A Message from the President

I want to first say THANK YOU for the opportunity to serve as your Chapter President.  HFMA has certainly impacted me both personally and professionally.  I have learned a lot through the education, but also through the relationships and friends that I have made along the way with both vendors and healthcare professionals. I hope each of you take advantage of your membership and all that the Association has to offer you.

We are all going through such a challenging time in every aspect of our lives whether it’s personally or professionally.  We know everything changed rapidly & everyone’s finding their new normal. As a chapter, we share that sentiment too and are working on trying to find creative ways to help our members through this COVID era by exploring electronic meetings, virtual fundraisers, hosting webinars or just being a colleague to talk on the phone.  We value your input more than ever and appreciate your patience as we try new events and communication channels in 2020/21.

With that being said, we will unfortunately be eliminating live events for the next several months. This decision was not an easy one, but in the interest of the safety and health of our members and our communities, it was the most prudent decision to make.  The human interaction with the members will be missed during this time. Locally, we will rely on the guidance from our Healthcare Leadership & Community to continue to evaluate live events and trust me, we want them as much as you do!  Sponsors, we appreciate you & will certainly be creative on opportunities for you in 2020/21.  Thank you for continuing to support the chapter.

As a community, we are here to support you both locally and through The Association.  The Association has a number of excellent resources on their website https://www.hfma.org/topics/coronavirus.html.  We encourage each of you to participate in the education offered through our 2020 Digital Annual Conference – this year it’s virtual and complimentary to all members.  You can register to attend education in June, July or August on their website at  https://www.hfma.org/events/digital-annual-conference.html/2020/Public/Content.aspx?ID=1405.  And last but not least, I’d challenge each of you to maximize complimentary HFMA certifications.  Additional certifications validate your expertise, strengthen your resume and demonstrate your dedication to healthcare.  Learn more at https://www.hfma.org/career-development/certifications.html.

On behalf of the 2020/21 leadership team, we  look forward to serving you in 2020/21.  We wish you each good health & invite you to join us in giving back to the Healthcare Community.  Thank you to all of the providers and to those on the front lines for all you do.

Your 2020/21 President,

Kristen Sumpter