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2008 Scholarship Recipients

The ASHHRA 2nd Annual Conference Scholarship Fund was again sponsored by MetLife. MetLife Resources make it possible for ASHHRA to give one member from each of the nine ASHHRA regions an opportunity to attend the ASHHRA 44th Annual Conference and Exposition, Oct. 12 through Oct. 14 in Austin, Texas, by contributing $1000 per person. 

Click here to read ASHHRA Scholarship Recipient Testimonials 

ASHHRA Annual Scholarship Recipients:
Region 1: Sally Baughman
Vice President Human Resources
Acadia Hospital, Corp.
Bangor, Maine

Region 2: Bruce Wilhelm
Vice President Human Resources
Bassett Healthcare
Cooperstown,  N.Y.

Region 3: Karen Moorefield
HR Program Specialist
Annie Penn Hospital/ Moses Cone Health System
Reidsville, N.C.
 
Region 4: Shemeka Pollard
Director of Human Resources
United Cerebral Palsy of GA/United Cerebral Palsy of SC
Stone Mountain, Ga.

Region 5: Amy Bean
Human Resource Director
Pulaski Memorial Hospital
Winamac, Ind.

Region 6: Nancy Scattergood  
Director of Human Resources
Complete Children's Health P.C.
Lincoln, Neb.

Region 7: Anna Molaison
Human Resources Generalist
Thibodaux Regional Medical Center
Thibodaux, La.

Region 8: Tina Fisbeck  
State Wide Recruiter
Centura Health at Home
Denver, Colo.



The ASHHRA Foundation would like to thank individual members, chapters, and industry donors for their contributions to support the Continuing Education Scholarship and the Educational Grant. 

Continuing Education
Bonnie Finch – Region 3 for her MBA ($2500)
Eric Zuckerman – Region 9 for his MS in HR Management ($2500)

Educational Grant
Jason Wolf – PhD Research ($2500)


2008 MetLife Scholarship Award Winner Testimonials
 
 Region 1 : Sally Baughman, Vice President Human Resources, Acadia Hospital  

 
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I wanted to thank ASHHRA and tell you how much I enjoyed the conference in Austin. Thanks for the support in helping me to get there. I would not have been able to attend without that MetLife Scholarship. I learned a lot, and was impressed at the variety of folks attending the sessions, as well as those putting on presentations. I came back to Maine very pumped up and ready for change.


Region 2: Bruce Wilhelm, Vice President Human Resources, Bassett Healthcare 


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The 2008 ASHHRA Conference was an opportunity to learn about many new trends and challenges in the field of healthcare Human Resources. Spending time in the exhibit hall was worthwhile.  There are a multitude of options available in many areas – benefits administration, HRIS, professional placement, recognition programs – the list is endless.  The vendors all showed respect for our time and ideas while presenting their “pitch” succinctly.  My challenge is to find time to review products and services which meet the needs of our team and staff in an affordable fashion.   

The educational programs were excellent and provided information about timely subjects – Employee Free Choice Act, 403(b) changes, increasing Accountability in our culture – all topics which many of us need to deal with.  Most presenters were both informative and entertaining, providing key elements in a brief period of time.  I have followed up post conference with two presenters to learn more about their specific initiative.

Lastly, I was able to network with many friendly and warm people.  It was good to re-acquaint with “old” colleague and meet new friends and colleagues who like to learn but can also have a good time!  It is somehow always satisfying and comforting to meet with others from around the country to share war stories.  Somehow knowing that I am not alone in facing the daily workforce challenges, and knowing that I have an expanded network of folks to tap into makes the time worthwhile. It was also enlightening to hear references to margins of 5-8% outside of my homestate of New York-this is not what we are used to!
 
My thanks and congratulations to the ASHHRA staff, ASHHRA officers and committee members who organized a great event!


 Region 3: Karen Moorefield, HR Program Specialist, Annie Penn Hospital\ Moses Cone Health System 

 
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The conference was overflowing with learning opportunities for HR professionals at all levels.  Often it was simply too difficult to choose which session to attend given the quality of the speakers and the content relevance. However, knowing the presentations would be available to all participants post conference alleviated all panic and allowed for optimal learning.  Personally, I was in awe of the abundance of vendors.  I felt like a queen with every resource I could ever need poured out at my feet to better serve the people of my “empire” or organization.   

Having the conference kick off with the Boot Camp series was an excellent way to get the conference underway and assimilate the HR Leader competencies.  The new to the role professionals felt comfortable and welcomed the networking opportunities.  Each presenter clearly demonstrated the knowledge, skill, and passion leaders must possess to understand healthcare customers’ needs and deliver HR services appropriately.  Grace Moffitt closed the series appropriately with the Personal Leadership.  Personally, I felt the new professionals left embracing the passion and purpose of these leaders and the ASHRRA core competencies. 

The general sessions offered ranged from a wealth of legislative updates, regulatory compliance, talent management, benefits, accountability, diversity, etc. The quite extensive list ensured that all the HR leader competencies were covered to maximize learning.  The keynote speakers topped off the conference with their inspirational messages of “Motivating and Retaining Employees” and  “Generational differences.” Perfectly closing the conference was keynote speaker Christine Kane leaving attendees refreshed with her message of “Nine Simple Ways to Work Happier.” 

