Old Natchez Country Club, 115 Gardengate Drive, Franklin, TN 37069
27 November 2018; 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
"Department of Veterans Affairs TN Valley Healthcare System"
Ms. Suzanne Jené
Deputy Health System Director, VA TVHS
Ms. Suzanne Jené was appointed Deputy Health System Director for the Department of Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (VA TVHS) in July 2014, after serving as Chief Operating Officer since July 2012. Jené’s most recent assignment was as the TVHS Interim Health System Director from November 2015 to July 2016 where she was responsible for the oversight of one of the VA’s largest Health Systems.
Ms. Jené previously served as the Associate Director at the Huntington VAMC in West Virginia where she was responsible for overseeing the administration of budgets and the business office, human resources management, capital assets planning, and building and plant management. She also had direct programs responsibility in the areas of education, safety, security, sanitation, and labor-management.
She began her VA career in 1989 as a contract specialist trainee at the VA Medical Center in Bay Pines, Fla. Over the years, she progressively advanced in her career working in various facilities in California, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.
A native of Pittsburgh, Jené earned a Bachelor’s degree in Health Services/Business Administration from Point Park University and a Master’s in Business Administration/Health Services from DeVry University. She is a graduate of the Healthcare Leadership Institute (HCLI) and VHA’s Executive Career Field Development course. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).
2018 MOAA National Conference Awards Banquet
The 2018 MOAA National Levels of Achievement Awards Banquet was held in Phoenix, AZ on 1 November 2018. Pictured above are TN Council of Chapter's President Doug Minton accepting the 5 Star Award for the Memphis MOAA Chapter; Middle TN Chapter President Dale Lewelling accepting the 5 Star Award for the Middle TN Chapter; and Ft. Campbell Chapter President Monroe Gildersleeve accepting the 5 Star Award for the Ft. Campbell Chapter.
MTC President's Message
I want to thank everyone for the support we have received all year long with our Chapter activities and regular meetings. It was a real honor to represent the Chapter at the MOAA national convention in Phoenix on the 1st of November. I was honored to be able to accept the Five Star recognition on behalf of all you. Also recognized was Patricia Bergquist for her 8 year of outstanding service to MOAA National on the Surviving Spouse Advisory Committee and her numerous efforts with Congress during the Storming the Hill events. Of course, we all know about her outstanding service to our Chapter, so I echo the many thanks and special recognition she received at the Commander’s Luncheon!
Additional information of note was that we are 365,000 strong in membership, making us the largest military related lobbying group. Because of our strong numbers, MOAA has a respected position with our Representatives and Senators when if comes to issues like pay, force strength, Tricare just to mention a few. Our national membership is just as important as our local membership. As I mentioned last month, National membership is one of the factors in consideration in the Five Star recognition. So, a larger number of National members increases the Chapter’s voice with Headquarters. As we come to end of the year now is an excellent time to go to MOAA.org and look at the options for membership. It would help us and it would allow you to have access to more information from National on the military related issues we are all interested in.
One of the breakout sessions we attended was on BENEFEDS and the selection options for everyone as we transition out of TRICARE Dental on 31 December. We reviewed the options available and how to sign up. You can sign up on the telephone, but the BEST option is to go on line and fill in the information to see what the rates are in our area. There are several options and multiple possible carriers, so some research is required. After you make your preliminary selection the next step is to ensure that your Dentist is participating. For example, we heard just because it is Delta Dental does not guarantee that it is universally the same or accepted in all states. So be wise and do your research. Open season for enrollment starts on 12 November and runs through 10 December. Here is the website: https://www.tricare.benefeds.com.
As we end this calendar year we are closing out our scholarship drive with a strong $4145 collected. We will be sending contributions to Lipscomb, Belmont and to MOAA national. Thanks to everyone who donated.
TOYS for TOTS!! This month we will be collecting new unwrapped toys for the Marines to distribute. Please bring a toy to the November meeting and we will get them to the Marines. Please no large toys like bicycles etc.
Looking forward to this month’s meeting as we welcome Ms Suzanne Jené, Deputy Health System Director, TN Valley Healthcare System. Look forward to seeing everyone on November 27th at Old Natchez Country Club for our regular meeting. HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
MTC Membership Updates
Please join us in welcoming the following new members, who have joined the Chapter during the 2018 membership year: