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NCS Leadership 2016-2017 Officers Michel Torbey, MD, President Gretchen Brophy, PharmD, Vice President Jose Suarez, MD, Treasurer Mary Kay Bader, MSN, CNS, Secretary Ed Manno, MD, Immediate Past President Board of Directors Neeraj Badjatia, MD Jordan Bonomo, MD Julian Bösel, MD Marion Buckwalter, MD, Ph.D. Guadalupe Castillo-Abrego, MD Sherry Chou, MD W. David Freeman, MD Jennifer Frontera, MD David Greer, MD Theresa Human, PharmD John Lewin, PharmD Chad Miller, MD Susanne Muehlschlegel, MD Paul Nyquist, MD Kristine O’Phelan, MD Fred Rincon, MD David Seder, MD Kevin Sheth, MD Lori Shutter, MD Panos Varelas, MD, Ph.D. Susan Yeager, NP, RN Executive Director JoAnn Taie Editor-in-Chief, Neurocritical Care Eelco Wijdicks, MD, Ph.D. Neurocritical Care Society 5841 Cedar Lake Road, Suite 204 Minneapolis, MN 55416 Phone: (952) 646-2031 Fax: (952) 545-6073 Website: www.neurocriticalcare.org Email: info@neurocriticalcare.org Dear Colleagues: The influx of change across healthcare demands that healthcare associations must be ever vigilant in ensuring that we serve our members meaningfully. In September 2016, the NCS Board articulated key objectives via our strategic plan that, if achieved, will cement the relevance, value and long-term vitality of NCS. These objectives include: • Increase awareness of NCS as advocates and a resource for acute management of severe neurological diseases. • Develop an approach to certification that will satisfy ABMS for individuals and ACGME accreditation of individual requirements. • Address the rapid growth of the Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS) course and opportunities for expansion. • Develop and implement a long-term funding strategy that diversifies NCS’ revenue. • Educate the healthcare community worldwide about the unique value of the neurocritical care specialty for acute management of severe neurological diseases. • Support the design and execution of high-quality neurocritical care research internationally. I am sure you agree that these are forward-looking, ambitious (and exciting!) strategic objectives. They will be no small undertaking. Now, we stand ready to advance NCS to a new level, strengthening our presence and enhancing the services we provide all of you.  Change in Management Services For the past 10 years, NCS has operated under a management contract with L&L Management Services. In that time, we have experienced growth in membership and financial reserves, we have developed a strong operational foundation and have set the path forward with the above strategic plan.  We have now contracted management services with SmithBucklin in Chicago, effective March 12, 2017. SmithBucklin has 65 years of experience in serving independent, nonprofit organizations, including more than 30 other healthcare-related societies. During the management search process, the board was impressed with SmithBucklin’s depth and breadth of resources, proven practices and respected thought leadership. Over the coming weeks, you will receive communications with more information about our new headquarters and operations. On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, I wish to extend my sincere appreciation and thanks to the L&L Management Services staff who have supported the organization throughout these many years. Their professionalism, support and assistance have built a strong foundation upon which NCS can grow. In closing, let me share that our leaders feel energized and thrilled to have this opportunity to lead NCS into the future. I am confident and excited about what the future will bring, and I look forward to embarking on this journey of growth and knowledge with all of you! Michel T. Torbey MD, MPH, FAHA, FCCM, FNCS President PRESIDENT’S COLUMN 3


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