to Thrive, perhaps thinking and acting differently than we have in the past. The Metro chapter will “thrive” by making sure our seminars and events are most helpful to you. This coming year, look for more changes.

As we embark on a new education year, our committees will be addressing the latest industry issues that we face . Furthermore, we are going to continue our back-to-basic series, so we can help our newer members get up to speed, while refreshing our veterans’ skills . As more of us find it difficult to leave the office to attend seminars, we will continue to offer you more webinars .

Our Joseph A. Levi 58th Annual Institute kickoff meeting occurred on June 2nd. We had a great meeting with lots of new and exciting ideas for the program. I am confident that our volunteer committee will continue to set high programming and content standards . I look forward to another successful Institute. Also, we received such positive feedback about our new location at the Uniondale Marriott, we have decided to keep this venue for 2017’s Annual Institute. The dates are March 9 and 10, 2017… mark your calendars.

Our website continues to grow and offer more information for you. Special Events will offer new social and networking opportunities, such as our first ever German night in July . On the other hand, we will keep some of the old favorites, like the Annual Golf Outing. 


These are just some of the ideas we plan on implementing. Our Corporate Sponsors and v olunteers help make everything possible. Corporate Sponsors play a key role in this organization. They allow us to educate our members and our community. We thank them for their generosity to and continued support of the Metro NY Chapter.

Our Community Outreach Committee (of one person) puts on more than 15 learning sessions a year. Our newly developed Knowledge is Power Series Committee put on a Heart Health awareness dinner, with speakers and physicians from local hospitals, this past year. It was very well attended and the feedback was extremely positive. We are going to continue to host these events. In addition, we are going to be more involved in community service for those less fortunate. We will continue our food drives and will be adding other charitable work. Giving back to the community is very important; our chapter will continue to make this a priority.
I want to thank our volunteers, the current Executive Board, the Board of Directors, and all program chairs and co-chairs. Without their dedication, energy, knowledge and time commitment, this chapter would cease to exist. They truly are the driving force behind this chapter. I will have the pleasure of rolling up my sleeves to work beside each and every one of them, this year. I ask all of you to consider volunteering on a committee. Volunteering has a positive impact on you, your colleagues and the members who reap the fruits of your efforts .
As your President, I want to make sure that your membership needs are being met. If there is anything I can do to improve our Chapter, please let me know. If you would like to become more involved in the Chapter by participating on a committee, please let me know.

I look forward to a successful year and the opportunity to serve you.

 David Woods
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