Dear HFMA Colleagues,

HFMA staff and members have followed closely the reports about the extensive damage caused by the recent hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.  The effects of these storms will be felt for years.  Their impacts on the communities, first responders, healthcare leaders, and professionals will likely last a lifetime.  In times like these, community matters.  Our commitment to the communities we help and serve is our primary focus.

To offer your support and help, or to obtain additional information, please consider using the resources provided below and
check this page often for updates.

·         The American Red Cross     

Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) (This page offers resources for you and your community)

·         To contribute directly to HFMA members impacted in Puerto Rico:

         To contribute directly to HFMA members impacted in the Houston area:

HFMA sends its heartfelt thoughts and wishes to everyone impacted by these storms and for those who are stepping up to help during these extraordinarily challenging times.


To all members and friends of the Southern Illinois Chapter of HFMA:

As we enter fall, the chapter teams are working on some great programs for our members and towards our strategic goals towards early careerists, physicians, and payors.  Last month we had a very successful education and HFMA introduction to students studying healthcare admin and finance in Carbondale.  It was the most attended student outreach so far and we were able to bring in quite a few early careerists to our chapter.

We will be having another Student Outreach on October 17th at HSHA St. Elizabeth’s in Belleville.  We are always looking for chapter members who can provide a testimonial on the benefits obtained by being a member.  If you are interested in participating in these, please reach out to Shirley Mason.  

The chapter is also introducing a Physician Practice Lunch & Learn with its initial kickoff on October 25th with our second session on November 7th at SSM in Mount Vernon.  These programs will discuss MACRA, Clinic Workflows and Profitability Impacts.  

Hope you also caught the Save the Date sent out.  Our two-day education meeting is scheduled for November 16th and 17th in Shiloh.  We have some great speakers and education set up and have focused the education on what our members have requested.  We also have a great networking event (Casino Night) that we will be giving our students the opportunity to meet our chapter members. 

Please don’t forget that we are collecting pet items and accepting donations in November for Companions Forever Rescue.  They are always in need of supplies, so bringing a few cans of food, or donating $5 really goes a long way for this rescue that operates strictly on the generosity of others.

I’ve been enjoying time with my grandson and traveling on my scooter.  When we have the time, we are motorcycling to the wineries to enjoy the Octoberfest activities.  With the cooler days approaching us, I hope each of you takes the time to enjoy the fall.  To me, Southern Illinois is never more beautiful than as the leaves are falling. 


Nikki Graves
2017-2018 President
Southern Illinois Chapter 

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