The intangibles of professional association membership for new long-term care leaders

By: Christin Delahay, CDP, LNHA

As a blossoming leader in long-term care with a specific mission, vision and value for what I want to create for the consumers I serve, my support system is an integral part of developing and enhancing those values and that vision.

The American College of Healthcare Administrators (ACHCA) has been instrumental in the development of my mission and vision for long term care. As a student of St. Joseph’s College of Maine’s Long Term Care Administration program, I was introduced to ACHCA at the beginning of my capstone project. One of my professors had strongly encouraged my membership as a not merely important part of my education, but a mission critical step in developing myself as a leader within a network of other administrators that share my values and pursuit of excellence in this particular field.  

My investment in ACHCA goes deeper than the superficial and tangible benefits of membership, the CE opportunities I draw education from, and the miscellany of discounts I happily take advantage of. The real benefits of College membership begin for me in the immersion of the culture of the College and its constituency. It is here where I find the realization of my dreams for long term care, and the hope that I need to withstand a challenging and oft assaulted healthcare environment, known for its ability to chew up and spit out even the most well-intentioned leaders. I believe that most of us share this sentiment and take a great deal of inspiration from surrounding ourselves with the other excellence-motivated and compassionate leaders that make up the large population of College members.

I am a “millennial”. That’s right, I’m a member of that often-maligned group of incoming workforce leaders that we spend so much time analyzing how to engage. While I do not identify with many of the stereotypes that accompany the group of individuals born in this particular generational group, I just happen to fall right in there, and so it is. I am a “second life” administrator. This means I bring with me nearly 15 years of existing workforce experience in labor, human resource management, sales and marketing, business management and ownership. I came to long term care because I experienced the shortcomings of the industry in my own family with my own loved ones. I came to long term care because I truly felt I could help improve it. I chose long term care as the place where I would bring my unique skills, my experience, and my dedication, to help make the world a better place for the people I serve.

Through the College, I have found and thrived in a network of like-minded individuals who truly care about the future of long term care and evolving and enhancing the culture of person-centered wellness for consumers. I benefit from mentorship formally and informally, and I never feel that I have a shortage of experts I can call on to receive experiential advice in most any situation. I have developed meaningful relationships with people like me, who can share with me the joys and the challenges of caring for our chosen population. Through the College, I have received the recognition of my value and the affirmation that my work will make a difference. Through the College, I have found the strength and support I need to focus, create, innovate and continuously improve. I have said before that AHCA recognizes the excellence I learn from ACHCA.

The exceptional leaders existing and active within our great organization are our foundation, and on that foundation, we must cement the stones of the next generation to ensure the continuation of this legacy. We must draw new leaders to us and give them the support that they need to succeed and rise. When we take part in active membership of a professional association, we surround ourselves with our own. We fortify our numbers with more exceptional individuals whom we can teach, and from whom we receive the gifts of leadership.

I invite and encourage other leaders in my beloved field of post-acute and long-term care to consider the fellowship and support, the passion and the purpose, the intangibles of professional association membership.  

There’s Still Time to Register for the NYC-ACHCA Annual Convention

But don’t miss out! We’re less than a week away from the start of our Annual Convention and there are still a few spots available.

The program is going to be top notch; you can preview it here. And, check out an overview of Clint Maun’s Keynote Presentation: Methods to Mobilize, Market and Leverage Your Quality Initiative.

You won’t want to miss it! So, what are you waiting for? Join us …

Register Now & Get Your $100 Discount! 

If you attend only one show in 2017, make it this one. We look forward to seeing you there, make your convention and room reservations today!

Don’t Miss Out! Join Us at the NYC-ACHCA Annual Convention

What are you doing next over the next week or so? Specifically, from March 5-8? Here’s what your colleagues are doing…
  1. Earning CEUs.
  2. Hearing about imminent changes in long-term care.
  3. Sharpening key skills for 2017.
  4. Enjoying each other’s friendship and insights.
So, what are you doing?!? Join us …

The program is going to be top notch and you can preview it here. Save $100 on your registration for the NYC-ACHCA Annual Convention.

If you attend only one show in 2017, make it this one.
We look forward to seeing you there, make your convention and room reservations today!

What’s Not to Love? $100 Off Registration for NYC-ACHCA Annual Convention

We hope that you had a lovely Valentine’s Day with your loved ones! Now is the time show yourself some love and save $100 on your registration for the NYC-ACHCA Annual Convention from March 5th through March 8th at the Villa Roma Resort.
We’ve got a great program planned, which you can preview here, set in the fine educational setting offered at the Villa Roma. In addition, the venue offers a spacious, yet intimate exhibit space that accommodates all of our 70 corporate sponsors, providing a great opportunity to network and connect with your colleagues.

