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May 2014 - Volume 10 - Issue 11


Let’s Connect: SFHEF Spotlight

As President-Elect of South Florida Healthcare Executive Forum (SFHEF), I am most proud of the contributions our organization makes to the profession of healthcare executive leadership. Our mission is simple: to improve healthcare delivery by providing opportunities for the professional development of its members through educational and social activities. Our dedicated, all-volunteer board and committees are focused on connecting our members with low-cost continuing education programs, networking opportunities, student development, scholarships, and many other initiatives and programs aimed at furthering our profession. For example, on April 19th SFHEF held its annual Student Case Competition. Students from Barry University, Florida International University, and Florida Atlantic University each fielded teams of students who provided excellent presentations on the relevant and timely topic of health population management. Their presentations were judged by community CEOs who were impressed with the quality of the presentations, and also provided valuable input and commentary. This is just one way that SFHEF is fostering the development of the next generation of healthcare executives in South Florida.
Having begun my career as a physical therapist and then furthering my education in health services administration, I know what it is to change careers and begin anew. Though I have been blessed and given growth opportunities within Baptist Health – my employer – the guidance, leadership, learning, and development I have received through SFHEF and ACHE have been pillars in support of my growth. As I have grown in responsibility and taken on new challenges, through both educational and networking events, I have had the ability to connect with other leaders in similar roles – facing similar challenges – and learn from them keys to success.
These are uncertain and changing times in healthcare, and SFHEF is constantly working to develop programs and materials that equip our members with the knowledge and skills to lead in this environment. We seek to bring experts in the field to discuss their vision of where healthcare is going and what we need to do as leaders to stay ahead. We have an interesting array of educational programs scheduled through the rest of 2014 to meet these challenges. We will also have more networking programs where you’ll be able to connect with others to learn more about how their organizations are responding to the demands of change. I invite you, healthcare leaders, to get involved, participate, join SFHEF and ACHE.
Until next time, I’m Ralph Rios ... let’s connect!
Ralph Rios, VP Professional Services, West Kendall Baptist Hospital, can be reached at For more information about SFHEF, visit
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