A Letter from the Executive Director
By Jennifer Metivier, MS, FASPR, ASPR Executive Director
We are busy as always at ASPR! Here are a few highlights of some of the projects and initiatives that the board of directors, committees, and staff have been active with over the last few months.
With the transition of the board of directors terms beginning in August, the 2012 ASPR board of directors elections have moved from the fall to the spring. The election results were recently announced via ASPR Weekly. Congratulations and welcome to Donna Ecclestone, FASPR, Duke Medical Center, Durham, NC, upon her election to the position of secretary and to Frank Gallagher, Baystate Health, Springfield, MA, upon his election as board member at large! We also congratulate Laura Screeney, FASPR, North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, New York, upon her re-election as board member at large!
Scott Manning, FASPR, District Medical Group, Phoenix, AZ, will continue as president; Debbie Gleason, FASPR, Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, will continue as president-elect; and Diane Collins, FASPR, HealthPartners Medical Group, Minneapolis, will continue as treasurer, all through August 2013. Shelley Tudor, FASPR, Humana, Indianapolis, and Allen Kram, FASPR, Health Quest, LaGrangeville, NY, will continue their terms as board members at large through August 2013. On behalf of the ASPR membership, I thank outgoing Secretary Ann Homola, FASPR, Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor, ME, and outgoing Member at Large Scott Lindblom, FASPR, Dean Clinic, Madison, WI, for their tremendous contributions over the last several years!
We have a few new committee co-chairs to announce as well that will all take effect in August at our annual business meeting. Congratulations to Robin Schiffer, DASPR, MedCentral Health System, Mansfield, OH, on her appointment as the new co-chair for the Education Committee. Thanks and appreciation to our outgoing Education co-chair, Allen Kram, FASPR, who has worked tirelessly along with Co-Chair Joelle Hennesey, FASPR, Manatee Healthcare Systems, Bradenton, FL, to orchestrate an amazing annual conference. Joelle and Robin will work together to plan an incredible conference in 2013 in Tucson, AZ, with Allen continuing as a committee member.
We also congratulate and welcome Miranda Grace, AASPR, Lewistown Hospital, Lewistown, PA, to the co-chair position of the Journal Committee! Miranda will join Lori Jackson Norris, FASPR, Dignity Health, Chandler Memorial Hospital, Chandler, AZ, to continue to provide top-notch articles and editorial expertise in JASPR. A special thank-you goes to our outgoing co-chair and editor, Judy Brown, FASPR, Children’s Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, for her many years of volunteerism and service to ASPR. Judy has been a long time co-chair and editor of JASPR; she and Laura Screeney were the first editors back in the early days when it was a short newsletter. Judy has contributed to the growth of our publication into a professional journal. She will continue as a member of the Journal Committee, with Miranda and Lori as the chairs and editors.
There are a few committee updates to highlight. The Fellowship Committee has been extremely busy over the several months working on updating the fellowship exams. Three teams of volunteers have been reviewing current exam questions and writing new questions to ensure that the exams are up to date. The committee is working with a reputable company on this project. Barring any unexpected technical delays, we expect the new exams will be utilized beginning in January 2013.
The Benchmarking Committee has announced that the executive summary, full report, and data for the 2012 ASPR In-House Physician Recruitment Benchmarking Report are expected to be available in July. Keep your eyes open for industry trends and highlights in the next issue!
Finally, the 2012 ASPR Annual Conference is just around the corner. The Education Committee has somehow managed to surpass last year’s amazing educational content. You’ll find an abundance of information on the conference throughout this issue and on the Web site at www.aspr.org/conference. We look forward to seeing you all in Los Angeles in a few weeks!