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Dear HFMA South Texas Colleagues, Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2017 is a year full of good health, opportunities, success and fun. As I get older I can’t believe how time goes by so fast. We are halfway through our fiscal year and it feels like we just started. As we look back on the last three months, the South Texas Chapter continues to THRIVE! We had a fantastic Region 9 meeting in New Orleans in November. Thanks to John Montaine and David Glazener for representing South Texas on the Region 9 planning committee. If you missed it, you missed a great time. Also, our Leadership Forum was held Jan. 20 at the Blanton Art Museum in Austin. The meeting was filled with interesting healthcare and leadership topics. The Forum ended with a guided tour of the museum and a networking event at Sholtz Beer Garten. I want to thank Chairman John Knighten and the program committee for all its hard work. We ask you to invite a colleague to join HFMA. We include the membership goal, set by National, and progress in each newsletter so you can see how we are doing. Please help us meet our membership goal by renewing your membership or sponsoring a colleague. This can be done online at www.hfma.org/membership. Membership satisfaction is also tracked. Thank you to those who took the time to complete the membership satisfaction survey. We value your feedback! We have many exciting programs scheduled in the upcoming months. Healthcare Landscape…

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Dear HFMA South Texas Colleagues, Fall is here and that should mean leaves changing and cooler weather but that is not the case in South Texas. What it does mean is football, so whether you follow high school, college or professional football I hope your team is having a successful season. This fall a much more vicious sport is taking place, the presidential campaigns. I for one am glad it is nearly over. Remember Nov. 8 is Election Day, please get out and vote. As we look back on the last three months, the South Texas Chapter continues to THRIVE! We are coming off of two very successful joint meetings; the HFMA/ACHE Summer Institute held Aug. 25 at the Seton Administration Offices in Austin and the HFMA/TAHFA Fall Symposium held Sept. 12-13 at the Embassy Suites Riverwalk in San Antonio. Both meetings were filled with education around trending healthcare topics as well as plenty of networking opportunities. I want to thank Chairman John Knighten and the program committee for all their hard work. I also want to thank Lisa Keffer and Robbie Connell for an outstanding networking event held Sept. 10 at Top Golf in San Antonio. If you missed it, you missed a great time. If you have not renewed your membership, please take a moment to do so. You can renew online at www.hfma.org/membership. Being a member has advantages including free national and regional webinars, great educational sessions, fun networking opportunities and a variety of other valuable resources. Please…

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Dear HFMA South Texas Chapter Colleagues, I am honored to serve as President of the South Texas Chapter for the 2016-2017 year. I want to thank the membership for the privilege of leading the chapter this year. I also want to thank outgoing President, Clint Owen, for his dedication and innovative ideas over the last year. Clint has set some very high standards, demonstrating what it takes to lead with passion and commitment. As a testament to Clint’s and last year’s board’s leadership the South Texas Chapter was awarded four awards at last month’s ANI Annual Chapter Awards Dinner — A Multi-Chapter award for the Region 9 networking event; A John M. Stagl Silver Award of Excellence for education; A Bronze Award of Excellence for membership growth and retention and a Helen M. Yerger Award for membership. As our new year begins the one thing that stays constant is change! Our chapter has, and will continue, to make significant changes to ensure we deliver — what you — our members need to be successful both personally and professionally. With a strong board, officer team and committee volunteer base, I am confident we will continue to be an indispensable resource for our membership. I am excited to tell you about a couple of new offerings: We now have a South Texas Chapter smartphone app! The app will enable you to communicate with chapter members and get real time/interactive information from the chapter. You can search the app stores for “hfma south…

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As your 2015-2016 President, I have been honored to assist in leading the chapter to achieve great success in delivering value to our chapter members. The time, like most things, has passed oh so quickly and it’s truly hard to imagine that my leadership as President has come to an end. However, I have grown so much having been involved for so many years and plan to do so moving forward. The value one can gain within HFMA is sometimes unmeasurable from education, leadership skills and most importantly the ability to truly impact and be impacted by great relationships forged over time and life lasting. Our goal this year was to continue to build upon the foundation that previous leadership has engrained in each of us. The South Texas Chapter has done an incredible job in accepting all the changes we have undertaken this year to better enrich each members experience within HFMA. As I stated from the outset, we would be making significant changes to better serve our members with new locations, new website, new chapter administrative support with DeMarse Meetings, thought provoking education and most of all more FUN! Yes, we have met some challenges but the overriding fact remains you the membership like what we are doing and with each and every event it is reflected in your evaluations. The National Theme this year was, “Go Beyond”, and we have and continue to do that. Coming out of HFMA LTC this year the theme is, “Thrive”! I…

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Here we are once again, another year quickly passed and winter setting in. Holidays bring about a slower time to celebrate family, work, life in general and be thankful for what we have. During this time I always ask myself, how did we get here so fast, where did the time go, followed by, did I accomplish any or all my goals I set personally and professionally? I’m sure for most that’s a common theme within your work place or home as we all are busier than we used to be it seems. As I like to say, “Another day another opportunity”! The South Texas Chapter is hard at work on our calendar of events for 2016, wrapping up the final speakers and initiating the format for future events. We are excited about the future and what is being delivered to our membership. Our goals this year were to foster a more diverse offering of education, instill more fun/networking into the regional events and position the events within our membership region that allows for more of our colleagues to join us and experience the difference HFMA provides them in their careers. The Board of Directors recently met for our annual Mini-LTC in San Antonio to discuss how the chapter can better serve our membership, gauge where we are in delivering on our national and regional metrics. We identified a need for more social events involving not only your peers but your families. We see this as an integral part of…

