Last month HCA of MA published our Annual Report to members. Below is the opening message from our President.
To the Members:
“The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.”
This year HCA of MA is celebrating 50 years as a membership driven trade association advocating with and on behalf of home care agencies, and home care patients.
It is very humbling to be Board Chair during such a milestone year. As many Board chairs before me have done, I have learned from the example set by those that have come before me, that includes both my immediate predecessors, such as Holly Chaffee and Wayne Regan, and those that came before them. They all instinctively knew that you can’t ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself and that waiting around for somebody else to do it is a sure way to assure that nobody does it.
As I look back at the year as laid out in this report, I see so much that we can be proud of as a member dedicated organization. As President for a second term, I will work hard to make sure that continues. As our diverse members – each in their own way – struggles with the human resource, funding, marketing/image and regulatory issues, I want us not to lose site of some very big picture indisputable facts, including:
- The demographics of our aging population will continue to demand new and more creative approaches to chronic care, serious illness and population health management and home care is the industry to provide these,
- Home Care is where the professional and paraprofessional health care jobs will be increasingly moving to, and
- All indications are that patients and families want and are satisfied with the services our member agencies provide.
When we lead by example and build on these certainties, we cannot help but be successful.
Thank you for your confidence.