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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

 

Jeff Kleimola3

Dear SMSHE Membership:

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your President of SMSHE. The Board of Directors and Committee Chairs have been working hard to bring you the critical information you need to work smarter and stay on top of the ever-changing compliance landscape. As they say, knowledge is power. And the collective knowledge we have within the ranks of SMSHE membership is impressive to say the least. I encourage you to tap into this vast storehouse by attending one of our upcoming meetings.

At the December Annual Business Meeting, we introduced our new Board of Directors and Committee Chairs, which are listed in the side panel on this page. If I may be so bold, might I suggest you consider joining a committee? Three things happen when you join a committee: 1) you get the chance to make a difference in this organization; the magic you see happen from year to year does not happen all by itself; the committees dedicate their time (the amount of time is up to you) but more importantly, their opinions and expertise, to bring some semblance of shape to the SMSHE programs and events you see every month; 2) you get to enjoy the camaraderie of the group in a casual atmosphere; this is invaluable to making good contacts within the this tight-knit healthcare environment; 3) you know what’s happening before it happens – in SMSHE and in the local healthcare scene.

For those that may not be aware, we received the ASHE Platinum Award at the ASHE Conference in August. This was almost exclusively due to the time and hard work put in by Frank Trupiano, who has been running with this for several years. As of this year, Frank has handed over the ASHE Award reins to Stanley Browning, who is already putting the final pieces of the puzzle together for the 2017 ASHE Award.

We’re often asked about continuing education units (CEUs). For those that need them, we offer CEU’s at nearly all of our monthly educational meetings. In addition, if you’re an ASHE member, you can earn CEU’s by reading Inside ASHE and taking an online quiz. The latest edition (Winter 2017) is available in a digital format. Contact me if you’re interested.

ASHE has also introduced some new resources and member benefits including the “My ASHE” online community, which allows member-to-member communications. Another offering is an online prep course for the Certified Healthcare Facility Manager (CHFM) exam. The Working in Health Care handbook covers information on infection prevention, risk assessments and other information that contractors, subcontractors and other partners need to know when working in health care.

I encourage you to check out these ASHE offerings on their website (www.ashe.org). As the saying goes, membership has its privileges.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that, because of the generosity of those associated with SMSHE, we were able to donate a check for $2,850, a stack of gift cards worth $515, and a car load of toys and necessities to the Penrickton Center for Blind Children. This group is responsible for bringing life changing learning to children afflicted with blindness and at least one addition condition. On behalf of the SMSHE Board, I must thank Janet Ames of Penrickton for helping us with the Annual Golf Outing and for bringing us up to date on all things Penrickton at the Annual Business Meeting in December.

I leave you with this. Commit to attending at least three SMSHE Educational Meetings this year and I promise you’ll leave with knowledge you can use! Until the next time…be well and do good!

Jeff Kleimola
SMSHE President