President's Message

Welcome to the Massachusetts Society of Healthcare Risk Management


Message from the President  

Welcome to the Massachusetts Society for Healthcare Risk Management, MSHRM. We are looking forward to another great year of sharing knowledge, creating a strong network with each other and celebrating our profession!  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, patient safety team members, attorneys, insurance company representatives and quality improvement professionals 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 March, and one in September.  Our March 7th conference in Marlborough, MA will include our Annual Meeting as well as a full day of educational offerings.  

The 29th Annual New England Regional Healthcare Risk Management Conference, to be held April 28th, - 30th 2019 at the Marriott Sable Oaks in South Portland, Maine.  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 to be priceless!  The diversity of representatives at the meeting has helped me to build a community of experts that I can call on all year for advice and camaraderie. We currently have 121 members and are hoping to continue to grow.  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. 

Finally, 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.  I am looking forward to meeting you in person at one of our upcoming events!

Best Wishes.

Pat Folcarelli RN, MA, PhD

MSHRM President, 2019