President's Message

As I settle into my new role of President, for the Northeastern Pennsylvania Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Chapter, I am reminded of the value HFMA has brought to my career. The countless professional relationships formed, the tremendous educational value and best practice learnings from local, regional and national HFMA events.

I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as this year’s President and hope to leave the Chapter better than I found it, as so many NEPA HFMA past Presidents have done. With each passing year goals are accomplished and improvements are implemented, each building on the achievements from those who served before them. That is in part why HFMA continues to be successful year after year. Contributions build on one another and efforts continually pay off enhancing the overall membership experience. As healthcare organizations continue to suffer from shrinking margins, there has never been a better time to align providers, payers and patients. HFMA seeks to improve the financing of healthcare, to reach across traditional barriers and collaborate for a better tomorrow.

This year’s Chairman of the Board Kevin Brennan, former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Geisinger chose the theme Imagine Tomorrow for the 2018-2019 HFMA year. He asks us to imagine a tomorrow where everyone has access to the care they need, where care is consistently delivered safely, reliably and following best practices; and where every man, woman and child can afford and receive the care they need. As you look for motivation to press forward Imagine Tomorrow and keep working together.

All the best,
Christy Pehanich
2018-2019 President
HFMA Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter