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It is an honor and privilege to begin a new HFMA year as your chapter President. I am thankful for the opportunity to represent a chapter comprised of so many exceptional leaders and together with close to our 2000 members, make this an outstanding chapter! 

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It is an honor and privilege to begin a new HFMA year as your chapter President. I am thankful for the opportunity to represent a chapter comprised of so many exceptional leaders and together with close to our 2000 members, make this an outstanding chapter!

I would like to thank Ed Chiosso, outgoing President who led us during another challenging year of the pandemic and oversaw the very successful March Spring Institute, our first in-person education event in over two years.

The Metro Philadelphia Chapter is fortunate to have dedicated officers, board members and volunteers that consistently bring our membership quality education and networking opportunities. I would also like to thank our corporate sponsors whose generosity enable us to provide community outreach and education to our members.

If you are interested in volunteering in one of our many core and event committees, please visit our “Volunteer Opportunities” page.

In April, several local chapter officers and committee chairs attended the HFMA Leadership Training Conference (LTC) in Phoenix. At LTC, the 2022-2023 theme was unveiled, ‘Ignite the Spark’. The analogy provided by incoming HFMA National Chair (Aaron Crane) was that wildfires often start small, but build incredible speed and scale when they start to burn the smaller tinder on the forest floor. His message is one that encourages us to have the courage to take a risk, think outside the box, and keep striving to improve!

I am pleased to announce that we have already scheduled several events for the summer and fall, which includes both virtual and in-person events and a balance of social and educational events. Please join us at our upcoming education and networking events, including:

On behalf of all the officers/board members, I wanted to take a moment to thank you, our members, for your continued membership and engagement and I look forward to leading the chapter for the 2022-2023 fiscal year!

Al Deana

President, Metro Philadelphia Chapter

This year I had the pleasure of hosting the Annual Past President’s Dinner on May 11th at Davio’s King of Prussia. This great traditional dinner gathers Past Presidents of the Chapter along with current Officers and Board Members. We were honored to have seventeen past presidents attend as well as Kevin Brennan and Joanne Judge, former HFMA National Chairs, and Mike McKeever, past president of the New Jersey Chapter and current HFMA regional executive for our region. Thomas Heron (1991-1992) was the earliest past president to join us. Chris Niwinski, who served as President during the 2020-2021 Chapter Year, presided over the Installation of New Officers and Board Members for the 2022-2023 Chapter Year.

The dinner is always filled with lots of laughs, stories and great memories from our past presidents and it was extra special that we could finally get together as a group after a three-year hiatus. Amidst the laughter, we also took the time to acknowledge the recent passing of Burt Church (1978-1979) and to remember how much he enjoyed this annual gathering. I also had the honor of presenting Chapter awards to several of our guests. Kevin Brennan received the 2020 Soon Lee Education Award. Joanne Judge received the 2020 Annual Achievement Award and Guy Hoffman received the 2022 Benjamin Franklin Award. Danielle LaBraico, who was not able to make the dinner, received the 2021 Edward Mallon Outstanding Member Award. The great atmosphere and camaraderie in the room was a great reminder to the newer members of the board of what it truly means to be a member/volunteer of this chapter.

Anne DelPizzo (2019-2020) captured some great pictures of the evening: https://philahfma.smugmug.com/2022-Past-Presidents-Dinner

 

Looking forward to next year’s event,

Al Deana