The opportunity to be President of AHVAP has afforded me such an amazing experience, which I will be forever grateful. As I begin to collect my thoughts for the last newsletter of this year, I would first like to take the opportunity to express my sincere gratitude for all of the hard work and dedication by so many over the past nine months. Your tireless efforts have been inspiring and it has truly been an honor and privilege to work a long side each and every one of you.
As the summer season comes to an end and the earth begins cooling off to slowly prepare for the upcoming fall and winter season, there is an excitement building around the colorful transformation on the horizon. Soon the trees will be crowned with vibrant hues of crimson, gold and glowing orange that will shortly fall from their branches dancing among the crisp autumn air. Samuel Johnson said, “No man can taste the fruits of autumn while he is delighting his scent with the flowers of spring”. It is these seasonal changes that provide the ability to survive during the freezing winter months that rapidly follow autumn.
So in your pursuit of value for your organization, are you prepared for the ever evolving seasonal changes within the landscape of healthcare? In order to survive the ongoing budget reductions, decrease in reimbursement, pursuit of quality and outcomes, value analysis processes are now more critical than ever to the success of surviving the cold harsh “winter” of healthcare. Value analysis professionals have the opportunity to be at the forefront of their healthcare organizations, leading and influencing the countless supply chain decisions made every day. It is crucial for us to prepare for the continual ebb and flows of the various seasons we encounter yearly within our organizations. Take advantage of this “cooling” down time of the year to reflect and review your process and shake lose the “dead” leaves that might be clogging up the system. Attending our Annual Education Conference and Supplier Showcase October 19th through the 21st in Scottsdale, Arizona will provide a wonderful opportunity to network, recharge and gain new insights that will help you transform your value analysis program.
There have been so many incredible accomplishments this year and we look forward to the continued growth and success of AHVAP. However, in order for our organization to remain relevant and sustainable, we need action by all of our members. Martina Navratilova said “The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed”. Are you the ham or the egg? I encourage you to take this opportunity to figure out how you can be involved and committed as the rewards you reap will be tremendous.
Thank you again for this remarkable journey and I look forward to seeing everyone at the conference!
Gloria Graham, DNP, RN, CVAHP