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Celebrating FSHRMPS 40th Anniversary

Hello Friends!

I recently received a communication from ASHRM regarding the organization’s 40th Anniversary, which reminded me that FSHRMPS (or its predecessor – FSHRM) was started in the same year by some folks whose names you probably know well.  I will have to defer the history of our society’s beginnings to Lani Kicklighter, as she was one of those pioneers in healthcare risk management who was instrumental in creating this organization and was one of the earliest ASHRM members as well, serving as President of ASHRM in 1998.

I was on the board of FSHRMPS when we celebrated our 35th Anniversary, and we enjoyed the process of looking back and planning for the future.  But we never anticipated our current situation; and only a hurricane would have been considered an event that would threaten our in-person annual conference event.   Time brings change and we are adapting to our circumstances with our first virtual annual conference event.  This is an exciting opportunity for us to expand our way of learning and connecting with colleagues.  Plus, it will open this opportunity to many of our members who have not been able to attend in person in past years due to the costs of travel and personal circumstances that may have made that time away impractical.  I am excited and proud of our organization for adapting and creating a new way for us to save our annual conference and explore the opportunities a virtual platform offers.

While we are all focusing on the new ways of doing things and trying to remain connected to one another, I thought the celebration of our organization’s 40th Anniversary presented another opportunity to connect as well as preserve our history for ourselves and for future generations of risk management professionals.  We may have had “scrapbooks” in the past with photos, but those are difficult to preserve and they are still only 2-dimensional representations of past events.  So my request of you all is to search your memory banks for stories of your time in FSHRMPS (FSHRM) and share them with all of us.  Precision is not important and like many “fish tales” the details may become embellished, but the important thing is to share what you recall, what you felt about the experience and hopefully what you learned or gained from that experience. 

If you’d like to see a summary of our first 30 years, you can find it on our website under OUR PROFESSION or by clicking here: A 30 Year Retrospective.  It offers a great historical perspective of the risk management profession as well as the formation of our organization and those who made it happen!

If you have photos from back in the day, please scan, copy, etc. whatever you can and send them along to Ken at [email protected] and we will work on ways to share those precious and fun memories with everyone.  While this is a time for moving forward, it is always helpful to take a look back to see where we’ve come from and where we’ve been to help guide us to where we need to go next!  This year’s theme is “Staying Safe While Navigating Uncharted Waters.”  Let’s use some of our history to help ground us while charting those waters!  We have a lot of experienced risk management sailors in our midst so I’m calling an “all hands on deck” and asking you to contribute your memories, stories, photos and even pictures of some memorabilia you may still have if you’re a hoarded like me.

Thanks Everyone and I’ll post a few of my own stories soon!

Ginger Kelley, MHA, ARM, CPHRM, CMPE, FASHRM
FSHRMPS ,Past President (2016-17)

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17 Comments

  1. Haresh Ramjas

    Jun. 30, 2020

    I've been a member of FSHRMPS for over 10 years and have see first hand the growth of the organization. As a risk manager, I would pay my annual dues and attend the yearly conference and that would be the end. One day, my boss, who was on the FSHRMPS Board at the time, called me and said, I nominated you for the position of Treasurer. I politely said OK....FSHRMPS has a board? Little did I know the wealth of resources offered by FSHRMPS to its members. From webinars to networking, FSHRMPS provides resources for new risk managers and those that have been in the field. I am excited for the next 40 years of growth.

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    1. Candace Eden

      Jul. 3, 2020

      What Haresh so humbly left out of his story is that he went from Board Treasurer to President! His leadership has provided this society with a continued foundation of strength in Risk Management especially at a time where one of the biggest risks in healthcare is occurring.

