Dear KSHE members,
WOW! It’s hard to believe 2016 is nearly over. In talking with you at conferences, phone calls and emails it is clear this has been a year of change……
CMS adopted newer codes, CMS put out their own Emergency Management rules, a new ASHE Executive Director was named, and a new ASHE president was elected. (Some other president was elected too I think…) Regardless of how you feel about these changes or elections, clearly 2016 has clearly been an exceptional year of change.
If that weren’t enough, we also have all the generations melding (or trying to) more than ever before. Baby boomers are retiring and taking their years of knowledge and experience with them. Generation X and Generation Y folks are being challenged to fill those gaps in leadership and experience and Millennials are redefining the very framework of our department work styles and schedules.
Then we have the Affordable Care Act which has redefined the focus of our healthcare delivery models resulting in an explosion of outpatient based delivery models. This has resulted in our already thin departments being asked to build and maintain more real estate than ever but now it is stretched out across our entire population service area. The scope of our responsibilities as HFMs continues to expand as more of us are being called up to be a part of senior leadership in order to help effect these changes and we find ourselves leading more departments than ever.… My, my, whatever happened to the old maintenance job that was limited to a coal bucket and a large ring of keys….(Or so the Boomers tell me)
All this means that more than ever as healthcare facility managers we have to be ready for whatever happens next despite the fact that many days we have no idea what it will be or where it will come from. The skillset of adaptability seems to be in great demand for HFMs everywhere. Unfortunately, more and more often, the new HFMs(and some of the seasoned ones) don’t have all the skillsets needed to be able to transition quickly. Affordable Healthcare Act.
To that end, I have been privileged to be asked by ASHE to organize a group of HFM leaders to begin assembling a comprehensive body of knowledge from which the new leaders mentioned above can draw on to ensure they have the necessary knowledge and skillsets to succeed in their jobs. It will utilize an affordable online delivery model that teaches basic to advanced principles of healthcare facility management and will include all the changes mentioned above as well as additional areas like energy management, property management, etc. More details to follow.
Also, we continue to focus on sustainability through Energy to Care. I would like to challenge each of you to commit to benchmarking your energy usage and hopefully for KSHE to issue a challenge to the other 5 states in our region to see who can reduce the most energy.
As your representative this quarter, I have attended one board meeting, one member value committee meeting, the annual ASHE leadership Institute with your very own Region 3 Emerging leader Mr. Martin Wheatley, and have participated on numerous conference calls.
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if I can be of assistance to you. I hope to see you at one of the upcoming events in our region.
In your healthcare service,
Shay Rankhorn, SASHE, CHFM, CHC
ASHE Region 3 Director