September 2023 President’s Welcome
Happy Fall! Can you believe we are already entering another new season? Changing seasons come with a mixture of expectations and uncertainties. We know the leaves will change color and fall off of the trees, but we have no idea when we will see our first snow or how warm the next several months will be. Uncertainty is also typical in any industry, particularly in health care. We can all agree that the past few years have been completely unpredictable. As things have generally settled since the onset of the COVID pandemic, we can more confidently continue our pursuits of professional, personal and collective growth. I am incredibly excited and honored to serve as your Chapter President for the 2023-24 year.
To share a little bit about myself: I have worked in the Maryland healthcare industry for almost 17 years, spanning roles in decision support, strategic planning and development, and hospital advocacy. As Vice President of Quality & Health Equity at the Maryland Hospital Association, I have the pleasure of working with many of you on various issues and supporting the evolution of healthcare in Maryland. I have been a member of Maryland HFMA for more than 14 years. I never anticipated being chapter President, however, the former football player in me has always been willing to answer the call to leadership and be a team player.
What I have learned in my years of volunteerism, is that the time you spend giving back, is an investment in your personal, professional and social growth. Without hesitation, being a member and volunteer of HFMA has been the most rewarding decision in my career. With that said, one of our Chapter Success goals this year is to increasingly demonstrate the value of being a member of HFMA. We will do this by amplifying the benefits of being a member and raising awareness of all that you have access to both locally and nationally. We will share content that aligns with the things that interest you and provide opportunities for members and sponsors to share content as well. Additionally, we will develop new programming that will help you to develop career skills and reinforce concepts critical to your personal and career growth.
The best way to find out what is going on is to follow us on LinkedIn or check the events calendar on our website. To inquire about being a volunteer on one of our many committees, please contact us here. In the meantime, watch this space for my monthly “Message from the President” as I l keep you up to date on opportunities and updates relevant to you.
On behalf of your Maryland Chapter leadership team, we thank you for being a valuable member of Maryland HFMA.
Brian C. Sims, HFMA MD Chapter President 2023-2024