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October 2014 - Volume 11 - Issue 4

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Let's Connect: SFHEF Spotlight

Congratulations! If you are reading this article, you have taken the first important step on the road to professional success. My name is Jaime Caldwell, and I am the Vice President of the South Florida Hospital and Healthcare Association (SFHHA) and a member of the Board of Directors of the South Florida Healthcare Executive Forum (SFHEF). Later this year, the SFHHA will be celebrating our 70th year of operation. We proudly have a rich history of working with local groups to improve health access and health status in the South Florida area.

One of the groups that we work very closely with is the SFHEF, which is the local chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). The majority of our hospital leader-members are ACHE Fellows. They are strong advocates of the benefits provided by the SFHEF, including ample educational opportunities, and the ability to work and network with your peers.

Pete Seeger, a noted American folk artist who passed away earlier this year, perhaps said it best, "Participation - that's what's gonna save the human race." Are you part of the "shoulda-coulda-woulda" club? When you get emails announcing upcoming SFHEF educational and networking events, are you quick to find reasons for not attending? Is your career on the right trajectory? Are your career goals properly aligned with a plan that allows you to succeed? Do you still believe you can do it on your own? Well, participation is the antithesis of "shoulda-coulda-woulda". If you don't want to watch your career from your rearview mirror, you need to participate. If you aren't currently an ACHE member, JOIN. If you are a member and your career isn't on the right path, PARTICIPATE. If you are looking to grow as a professional - GET INVOLVED.

When asked to write this article, I went to my file folder containing old jokes, speeches and quotes that I have used throughout the years. I found something that I used many years ago when speaking on the topic of participation: "You cannot fail without your consent. You cannot succeed without your participation" - Dr. Rob Thomas. This is your "call to arms." It is time to get off the couch and be an active player in your own success. PARTICIPATE and meet your new best friend.

Becoming a member of ACHE is easy. The Member Center on the ACHE website (www.ACHE.org) is easy to navigate. Once a member in ACHE, you will automatically become a member of SFHEF. But, paying the membership dues is the easy part, "are you ready for the hard part - participation?" We are always looking for members who are willing to PARTICIPATE and to GET INVOLVED. Make your membership dues pay dividends!

Until next time, I’m Jaime Caldwell ... let’s connect!

Jaime Caldwell can be reached at jcaldwell@sfhha.com or (954) 964-1660. For more information about SFHEF, visit www.sfhef.org.

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