Methods to Mobilize, Market and Leverage Your Quality Initiative

NYC-ACHCA Spring Convention Keynote Presentation by Clint Maun

Monday, March 6, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Post Acute Organizations should not simply comply with quality requirements. Instead, your team can use quality initiatives to accelerate revenue, recruit coworkers, market your position, receive high level status, and secure a preferred partnership position. This session will focus on a set of techniques designed to quickly accomplish all of the above.

Objectives:

By the end of this session, the participants will be able to:

  1. Define the desired success for the quality initiatives
  2. Explore the State of the Art tools for your quality roadmap
  3. Grab the attention of payors, partners, investors, and risk entities
  4. Showcase your success journey internally and externally

The session will use lecture, group discussion, and case studies.

$100 Discount Extended until February 15! 

Discount Extended for NYC-ACHCA Annual Convention and Updated Program Schedule

$100 Discount Extended until February 15! 

It’s hard to believe that it’s February already! How are those New Year’s Resolutions coming along? Probably long forgotten at this point, right?
If one of your goals for 2017 was to focus more on professional development and quality improvement, you need to attend our Annual Meeting.
For the 2017 Convention, we have secured Clint Maun as our keynote speaker, and our Education Committee has gone to enormous lengths to secure topical and thought-provoking educational programs for:

Administrators

Financial Managers

Directors Of Nursing/Clinical Staff

If you attend only one show in 2017, make it this one. Time is running out to get your $100 registration discount for NYC-ACHCA’s Annual Meeting.

We look forward to seeing you there, but don’t delay… make your convention and room reservations today!
Annual Convention, 2017

Register Now for Our 48th Annual Convention and Save!

Take advantage of the quiet time before the New Years’ celebrations to both register and take advantage of the early bird rates.

With all the changes coming in long term care, this is a great way to stay abreast, secure CEUs, network, and celebrate the experience and the youth in the field.

Give yourself and your team a Holiday gift – and save at least $100.00 per person – and register BEFORE February 1st!

If you attend only one show in 2017, make it this one.We look forward to seeing you there, but don’t delay…..make your convention and room reservations today.

Learn more hereClick here to register!

If you attend only one show in 2017, make it this one.

We look forward to seeing you there, but don’t delay…..make your convention and room reservations today!

Register Now for Annual Convention & Save Hundreds!

If you attend only one show in 2017, make it this one — the New York Chapter of the American College of Health Care Administrator’s 48th Annual Convention, which will be held from March 5th through March 8th, 2017 at the Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center.

And if you register before February 1, you’ll save $100.00!

The NYC-ACHCA education committee has assembled world-class experts who will help you and your colleagues focus on your next moves in 2017. They have gone to enormous lengths to secure topical and thought-provoking educational programs for administratorsfinancial managers, and directors of nursing/clinical staff.

We look forward to seeing you there, but don’t delay… make your convention and room reservations today!

Check out some of the information packed sessions at the ACHCA-New York 48th Annual Convention!

  • Register before February 1, 2017 and save at least $100.00 per person!
    New CMS Requirements of Participation: What Do I Do Now? 
    – Nancy Levielle, RN, Lisa Volk, RN
  • Keynote: Methods to Mobilize, Market and Leverage Your Quality Initiative – Clint Maun
  • Leader’s Guide to Changing Regulatory Landscape: Five Star Quality Rating – Kris Mastrangelo
  • Nursing Homes are Easy Targets – Professional/General Liability Risks and Preventive Strategies – Josephine Bottitta, Andrew Sheeley
  • Improving Quality in a Changing Health Care Environment: Challenges and Opportunities – Jackie Pappalardi
  • Telemedicine, The Future is now! – Lowell Feldman
  • Long-term Care Trends and Legal Updates – Stephen Hanse, Cornelius Murray, Dan Hiem
  • Setting Paths and Priorities in a Maze of Care and Payment Reforms – Sheryl Rosenfield
  • Principles of Strategic Planning – Inspiration from “The Art of War” – Cecelia Sepp
  • NYDOH Division of NH and ICF/IID Surveillance Updates – Shelly Glock, New York State Department Of Health

New Year’s Resolutions: Four for Healthcare Leaders in 2017

Lose weight? Get organized? Finally, take that vacation? What were your New Year’s resolutions this year? And how’s that going for you?

A whopping 100 million Americans resolve to make changes in the new year, yet most of them fail. Only 10% of those people successfully keep their resolutions. For busy managers and administrators, work is often cited as the big reason why they are unable to commit to their resolutions. Sound familiar? You can however, resolve today to save $100.00 and learn more about the Four Resolutions (below) by registering for the ACHCA New York Chapter’s 48th Annual Convention, March 5 – 8 at the Villa Roma, Callicoon New York. And if you do this RIGHT NOW, you’ll have put a dent in that “procrastination” resolution!

