Dear Virginia AAHAM Members and Friends:

Happy Spring! I hope that you are enjoying this beautiful time of year and feeling re-energized, as I am!

On that note, this is the time of year when our chapter puts goals into action to become the best that we can be. On March 7th, our Board discussed plans to continue to improve upon our mission of bringing you quality education, certification, networking and advocacy.

Although our goals are many, if I had to pick the theme for this year, I would have to say that it is focused on networking and affordability. I am very pleased that we will be delivering on those two initiatives when we partner with the VA/DC HFMA chapter to offer a “free” conference on Thursday, May 16th. This no-cost event is made possible by the generosity of Inova Health. We cannot thank our colleagues at Inova enough! The timing is perfect, as some healthcare organizations are cutting back on travel and education, making it more difficult for our members to obtain their CEUs. And after the conference ends, we will be networking with our HFMA friends at a nearby establishment. It’s wonderful to be joining forces with HFMA again. I know we will continue the collaboration long after the conference closes.

Speaking of networking, we have already been a part of two networking events this year! The first was held jointly with HFMA in Fredericksburg on January 24th. Our second event was just recently held in Charlottesville on March 7th. Both were successful undertakings, so please stay tuned for more opportunities in the future and make plans to join in on the fun! Special thanks go out to our Board of Directors. Without their originality, dedication and hard work Virginia AAHAM would not be where it is today!

Please be sure to add the following dates into your calendars:

April 15 & 16 Legislative Day – Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
May 16th Joint HFMA Conference – Inova Health Conference Center, Fairfax, VA
September 6th Fall Conference – Mary Washington Healthcare's Fick Center, Fredericksburg, VA
October 9th-11th AAHAM ANI – Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, NV
December 4th-6th Winter Annual Conference – Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, VA

I look forward to seeing you at these events. The topics are timely, the CEUs are plentiful and the networking is priceless! In the words of Audrey Hepburn "To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow". Do you believe in yourself enough to plant AAHAM education seeds in your garden?

I wish you a great spring filled with sunshine, flowers and plentiful opportunities.

Yours in AAHAM,

Linda M. Patry, CRCE-I
President, Virginia Chapter of AAHAM