President’s Letter

Welcome to the first online issue of our newly redesigned Harmony magazine.

doug2Welcome to the online issue of IHA’s Harmony magazine. It is our hope that the new online format provides easier access to the magazine and a simpler way to share the work of the association and our members with you. As you read through this issue, you will notice changes that we think better tell the story of Indiana hospitals and the work that the association is doing on your behalf. From sharing best practices to bringing to light those changes at the local, state and national level, it will ensure Indiana is a healthier place to live.

The new format, which combines Harmony and Indiana Trustee into a single quarterly publication, will focus more on our members and provide quick access to the information you need most. To that end, we encourage you to submit story ideas about how your hospital is helping improve the health of your community and the state. No one can tell the story of the Hoosier health care industry better than the thousands of professionals like you who work in Indiana hospitals and provide such critical care each and every day.

Setting the Stage for a Healthier 2015 – Speaking of changes, 2015 has already been full of great accomplishments in health care. On Jan. 27, Governor Mike Pence announced that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved the HIP 2.0 waiver program. IHA is grateful to Gov. Pence for his leadership on this critical issue and we commend his administration for their many months of hard work to obtain approval and prepare for implementation.

This victory would not have been made possible without the dedication and efforts of our members. The Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) is providing IHA and other stakeholders with frequent updates on the HIP 2.0 rollout, and we will send updates to members as they become available.

And more changes are coming.

IHA will be moving into a new office in January 2016, located at 500 North Meridian Street in Indianapolis. This move creates benefits and efficiencies such as on-site Board and Council meetings and reducing rent expenses.

IHA’s Indiana Patient Safety Center has new leadership: Carolyn Konfirst and Karin Kennedy. Both provided interim leadership during the recent search for a new director. Carolyn will be clinical director and Karin will be administrative director. They will continue to work with clinicians and regional patient safety coalitions on patient safety and quality-improvement initiatives to advance efforts statewide. Read more about this patient safety update here.

With the 2015 legislative session underway, IHA is focused on making sure Indiana hospitals’ voices are heard. We’re continuing to educate and advocate for our members, and we appreciate your proactive approach to engaging with your representatives. In addition, IHA is committed to providing the latest industry information, educational opportunities and data to help guide members during these changing times.

We welcome Martin Padgett, president and CEO of Clark Memorial Hospital in Jeffersonville, as IHA’s Chairman of the Board and look forward to his leadership. Martin and all of IHA welcome your input as to how the association and its board of directors can best serve you.

Together, I have no doubt that IHA and Indiana will continue to improve the quality of life for all Hoosiers in 2015.

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Doug Leonard
IHA President