By Jessica M. Lewis

Happy holidays to my fellow members of the NC Society of Health Care Attorneys, and welcome to the new electronic-only Prognosis format.  Congratulations to the Editors and the NCBA Health Law Section Newsletter Committee for successfully bringing the new format to fruition.  It is certain to improve access to more timely content and thus continue to serve as a valued resource for many members of the Section and Society.

The Society wrapped up its 2015-16 year with an engaging Annual Meeting and CLE, full of both timely topics delivered by field experts and excellent networking opportunities afforded by the exceptional membership, sponsors, presenters, and attendees.  The Society welcomed to the Board Hilary Bowman as a Director, Robb Leandro as Secretary-Treasurer, and Elizabeth Runyon as President-Elect.  The Education Committee, now chaired by Elizabeth, has already begun to plan next year’s annual program, which will again be hosted at the ever popular Rizzo Center in Chapel Hill on October 6, 2017.  Please mark your calendars now!

The Society kicked off its 2016-17 year by continuing some of its longstanding and newer initiatives, including moderated discussions offered to all members in conjunction with Board meetings and establishment of committee members and chairs for the year.  Upon the recommendation of the Gifts and Grants Committee, skillfully chaired for the past several years by Nancy Hemphill, the Board voted to donate $1700 to NC MedAssist and $250 to the NC Partnership for Compassionate Care in 2015-16 funds designated for charitable purposes.  A newly redesigned Society website will shortly launch, where members can take advantage of more timely content and ease of use.

The Society also aims to use this year to review itself – to identify a path for maintaining its relevance and value to its members – and, to this end, will survey its members before the end of the calendar year.  Thank you, in advance, for taking the opportunity to shape your Society – and to perhaps win a prize – by completing the survey.  The Board also invites members to reach out directly to officers, directors, or committee chairs with recommendations.  With the collective expertise and support of the membership, the Society looks forward to a successful year of building and capitalizing on its dynamic framework to ensure it exceeds the expectations of its members in the years to come.

Jessica Lewis is Associate General Counsel at UNC Rex Healthcare.