Your Chapter President Council Representative
A Message from:
Rita Richter, RN, BSN, CCM
Your CMSA Chapter President Council Representative
The Value of CMSA
Welcome to our new website and the Chapter Corner Newsletter. This really is an exciting time for us! Not only do we have our new published Case Management Model Act that reflects our Standards of Practice, we have our new business leadership with Fraser Imagineers to help guide and promote those values of CMSA we hold dear. My plan is to periodically write articles for the Chapter Corner to promote and facilitate strong chapter relationships and demonstrate the value of CMSA.
You will find this updated website is much easier to maneuver in finding information you are searching for. The links and resource sites are clearly defined to direct us to our By Laws, Membership, Chapters, Education, Public Policy, Conferences, everything you want to know about CMSA and current events.
As stated in our Standards of Practice – “Case Managers are recognized experts and vital participants in the care coordination team who empower people to understand and access quality, safe and efficient health care services.” CMSA is our building block that gives us the wisdom, courage and strength to provide these professional services. It equips us with a strong voice in health care with about 7800 members, 35,000 subscribers and 74 Chapters.
CMSA offers numerous networking opportunities, legislative advocacy, education, leadership and support to enhance the professionals we are. We do not stand alone – we stand together. Be on the lookout for our monthly CPC webinars. Topics we will be discussing are: Technology, Social Media, Bylaws, Strategic Planning, Developing Budgets, Finances, Public Policy updates, Chapter Revitalization and Best Practices.
Remember our mission: “to promote the individual and collective professional development of health care case managers…”. Be sure to check our website frequently for updates!
Transitioning Your New Chapter Board
Happy New Year Everyone!! As 2017 comes to an end and 2018 begins, I would like to thank everyone for your hard work and dedication to CMSA. Congratulations to the new 2018 Chapter Board Members! I am looking forward to working with you all!
Being a new board member can feel overwhelming at times so don’t forget to outreach your previous board members – they make wonderful mentors! Clear and effective communication is the key to a successful year! To assist your chapter in making a smooth transition into the new year, I would suggest chapters conduct an orientation meeting and provide each new board member an orientation manual. The manual might include: Mission/Vision Statements, Bylaws, Policies, minutes of board meetings for the past year, annual report, audit reports, current budget/financial reports, roster of board members including addresses and telephone numbers, lists of the committees/committee members, calendar of activities/meetings, etc.
New officers and directors need to feel informed and empowered to do the job for which they were elected. No matter how qualified, new members need time to digest key information and feel comfortable working with the new team. The steps you take toward reaching that comfort level will greatly enhance the process and lead to an effective team.
My tip for a successful 2018 to our new board members – remember who we serve.