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President's Message


It is a great privilege to be selected to serve as the 2018-2019 President of the Metropolitan New York Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. I am also honored to have such an outstanding dedicated and hardworking team of Officers, Board of Directors, Executive Board Members, Committee Chairs and Co-Chairs.
First, I would like to thank our Immediate Past President, Maryann J. Regan. Under Maryann’s leadership, the chapter received two National Yerger awards and shared in two Region 2 Yerger awards. Maryann served the Chapter and its members proudly. Congratulations Maryann on an outstanding year!
At this year’s Leadership Training conference, National Chairperson, Kevin Brennan, rolled out his theme, entitled “Imagine Tomorrow.” With many changes on the horizon in our industry our new national theme is perfect for this new year. Our industry is evolving in so many different ways, creating multiple opportunities for each of us to Imagine Tomorrow and all of the opportunities for us to explore. The Metro chapter promises to be innovative this year by making sure our seminars and events are relevant and beneficial to you.
As we enter our new education year, our committees will be addressing the latest industry challenges that we encounter on a daily basis. Moreover, we are going to continue our 101 series, so we can help our new careerist members get assimilated to the healthcare industry which also provides a refresher to the most seasoned healthcare veteran. As more of us find it difficult to leave the office to attend seminars, we will continue to offer more webinars and to continue to roll out our Road Shows, where we bring the program to your facility/office.
We had a very successful planning meeting on June 5th with lots of new and exciting ideas for this new year. Our pinnacle event The Joseph A. Levi 60th Annual Institute kickoff meeting will take place on June 21st if you haven’t joined the committee don’t hesitate to reach out to us so that we can start getting you involved.  I am confident that our volunteer members will continue to set high programming and content standards. I look forward to another successful Institute. We have received such positive feedback about our not so new location the Uniondale Marriott;this upcoming year will be our 4th year at the new venue for 2019’s 60th Annual Institute. The dates are March 7 and 8, 2019… mark your calendars.
Our website continues to evolve and offer more information for you. Special Events will offer new social and networking opportunities, such as our first ever Italian Cultural/70’s Disco night in the 1st quarter of 2019. On the other hand, we will keep some of the old favorites, like the Annual Golf Outing taking place on September 24, 2018 at the North Hempstead Country Club. Our Annual Past President Dinner Dance Honoring Immediate Past President Maryann J. Regan and all other past presidents will take place on September 29th at the Woodbury Country Club. Check back to our website soon for the save the date & flyers for these special events and many more. 
On a special note we are forever grateful to our Corporate Sponsors and volunteers as they have a pivotal role in our success. Through their generosity our Corporate Sponsors afford us the opportunity to educate our members and our community. Many of our Corporate Sponsors participate on our educational committees and serve as committee chairs and co-chairs.We thank them for their generosity and continued support of the Metro NY Chapter.
Our Community Outreach Committee puts on more than 15 Medicare learning sessions a year. OurKnowledge is Power Committee has hosted a variety of health awareness luncheons and dinners, with speakers and physicians from local hospitals.  This past year’s event was well attended and the feedback was extremely positive. We look forward to hosting a similar healthcare awareness event this educational year. Additionally, we will continue giving back to those less fortunate through our food drives and look to incorporate more community service ideas into future programs. Giving back to the community is very important; our chapter will continue to make this a priority.
I want to thank our volunteers, the current Executive Board, the Board of Directors, and all program chairs and co-chairs. Without their dedication, energy, knowledge and time commitment, this chapter would cease to exist. They truly are the driving force behind this chapter. I will have the pleasure of working closely with all of them this year and would ask all of you to consider volunteering and joining a committee. Volunteering has a positive impact on you, your colleagues and the members who reap the fruits of your efforts.
As your President, I want to make sure that your membership needs are being met. If there is anything I can do to improve our Chapter, please let me know. If you would like to become more involved in the Chapter by participating on a committee, please let me know.

I look forward to a successful year and the opportunity to serve you.

 Mario Di Figlia, FHFMA
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