It’s hard to believe that 2019 is here already. The first thing we have to say is Happy New Year WSHMMA team! For the WSHMMA board, this is the busiest time of the year as our conference plans are being finalized, our chapter affiliation renewal is processed, and we review our direction for the upcoming year. All of this work is focused on bringing the best value and opportunities to the WSHMMA members. Given all of this work I had no challenges in identifying our focus topic for the January newsletter and wanted to start this with some simple trivia from 1964.
In 1964 the top song was “I want to hold your hand” by the Beatles, James Bond was exciting fans of the cinema in “Goldfinger”, kids were playing with a new toy called Rock’em Sock’em Robots, and a professional organization called the Western States Healthcare Materials Management Association was established.
In this newsletter we will focus on our upcoming WSHMMA annual conference. The WSHMMA board organizes a great event but it is the participation of the membership that provides us the professional knowledge and drive. I hope to see all of you in Tukwila this year.
Sean Farley, WSHMMA President
ANNUAL WSHMMA CONFERENCE: 24-26 April 2019 at the Embassy Suites, Tukwila
The date is set and we are going to be holding our event in Tukwila again based on the great support we receive form the Hotel and the close proximity to SEATAC. The Board took extra care to de-conflict the conference dates with the other conferences, the holidays, and big events. We anticipate to be approved for 9 to 11 Continuing Education Units and you will be hard pressed to find that level of CPE value at any other event.
RESERVATIONS FOR THE EMBASSY SUITES TUKWILA
The Embassy Suites will host the 55th Annual WSHMMA Conference for 2019. The link to hotel reservations is:
CONFERENCE AGENDA TOPICS
We will post the Agenda at the WSHMMA site in early February and send it to all the members in a separate email. Here are some highlights:
WSHMMA BOARD OPENINGS IN 2019
The WSHMMA team still operates using a volunteer Board supported by a council of Past Presidents. Each year we have openings in Board Positions and look for Members that are interested in taking a role on the Board. We will announce the Secretary and Vice President positions at this year’s conference meeting but we still have two more positions that we are looking for interested Members to fill.
2019 WSHMMA ANNUAL CONFERENCE SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
The WSHMMA team is successful because we have continued to receive support from supplier partners across the healthcare spectrum. We would not be able to provide the level of education and engagement without these great organizations. If you are interested, or know an organization who is interested in sponsoring the WSHMMA Annual Conference, sponsoring prizes, sponsoring member attendance or any sponsorship opportunity then please have them contact Michael Moore (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sean Farley (email@example.com).
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