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2003 Issue 3


Dave Kilmer

President's Message: January 2004

"Imagination gives you the picture. Vision gives you the impulse to make the picture your own."- David Letterman (1947 - )

Wow! How about this new newsletter format!

I hope you're as impressed as I am with the new format of our newsletter, VISIONS. The genesis of the project was at the HFMA Leadership Training Conference in Chicago last April, where Anna

Sulewski (MetroHealth) and Rochelle Kalski (Kaiser Permanente) exchanged ideas with members from other Chapters across the country. Since then, in addition to publishing the first two newsletters of the year, the Newsletter Committee has worked overtime to develop the current electronic format. Special thanks also goes to Mary Jayne Reedy (UnicareCorp) for agreeing to co-Chair the committee and providing some valuable technical resources.

In choosing a new name to go along with the new look of the newsletter, the Committee made a great choice in "VISIONS". In our professional lives, we are constantly challenged to not only react to issues that confront us, but to employ the vision necessary to anticipate what may lie ahead and initiate strategies that will best serve our organizations' needs.

Elsewhere in this month's newsletter, you will see an Executive Summary of this year's Strategic Plan for the Chapter. At the time the Plan was

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formulated, the Officers and Board of Trustees shared a vision of things we wanted to accomplish during the fiscal year. One goal involved encouraging more scheduled committee meetings. Although the use of electronic communications has proved an invaluable tool, the effectiveness of our Chapter is based on strength of the personal relationships that are formed . Having attended a number of meetings throughout the year, I have been able to observe the successful team-building and relationship-building that we hoped would occur. Even though it takes extra effort (especially during those January ice storms!!), I'm sure many members would agree that the personal relationships forged in these meetings will benefit our Chapter for years to come.

"The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it." - Thucydides (471 BC - 400 BC)

A Great Turnout at the Holiday Party
Once again, the Networking Committee did a fabulous job with the Awards Banquet & Holiday Party held at the HealthSpace Museum in Cleveland. Ellen Zizis (Cleveland Clinic) and Cindy Dormo (Children's Hospital Akron) chaired this year's event which featured an entertaining speaker from "N'awlins", a fun atmosphere and well-deserved recognition for the efforts and achievements of all the award recipients.

"Everyone takes the limits of his own vision for the limits of the world." - Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)

Want to meet some really fun people?
As President-elect, Barry Franklin (Parma Hospital) will soon be enlisting many lucky members into positions on the various Chapter committees for the 2004-2005 year. If you haven't yet done so, sign up for a committee on the Chapter Survey Form, or contact any of the current Chairs listed on our website: We've been very pleased to have welcomed a number of new members to our committees over the past year and look forward to your participation!

Dave Kilmer

Holiday Meeting Combines Fun, Food and Information

By Steve Rybka

The annual Holiday meeting and Awards Banquet was a huge success this year. With over 105 registered members and guests, HFMA Northeast Ohio took over the main floor of HealthSpace Cleveland on December 11th. The recently completed Museum on Euclid Avenue proved to be the perfect backdrop for an evening of holiday cheer and useful information from our guest speaker, Mr. Gary Borgstede. His "Make It Happen" approach to Team Values gave each of those in attendance something to think about both professionally and personally. Gary can be reached at

A happy group of HFMA members and guests check out a Healthspace display

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Top that off with a roving magician (Magic By Richard) and great food by Gusman Catering, and it was almost a perfect evening. Walking outside to a 75 degree starlit evening would have made it perfect. Cleveland had snow flurries and 15 degrees. Maybe next year - - - .

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Annual Award Recipients

Each year, we recognize members who have made outstanding contributions to HFMA. Congratulations are in order for our 17 remarkable recipients for their impressive and valued contributions ...

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HFMA Northeast Ohio Chapter
Executive Summary of 2003-2004 Strategic Plan

The strategic plan was approved by our Chapter's Board of Directors and has been submitted to the National HFMA office. The following summary provides an executive-level overview of the contents of our strategic plan, including our mission, chapter goals and objectives and the operating budget.

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Future Events - Hold The Dates

Calendar of Events

February 26, 2004Meeting: PFS Program and New Member Breakfast
March, 2004Meeting: Legislative Update
April 29, 2004Meeting: Post Acute Care Program
May 13-14, 2004Meeting: Gerry Haggerty Annual Leadership Institute
May 27, 2004Meeting: Managed Care Program
June, 2004Program & Volunteer Recognition Golf Outing
July, 2004Meeting: TBA

New Member Breakfast - Feb. 26 (7:30 - 8:30)
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PFS Education Sessions - Feb. 26 (8:30 - 12:00)
Topics: Imaging and Operational Efficiencies and Leadership in Management
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Gerry Haggerty Leadership Institute - May 13-14 "BAM! Kick It Up A Notch!"

Glenmoor Country Club
Site of the 2004 GHALI Events

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Tell Us What You Think

Dear Chapter Membership,

The Newsletter Committee has been committed to delivering a quality product to you using today's technology. We are extremely pleased and excited to share the first issue of Visions newsletter with you. We believe it is a work in progress. It is our intent to refine our product and expand our content so that we continue to deliver a newsletter that provides real value to you - one that you look forward to reading. Some of the objectives we kept visible while developing your newsletter included ensuring articles are quick and easy to read, providing you with useful information about our chapter and our industry and keeping the intimate connection with our members. We have many new and exciting things yet to come - so stay tuned. If you could only see what we have in store for Visions...

Visions is all about you and meeting your expectations. So we'd like to hear from you. We welcome your comments, suggestions, kudos and complaints. Please e-mail us at Enjoy your reading!

Mary Jayne Reedy
HFMA Newsletter Committee

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HFMA Northeast Ohio
Chapter Officers 2003-2004

David T. Kilmer

Barry L. Franklin

Vice President
Maureen A. Wood

Suzanne Marie Tschetter

William J. Bogdan

Chapter Coordinator
Kathleen A. Much

Board of Directors

James E. Hutchinson
Julia T. DiFrancesco
Susan R. Flaherty
Charles S. Josey
Christopher Milligan
Lori A. Mitchell
Michael A. Scocos

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Mary Jayne Reedy
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Anna Sulewski
The MetroHealth System

Maureen Campbell
Bottom Line Systems

Jennifer Hahn
Robinson Memorial Hospital

Laurie Hammer-Rauser
JP Recovery Services

James Hutchison
UHHS Laurelwood Hospital

Teresa Pannell
JP Recovery Services

Steve Rybka
United Collections Bureau

Michael Scocos
Professional Receivables Control

Steve Thome
Ernst & Young, LLP

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