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October has arrived which normally means cooler weather, shorter days and leaves turning those magical colors. “Not so fast”, to quote Lee Corso on ESPN during the Saturday Game Day show. Most of Texas has experienced excessive rain fall in the spring, extended heat this summer met with lack of rain, drought conditions and most recent in North and Central Texas, flooding rains again; meaning I still have to mow the yard! Slow to come but I think fall is finally upon us!! As we all know fall normally signifies football and I have noticed a trend that most conversations, business and personally start with something about our little league team, our college team and or our favorite pro team on what happened that weekend or what will happen in the next game (basic trash talking). I recall in my travels this summer seeing team shirts on fans 6-8 weeks out from the season with anticipation of great things to happen. As I reflect on what I just said it reminds me of today’s healthcare; expecting one thing and getting another. Uncertainty of what tomorrow will bring, how will we cope, can we survive the storm, what will it look like when its passed…..my friends I don’t know that anyone has the complete answer but what I do know is that we are blessed to live in a great nation and a great state that can and will survive whatever storm you may encounter. National HFMA & the South Texas…

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Dear HFMA South Texas Chapter Membership, I am honored and humbled to serve as President of the South Texas Chapter for the 2015-2016 year. I have been involved within our chapter since 2004 and have been blessed to meet and work alongside many a great person for which I am grateful to all. I am of belief that regardless of position in life each of us have a gift/skill set that all can learn from and I strive each and every day to share and learn from those around me. I want to thank the Past Presidents, Officers, Board Members, Committee Chairs and membership for entrusting me with the privilege of leading you this year. I thank outgoing President, Christopher Snyder, for his tireless dedication and innovative ideas over the last two years. Chris has set the bar high, demonstrating what it takes to lead with passion and commitment. With a strong board, officer team and committee volunteer base, I am confident we will continue to be an indispensable resource for this chapter. As our new year begins one thing stays constant, Change! Today’s healthcare industry is constantly changing with Federal Regulations, ICD-10 implementation, technology, and the list goes on. Our chapter is and has made significant changes in recent months to ensure we deliver all that our members need to be successful both personally and professionally. Our membership will see a new look and feel from the newly designed website, you will see a change in venues regionally to…

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Dear HFMA South Texas Chapter Membership, Happy New Year! Here is to a happy, healthy and prosperous 2015! I hope everyone had a blessed and relaxing Thanksgiving and Christmas season. Two of my top resolutions include strengthening and growing my faith. I will be leading a Men’s group through a daily reading and journaling process in the Bible. The other is committing to a consistent cardio and strength training program. With all of life’s business and distractions, I wish everyone the best in achieving your goals. How about that Super Bowl on Sunday? What an ending to the game! As a diehard and loyal Chicago Bears fan I must say that I enjoyed the commercials more than the game itself. It’s times like now I wished I lived in Texas as we have negative degree temps with over 8 inches of snow here in Omaha, Nebraska. What am I thinking? I have always said that I appreciate and enjoy the Midwest’s four seasons, but would rather be staying at one on the beach right about now. We have come off a very successful quarter with great attendance at the Region 9 Conference in New Orleans, our December and January webinars, and most recently, the Healthcare Landscape Conference in San Antonio. All agendas were packed with timely, quality education combined with excellent networking opportunities. Last Saturday, our officers, board members and committee chairs attended a one day Strategic Planning Meeting in San Antonio. The main objective was to create and execute…

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Happy Fall and Happy Halloween, South Texas Chapter! This time of year is one of the Snyder household’s favorite! College football is full effect, leaves are changing colors, warm apple cider is in the crockpot, pumpkin carving is taking place, pumpkin seeds are in the oven and of course we are taking our 17 month old (who is an owl this year) out to trick-or-treat so that mom and dad have plenty of candy for the winter ahead. As we look back on the last three months, South Texas continues to thrive! We set a record attendance at our August Summer Institute in Austin with over 100 attendees! The day was filled with education around top healthcare finance trending topics as well as plenty of networking opportunities. Our September Women’s Forum in Edinburg and October Fall Institute in San Antonio continues to be a success along with our monthly free educational webinars. Membership is sitting at 325 members strong as we climb back to our goal of 399. Please make sure to renew your HFMA memberships at www.hfma.org/membership. As always, our chapter would like to recognize and warmly thank our sponsors that help generously support all of our programs and other various initiatives. If you haven’t already, please check out the certification investments of greater than $1,800 we have made in you regarding the CHFP and now the CRCR. By now you should have received our Membership Satisfaction Survey which was emailed out to you around October 21st. Please take…

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President’s Message – July 2014

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As our new year begins, I reflect on the experiences and friendships I have developed over the years. I feel they have prepared me for this role and I am forever grateful. I am honored and humbled to serve as President of our amazing chapter. I thank the Past Presidents, Officers, Board Members, Committee Chairs and membership for entrusting me with the privilege of leading you this year. I thank outgoing President, Tammie Galindez, for her tireless dedication and innovative ideas over the last two years. She has set the bar high, demonstrating what it takes to lead with passion and commitment. With a strong board, officer team and committee volunteer base, I am confident we will continue to be an indispensible resource for this chapter. During this year’s Leadership Training Conference in National Harbor, MD, Kari Cornicelli, 2014-2015 National Chair, announced her theme, “Leading the Change.” Cornicelli said, “finance is at the heart of the ongoing transformation in healthcare. As finance leaders, we are uniquely qualified and have the skills to lead our industry into the future.” As I look forward, I ask all of you for your ideas and thoughts to help us fulfill our commitment to our chapter. We are over 400 members strong and have the resources to stay at the forefront of the issues facing healthcare finance today. There is an opportunity for each of you to get involved, join a committee and help lead the change. The chapter leadership has reviewed the results from…

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