Dear Virginia AAHAM Members and Friends:

Fall is in the air changing the colors of our landscape! Change, sometimes welcomed and sometimes not, is a part of life that we can always count on. We may look forward to change, expecting that it will bring joy, security and a sense of well-being or we may fear change, as it signifies the end of something comfortable. Either way, we cannot always plan our lives to avoid change or even handle it well.

For those of us in the healthcare administrative management field, we live through change on a constant basis. While our organizations engage in planned changes, external forces may not always allow us ample time to plan for changes or truly understand the whys behind them. We then find that we are reinventing processes and policies to meet their demands.

Your AAHAM colleagues are a great resource to turn to when faced with the unexpected. The Virginia Chapter of AAHAM coordinates its educational offerings to address what is new to the industry. Our recent Fall regional meeting offered many beneficial topics. The national Annual National Institute (ANI) to be held in Bonita Springs, Florida from October 17th - 19th and our chapter’s annual meeting, at the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, from December 5th - 7th will not disappoint. Both conferences will address what’s new in the healthcare field and offer much needed networking time. Our educational sessions allow us to maintain our knowledge level in order to deal with change and to progress. George Bernard Shaw once said, “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

In closing, I would like to thank our dedicated Board of Directors for leading the way to implement positive changes for our chapter. Without this team, we would not be able to bring you all the benefits AAHAM has to offer. I wish you a fun Halloween and a Happy Thanksgiving and hope to learn alongside of you at one of our upcoming conferences.

Yours in AAHAM,

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