Jennifer L. Tomasik, SM, FACHE
Vice President & Principal, CFAR, Inc.
ACHE Regent, Rhode Island
Dear Members and Friends of ACHE RI,
We're in this together.
I approach my family, my work, and my relationships guided by the belief that we are better together than we are alone. This feels truer now than any time I can remember. The power of the collective is exhibiting itself in extreme form as people from across healthcare organizations, public health institutions, government, industry, not-for-profit communities and public citizens are coming together to tackle COVID-19. To each of you, whether you are on the front line of care, scrambling to access PPE/testing/equipment, or transitioning to work at home, thank you for everything you are doing to treat the sick, flatten the curve, and keep Rhode Island safe.
Our lives will be forever changed as we adapt to the pandemic's constraints, both today and in the future. I hope that it will bring some good things to our world – better access to telemedicine, improved and more effective use of primary care, and possibly a greater appreciation for healthcare as a public good. Yet as we find ourselves in the midst of the crisis—and possibly even only at the very beginning—we see teams struggling to care for their patients and keep themselves and their families safe. Leaders are challenged not only to care for the sick but to provide support for the caregivers and team members called to this important work every day. While the pandemic has heightened anxiety and pressure, in some ways, it's just another day in the life of a healthcare leader.
ACHE RI is focused on supporting local healthcare leaders as you face the uncertainties of the future healthcare landscape. The ACHE RI 2020 Leadership Series will explore the critical topics of resilience, talent optimization, culture, unpacking the implications of, and identifying ways to respond to the challenges and opportunities they present. While we can't be together face-to-face right now, we are working to find ways to bring you what we can virtually and to reschedule those events that we've had to postpone temporarily. We recognize that this is particularly important, with the cancellation of this year's ACHE National Congress. We want to make sure that you can access your colleagues and exceptional programming—for credit—close to home. I'm also proud to announce our partnership with CTACHE and CTHFMA as we collectively host the fall conference Healthcare 2020: An Emerging Paradigm Shift. Please save the date for November 8 – 10, 2020, at Mohegan Sun!
We are all in this together—thank you for all you are doing and will continue to do for the people of Rhode Island.
All my best,
Jennifer L. Tomasik, FACHE
Regent for Rhode Island