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HRMR Annual 2016-17

ASHRM’s new president, Mike Midgley, has a long career in the fi eld of healthcare risk management behind him—and ASHRM membership has helped him every step of the way. He told HRMR how he will take the organisation forward into 2017. ASHRM GETTING AHEAD From his early days as a medical malpractice investigator for a large captive organization in New York City to his present role as vice president of healthcare risk engineering for Swiss Re Corporate Solutions based in New York City, ASHRM’s new president, Mike Midgley, has seen risk managers cope with some very tense situations. In these incidences, examples of grace—and honesty— under pressure have made a big impact on him. “I have been very impressed by healthcare providers who have been involved in serious safety events and embrace transparency and full disclosure,” he says. “I have been involved in some very emotional discussions where compassionate understanding has been amazing. I have witnessed some healthcare providers who have been involved in serious safety events become champions in preventing harm.” This commitment to honesty and improvement is at the core of ASHRM’s message to its 6,000 members. Since 1980, healthcare risk managers have turned to ASHRM for support, information and collaboration—and always the drive is for improvement, both at an individual and organization-wide level. NURTURING MEMBERS Individuals benefi t from avenues for career advancement through Certifi ed Professional in Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM) designation, Fellow of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (FASHRM) and Distinguished Fellow of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (DFASHRM) recognition, and are encouraged to participate in the Healthcare Risk Management (HRM) Certifi cate Program and the Patient Safety Certifi cate Program. ASHRM also off ers a career center for job seekers. “We encourage members to grow in the profession by attending the annual conference & exhibition, ASHRM Academy and monthly webinars,” adds Midgley. “In addition, we provide training on over 65 learning opportunities via our web-based ASHRM University.” ASHRM’s learning output includes publications and resources available at a reduced price to members. Its quarterly Journal of Healthcare Risk Management and weekly e-news publication also help to keep healthcare risk managers up to speed with the latest news. “The professional development and networking our members are involved in continue to be the keys to our success,” says Midgley. This year ASHRM celebrates 36 years as the premier healthcare risk management professional organization advancing safe and trusted 6 | HEALTHCARE RISK MANAGEMENT REVIEW | Annual 2016 healthcare. It continues to advance its strategic initiatives, which focus on enterprise risk management (ERM), patient safety, leadership and governance/operations. As part of this it released several publications this year, including the Patient Safety Risk Management Playbook, Root Cause Analysis Playbook and the ERM Playbook. “ASHRM is the leader in advancing safe and trusted healthcare through ERM,” says Midgley. “The mission is to advance patient safety, reduce uncertainty and maximize value through management of risk across the healthcare enterprise. “We promote eff ective and innovative risk management strategies and professional leadership through education, recognition, advocacy, publications, networking and interactions with leading healthcare organizations and government agencies. ASHRM initiatives focus on developing and implementing safe and eff ective patient care practices, the preservation of fi nancial resources and the maintenance of safe working environments.” ASHRM’s greatest achievement is in its reach, he adds. Its members come from all over the world and the diversity of its membership


HRMR Annual 2016-17
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