Dear Virginia AAHAM Members and Friends:

There is a time in December where many of us reflect upon the past year’s accomplishments and plan for the new year ahead. Today is my time to do that. As I look back on our chapter’s successes during 2018, I am reminded of the great educational offerings, wonderful peer networking and fun comradery we experienced this year. Our recent annual December meeting in Williamsburg incorporate all of this and more. I was pleased to hear so many positive comments about the speakers, topics, venue and the food. My thanks go out to the entire Board and to you, our members and friends, for attending, sharing and participating. A special “thank you” goes out to our Sponsors who make this all possible. Without them, we would not be able to bring you top notch education at a reasonable cost. Merci beaucoup!

Looking forward to 2019, I am happy to say that our Education Committee, lead by Dushantha Chelliah, has done an outstanding job at lining up our conference dates, venues and many speakers. We begin the year on March 7th with a wine tour followed by our Spring conference on March 8th, both in Charlottesville. On May 16th, we are delighted to partner with HFMA on a joint venture at Inova Fairfax Hospital. On September 6th, we travel back to Mary Washington Healthcare in Fredericksburg for our Fall conference and finish off the year at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg on December 4th through the 6th. We look forward to seeing you all at these events!

Your Board of Directors is pleased to be able to partner with HFMA, not only in May, but also on January 24th for a networking event. Please join us at Sedona Tap House in Fredericksburg for an informal, post-holiday get together at 5:30 pm. As you can see, 2019 is looking to be another wonderfully successful year for Virginia AAHAM.

How about you? What are you reflecting on today? What are you planning for in 2019? Whatever you are thinking about right now, please remember to be good to yourself. Don’t dwell on what you cannot change. Plan for new challenges, opportunities, friendships and by all means, schedule some fun into your schedule. And remember, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” — C.S. Lewis

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to each of you. I look forward to seeing you in 2019!

Yours in AAHAM,

Linda M. Patry, CRCE-I
President, Virginia Chapter of AAHAM