Montana Chapter

President’s Welcome

October came and went!  It was so nice to see many of you at the MT HFMA 2023 Fall Conference October 25-27, 2023, at The Northern in Billings, MT!  I’m sorry that Mother Nature had a different plan for some of you, but I am so grateful that you all stayed safe!

The Program Committee delivered an exceptional conference filled with education, networking and, of course, the famous MT HFMA fun!  We had some fantastic engagement among our members with the Networking/Social Committee!  This group was responsible for an outstanding Pub Crawl & Poker Run.  I encourage you to get involved with this group if you like fun!  Email Jenn Whipple at [email protected] to be added to the committee as they will begin planning for the spring conference after the first of the year.

I want to extend a huge thank you to our Business Partners.  Truly, we can’t do this thing we call HFMA without their support and contributions.  I’m not just talking about monetary contributions.  I’m thankful for them engaging in the chapter on committees like Program, Membership, Social Networking, Certification, Founders, etc.  Many of our Business Partners also volunteer for leadership positions on our Board of Directors.  When you see any of our Business Partners, please take the time to visit with them and thank them for all their contributions.

As many of you know, last year we experienced the loss of a dedicated member of the Montana Chapter of HFMA.  Our dear friend, Paul Soukup.  Paul was a member of HFMA for more than 28 years and even served on the Board of Directors for the Montana Chapter during this time.  He was passionate about healthcare and always encouraged us to learn more.  In honor of his memory, the Montana Chapter of HFMA is awarding two scholarships to attend Western Region Symposium 2024 January 21-24, 2024, at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.

It is my pleasure to announce that we have awarded these scholarships to members Sarah Schlepp, Director of Finance at Mountain View Medical Center in White Sulphur Springs, MT and Cassie Arndt, Informatics Manager at Glendive Medical Center in Glendive, MT.  Congratulations to both of you!  We are excited to have you join us!

If you are joining us at Western Region Symposium, January 21-24, 2024, come help us build the Region 10 float!  We have gathered as a region and will be decorating a float to participate in the Brazilian Carnival Float and Parade during the opening reception on the evening of Sunday, January 21st.  For more information on the assembly of the float, contact Region Executive III, Kelly Akkerman at [email protected].

One of the virtual events that we have started this year is the Member On-Boarding.  This is a Lunch ‘N Learn held each quarter that gives insight into your membership.  There are so many opportunities for advancing your education, connecting with others that share the same career, research on industry topics, and so much more.  If you would like to join us for a Member On-Boarding, reach out to me at [email protected] and watch for an email for more information.

Would YOU like to expand your career development through MT HFMA through our committees or even our Board of Directors?  We have many opportunities to get engaged with this phenomenal chapter, so email me directly at [email protected] and I will connect you! I can’t say this enough, thank you for giving me the honor to serve as the President of this chapter.  I’m grateful for the opportunity and love sharing my experience of how MT HFMA has influenced my career.  I look forward to seeing you all soon.  Until then, I wish you all the Joy this season may bring you!

Shawna Talles
HFMA Montana Chapter President 2023-24

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