It’s hard to believe we are through the summer months of our new chapter year. I’m very excited to work with all of our chapter leaders to guide our membership into the next phase of the ever changing healthcare environment.
The post-COVID world continues to present labor challenges, inflationary cost increases, and pressures on top line revenues, all of which are stressing providers big and small. When asked what my outlook is for our chapter given these challenges, my response is “We are with you and in this together.” While our industry continues to face significant headwinds, our chapter continues to evolve. We are stronger in numbers than we were in 2019 with the emergence of many enterprise members. This creates both opportunities and challenges as we strive to serve more professionals but are faced with the challenges of budgetary constraints and travel restrictions. I’m pleased to tell you all that your leadership team is primed for these challenges. As we plan for the upcoming year, we are excited about our opportunities with goals to increase your overall chapter value and engagement.
We recently held our second annual (post-COVID) Summer Baseball Outing Networking Event with nearly 100 registered attendees coming together at Victory Field to cheer on the Indianapolis Indians. We’ve re-aligned our in-person programming to provide the best value and mix of regional and local events. And be on the lookout for future monthly e-mail blasts with our upcoming networking and educational opportunities. If you haven’t already heard, registration for the Bi-Annual Tri-State Event is live. This is one of my favorite events and I’m happy to part of the committee focused on rebooting this event to be the best ever. I can’t wait to see you at the Belterra Casino and Resort in September! Also, be on the lookout for fall networking events, our local Annual Conference in February, and the collaborative Women Leader Conference to be held in the spring and co-sponsored with Executive Women in Healthcare.
Beyond these events which bring us together, I personally want to focus on chapter engagement. I’m a believer that the more you give, the more you get, which has held true with my HFMA career. As I enter my final year on the executive team, my challenge to you all is to get involved. Go to the website’s Volunteer Opportunities page and sign up for a committee. And if you can’t find the committee sign-up, just e-mail me! Take that first leap and realize that the commitment isn’t burdensome and the rewards from involving yourself in this great chapter far exceed anything you could imagine.
And with that, I hope to see more of you this year as we gather to learn, network, and volunteer. I thank you and look forward to serving with you this upcoming year.
Nicholas Eichelman, FHFMA, CPA
2023-24 Indiana Pressler President
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