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Winter 2017 President's Message

Posted By Administration, Friday, January 26, 2018
Updated: Sunday, January 21, 2018

2018 is here and my term as 2017 President has ended.  Where did the time go?  It seems like yesterday I was just getting up and running and now it is over.  What a year it was!  Goodness the things we accomplished together this year.  I am going to start at the beginning of 2017. Let’s see if I can remember everything.


Committee Work

All the committees have all been busy this year and they are all dedicated to you, the member.  They strive to provide tools and resources that will help you grow both personally and professionally.  The committee chairs, co-chairs and members have worked very hard to bring meaningful progress to the work that AHVAP performs.

Marketing Committee

The Marketing Committee led by chair Jeffiny Shutts and vice-chair Laura Polson was quite busy working on a number of initiatives.  They sought out members to write articles published in OR Management/General Surgery News magazines.  A white paper titled “Understanding the Importance of Value Analysis Committees and Educating the C-Suite” was written and is now posted on our website under Member Central in the resource library  Also on the website you will find AHVAP merchandise that you can purchase from our new Land’s End storefront

Another accomplishment this year was the launch of the Preceptor-Protégé Program whereby new professionals to Value Analysis are mentored by seasoned VA professionals for guidance, sharing and networking.  When you are new to something, every little bit of support helps. (Some days I still feel new to my position!)  To date, we have had nine protégés take advantage of the program.

Value Analysis Week had its inaugural kick-off and was established this year for the third week of July.  There will be much more information on celebrating this week with your colleagues forthcoming later this spring.  A Speakers Directory is available on the website if you need an expert to do a presentation for an event.  That is just some of what marketing has accomplished this year. 

Educational Development Committee

The Educational Development Committee has reorganized the members’ Resource Library so you can find past webinars, articles, VA tools and forms more easily.  There were several webinars presented throughout the year and the recordings are all available in the library as well.  Check it out!  Chris Hannon has been leading the charge as the chair of this committee and has plans for more educational offerings for members this coming year.

Membership Committee

Membership has been working with the Past Presidents’ Committee on membership levels and criteria in an effort to be more inclusive of those within the ever-growing VA profession, as well as our members who go onto to other positions. They also developed a satisfaction survey that is disseminated to new members 6 months into their membership.   The information gathered from this survey helps us learn if we are meeting your needs and what programs are important to you.  Susan Miller and Kim Hilliard co-chair this committee with an eye on recruitment and retention.  The Membership Committee will also circulate and manage the biennial Maturation Survey. More on that coming in 2018.  

Industry and Business Education Collaborative

Several suppliers and organizations signed IBEC agreements with AHVAP whereby there is reciprocal sharing of educational resource, such as speakers, white papers, webinar services.   Barbara Strain and Gloria Graham manage this endeavor and they and other AHVAP members are often called upon to speak to associations and healthcare suppliers on the concepts of value analysis.

Certified Value Analysis Healthcare Professional® Committee

There were some challenges this year with the hosting of the certification review course but that is currently resolved and there should have been little to no disruption in availability of the course which is accessed through our website.  A short, two hour review course in a game format was offered after the annual conference this past October and the room was full.  22 of your peers participated in that review course given by Shannon Candio and Melanie Miller and it was very well received.  There will be plans to do that again.  Cheri Berri Lesh has led this committee from the beginning of our journey in creating the certification exam and process.  She will be handing the reigns over to Shannon Candio for 2018.   Thank you. Cheri!  The CVAHP Committee recently requested volunteers to work on taskforces that would review the content and questions to update the exam in the near future.  There are over 70 professionals who have received their Certified Value Analysis Healthcare Professional certification to date. 

Annual Conference Committee

The annual conference was the biggest and best thus far!  Melanie Miller and Sue Toomey did an outstanding job as co-chairs of this committee.  We had dynamic speakers, great networking opportunities, and support from our suppliers all at a wonderful hotel and conference center.  Everything went well and I can’t thank the conference committee enough.  From the food to the CE application to speaker selection they did a fabulous job.  We had many first timers who were very pleased and excited about the conference and the opportunity to meet other professionals.  I know I met some awesome new people at the conference.  The next conference is October 17-19, 2018 in Clearwater, Florida.  Start planning now. You won’t want to miss it! Great topics, sunshine, beach, old and new friends – what more could you ask for???

Past-Presidents Committee

This committee supports the organization and mentors each new Board member.  The Past Presidents serve on the Nominations Committee and provide historical knowledge and perspective.  This year Gloria Graham led an initiative to create recognition letters to be sent to the senior leadership of outgoing Board members and Committee Chairs acknowledging their contributions and commitment to AVHAP.  Establishing scholarships and awards is on the to-do list for this committee for 2018.

Board Work

The Regional Directors are each charged with coordinating a webinar. We had some outstanding webinars this year. The December webinar on Clinical-Supply Integration with Dr. Martin Lucenti from Vizient was particularly well attended.  All our webinars are available to you under the Member Central tab of the website

The Northeast Region had a face-to-face conference in Philadelphia in March.  It was attended by over 30 members and VA professionals and it was very well received.  It was a comfortable small group with great presentations and social networking.  Everyone enjoyed it.  We are planning to continue having Regional Meetings as we can feasibly provide them. The members from each region also met in groups at the annual conference and that was also well received. 

Establishing roles and responsibilities for each Board Member and Committee Chair is one of the Board’s accomplishments in 2017.  Having the roles clearly defined helps new Board members understand their positions. There were some time challenges for a few of the Board members.  Shannon Hicks had to step down from Treasurer earlier this year but still plans future involvement with AHVAP.  Sue Toomey was Treasurer for 2015-2016 and is able to complete the term for Shannon for 2017-2018. Thank you, Sue Toomey!  Beth Fuller also had to step down from the Secretary position in the fall of this year.  That positon was left unfilled until recent elections determined the 2018 Secretary. 

The big news is that AHVAP has hired a new association management firm, Capitol Hill Management Services.  Being the Value Analysis professionals we are, a taskforce developed and issued a RFP for management services in February so we could review our current and potential services.  Our current management firm, Ewald Consulting Group, has been with us for many years helping us establish bank accounts, bylaws, budgets and protocols, as well as growing our conferences and marketing ourselves.  The list goes on. 

Thank you to the Ewald Team: Laurie, Lisa, Bonnie, Kate-Madonna, Nikki and others for helping AHVAP become a nationally recognized association.  The Board and Committees are looking forward to working with Capitol Hill Management Services to continue to grow the association and bring even more value to you, the members. (Shout out to Barbara Strain who did a lot of work on organizing this RFP!)

Finally I want to say ‘Thank You’ to all the Board members, Committee Chairs and the AHVAP members who supported me throughout this year.  This has been one of the most fulfilling years of my professional life. There are so many people to thank for having my back and keeping me on the straight and narrow:  Gloria, Sue T, Robin, Melanie, Beth, Laura, Wanda, Cheri, Jane, Barbara, Jeffiny, Susan M, Kim, Chris, Shannon C and Shannon H, Laurie and Lisa.  I certainly couldn’t have done this without you all.  You have all made me a part of the AVHAP family and I treasure each and every one of you.  I learn something new from you every day – I really do!

Lastly, I want to welcome our new board members, and hand the reigns over to Robin Lane, who will do a phenomenal job for us in 2018!

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