Dear SMSHE Membership:

It has been an amazing summer that started out a little soggy with rain that we thought would never stop. The annual ASHE conference was held in beautiful Baltimore, Maryland this year. Several of our SMSHE members were able to attend to learn about the latest Joint Commission updates as well as a multitude of educational opportunities. Several board members were present as I accepted our award for our Platinum Level Affiliated Chapter. Our chapter receives praises every year for our members participation and is a key part of our success year after year. I am very proud of our membership and what we have accomplished.

In other news this summer, the SMSHE Golf Outing was held on August 2nd and was another SELLOUT in June! We maxed out the Links of Novi with 220 golfers on a near perfect day. Thank you to Dino Marra, Golf Committee Chairman, and the rest of the Golf Committee for the time and effort it takes to make this event the well-oiled machine that it is. Also, thank you to all the sponsors that help us make it happen! We’re looking forward to seeing everyone at next year’s outing.

Looking ahead, I hope to see you in Port Huron for the MiSHE Annual Conference, to be held September 18-20 (see the Link in the Calendar Events section on Page 2). That will be followed by JCI presentation regarding fire alarm testing and joint commission web reporting at our SMSHE educational meeting on October 9th. Our last SMSHE educational meeting of the year will be presented by Consumers Energy discussing business energy efficiency programs – incentives forum on November 13th and then we finish up the year with our Holiday Luncheon and Annual Business Meeting on December 11th.

I’d like to remind everyone that one of our most valuable membership benefits is getting face time with your fellow comrades in healthcare. It’s invaluable being able to ask pointed questions about what others are doing with regard to ISLM, ICRA, you name it. Vendors and suppliers are an excellent source of code updates (and how to handle them), so take the next step attend an Educational Meeting or, better yet, join a committee. I promise that you will maximize the value of your membership through participation.

One last thing… as many of you know, our charity of choice is the Penrickton Center for Blind Children in Taylor, MI. Many of us will be representing SMSHE at Penrickton’s Annual “Kick-Off” Dinner on October 18th. We will be delivering a check on behalf of SMSHE from the funds collected at our events. I want to say a special thank you to all that have contributed to Penrickton over the years. You have truly made a difference!

Your SMSHE President,

Jeff Kleimola