President's Message


Welcome to the Massachusetts Society of Healthcare Risk Management

Message from the President


Dear Risk Management Colleague,

Welcome to the Massachusetts Society for Healthcare Risk Management, MSHRM. We are looking forward to another great year of celebrating our profession, sharing knowledge, and creating a strong network with each other!  If you are a returning member, you are well aware of the value of membership, and the resource we are to our members.  If you are a new member, I hope you will soon come to realize all the knowledge, collegial support and fun we share as members of this chapter.  Our chapter is comprised of members from Massachusetts and Rhode Island along with neighboring states. We are an independent chapter of ASHRM, the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management.  If you are not a member of ASHRM, I encourage you to explore what they have to offer as our national professional organization for healthcare risk management.  The easiest way is to check out their website at 

The Massachusetts Society for Healthcare Risk Management (MSHRM) is an organization of healthcare risk management, legal, insurance and claims professionals dedicated to advancing healthcare safety, quality and loss prevention by advancing professional practice. Activities to further this purpose include: 

  • Conducting educational programs and activities to develop and implement healthcare risk management, safety and quality management programs and strategies to conserve organization/institutional resources in the face of risk of loss.
  • To act as mentors and promote the professional development of healthcare risk managers.
  • Providing mediums for the interchange of risk management ideas and strategies among professionals.
  • Assisting in the development of professional, collegial relationships among Society members and other healthcare, legal, regulatory and insurance industry professionals.
  • Providing relevant information and education on healthcare risk management to other appropriate parties such a healthcare organizations, hospital associations, medical societies and civic groups.
  • To assist in providing information on new developments and trends in healthcare risk management, liability claims, accreditation standards, regulations and laws on a state and national level.


Members of the society include risk managers, attorneys, insurance company representatives, brokers, quality improvement professionals, and patient safety team members dedicated to promoting the philosophy and strategy of risk management. 

As a member of MSHRM, you will have access to: 

Educational Offerings to promote professional development in the diverse field of healthcare risk management. We typically offer two local offerings each year, one in February, and one in September.  Our February 8th conference in Marlborough, MA will include our Annual Meeting. This meeting includes announcing the Board for 2018, updates from 2017 and our goals for 2018. 

The 28th Annual New England Regional Healthcare Risk Management Conference, to be held April 29, 2018 – May 1, 2017 in Newport, RI.  The Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Northern New England Associations join forces each year to coordinate this opportunity for education and networking.  All educational offerings provide CEU’s approved by ASHRM for CPHRM, FASHRM and DFASHRM designations. As a MSHRM member, you will receive a discount on the registration. 

Access to the MSHRM website, which is updated on a regular basis! On the site, you will find all the information about the Society, and ways that you can participate in our activities and committees, as well as links to classified job listings. 

I have found membership in MSHRM, and the vast resources of my members to be priceless; I hope your experience will be similar. Our association is made up a diverse group of healthcare risk management professionals and in 2017 we were comprised of 155 members.  Please contact me, or any other Board Member, if you have a new idea or suggestion as to how MSHRM can be of further benefit to you and your professional career.  The Board strives to meet the needs of all of our members, and is always looking for new faces and ideas, so please, speak up and let us know, and get involved!  Please consider joining one of our committees, such as Program, Membership, Nominating, Finance, & Bylaws.  We have many opportunities to support the organization through sponsorship as well.  Finally, I look forward to meeting you in person at one of our upcoming events!


Tatum signature 

Tatum O’Sullivan, RN, MHSA, CPHRM, FASHRM 

MSHRM President, 2018