Presidents Message

A Message from the Chapter President…

Fall 2016

Our Chapter Year is off to a great start. After sharing our National theme: “Thrive” with you in our last newsletter, and our State theme: “Be Bold”, we have launched in to our chapter year with a passion and focus to achieve both. In late September we held our first ever Women in Healthcare Leadership one-day education event. We had 60 attendees join us at the Riverbanks Zoo on September 30th. It was a wonderful day of education and networking. Thanks to Diane Story and the entire planning committee, our state chapter has been awarded an Innovation Funding grant from HFMA National. We were informed that the SC-HFMA chapter has been awarded $6000, out of a possible $10,000. This is a wonderful achievement and recognition for an event that we were all so passionate to see happen. We look forward to beginning our work on the Women in Healthcare Leadership event for next chapter year. Thank you to the chapter, sponsors, and attendees for their support.

Up next was Charleston, SC. There is no better place to be in the Fall, to experience the change of colors and season. Our Chapter hosted a very successful Fall Institute at the Hyatt Place/Hyatt House. This was a new venue for us this year and it did not disappoint. Thank you to Jasper Powell and the entire Fall Institute planning committee, who did a great job covering every detail perfectly. We launched our first ever “Ted Talks” style education lounge sessions, which offered participants a view of the top Ted Talks available on the web, and then group discussion on the topics presented. The attendee reviews were so positive from these sessions that National HFMA is considering a similar event at their Annual National Institute. We also took the time to honor our Veterans. Focusing our service project, for this conference, on One-Eighty Place in Charleston, SC. This organization provides Veterans Services to both men and women who have served, or live with a spouse who has served in the military. Veterans staying there receive three meals a day, and have access to medical care, counseling, legal services, education programs, and limited financial support to rental assistance. Our chapter donated blankets, pillows, sheets and other essentials for those veterans who were transitioning out, to their own home/living location. Our Fall Institute attendees were very generous, some donating their lunch money from our “dine out event” to our service project. We were proud to do our part! For more information, you can visit their website at:

Our free webinars continue with a multitude of relevant and current topics/issues facing hospitals in our state. We are advertising them on our website, and also recommend checking the national HFMA website for many additional education sessions you can attend without needing to leave your home or office. We also continue to partner with other organizations, to expand our education offerings, including the South Carolina Hospital Association, GA-HFMA chapter, AAHAM, and GAMA. We will continue to draw in great speakers, innovate on our education delivery options, and provide the most relevant and current topics for our membership.

A special shout out to those volunteering on the CRCA Advisory Board: Lawrence Laddaga, Debbie Hunt, and Steve Lutfy. With some transition in the early Fall, Sarah Rosebrock, and our loyal and valued supporter Tara Gibson, stepped in to transition this program. Without the “roll-up your sleeves” attitude of this group of volunteers, the CRCA exam results distribution, and ongoing program would have suffered. It’s been a bit of rocky road, but we have addressed the needs of all test participants and look forward to honoring all those that have successfully achieved this designation.

Soon we will gather in Columbia, SC for our Chapter Awards Banquet and CRCA Graduation. What a great way to honor those that volunteer in our great state organization and praise those that took on a career and education challenge. Those CRCA graduates that passed to achieve their Certified Revenue Cycle Associate designation will be honored at this event. Please plan to attend on January 13, 2017. More information on education and networking for this event can be found on our website.

Looking ahead, the HFMA Region 5 DIXIE Institute will be held March 21-24, 2017 in Savannah, GA. Don’t let the “far off” dates fool you…if you think you might attend please book your hotel. The venue will fill-up quickly and a rollover hotel will be the only option. Book your hotel and register today at

I will close by saying that I continue to be surprised by those members who volunteer so much of their time and talent to be sure our Chapter is successful. From our Officers, Board Members, Committee Chairs, Past Presidents, and volunteer members, we have a dedicated team working for you. I am honored to serve as your President and will continue to commit every resource to ensure we meet our expected metrics, that we offer the most innovative and relevant education opportunities, and that we honor our chapter’s legacy and success. Thank you for your trust.

If I can ever do anything to help you, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Be Bold and thrive,


Estelle Barnes, CRCR
President (2016-2017)
South Carolina Chapter of HFMA

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