  2. Cory Meyers

    Jun. 29, 2020

    To all of you who have joined in on the conversation- we have so many memories of FSHRM/FSHRMPS (I was actually President when we added the "S" for safety, since risk managers were early adopters of patient safety science as a risk analysis and mitigation strategy. I became a member of FSHRMPS in 1990 right after I became a risk manager, recognizing I needed to understand Florida Law and Florida risks as opposed to just national. The Society has been an excellent source of information, education, resources and mentorship for me, with Judy Davis being one of the first board members I met I remember being the largest PMG of FHA and now with the great leadership of Ken Nanni and the board and our membership, we continue to thrive. This year has been so unusual, with out being able to have our onsite annual meeting! We will miss that special time together in a room, but our Education committee has really listened to the membership and board and has created an excellent on line opportunity. I hope that we will all take advantage of this especially to support our organization and to acquire those needed CPHRM credits! I hope to see you all as we celebrate virtual style our 40 years! What growth and change we have gone through as has our profession. We are blessed to have FSHRMPS supporting us 24/7. See you on line in August! Cory

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  3. Mary Jo Thompson

    Jun. 29, 2020

    I have been a member of FSHRMPS since 2006 and have been active on committees much of that time. Participating on committees and attending the annual conferences have not just provided opportunities to network with other risk professionals but to grow professionally. I have chaired several conferences and have been a member of the Board in many capacities including President. The Society has grown immensely and it is this growth that provides an avenue to offer more to the membership. My participation with FSHRMPS was a major contributing factor to earning the distinction of Fellow of the American Society for Health Care Risk Management(FASHRM). I am looking forward to this year's virtual conference and being part of the effort to continue moving forward professionally in our "new normal" .

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    1. Dorothy Cook-Walter

      Jun. 29, 2020

      I am a relatively “newby” to FSHRMPS having moved to Florida this past year from Georgia. I attended the annual conference last year and was impressed with the content and the caliber of presenters. I immediately volunteered to participate on two committees “Advocacy” and “Education” both of which are active, engaged, and committed to providing its members current and relative information. A vacancy on the Board occurred this past January and I had an opportunity to be nominated to fill that position. My participation with FSHRMPS has been very positive. The FSHRMPS provides for continuing education from practicing attorneys and professionals with hands-on experience. My involvement with FSHRMPS has provided me with networking opportunities with talented individuals to learn from and an avenue to contribute to others. Dorothy Cook-Walter RN MSN JD LLM CPPS, CPHQ, CPHRM

  4. Judy S Davis

    Jun. 18, 2020

    I'm one of the long-term members of FSHRMPS. I've see us grow our hospital memberships and expand into ambulatory care, long term case, patient advocacy, patient safety and most of all, grow our sponsors. Our sponsors are so dedicated to our profession and I thank them for their support. WE are a dynamic group to be reckoned with. Now, we have COVID 19, wide-open tele-medicine services and new risks in too many areas to name. We, as risk managers, hold a wide variety of titles and job descriptions in a cross-section of our organizations. This makes our opportunities in FSHRMPS that much greater. We have very talented individuals to help us grow in all facets of our profession and education. Having served as President several times and always working on a Committee or being a Board member, I can't stress to you enough as to all the benefits you get from serving our Society. FHSRMPS has been a strong force in my professional career, not only for me personally, but for my organization also. We are a respected group in Florida with our Legislative body and many thanks to Ken Nanni and his dedicated service to our group. You have been our lifeline, and we thank you for always putting our organization in the spotlight. It's great to be a part of this organization.

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    1. Ginger Kelley

      Jun. 18, 2020

      Thanks so much for your comments and pointing out Ken's invaluable contributions. We have come a long way!

    2. Candace Eden

      Jun. 18, 2020

      Well said Judy. You have been on the forefront of helping with many of these changes as we have broadened our membership and span of involvement including patient safety and now collaborating closely with the Florida Association of Healthcare Quality. We are an ever evolving organization and rely on our great sponsors to support us through these expansions.

  5. Denise Shope

    Jun. 17, 2020

    Congratulations FSHRMPS. I'm an ASHRM-lifer and I joined your chapter about 5 years ago when our company started doing some new business in Florida. And although I don't physically live in the Sunshine State, you always made me feel like I belonged. Thank you!!