We’re now almost two weeks into 2017. The holidays are over and the regular pace of business has resumed. It’s easy to fall back into the same old ruts and bad habits. But now is actually the perfect time of year to reflect on last year – the areas of accomplishment or places where desired results were not achieved. And, it’s the perfect time to set your 2017 plans into motion. Here are four resolutions that can help all of us as we power through 2017:

  1. Learn how to delegate and do more of it. Figure out who on your team can take some work off of your plate so you can focus on strategic matters. You will increase the organizational capability of your group, provide your employees with professional growth opportunities, free yourself up to take on a broader range of responsibilities, and create a win-win for your team and organization.
  2. Set realistic goals and follow through with them. Setting goals can be extremely useful, but only if they can be achieved. Like having a to-do list that never seems to get done, setting goals that are unrealistic or unachievable can cause a great deal of frustration and even anxiety. Once you’ve settled on realistic goals, create a detailed, actionable plan for achieving them. Set a timeline. Developing a specific timeframe can help make your goals more achievable. Get to work, track your progress, and make adjustments as needed.
  3. Make more time for you and family and friends. – When asked about her New Year’s resolution, Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran respond, “I’ve decided to put joy first and made a thoughtful list of all the people in my life I like best but don’t see often enough. . . I’ve set aside the first Monday night of every month to have them all to dinner. Groups of six — only people who know how to laugh.” Put away your smart phone, leave your email for a couple of hours a week. Carving out time to improve your personal life may actually help improve your work life.
  4. Increase learning and networking opportunities – Take a leadership course online. Attend at least one major industry event this year. Commit to regular networking. A big part of success as an administrator is to never stop learning from your peers and others. It’s very easy to get stuck in the day-to-day minutia, keeping our heads down and rarely looking up at the big picture. While it may sometimes seem like it, you aren’t operating in a bubble! Chances are, there are plenty of your peers who are facing the same challenges. Seeking out learning and networking opportunities can help reenergize you and in turn help you reenergize your team!

Speaking of that … check out some of the information packed sessions at the ACHCA-New York 48th Annual Convention!

  • New CMS Requirements of Participation: What Do I Do Now? – Nancy Levielle, RN, Lisa Volk, RN
  • Keynote: Methods to Mobilize, Market and Leverage Your Quality Initiative – Clint Maun
  • Leader’s Guide to Changing Regulatory Landscape: Five Star Quality Rating — Kris Mastrangelo
  • Nursing Homes are Easy Targets – Professional/General Liability Risks and Preventive Strategies — Josephine Bottitta, Andrew Sheeley
  • Improving Quality in a Changing Health Care Environment: Challenges and Opportunities — Jackie Pappalardi
  • Telemedicine, The Future is now! — Lowell Feldman
  • Long-term Care Trends and Legal Updates — Stephen Hanse, Cornelius Murray, Dan Hiem
  • Setting Paths and Priorities in a Maze of Care and Payment Reforms — Sheryl Rosenfield
  • Principles of Strategic Planning – Inspiration from “The Art of War” — Cecelia Sepp
  • NYDOH Division of NH and ICF/IID Surveillance Updates — Shelly Glock, New York State Department Of Health

Register before February 1, 2017, and save at least $100.00 per person!

Response to Uncertainty? FOCUS at the NYC-ACHCA Annual Convention

March 5 – 8, 2017, NYC-ACHCA 48th Annual Convention

Welcome to 2017!

With so much uncertainty about the future of healthcare swirling about, post-acute care executives and managers are challenged to stay focused on what’s really important:

  • The care of the patients and families we serve
  • Safety & reducing risk
  • Human resources management
  • Clinical excellence
  • Sustainable relationships with referral sources and business partners

This is routinely difficult, but in this season of political and policy turmoil, the Annual Convention of the New York Chapter, American College of Healthcare Administrators, takes on greater importance than ever.

For the 48th Annual Convention, the NYC – ACHCA education committee has assembled world-class experts who will help you and your colleagues focus on your next moves in 2017.

  • Concerned about the new CMS regulations? Nancy Leveille and Lisa Volk will guide you through the maze.
  • Want to ramp up your marketing initiatives? Keynote and workshop leader Clint Maun will show you how.
  • Interested in the potential of telemedicine in post acute care? Lowell Feldman will “beam you up.”

This is just a sampler of the outstanding programs that are available the 5th – 8th of March at the Villa Roma in Calicoon New York.

Register today and take advantage of the early bird discount of $100 per registrant.