From the Executive Director: March 2015
I think most of us will be happy to see the arrival of Spring on Friday, March 20! I know I will be. After last monthâ€™s column when I was discussing Kentuckyâ€™s weather, we were hit with a second major snow storm on March 4-5. The Governor issued a state of emergency that lasted two days. Snow accumulation records were broken and if you happened to be watching the Weather Channel or national news, you probably heard about the hundreds of folks stranded on the interstates across the Commonwealth. Here at NCHN headquarters we had approximately 17 inches of snow! So, yes, so glad to see the longer days and warmer weather. Yesterday it reached 75 degrees. Nice!
Iâ€™ve heard the statement, from several parts of the country, â€œIf you donâ€™t like the weather (fill in the blank), just wait a day or two and it will change!â€ Managing a network is sometimes like dealing with changing weather. However, through your NCHN membership you have access to a number of tools and strategies to support you as you manage the challenges and changes facing your network.
For those of you that participated on the Informational Calls yesterday, you heard about two new programs available to help you support the healthcare delivery efforts of your members.
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NCHN Welcomes 2 New Network Members
Please join the NCHN Board and Staff in welcoming Shenandoah Mental Health Network and Lac qui Parle Health Network.
Shenandoah Mental Health Network is based in New Market, Virginia, and serves Shenandoah County. Its mission is to address gaps in mental health services using community engagement and peer-to-peer approaches. Organized in 2014, SMHN is an integrated network comprised of 7 members, including 2 large hospitals, 1 free clinic, 1 behavioral health provider, 2 community-based organizations, and United Way. For more information, contact Nicky Fadley, Network Director, or visit SMHN online at www.futureruralamerica.org.
Lac qui Parle Health Network was organized in 1998 and serves Madison, Appleton, and Dawson, Minnesota. Its mission is to assist its members in maintaining and improving local access to primary and secondary healthcare services. The LqPHN is an integrated network and provides a vehicle of collaboration for addressing the ever changing mandates and standards of care in the modern healthcare delivery system. For more information, contact Bernice Robinson, Executive Director, or visit LqPHN online at lqphnmn.org.
Membership Renewal: It's that time again
The membership year ends April 30, 2015, so it is time again to renew your network or associate membership. Membership rates for 2015 (May 1, 2015 - April 30, 2016) are the same this year. Network members can renew here and Associate members here.
Executive Roundtable Call: Network Leadership & Change
Tuesday, March 17 @ 12:00 PMET; 11:00 AM CT; 10:00 AM MT; 9:00 AM PT; and 8:00 AM AKST
You have each experienced change in your unique network. It could be the change connected with evaluating a long-standing board governance document or the change required in seeking agreement for a new business line. What we know is that change is constant. As we meet together for an hour on March 17th, we'll consider how change can actually be healthy in building collaboration and seeking consensus on priorities. Join Rebecca Davis and Mary Kay Chess on March 17th to consider how to effectively leverage this critical leadership tool.