Important messages from HFMA Oklahoma regarding upcoming chapter events.

March 31st Letter From the President


I am excited to announce to you our keynote speaker for the Spring Virtual Meeting April 22-23rd presented by Healthcare IP.  The Honorable, Governor Kevin Stitt will be addressing his vision for healthcare in Oklahoma including the Medicaid Managed Care expansion.  Thank you to Brian Marks and Healthcare IP for making this keynote session possible.

The programming committee has been hard at work to finalize the lineup for our Spring Virtual Meeting.  A few highlights include the Kansas Hospital Association’s presentation on their experience with Medicaid Managed Care, Merck will speak on Vaccine Confidence, Financial Best Practices & Reporting by PWC, and Ethics by former HealthSouth CFO Aaron Beam.

We will conclude our Thursday lineup with a Virtual Wine Tasting straight from the Napa Valley.  For the special price of $25, you can sample four best-selling wines from One Hope.  Orders must be placed by April 9th to ensure delivery in time for the event.  A portion of the proceeds (excluding the tasting) will benefit the Mental Health Association of Oklahoma.  Please view the special event registration here.

Thank you to our programming committee for all the work they have done this past year.

Louise Kiper, American Collection Services –  Chair

Tyler Bernier, Eide Bailly – Co-Chair

Jessica Elsberry, BKD

Brian Marks, Healthcare IP

Brent Grimes, Healthcare IP

Carole Taylor, Mercy

Denise Titsworth, Mercy

Phillip Smith, INSURICA

Karen Knight, Face Rock Enterprises

Lisa Postelwait, OU Health

Lisa Giovannetti, Resource Corporation of America

Tamie Young, Stillwater Medical Center

Shannon Cleburn, RSource

Renee Edwards, Saint Francis Health Systems

Finally, this month marks one year since the start of the pandemic.  I don’t have to tell you how difficult this time has been.  We are all so ready to put this pandemic behind us.  In reading Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s final speech “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” he said, “But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.”

With Respect & Gratitude,

Scott Sanders
President 2019-21
HFMA Oklahoma​ Chapter

January 15th Letter From the President


Greetings and Happy New Year,

I hope that 2021 has started off well for you. What an incredible ride the last year has been for all of us.

Next week is HFMA Oklahoma’s Winter Virtual Institute “Lighting the Future” on January 21-22nd.  We have an incredible line up of speakers including a special panel on COVID-19.  You don’t want to miss it!

For the last month, I have been on extended leave.  On December 14th, I tested positive for the coronavirus. The following week, I developed pneumonia and received the bam (Bamlanivimab) infusion. What a difference this treatment made for me.  However, towards end of the month I developed a serious infection as a result of my weakened immune system and steroid use.

I am happy to report that I am on the mend.  I am grateful to Louise Kiper, Andrew Hejtmanek, Tyler Bernier, Phillip Smith, Toni Young, Cassie Walden, and Shannon Cleburn for all their help behind the scenes.  Yet, my heart is breaking today.  I am writing this letter from the hospital room of my dad. My dad suffered multiple complications from an emergency gallbladder surgery 2 weeks ago.  He is no longer on the vent but he has a tremendous road ahead of him.

After my experience with my dad, I want to share with you what I learned.  The most precious gift you can give someone is telling them that you love them.  Never underestimate how much this means.  Having my dad squeeze my hand and today telling me he loved me was priceless.  And finally, find a way to mend broken fences.  Life is too short to hold grudges.

I never thought I would be in the position that I have been with my dad.  Advocating on the behalf of someone when they can’t has been the most challenging experience of my life.  But I am so grateful to be able to have this time now with my father.

Reach out to the ones you love and tell them often.  You never know what tomorrow will bring.

With Respect & Gratitude,

Scott Sanders
HFMA Oklahoma​ Chapter

Upcoming Events

Please join us for a fun, interactive and educational virtual conference on January 21 and 22. Please click on the below picture for more information:

In addition, stay tuned for an exciting upcoming event in February:

Oklahoma Chapter

The Oklahoma Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association is a professional membership organization for individuals in financial management of healthcare institutions and related patient organizations.

Be sure to visit our event page for new dates on events that have been re-scheduled.

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