Summer 2017 Newsletter - An Open Invitation From Your Incoming Board

By Jim Bloedau, incoming 2017-2018 NorCal HIMSS Chapter President

It is an immense pleasure and honor to be your President of the Northern California Chapter of HIMSS for the coming 2017-2018 fiscal year and to lead the execution of our Chapter’s primary mission - to promote the professional growth of the membership. Our approach to this challenge stands on three legs: offering outstanding educational content, hosting networking events, and collaboratively advocating HIT related legislation at the state and national level.


With a growing chapter membership of over 3,000, the recruitment of some outstanding new board and committee members, and the continuation of our veteran board members, our desire to meet the membership’s needs has pressed us to expand our outreach efforts. From our traditional approach of four or five educational events each year several years ago to a total of fifteen events for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, many additional openings have occurred for our members to join the board’s efforts to bring the best professional growth opportunities to our community.

On June 9, we had our annual board retreat at the Wente Vineyards Meeting Center. With an exceptional group consisting of our fourteen-member board and an equal number of guests and committee members, a lively day of strategic thinking, collaboration, and deepening of friendships and respect readied us for the upcoming year. Highlights included a review of a highly successful year under Stevie Ryan’s leadership as President; a number of brisk strategy sessions, and committee chairs presenting their year in review and creative needs for the next year. 

As a product of this one day event, we will be announcing new committees and opportunities for you to join us in efforts that include member and vendor outreach and professional advancement.  We are also continuing our efforts to refine our chapter’s focus, strategy, and practical approaches to executing the best we can to advance the membership’s professional growth and future chapter leadership.

I encourage any member who is even a bit curious in learning more about how they may join us to reach out to me personally with any question you may have.  Again, thank you for the honor- it is going to be a great year! Best!