Annual Report

Montana Society of Healthcare Human Resource Administrators (MSHHRA)

Annual Society Report for MHA

Submitted by Velda Southworth, MSHHRA Education Committee Chair


October 31, 2013


2013 Officers As of October 31, 2013

·      Past President   Terry Olinger, Benefis Health System, Great Falls

·      President  Shelly Van Buren, Francis Mahon Deaconess Hospital, Glasgow

·      President-Elect   Pamalia Blackwell, Benefis Health System, Great Falls

·      Secretary -  Tammy Brickzin, Barrett Hospital & Health Center, Dillon

·      Treasurer  Molly Ruud, Barrett Hospital & Health Center, Dillon


Society Events

·      The Executive Committee has met two times year to date and will hold a transitional meeting for Officers before the year end.  The Committee addressed various national ASHHRA requirements, membership growth, bylaw revisions, conference planning, webinar series planning, committee responsibilities and needs, scholarships, chapter budget and a variety of growth and improvement opportunities.


·      Spring Meeting, March 20-22, 2013 in conjunction with MHA, Helena

o   General Business Meeting

o   Education

·        Revealing the True Impact of Shame and Blame (Presented by Shelley Hayes, Learning Consultant, Billings Clinic

·        Discovering Your Employee Engagement Superpowers (Presented by Casey Buckingham and Stephanie Bissonnette, Benefis Health System)


·      Fall Meeting, September 21-23, 2012 in conjunction with MHA, Billings

o   General Business Meeting

o   Education

§  Demystifying Employee Wellness (Presented by Carlos Arce, Chief Learning Officer, Billings Clinic; Beth Nordstrom, Director Rehabilitation Services, Beartooth Billings Clinic; Audrey Schadt, Montana IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) public health intern

§   Patient Experience  Beyond the Satisfaction Survey (Carlos Arce, Chief Learning Officer, Billings Clinic; Casey Buckingham, Manager Organizational Development, Benefis Health System; Billings Clinic Patient Experience Panel)


·      2013 3 Part Webinar Series Offerings

o   Offered through a partnership with Associated Employers, Billings; and offered to all MSHHRA members and ASHHRA Region 8 Members in Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico


1.       Topic:  E-Verify

Date:  January 22, 2013 

Time:  12:00pm MST

Duration:  60 minutes

Presenter:  Jennifer Nelson and Janelle Herres, Outreach Branch of Verification within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.



2.       Topic:  Working with LGBT* Workplace Concerns:  Overview of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender

Date:  April 30, 2013

Time:  11:00am to 12:30pm MST

Duration:  90 minutes

Presenters:   Shane Snowdon, MA, LGBT Health & Aging Program of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation


3.       Topic:  Best Practices in Background Screening

Date:  May 16, 2013

Time:  12:00pm to 1:15pm MST

Duration:  75 minutes

Presenter:   Matt Graham, Esq., Trak-1


·      ASHHRA Region 8 Quarterly Conference Calls  MSHHRA Presidents, Wendy Dailey or Shelley Van Buren participated in all four the quarterly conference calls with Region 8 members. 


·      ASHHRA National Conference held in Washington, D.C. on September 28-October 1, 2013.  MSHHRA was represented by Ann Graff, Benefis Healthcare and Shelley Van Buren, Francis Mahon Deaconess


·      HRCI continuing education credits provided for both spring and fall conferences.


·      MSHHRA Scholarships

o    No requests received year to date

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