President’s Incoming Message
I am so honored to be able to serve as your President for the 2022-2023 year for the Alabama Association of Health Information Management. I want to thank our previous two Presidents who guided us through one of the most trying two years of facing a pandemic that none of us ever anticipated. It was new to all of us and they led us with such grace and compassion. We want to continue to follow the great work they started and looking forward to all this year has to offer.
We want to meet the needs of our membership. We are committed to work with our Board of Directors and Committee Chairs to define our goals and update our Strategic Plan. We need you as well. Each of you are unique in your own way, have great ideas and a wealth of knowledge to share.
We also plan to do a 3-5 minute video following our Board meetings as a way to update you and to connect with you.
I am reminded of a story from my past that I want to share with you. Every Christmas my mother always baked a Red Velvet Cake. It was our tradition. When she passed away, I felt I was the one to carry on this tradition. We were getting ready to go to my brother’s home who lives out of town. I had been working late and was running behind in packing and getting ready to leave. I also was trying to bake this cake. When I took the cake out of the oven it came out looking great. I left it on the countertop to cool before I began the process of icing the cake. I walked away to finish packing and when I returned to the kitchen, my cake had fallen and it was flat like a pancake. I began to yell at my husband to come and look at this cake like he could fix it! It was 9:00 p.m. at night and I thought what am I to do? If this one failed, I cannot bake another one. I know most everyone has a cake lady in their community, and so I called mine. Thankfully, she said, no worries, I will have you a cake to pick up first thing in the morning. (Teamwork) To this day I do not know what happened. I read and reread all of my mother’s direction for the cake she made. Evidently I left out an ingredient.
In life we have ingredients to take something and make something beautiful and worthwhile. It takes every ingredient. Our ingredient to make our association wonderful and the best is to have YOU in that ingredient. Without each of you we cannot make it.
I want to encourage each of you to be an ingredient in our association by volunteering. If you have not joined our association, we encourage you to join us. We need you to be a part. Together we can make a difference. We want to hear from you.
Feel free to reach out to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reba Sanders, RHIA
AAHIM President (2022-2023)