President's Corner

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

 Greetings to my fellow FHEA members. It is hard to believe that summer has come and gone; it seems like Memorial Day was just a few weeks ago and now Labor Day has come and gone.

Speaking of summer, the Board of Directors held their summer board meeting at the World Golf Village in beautiful St. Augustine, Florida on August 25, 2017. The World Golf Village will also be the site of the 34th FHEA Spring Meeting on May 17 and 18, 2018. On Thursday, May 17th you will have your choice of golf on the much acclaimed “Slammer and Squire” golf course or you can attend the CHFM prep course. If you do not have your CHFM certificate I strongly encourage you to take advantage of the prep class and sit for the exam on Friday afternoon. Also Friday, we have our spring meeting and educational opportunities for you as well as vendors who help make this event possible.

In early August I had the opportunity along with other FHEA members to attend the Annual ASHE conference held in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Sunday prior to the conference was the ASHE Leadership Forum that is for all ASHE Chapters. It provided an opportunity for chapters from across the country to share examples of best practice and learn new ideas to help our own members. One of the key topics of discussion was succession planning and finding ways to attract the younger generations to our side of healthcare–– I am sure it had nothing to do with all the gray hair in the room. If you are not already working on this with your HR teams at your organization I encourage you to start now by creating apprentice programs, internships, scholarships, etc. Our own FHEA has 298 Active members, 37 Life members and 601 supporting members, making us a very stable organization but we need to ensure we have new blood coming in to our field.

The rest of the conference had exceptional educational presentations from speakers such as George Mills who is the Chief Engineer with the Joint Commission as well as many other speakers from prestigious organizations. We hope to be able to place these presentations on the FHEA home page for your use. One of the highlights of this event for me was to have the privilege to accept the ASHE Platinum Award for FHEA; this would not be possible without all of you.

I hope you have made plans to attend the FHEA 55th Annual Meeting/Trade Show and the AHCA 33rd Annual Seminar at Disney’s Coronado Springs  Resort on October 15-18, 2017. Last year’s conference had over 1100 attendees. This year’s trade show has 294 booths and a long waiting list of those who want to participate but were unable to secure exhibit space before we ran out of room.

In closing as I write this letter, Hurricane Harvey is still impacting Texas and the gulf coast so I ask you to keep the people of Texas in your thoughts and prayers. This could have just as easily been us, so please do what you can do to support those who are affected by this storm.

Hope to see you in Orlando.

  Larry Peterson, CHE, CHFM, CHSP
FHEA State President