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President's Message


I hope that all of you enjoyed a wonderful holiday season. It is difficult to believe that we are in the year of 2018! While we hold Metropolitan New York Chapter traditions dear, the Chapter has moved forward with some new initiatives that I hope will continue in the years to come. The Chapter leadership has accomplished much in the first half of our chapter year by providing quality education and networking opportunities for our members.
The Chapter hosted several successful community outreach events coordinated by Josephine Vaglio who continues to give her time to provide healthcare information to community seniors. The Finance Committee, led by Tracy Rolland continues its mission to provide healthcare finance professionals with timely relevant education. Both the Annual Accounting & Audit seminar and the Annual Reimbursement Update were successful and well attended events. The webinar committee hosts one-hour lunch time webinars, which are a great way to gain knowledge on various finance and revenue cycle topics at no cost. Please look for upcoming webinars on Claim Denials, Cybersecurity, Ambulatory Care and Outcome Based Contracting to name a few. Please see the HFMA Metro NY Chapter website calendar and event flyers for the webinar schedule. This year’s Knowledge is Power dinner in December focused on health and wellness. As healthcare finance leaders we have access to incredible clinical expertise on many healthcare topics and this is another example of how the chapter provides value to our membership.
The Managedcare committee hosted our first Payer Networking event in NYC with more than 25 health plan representatives in attendance. We hope to coordinate a future event to continue to engage the health plan community with HFMA initiatives and educational events.
I am proud to continue with the development of the Mentor and Mentee program with Christina Milone and the program committee members, where I believe our mentee members are experiencing the benefits of HFMA. Many have attended events over the past several months and have become active volunteers in various committees. I believe that by engaging these early careerists, providing them with an opportunity to participate and allowing them to network with industry experts it establishes the confidence to develop into future leaders. I look forward to spending more time with the mentees at a planned future CFO breakfast.

As you may know, National HFMA sets forth annual chapter goals. One such goal encourages us to develop and implement new programs, networking events, and/or communications to the target market segments of Physicians, Women in Leadership, Early Careerists or Health Plans. I am proud to have selected a Women in Leadership event to meet our chapter’s innovation goal. On January 18th the day began with a presentation from published author, Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, Cardiologist, Director, Women’s Heart Health at the Vascular Institute, Lenox Hill Hospital followed by Dr. Terri Cooper, Chief Inclusion Officer, Deloitte &Touche and two amazing panels of extraordinary women. The first panel of financial healthcare leaders included Palmira M. Cataliotti, Lourdes Martinez, Carolyn Sweetapple, Lauren Yedvab and moderated by Wendy Darwell, all panelists shared stories of inspiration, their career paths, personal support systems and advice for success. The second panel of business entrepreneurs also provided stories of inspiration as well as their individual passions and how they give back to those in need. The last session of the conference, 10 Steps to Leadership Excellence was conducted by Vicky Kothari, a very engaging trainer from SkillPath Corporate Strategies. The day ended with a well-attended networking reception where attendees shared highlights of the day and met with new colleagues. The attendees were asked to bring gently used business attire, where more than 500 pieces of clothing were donated to the Dress for Success Program in Brookhaven. This inaugural event was Chaired by Catherine Ekbom and a planning committee which included board members, executive leadership, mentees and both male and female colleagues from the Metropolitan New York Chapter. I thank this committee for organizing a very impressive conference that no doubt exceeded our attendees’ expectations.


The 59th Joseph A. Levi Annual Institute will be held on March 8 - 9, 2018 at the Uniondale Marriott Hotel. Chairman Alex Balko, Co-Chair Cathy Ekbom and the entire Annual Institute Committee have organized a phenomenal program complete with traditional and new session content. Along with the popular CFO and Managedcare panels we will have a CEO panel on day two following the motivational speaker, J.B. Bernstein, Legendary Sports Marketing Pioneer & Inspiration for the Hit Film, Million Dollar Arm. The chapter will also recognize both Phyllis Lantos and Robert Shapiro with Outstanding Industry Service Awards. Please join us for our pinnacle event and register for the Annual Institute on our website or by mail.


I hope you will also join us for this year’s annual cultural social event, Irish Night on February 10, 2018. The evening will be filled with great friends, family and colleagues along with good food, drink and entertainment.


Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to our generous Corporate Sponsors and committee volunteers.  It is with their support that we put forth exceptional educational programs and networking events for our members.  The Chapter leadership strives to continuously improve our Chapter’s events and encourage you to provide us with feedback.


Thank you,

 Maryann J. Regan
Chapter President
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