President's Corner

FHEA  President
Immediate Past President
​Larry Peterson, CHE, CHFM, CHSP
Baptist Medical Center South

The Board of Directors and I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday and have a happy new year. This is a special time of year and we hope you took time to celebrate with friends and family! 

The joint conference of the 33rd Annual AHCA Seminar and the FHEA 55th Annual Meeting and Trade Show was held on October 15-18, 2017 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort; it was one of the largest in our history with over 1300 in attendance. Keynote speakers gave us new ideas and new opportunities to think about how we can humanize healthcare environments.  The breakaway sessions gave us many opportunities to hear and learn from leading industry experts and the agencies that regulate our industry.  We hope you took advantage of these sessions and we welcome your suggestions for future programs.
The trade show was also very successful with over 290 vendor booths. The trade show gave us the opportunity to make new contacts for services and contractors plus see the latest products and technologies.  The vendors and supporting members I spoke to were pleased with the turnout and opportunities for them to acquire new clients. Next year’s event will be held on October 7-10, 2018 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando.

As you should know by now our Executive Director Alethea Vitray is moving on to the next chapter in her life and is retiring. She did so many wonderful things for this organization that it would take the whole newsletter to list them all. On behalf of the entire FHEA membership, we wish Alethea all she could ask for in retirement.
With Alethea’s retirement we now have an agreement with Meeting Management Group (MMG) to handle the day to day operations for the FHEA.  Marty, Sarah and the rest of their team have been preparing behind the scenes and are ready to step into their new role. Please make them feel welcome. One of the first things that MMG has done is to update our website. Please take time to log in and check it out; it has a more modern appearance and is easy to navigate with new content being added regularly.

I would be remiss if I did not thank our supporting members for all they do for our organization and for us and our facilities. Without you we could not do what we do.  For our active members, please never forget that you and your teams make a difference in the lives of your patients and your communities every day; you are all caregivers. Thanks for what you do for those whose lives have been interrupted by illness or injury.

It is hard for me to believe that a year has passed since my term as FHEA President began. I want to thank all of you for your support and encouragement during this time. I especially want to thank Alethea, Meeting Management Group, and the Board of Directors for all they have done over the past year to ensure all of our events, meetings, and activities happened seamlessly and to help me navigate the duties of president. It has truly been an honor and a privilege to serve such a dedicated and professional group of people.  I am comfortable knowing that you will be in good hands as our current Vice President Kevin Daniel takes over as state President. He will be supported by our incoming Vice President Thomas Gibson and the Board of Directors.
Hope to see you all at our Spring Meeting at the Renaissance World Golf Village.