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President's Message


I hope that all of you are excited that spring has finally arrived! At this time of year, many people think about airing out the house, doing some deep cleaning and purging a bunch of stuff. However, fewer people think about doing spring cleaning on negative thoughts and emotions. I encourage you all to take time to evaluate how you think and to move forward this spring with positivity and purpose.
It is difficult to believe that we are in the month of April and how quickly the Chapter year has progressed.As I reflect on the end of my term as Chapter President and this year’s educational and networking events, I am so proud of the teamwork and the leadership that our Chapter provides to our membership.This year’s 59thAnnual Institute was an outstanding success led by Alex Balko, Cathy Ekbom, and Andrew Weingartner along with an entire committee of volunteers.Some of the AI highlights included several panels of hospital and health plan executives. The CFO Panel shared how chief financial officers navigate challenges, many that we are all familiar with, such as denials and reimbursement reductions along with the top priorities of each hospital and healthcare system. The Managed Care Panel hosted executives from Aetna, Cigna, Healthfirst and United Healthcare each spoke about initiates with provider collaboration, value- based arrangements and the importance of stronger payor and provider partnerships. The CEO Panel,which included John Collins of NYU Winthrop Hospital, which joined NYU Langone Health last year; Kenneth Roberts, President of Mather Hospital, which agreed to join Northwell Health in December; Gerard Walsh, who leads the independent St. John's Episcopal Hospital; and Gerald Terrinoni of Brooklyn Hospital Center who is also independent with a partnership affiliation with Mount Sinai. These diverse community hospital CEOs shared how executives make the decision to merge or not to merge and provided insight into their individual strategies of endurance. There is little doubt that we work in a complex and constantly changing environmentand the sessions at our Annual Institute are meant to deliver timely information to our membership.
Our Chapter has undertaken several successful initiatives this year such as the development of the Mentor Program, the Women in Leadership Conference, and Payor Networking event to name a few. The Chapter will be in exceptional hands with Mario Di Figlia as incoming President, Dane McCarthy as President-Elect, Donna Skura as Vice President, Sean Smith as Treasurer, and Alex Balko as Secretary. They are a dedicated group of leaders who will be supported by an equally dedicated Board of Directors, Chairs and Co-Chairs, committee members and volunteers. I encourage you, our members, to become more involved and consider joining a committee; it will be a fulfilling experience.
I would like to thank everyone, including the Executive Committee, the Board, the committee Chairs and allthe committee volunteers for all that you do and have done this Chapter year! Ialso want to thank allour Corporate Sponsors for your generous support. It is because of the dedication and efforts of all of you that we have successfully met our Chapter goals this year.

I hope to see you at a future HFMA event soon!

 Maryann J. Regan
Chapter President 2017-2018
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