EXPLORE - Winter 2017 - 4
MESSAGE FROM THE AHE PRESIDENT
CHANGE IS CONSTANT
Greetings friends and colleagues!
Gary Dolan, CHESP
AHE 2016/2017 President
Director of Environmental Services
The Village at Penn State
hange, the only true constant! It is truly incredible to me
how quickly time seems to pass as one becomes, shall
we say, more "experienced" in life! As I was contemplating the focus of this, my final letter to you as AHE
President, a rapid-fire succession of feelings washed
over me. Excitement, reflection, accomplishment, hope
and bits of melancholy.
Each emotion brings with it pensive reflection leading to all
the wonderful memories of working and collaborating with such
talented and dedicated people. People having a sincere passion for
healthcare and, more importantly, caring for others.
I served on the board as an at-large board member in 2009-2010
and then as President in 2011. AHE has given me so much in knowledge, demonstrated strong leadership and bestowed friendships
that I am forever grateful for. I never would have imagined that I
would be back to serve on the board yet again. Due to a colleague
changing jobs and losing the requirement at the time of being
"boots on the ground," I was approached by a very good friend
and hit with, "Would you do AHE a solid and consider filling in the
remainder of that term on the board?" I and my career owe much
to AHE, so I accepted to fill the need.
Did I mention that I NEVER WOULD HAVE IMAGINED........? Life
certainly loves to throw curves at you, and there I was on the board
again but elected by my peers to serve as AHE President again...
for two years. How could I refuse that ask or the honor and the
responsibility to lead? But back to those feelings of:
❱ EXCITEMENT - For our Board leaders, Pam Toppel, 2018/19
President. Brad Winnie, 2018/19 President Elect. Lea Beach, At-large
Board member. And for our new incoming board members Linda
Homan, RN, CIC, Industry Liaison. Nazar Masry, CHESP, T-CHEST
and Rock Jensen. Experienced leaders in healthcare who will
certainly carry on the mission, vision and growth of this amazing
❱ REFLECTION - I remember back in 2009, AHE executive director
Patti Costello brought to the board the thought of how AHE
should consider a university or junior college curriculum specifically for environmental services. Living that strategy of an
academic partnership, in 2016 we found ourselves at The Ohio
State University discussing the nuts and bolts of such a program.
Yes, registration is now open not only to The OSU students but
to the profession. A vision come true. The changes at Exchange
brought us to new heights of leadership education. The member
imperative to make the annual conference time together bigger
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and better continues to be fulfilled. I reflect back at what we
have learned and shared at Exchange over the years, and it is
with a sense of tremendous pride of how far the profession has
advanced and must continue to.
❱ ACCOMPLISHMENT - Knowing what this board and AHE staff has
accomplished over the past several years gives me the smiles.
We have witnessed consistent growth in membership and
expansion outside of acute care. It is our hope that expansion
will scope creep to the conference. We have grown the number
of supporting partners, a deepened scope in education with
the Signature certification programs of CHEST, CSCT, along with
the CMIP and Strategic Leadership certificate programs. These
programs are nothing short of remarkable, and the success has
exceeded our wildest expectations!
❱ HOPE - Listening to the members, together the AHE board and
staff will continue to live out the strategies required to accomplish this growth and provide the profession with the tools and
resources needed to demonstrate "WE ARE ENVIRONMENTAL
SERVICES," the Recognized Authority. Hope for strong succession
planning through education and the Ohio State curriculum. A
hope for a strong, robust future for a respected, viable profession. Change is good, and with change comes the knowns and
❱ FUN - Dare I mention the blast of good times celebrating the 30th
anniversary Exchange in Pittsburgh and the epic baseball game
with the soon to be Chicago Cubs World Champions? What an
omen for looming greatness! Then again the fun and collegiality in Orlando 2017 with a Karaoke party; demonstrating we can
remain true to the need to be educated and still play hard. Great
times with amazing professionals. The list goes on...
As I sing my swan song, this is the also last edition of EXPLORE, as
we are sun-setting this magazine in its current form and expanding
the EXPLORE brand to deliver robust member reports throughout
the coming years. Instead of duplicating magazine efforts, AHE has
partnered with ASHE to provide environmental services content
in Health Facilities Management magazine (HFM). Just another way
to demonstrate AHE and its members as the recognized authority
reaching a readership of 40,000 leaders in the healthcare!
There are some imperatives that will continue, such as multidisciplinary approaches to patient experience, collaborating with
infection preventionists, facilities management, interior design and
administration; but to remain relevant and the tip of the sword, AHE
will continue to innovate, take risks and push the boundaries of our
work to add value.
My friends, I will no longer be the face of AHE come December
31st, but my soul remains connected to all the selfless servant leaders
in this organization. I cannot thank you all enough for the support
you have provided as I served as your president. The list of names I
want to mention here is far too long but you all know who you are. A
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