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ANNUAL MEETING American College of Health Care Administrators New Jersey Chapter April 7, 2009 The New Jersey Chapter of the ACHCA conducted the Annual Meeting/ Education Seminar on April 7, 2009 at New Jersey Hospital Association, Princeton, New Jersey. The Chapter President, Michael Hotz welcomed attendees and vendors to the annual seminar/meeting. Invocation was given by Sr. Norah Clarke, past president of the NJACHCA. Minutes The minutes of April 16, 2008 annual meeting was presented by Mr. Hotz. A motion to approve minutes was made by Mr. Jim Caron and second by Norda Ballontoni. Minutes were accepted. President’s Report Mr. Hotz informed that New Jersey ACHCA membership has increased 38% since November, 2008. A newsletter was distributed to all attendees in their seminar packet and it was also mailed to all New Jersey Nursing Home Administrators. The newsletter’s profit will be used to underwrite $250 of the $600 fee to the first 20 NJACHCA members, who register to attend the Convocation being held in Providence, Rhode Island in May, 2009. Mr. Hotz also spoke of the Peer 2Peer website that allows members to connect instantly with colleagues across the country through an online network. A broad range of topics are discussed such as PPS, 5-Star, and policies & procedures. Mr. Hotz announced that certification and advancement to fellowship information will be available at the Convocation in Rhode Island to all who are interested. Vendor Committee The Vendor Committee Chairperson, Mr. Tom Bejgrowicz, thanked all the vendors for their sponsorship and participation in this event and the given support throughout the year. Education Committee Report Jeanine Reilly, Education Committee Chairperson was introduced. Ms. Reilly mentioned future seminars beginning with the May 15-19, 2009 annual National Convocation in Rhode Island. There will also be educational seminars throughout the State. Our next educational meeting will be on June 11, 2009 on Maximizing Medicare Coverage at the Health Center at Bloomingdale and on September 10th the seminar on Financial Issues in LTC including Federal Stimulus Package held at Saint Peter's Hospital. Finance Report Mr. Robert Reyes presented the finance report. The beginning balance in January 2008 was $17,205. Additional Income of $7,373 throughout the 2008 brought the balance to $24,578. The expenditures in 2008 totaled $14,535. The bank balance year end was $10,043. A detailed financial statement was distributed to all members. A motion to accept the financial report was made by Mr. Caron and second by Mr. Jim Berg. Financial Report was accepted as presented. Scholarship Awards The Scholarships Awards were presented by Mr. Berg, Chairperson of Scholarship Committee. Mr. Berg asked if anyone is interested in joining the Committee to please contact him. Applications for nominations are on the website and opened to anyone affiliated to ACHCA. The scholarship award was presented to Ms. Sayed who is Administrator in Training at Parker Home with Mr. Muniz. The New Administrator Awards were presented to Janet Merly-Liranzo from St. Ann’s Home and Sister Lucia Maroor from Bishop McCarthy Residence. Ms. Ledany presented the Distinguished Administrator award to Mr. Chuck Berkowitz from the Jewish Home in Rockleigh. By-Laws Committee A report by the By-Laws Committee was presented by Roberto Muñiz. Mr. Muñiz stated that were two changes outlined in the bylaws and they are as follows: #1. Page 2, Article VII. Elections “ Notification of elections and/or of any other notification required to the members should be sent via U.S. Mail or by any electronic means”. #2. Page 6, “Updated: April 7, 2009” Nominating Committee Ms. Norda Bellantoni presented the nominations to elect officials for the 2009 NJ ACHCA Chapter. A motion to approve nominations for NJ Chapter officers was made by Mr. Berg and seconded by Mr. Muniz. The following officers were elected and sworn in by Mr. Larry Slatky. The officers are: Michael Hotz – President Helaine Ledany – Vice President Janet Merly-Liranzo – Secretary Robert Reyes – Treasurer Ms. Bellantoni also mentioned that a Regional District Director is being sought for the New Jersey and New York districts. Anyone who is interested in the position may contact Ms. Bellantoni. Mr. Larry Slatky was invited to speak on behalf of the ACHCA as a national representative. He informed that there has been an increase of national membership by 24%. He mentioned that Ms. Mariana Grachek has done a very good job in moving the organization forward with the help of the other board members and chapters across the nation. Mr. Slatky invited everyone to participate in becoming involved in the different meetings and activities that the ACHCA offers. The annual educational five day seminar is being held in Bermuda and the Winter Market seminar in Las Vegas will be held at the Hard Rock Café or Planet Hollywood. Also available to members is the certification program and self and development educational programs that maintain participants up to date in their profession. After no further discussion meeting was adjourned. The seminar continued with the scheduled speaker, Daria F. Mauro, Human Resource Director from Sodexo Senior Services who talked about Generations in the Workplace and identifying the 4 Generations and key traits and how generational differences shaped workplace behaviors. The morning speaker was Dr. Alex Makris, M.D., CMD, whose topic was on Medical Direction in Long Term Care and reviewed current State and Federal Regulations as they pertained to the role and the responsibilities of the Medical Director in Long Term Care. Respectfully submitted by: Janet Merly-Liranzo Janet Merly-Liranzo
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