Dallas/Fort Worth-Texas Chapter of HIMSS
President’s Welcome Letter
I would like to say how truly honored and thankful I am for being appointed to the role of President of the DFW HIMSS Chapter for this upcoming year. I would like to also express my gratitude to all the past presidents who have formed this chapter into what it is today and together, we will continue building on their success.
As many of you know, COVID-19 has impacted many of our members and Healthcare organizations forcing them to think of alternative delivery and care models. This too will be an area that the DFW HIMSS Chapter will focus on for our current and future events. We will continue to put our members first and practice social distancing where necessary. Furthermore, while we strive to meet our goals, we will look to incorporate virtual events where needed in order to ensure a safe environment for all by delivering quality and thought-provoking educational events to members.
Before the fiscal year has started, we have been able to partner with the Texas HIMSS Chapters to deliver meals to Health Systems across the state. We will also be providing a webinar in the month of May that will be very relevant to today’s environment (see information below).
I am looking forward to this year for several reasons, but more importantly, being able to serve with a great group of individuals. With that said, I am pleased to announce the new 2020 – 2021 DFW HIMSS Board as follows (http://dfw.himsschapter.org/dfw-himss-board-directors):
|VP of Advocacy||Lee Lavergne|
VP of Finance
VP of Programs
|VP of Professional Development||Tammy Phillips|
VP of Communications
VP of Membership
|VP of Marketing||Elaine Gustin|
VP of Sponsorship
Board Member Pro Tem
Board Member Pro Tem
My continued time on the board has provided a plethora of opportunities to meet many great individuals who have provided unfathomable mentorship. If there is ever a time to get involved with our chapter, now is that time. Time to give back to the healthcare community to provide thought provoking industry changing programs. I look forward to a great year with DFW HIMSS and seeing you at one of our events!
President, DFW HIMSS
Provider Payback Program
Dear Texas HIMSS Family,
We are very pleased to share a final update on the “Provider Payback Program”. All five Texas HIMSS Chapters, Austin, DFW, Houston, San Antonio and Lubbock, united to gather donations and nominations to show appreciation for front-line workers during the COVID-19 response.
Starting with $15,000 from the five Texas HIMSS Chapters, HIMSS members and supporters collected enough to fulfill all of the almost 1,600 meal nominations submitted. Partnering with Crave Catering in Austin, HIMSS chapter members coordinated delivery of individually sealed meals across Texas to organizations in Austin, Fort Worth, Houston, Dallas, Grapevine, San Antonio and Temple. Nurses, doctors, administrators and field services providers at Ascension Seton Medical Center, Baylor Scott and White, CHI Baylor Scott and White, Dell Seton Medical Center, Houston Methodist, JPS, Methodist Health System Dallas, Texas Health, Texas Oncology, Tenet Health, UT Health Austin, VA North Texas and WellMed were thankful for a quick, healthy, and hearty meal delivered to their facility door so that they could continue caring for patients.
A special thanks to the following contributors for their donations:
ServiceNow, Lee Lavergne (BSWH), Liz Wilkinson (BSWH), Melinda Schmidt, Jesse Bowles (Republice Health Resources), Sean Dyer (Medix Team), Anindita Bardhan, Douglas Caldwell (JACO Inc.), Heather Poggi-Mannis (Micro Assist), Indranil Bardhan, Divurgent, Leslie Sheffield (Clear Data), Law Office of P. Weston May, PC, Dr. Joe Schneider, Brian Bradley, Tim O'Hara (Iodine Software), Kathy Atkinson (Iodine Software), Mark Olney (Accenture), Shannon Trahan (CME Corp), Dennis Harvey (THR), William Chan (Iodine Software) and Katie Messer
And another special thank you to Tiffany Zbranek, Sarah Corkern, Michelle Inman, Brittany Killam, Regina Wysocki, Doug Caldwell, Mark Anderson, and Nick Bumpass for working with Crave Catering in getting these meals distributed.
Thank you from the five Texas HIMSS Chapters, Austin, DFW, Houston, San Antonio and Lubbock.
Texas HIMSS Board of Directors (all Regions)
As part of DFW HIMSS mission to give back to our local healthcare community, the chapter has donated $10,000 to Texas Health Resources Mobile Health Program - Wellness for Life. Wellness for Life is a prevention and early detection program that brings a variety of cancer and heart disease screening services out into the community via dedicated mobile health units. The mobile health units are staffed by family nurse practitioners, registered nurses and other health professionals. The program provides access to many types of screening and early detection services, including:
- Digital screen mammograms
- Breast diagnostic procedures
- Well-woman exams and cervical cancer screening
- Colon cancer screening
- Cardiovascular risk assessments
The Wellness for Life program serves a 6,400 square mile service area in the Dallas-Fort Worth.
January 17, 2020