“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” - Fred Rogers

My Dear Friends and Helpers:

First let me start by saying that I pray you are well and taking good care of yourselves and your families, while staying at home as much as possible. I know that many of you must be at work because you manage teams that are patient facing. Thank you for your service to your teams and to your patients.

If any of us had been told a year ago that in 2020 we would be cancelling Legislative Day, our conferences and countless other events due to a world-wide pandemic, we would not have believed it, yet here we are! This is an unprecedented time for all of us and we must rise to meet the challenges as they present themselves.

As you may be aware, we postponed our Charlottesville conference to June 26th. I want to thank our Board of Directors for acting swiftly to ensure that arrangements and speakers were notified and rescheduled. As a result of their good work, we did not lose any deposit monies and we are pleased about that. We will keep you updated on this new date as COVID19 continues to unfold before us.

We were able to meet the March 31st deadline for submission of the Chapter Excellence-Operations Report, although the deadline has been indefinitely lifted by the National AAHAM office. This was the right decision, as many chapters were struggling to meet the deadline, as well as competing priorities.

If you need anything at all, please reach out to a colleague, a board member or me. We are all in this together, and together we will persevere and be better than we ever were. I may be reached at Linda.Patry@mwhc.com or 540-741-1591. Be well, be safe and I look forward to seeing you again very soon.

Yours in AAHAM,

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