Save the Date!
Date: Fri., Apr. 13, 2018
Location: The Alexander, Indianapolis
In 1972, IHA hosted its inaugural Administrative Professionals Conference. More than four decades later, we continue to come together annually to celebrate the talented administrative professionals who are keeping our health organizations running smoothly. Every day these individuals exceed standards of excellence by providing outstanding support in their facilities. IHA’s Annual Administrative Professionals Conference is intended to provide fresh new ways to excel in technical skills and knowledge and to gain significant insights in the areas of personal leadership, health and happiness.
Keynote: Debra Fine
The Fine Art of Building Business Relationships: One Conversation at a Time.
The workshop will focus on rapport building techniques, conversation and mingling skills, gaining visibility, making a positive impression and networking tips that help build face to face business relationships. Audiences find Debra's workshops to be informative, interactive and entertaining; tailored to the priorities and challenges of those in the room.
Participants learn how to:
- Start conversations and keep them going
- Master introductions and remember names
- Prevent the most common conversation blunders
- Employ easy-to-use “active” listening techniques that will make communication more effective and help clarify the meaning behind the message
- Experience more ease at business conferences, networking occasions, receptions and meetings
- Exit conversations with grace
Personal Enrichment Guest Speaker: Florence Williams
The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative
For centuries, poets and philosophers extolled the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees; Wordsworth composed while tromping over the heath; Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park. Intrigued by our storied renewal in the natural world, Florence Williams sets out to uncover the science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain.
From forest trails in Korea, to islands in Finland, to groves of eucalyptus in California, Williams investigates the science at the confluence of environment, mood, health, and creativity. Delving into completely new research, she uncovers the powers of the natural world to improve health, promote reflection and innovation, and ultimately strengthen our relationships. As our modern lives shift dramatically indoors, these ideas—and the answers they yield—are more urgent than ever.
A fellow at the Center for Humans and Nature and a visiting scholar at George Washington University, Ms. Williams' work focuses on the environment, health and science. Florence Williams is a journalist, bestselling author, podcaster and public speaker. She is a contributing editor at Outside Magazine and a freelance writer for the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, The New York Review of Books, Slate, Mother Jones and numerous other publications. Her most recent book, The Nature Fix, was an Audible bestseller and was named a top summer read by J.P. Morgan.
Check back in mid-January for a complete agenda for the 2018 Administrative Professionals Conference.
The Administrative Professional Excellence Award
IHA established the Administrative Professional Excellence Award honoring Mikell Rose Brown to recognize outstanding support staff service. We need your help in identifying Hoosier role models who keep your organizations functioning efficiently. The award bears the name of an individual whose service to Indiana hospitals as an IHA staff member was indeed exemplary. Mikell Brown was an administrative assistant in education and communications for 25 years. She was a tireless, trustworthy resource on all association matters and a mentor to all of our new employees.
Below is a Call for Nominations form. We ask you to share it within your facility; anyone who works at an IHA member hospital can make a nomination. The award nomination period is open from Jan. 1 - Feb. 17, 2018.
2018 nomination form
2017 - Sue Wood, Beacon Health System, South Bend
2016 - Suzi Sievers, Good Samaritan Hospital, Vincennes
2015 - Linda Hartman, St. Vincent Anderson Regional, Anderson
2014 - Beth Auker, Jay County Hospital, Portland