Dear Virginia AAHAM Members and Friends:

First, let me thank you for entrusting me to hold the office of President of this great Chapter for the next two years. I look forward to the challenge and promise to continue to build upon the great foundation put in place by our past Presidents. I want to thank David Nicholas, our Chairperson of the Board, for his guidance and support during this transition. He has been and continues to be a great leader for our chapter!

Our Board has been working diligently to prepare for the upcoming year. We have planned for three educational sessions in 2018. In addition to the March conference in Charlottesville which was a great success, please mark your calendars to attend the September 21st session at Mary Washington Healthcare’s Fick Center in Fredericksburg and our annual meeting held from December 5th through the 7th at the Kingsmill Resort.

Legislative Day was held in Washington, DC on March 27th. I will have an update on our lobbying efforts for you in my next message. This year’s Annual National Institute (ANI) is being held in Bonita Springs, Florida, from October 17th through the 19th. Please consider attending the ANI as it offers many opportunities to network, obtain CEUs, and become informed about our industry.

Our March 8th Board meeting focused on strategic planning for the next two years. Our goals are centered on membership growth to include increased student membership, activating our third party payer committee and offering chapter-led certification webinars. We support the national AAHAM organization in the #RaiseTheLevel initiative and challenge each of you to raise your level of involvement with AAHAM, by attending local and national conferences and for some of you, by choosing to serve on one of our committees. We are always looking for energetic individuals to help lead our award winning chapter! If this sounds exciting, please reach out to myself or one of our board members.

I would like to close with a quote from Norman Vincent Peale...

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”

I wish each of you great happiness and success. Enjoy your spring!

Yours in AAHAM,

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