Words alone cannot express my gratitude to MetLife enough for their generosity in allowing leaders like myself to attend this fabulous learning opportunity.  Our ASHHRA leaders and conference planning committee deserve a round of applause for their dedication and commitment to provide such a sensational event. Great thanks to our vendors and sponsors for making the conference a success!  My hope is that every participant returns and integrates new learnings into their everyday work to improve their organization.  The ROI for this recipient is priceless!


 Region 4: Shemeka Pollard, Director of Human Resources, United Cerebral Palsy of GA
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First of all, I would like to thank the ASHHRA organization for selecting me as a scholarship recipient and for creating an opportunity for me to attend an outstanding conference related to Human Resources in Healthcare.
The conference was a value added experience in many aspects, as specifically detailed below.
• By going to the conference, I learned more about the ASHHRA organization and the resources available to leaders.  Specific tools that I took away were the HR Scorecard and the wealth of information available on the ASHHRA website.
• The conference increased my breath in scope of HR knowledge, specifically by attending New to the Profession and Senior sessions.
• The conference allowed me to meet credible vendors to learn more about resources for my organization in a neutral environment.
• The conference allowed me to meet other HR leaders in the industry and to identify feedback / mentor partners.
I look forward to participating in future conferences and taking advantage of the resources and tools. 
Thanks again for a wonderful
experience!


 Region 5: Amy Bean, Human Resource Director, Pulaski Memorial Hospital

 
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First of all, thanks to MetLife for sponsoring the 2nd annual ASHHRA Scholarship Program for the 2008 ASHHRA Conference in Austin Texas.  I was excited to learn that I was the Region 5 HR professional chosen to receive this scholarship and honored that I was selected from among other highly qualified individuals.  I encourage all ASHHRA members to consider applying for this important award.

I serve as the Human Resources Director for Pulaski Memorial Hospital, a small county hospital in Winamac Indiana that is a critical access hospital.  In addition, I am also responsible for the Hospital’s Home Health and Hospice programs and also serve as Compliance Officer.  We have limited funding for educational programs, especially funds for national conferences.  Therefore the ASHHRA Scholarship Program offered me a unique opportunity to attend important educational sessions, learn about innovative employee programs and network with highly-talented healthcare industry colleagues throughout the US.

The 2008 ASHHRA conference I attended was held in the beautiful and welcoming city of Austin Texas.  The weather was warm and the people were very friendly.  Of course it didn't hurt that the University of Texas Longhorns beat the Oklahoma Sooners on the Saturday of the start of the conference to become #1 in the country.  Texans do love their college football!

The theme of the 2008 ASHHRA conference was Leading with Passion and Purpose and the program was certainly designed to reflect that theme.  From the opening speaker Barbara Glanz to the closing speaker Christine Kane the program emphasized how Human Resources professionals must ensure that their employees enjoy a work environment that is meaningful and exciting.  The opening and closing speakers brought passion and purpose to us as attendees, both in the content and delivery of their presentations. 

The program format provided attendees with the opportunity to attend a variety of breakout educational sessions on a wide array of topics.  The breakout sessions give attendees an opportunity to learn about specific topics in greater detail and to ask questions in smaller groups.  The sessions often involve healthcare HR professionals describing in detail their HR program initiatives, including presentations on employment, compensation, benefits, legal and regulatory compliance and employee relations.  Topics also include patient safety, quality outcomes, productivity improvement and patient and customer satisfaction.

My attendance at the 2008 ASHHRA conference through the ASHHRA Scholarship Program will allow me to:

• Bring important new ideas related to compensation and benefits that can be implemented immediately for Hospital employees,
• Share proven HR strategies with the Hospital’s Executive Team and Department Directors,
• Consider leading-edge initiatives that may provide improvements in HR operations and clinical care,
• Enhance employee knowledge of HR programs,
• Encourage employee growth and development,
• Support employee retention and attraction of highly-qualified applicants, and
• Increase my personal efficiency and effectiveness through the knowledge I have gained.


 Region 6: Nancy Scattergood, Director of Human Resources, Complete Children's Health. P.C.

 
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I would like to begin by expressing my sincere appreciation for being selected as an ASHHRA Foundation Scholarship recipient.  With the cut in healthcare budgets today, it makes it more difficult to justify sending employees to conferences such as ASHHRA.  This year as a recipient winner it was easy to justify to my organization on my attending the conference since the majority of the expenses incurred were paid by the scholarship I received. 

My conference experience began with the opening ceremony where Barbara Glanz was the keynote speaker.  She delivered an inspirational message about “Leadership that Promotes Productivity, Passion & Peace”.   After listening to Barbara and her positive message, I had a feeling of being energized.  I learned about ideas that I could bring back to my workplace to work toward a positive change.

After the motivational opening ceremony, it was time get down to business.  I attended several sessions dealing with common HR issues such as recruiting and retaining healthcare staff.  After attending these sessions, I did get ideas on practices that we can incorporate at my organization.

