Welcome to the Maine Chapter APTA
I wanted to take the occasion of our first chapter newsletter of 2014 to highlight a couple Maine Chapter accomplishments from the last year and to let the membership know about some of our plans for 2014.
We started out 2013 with the need to change our chapter’s management services, as our prior executive secretary stepped down. We were able make arrangements with APTA’s Management Services Department and as a result have had Cindy Sliwa as the Chapter’s executive director for approximately 10 months. With a new executive director in place, the chapter now has the benefit of more comprehensive office services, including an active effort to improve communication with the membership via frequent chapter newsletters, reinstituted welcome letters to new members and notifications to dropped members, online course registrations, updated membership material, online elections, etc. Chapter finances have also been centralized.
Also in 2013, the Chapter drafted, supported and ensured passage of legislation An Act To Amend the Law Governing Provider Contracts with Insurance Companies (for more info, visit the Legislative page of this site). This major accomplishment would not have occurred without the support of our Chapter membership. Additionally the Chapter approved updated bylaws in 2013 (posted under Resources).
As we move into 2014, the Board has drafted a new Mission Statement to lead the way: The Maine Chapter supports the highest quality physical therapy services within the state, promotes the profession of physical therapy, and represents the chapter members to the American Physical Therapy Association. This will be used as the basis of a new 3-year Strategic Plan for the Maine Chapter.
We are looking forward to many exciting opportunities this year for membership, including Chapter-sponsored continuing education in spring and fall and other new initiatives (these will be posted under Education and will be shared in the Chapter electronic newsletter, as they are finalized). There are a number of opportunities to participate in the activities of the chapter on both committees and special projects. I encourage you to contact me or other members of the board regarding any questions or interests that you may have. Happy new year!
Jon Morren, PT
President, APTA Maine Chapter
Save the Date for the Maine Chapter Spring Conference: Details to Come!
Date: Saturday April 19, 2014
Location: Husson University, Bangor, Maine
Speaker: Terry Pratt PT of Greater Brunswick Physical Therapy