President's Message

Welcome to the Massachusetts Society of Healthcare Risk Management

I am honored and grateful to serve as your MSHRM President for 2021.  I am looking forward to the opportunity of working with and leading this amazing, innovative, and successful group of professionals.

I would like to thank Chad Brouillard, who led MSHRM to a very successful and challenging 2020 term.  Chad put on a very successful winter conference in early February 2020, and lead MSHRM seamlessly to providing webinar education.  Chad also took the reins and collaborated with our neighboring chapters to offer complimentary “Tri-Chapter” webinars.  I also want to take a moment to welcome our new President Elect, Brianne Goodwin and our newest Board Member Janell Forget.

I would like to thank all of our long standing MSHRM sponsors.  We appreciate their commitment to our mission and our efforts to provide quality education to Healthcare Risk Management professionals.  Their generosity and participation help make our Educational Conferences, Webinars, and Events possible.  Our Diamond Sponsor, Morrison Mahoney, and our Platinum Sponsors, Foster & Eldridge, LLP; and Smith Duggan Buell & Rufo LLP.  If you would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact MaryBeth Ferrarini via the link on our sponsorship page.

The Programs Committee has some exciting educational programs planned for 2021.  Our Winter Business Meeting and Conference will be a three-part virtual webinar series in February, March, and April since our in-person conference is not possible at this time.  With feedback from members, we have made each of the sessions two hours in length and we will continue to offer ASHRM CE credits.  Keep an eye out for an email with further registration details.  We all hope to have our fall September meeting in person and are prepared to have it virtually if necessary. 

We are continuing to work with the Tri-Chapter group this year to offer complementary webinars to members on current risk management topics.  The Annual New England Regional Healthcare Risk Management Conference will be virtual this year, May 3-4th.  The educational sessions are diverse including some novel topics.

Our very successful and well attended risk management collaborative calls will continue.  These calls are an informal and valuable opportunity to discuss important industry developments at the state and national level, regulatory and accreditation standards, and to share experiences and collaborate on “how you handle it” questions from participants. The collaborative calls are a valuable opportunity to network and collaborate with Risk Managers with a range of experience and backgrounds.  The collaborative calls offer an excellent new risk managers and opportunity for mentoring.   

We have openings on each of our committees, including Programs, Membership, Sponsorship, Nominating, and Finance. There is a committee to suit everyone’s interest. We welcome and encourage our members, including our new members, to join in our activities and committees.  Actively participating in our Society chapter will ensure that 2021 will be a fabulous year!  If you are interested in joining a committee, please reach out to me or President-Elect, Brianne Goodwin. 

Sincerely,

Denise Neal RN, BSN, MJ, CPHRM, FASHRM

MSHRM President 2021