One of my favorite sessions that I attended had to do with educating employees on benefits.  Pam Kennedy of INTEGRIS Healthcare did an awesome job of explaining benefits which can often be boring to employees in an innovative, out of the box approach.  After this session, I couldn’t wait to take this idea back to my organization to present to our benefits team in hopes of implementing.  Pam gave an awesome presentation on an innovative way to teach benefits in a fun way employees can relate with. 

Along with the sessions I attended, I can not leave out the social event we attended that was sponsored by Metlife.  The event was held at Stubbs BBQ in an outdoor setting.  It was nice to relax after a day of learning and enjoy what Austin had to offer with live entertainment and a beautiful evening.

Again, I would like to express my sincere appreciation in being selected as a scholarship winner for the 2008 annual ASHHRA conference.  The experience and knowledge I gained by attending the conference is one that I will never forget.  Again without winning the scholarship, I would not have been able to attend.  Thank you ASHHRA and Metlife for the scholarship!


Region 7: Anna Molaison, Human Resource Generalist, Thibodaux Regional Medical Center
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I would like to begin by expressing my sincere appreciation for being selected as an ASHHRA Foundation Scholarship recipient.  With the cut in healthcare budgets today, it makes it more difficult to justify sending employees to conferences such as ASHHRA.  This year as a recipient winner it was easy to justify to my organization on my attending the conference since the majority of the expenses incurred were paid by the scholarship I received. 

My conference experience began with the opening ceremony where Barbara Glanz was the keynote speaker.  She delivered an inspirational message about “Leadership that Promotes Productivity, Passion & Peace”.   After listening to Barbara and her positive message, I had a feeling of being energized.  I learned about ideas that I could bring back to my workplace to work toward a positive change.

After the motivational opening ceremony, it was time get down to business.  I attended several sessions dealing with common HR issues such as recruiting and retaining healthcare staff.  After attending these sessions, I did get ideas on practices that we can incorporate at my organization.

One of my favorite sessions that I attended had to do with educating employees on benefits.  Pam Kennedy of INTEGRIS Healthcare did an awesome job of explaining benefits which can often be boring to employees in an innovative, out of the box approach.  After this session, I couldn’t wait to take this idea back to my organization to present to our benefits team in hopes of implementing.  Pam gave an awesome presentation on an innovative way to teach benefits in a fun way employees can relate with. 

Along with the sessions I attended, I can not leave out the social event we attended that was sponsored by Metlife.  The event was held at Stubbs BBQ in an outdoor setting.  It was nice to relax after a day of learning and enjoy what Austin had to offer with live entertainment and a beautiful evening.

Again, I would like to express my sincere appreciation in being selected as a scholarship winner for the 2008 annual ASHHRA conference.  The experience and knowledge I gained by attending the conference is one that I will never forget.  Again without winning the scholarship, I would not have been able to attend.  Thank you ASHHRA and Metlife for the scholarship!


Region 8: Tina Fisbeck, State Wide Recruiter, Centura Health at Home

 
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This was my very first ASHHRA conference and I have to say that it was by far the best conference that I have ever attended.  I was so excited that I had won the scholarship and I was not sure what to expect.  When I arrived to check in everyone were so very nice and explained things very well.  With AIG pulling out, and after having already paid, it was nice that I had the option to either give back to the organization or get my money back.  There was absolutely no question as to what I was going to do.
The regional breakfast was very nice.  Although I did not see the other regional breakfasts, I felt that mine was especially nice.  I was able to watch two individuals receive some very nice awards, and John Ostrom was kind enough to point out to everyone there that I was the recipient of the Region 8 scholarship award. It was very nice to be recognized in front of my region.

The opening speaker was very powerful and I was very moved by it.  The program was very well organized and it was hard to actually pick just one session for each time frame that I wanted to attend.  My goals are to move up to management, however, there are still so much to learn within my current role that it was tough to make the decisions.  After all was said and done, I was able to pick the ones that I felt would be best suited for my current role, as well as future ones.  I learned quite a bit about metrics, what some of the best ones to be doing are and how to do them most importantly.  I also learned how to evaluate my processes and streamline what I am doing in order to make the most of what I have and not have time wasters.  I also was able to sit in on a presentation by Pinstripe that I found very valuable.

While I learned quite a bit from the all the break out sessions and was able to bring back some great ideas that I am trying to currently use, I have to say that the networking was the most valuable to me.  I met so many wonderful individuals that were able to answer some questions, and that I felt would be really great people to connect with in the future.  Not only at the socials (which were great) but also just walking around or meeting up with some after the events.  This also went for some of the vendors as well.  The exhibit hall was so large that it took several days to get through it all and honestly, I was not sure how I was going to get everything back home that I was given.  It was great.  And for those vendors that promised to follow up with me after the conference have been great about that as well.

Over all my experience were one that I will never forget and one that I hope to experience once again.  The ASHHRA organization is very fantastic and offers something for everyone.  I want to personally Thank everyone that was involved and for you allowing me the opportunity to be a part of it.