Chapter History

*** 2000 – 2001***

The chapter was impacted by many of the challenges affecting the healthcare industry. We initially experienced a significant loss in membership due to providers cutting budgets for membership. To counter this alarming trend, the chapter did a number of things to demonstrate the value of membership at both the personal and professional level and was able to obtain renewals or new members reaching membership totals within 4 of the previous year.

The chapter developed initiatives in education to demonstrate value to our membership by placing an emphasis on having a high-caliber speaker at each of our institutes to help attract the Senior Financial Manager. We also developed a Forum for "Members New to Healthcare" to better serve our new members.

Technology is evolving which allows our chapter to communicate more effectively with our membership. The Chapter and National utilize fax machine and email to rapidly disseminate information to our members. To improve communications, the chapter conducted a project to validate and gather current fax and email addresses for all members. The results of the project allowed us to communicate via email with over 85% of our members and by fax with 93%.

The Corporate Sponsorship Committee expanded their vendor/sponsor program with a dramatic effect. Sponsor funding exceeded $24,000. The chapter was able to underwrite national and regional speakers and offer more quality programs without raising registration fees.

*** 2001 – 2002***

Our goals were many but our major accomplishments relating to our mission statement and the member survey.

Our education programs this year were held at various locations in the state in order to give better access to our members and to increase the availability of networking and fellowship. We also included hospital executives as our keynote speakers for the opening sessions in order to give the membership
a different perspective of healthcare systems. Although we did not increase
our total number of registrant hours, we did increase our registrant hours per member by 2%. The sponsorships of Chapter were increased in total dollars by 10%.

The Board and the Membership Committee established membership growth as a critical success factor this year, for growth is paramount to continued success. This year we increased our membership by 8.97%, reversing a three-year decline.

The 2001 survey indicatedthat the value of the newsletter to our members declined over last year; therefore the newsletter was redesigned to include more content and was published on a regular basis including a year-end report in June. The 2002 survey indicated 58% are now very satisfied with the newsletter.

Finally, we have worked very hard to develop certification coaching courses and study materials to assist our members in passing the certification exam. This year, we have had six members pass the exam.

A grid was developed in order to allow the Board to better track the progress of each goal.This grid was reviewed and updated at every Board meeting.

***2002 – 2003***

Building on a strong foundation, the chapter was able to accomplish many things this year.This strong foundation along with the hard work of the chapter led to many accomplishments and awards.The chapter’s significant accomplishments are resprented best by the awards presented to the chapter at the end of the year.The chapter won four Helen M. Yerger awards, the John M. Stagl Silver Award for education, the C. Henry Hottum Award for Education Performance Improvement, a Bronze Award for Excellence in Certification and a Gold Award for Excellence in Membership Growth.The four Yerger awards included collaboration with Region IV on the 2002 Region IV Conference, the initiation of monthly chapter board meetings and the use of a planning matrix, newsletter improvement and addressing the downward membership trend.The Silver award for education was the result of having a total of 6,867 total registrant hours, an average of 14.13 hours per member.The Hottom award for education improvement was awarded to the chapter for the 24.79% increase in registrant hours over the previous year.The chapter has worked hard over the past several years to retain high caliber programs and speakers and it shows through these awards.The Bronze award for certification was the result of 4 members passing the certification exam.

The chapter ended the year with 518 members, a 6.58% improvement over the previous year.While a student campaign was a primary driver for the growth in the current year, the chapter has been able to retain members during a period where many employers are reducing the budgets for education and involvement.


***2003 – 2004***

Congratulations to all of the members of the Kentucky HFMA chapter on the good work you have done during this past year.We truly have had another successful year, as evidenced by both our physical awards and in our chapter’s accomplishments.At HFMA’s Annual Institute this year in Nashville, Tennessee, the chapter was presented with the following awards:Gold Award of Excellence for CertificationBronze Award of Excellence for EducationHelen M. Yerger Award for Improvement, “Certifiable Leadership”Helen M. Yerger Award for Improvement, “Back to the Future”Helen M. YergerAward for Outstanding Performance in Education,“Region IV Mid-Atlantic Conference”I am particularly proud of our efforts and accomplishments in the areas of education and certification during this past year.We coordinated and produced four high-quality quarterly educational institutes, a two-day class on Turning Data into Useful Information, an incredibly successful patient financial services workshop, and a certification coaching course.Ten certification exams were passed by our membership during this year.In addition, our membership count remained stable, our financial position and operational results were strong, we published five newsletters, we implemented on-line registration with credit card processing abilities, we were supported generously by numerous sponsors, we continued our leadership succession planning, and we initiated rural health and affiliations committees.Also, our local chapter has had representatives in HFMA National activities: Katie Black was the Region IV Executive Elect, Chris Roszman was active on the National Advisory Committee and Tony Miranda was a member of the Principles and Practices Board.Beyond all of these tangible accomplishments, we really lived this year’s theme of“HFMA: It’s Personal”.We all strengthened our social and professional relationships through contributions of time and effort to committee goals, volunteering our talents for the good of the chapter and in attending HFMA local and national educational events.This should be a time for celebration of all of the wonderful things wehave achieved, and also a challenge for future years’ accomplishments.Our awards and results are something to be proud of, and now we should set our goals even higher for the future.Thank you for your help that contributed to the success of our chapter
this year.