Message from your ACHE Regent
WARNING: Nostalgia alert!
This is it. My time as Regent is coming to a quick end. My reflection is taking me back 23 years, not simply the last four. You see, in 2000 I became a healthcare administrator commissioned in the U.S. Navy, and was ready to take on our beloved career field. My boss, who quickly became my mentor, CAPT Darin Rogers, FACHE (USN, Retired), gave me a list of instructions all of which were must dos. At the top of the list were three items:
- Join the American College of Healthcare Executives
- Work towards board certification in healthcare management and
- Volunteer across the community inside and outside of the Navy. I didn’t realize until now the value of his advice.
Professional affiliation with ACHE is, and continues to be, at the foundation of my career. It has lived up to everything the membership promises: a mission of “advancing leaders and the field of healthcare leadership excellence.” I have enjoyed reaping the benefit of membership, but I continue to equally enjoy giving back to our profession through ACHE service and mentoring the next generation of healthcare leaders. Each opportunity afforded to me has been instrumental to my ongoing education, networking, and of course my personal professional growth. I encourage you to maximize your membership through education, networking and mentorship, as a mentor and protégé.
Our day-to-day work is extremely busy and it is easy to get lost in our projects, strategy development, HR issues, even a pandemic. Finding time for professional development and stimulation is paramount, and it is an investment that only we can do for ourselves. From my days of serving you in an at-large seat, then Communications Director on the ACHE -North Florida Chapter board to today, it has been an honor to support the mission of our professional organization and colleagues who will follow in those roles.
If you know me, you know me! You will remain on my radar, and I will support each of you in whatever capacity and way I can. Supporting the careers of others is in my DNA and is attributed to the days I served in our U.S. Navy, as well as my current and continued affiliation with ACHE. So, until I see you next time, be well!
Ann-Marie A. Knight, FACHE
Regent for Florida – Northern and Western