Welcome to the Southern California chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). As I settle into my new role of President, I am reminded of the value HFMA has brought to my career. The countless professional relationships formed and the tremendous educational value and best practice learnings from local, regional and national HFMA events.
I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to serve as this year’s. With each passing year, we set out and achieve new goals and we improve and implement new ideas, each building on the achievements from those who served before us. That is partly why HFMA continues to be successful year after year. Contributions build on one another and efforts continually pay off, enhancing the overall membership experience. As healthcare organizations continue to suffer from shrinking margins, there has never been a better time to align providers, payers and patients. HFMA seeks to improve the financing of healthcare, to reach across traditional barriers, and collaborate for a better tomorrow.
The real key to the Southern California Chapter is our members – those that volunteer their time on the committees, participate in sessions, run programs in the background, help at the various community and social events, and bring their passion for their field to our Chapter. All of YOU are what drives our Chapter officers to make sure we bring value back to you every year! A sincere thank you does not seem to be enough to recognize all that you do for your fellow Chapter professionals!
If you are not already one of our volunteers, I invite you to join / participate / contribute - whatever and however you can. Opportunities are plentiful and there are no minimal requirements, please reach out to me or our 2019-2020 Volunteer Coordinator for more information. Whatever you can offer is sincerely valued and appreciated.
I would like to personally thank all of our wonderful and generous Corporate Sponsors, without whom the educational events would not be possible. Not only do many of them sponsor the Chapter, but they attend the events, participate in our Committees, and often speak and host various education sessions. Without their passion and continued advocacy for our field and our Chapter, we would not have the great support that allows us to do what we do in HFMA!
This year’s HFMA National Chairman of the Board, Michael M. Allen, CFO at OSF Healthcare in Peoria, Ill. chose the theme: Dare You 2 Move (DY2M) for the 2019-2020 HFMA year. Mike dares us to make a move – make a change – whether for personal or professional growth, it’s time to take that step, not matter how big or small, and move forward. Will you accept his dare?
We are always interested in your ideas or suggestions for improving the services provided to our members. Please feel free to contact myself or one of our other leaders with your comments and suggestions.
I look forward to a great 2019-2020 Chapter Year! I hope to see you at our upcoming events!
Gina Churchill, FHFMA
President – HFMA Southern California