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    1. Ginger

      Jun. 17, 2020

      Denise, you are like family! Thank you for your service as ASHRM President and for your contributions to FSHRMPS.

  6. Cindy Neill

    Jun. 17, 2020

    I was a new Floridan and heard you had to be separately licensed in Florida, so I was eager to join the organization and learn more about it. I was also active in my previous state's chapter. This FSHRMPS group is so active and engaged. There is never a silly question and leaders are open to mentoring. I have since been through a family relocation out of state but I'm still proud to be an active member and sit on a committee. I think this is the best chapter in the U.S.

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    1. Ginger

      Jun. 17, 2020

      That is quite a testimony to the efforts and commitment by our members! Thank you for sharing it and for your continued service to FSHRMPS.

    2. Candace Eden

      Jun. 17, 2020

      Cindy, Sorry you are now out of state but I feel this organization is built to help in Florida and other states. I'm glad you are continuing to be a member!

  7. Melissa Lofton

    Jun. 12, 2020

    My story is similar. Candace Eden is actually the person who got me involved with FSHRMPS. She initially sold me on the society by telling me what an awesome organization it is and all of the valuable information and educational opportunities available for a truly economical price. The next thing I know, Candace is encouraging me to run for a Board position! I can truly say this has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I so enjoy being a part of this ever changing profession we call risk management and patient safety!

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  8. Kevin Newman

    Jun. 10, 2020

    Great post Ginger! I started in FSHRMPS somewhere around 2008. My Risk Management Director, Kathy Hennessey told me I was GOING to be a member. Being green, I just said “yes ma'am.” It has been the most beneficial "recommendation" to my career that anyone has made. FSHRMPS is the one place to get high quality inexpensive education that is relevant to risk management in Florida. The annual conference is the best. I look forward to the virtual (COVID) conference this year but can’t wait for next year when we all get back together again. Great speakers and the opportunity to network with the industries that helps us get the job done. Ohhh and we all get to scare, share, and comfort one another on the challenges of being a risk manager in Florida. I really enjoyed the Risk Management advocacy day in Tallahassee this year. I was able to meet some of the movers and shakers of the State. Ultimately, I owe it all to Kathy for introducing me to FSHRMPS 12 years ago.

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  9. Ginger Kelley

    Jun. 10, 2020

    To start the ball rolling, I'll share how I became active on the Board. I can't recall the year, but I ran for a director-at-large position and did not win, but apparently had the next most votes. So when one of the board at large members had to resign, I was asked to complete that person's term. When that term was completed, another director-at-large had to resign with remaining time in their term, so the Board decided to appoint me to complete that term as well. That enabled them to open the other slots to new candidates for the board and I was able to remain on as well. During that time, we separated from the FHA, and it was a new era. We decided to change the rules that restricted the officer positions to only those who were employed by FHA member hospitals and open them to any members in good standing who would otherwise qualify. Next thing I knew, I was nominated for the President-Elect position and subsequently became the first FSHRMPS President in that 30+ year history to come from outside of the hospital environment. It was a true privilege to serve alongside a dedicated group of Board members who were open and receptive to engaging other segments of healthcare risk management.

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    1. Candace Eden

      Jun. 10, 2020

      Ginger, that is somewhat similar to my story. I became an active member right after the separation from FHA. Carol Paris, one of the board members, whom I had worked for previously as a risk manager, told me she thought I should consider a board position and she was going to nominate me. I love this organization and we have an excellent group of smart, committed, risk,insurance, claim and patient safety members that make this organization a true society. Being a part of committees and the board has energized me and helped me advance in my knowledge and the profession. I am excited every year to attend what I believe to be one of the best conferences of the year going to FSHRMPS annual conference. Keeping patients and team members safe based on work I have been a part of is the ultimate legacy.

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