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The Good News

In Personal on August 23, 2010 at 4:47 pm

The following was a note I received this morning from my mother.

“I have a dear friend that writes a blog every 30-60 days and because she has such a wonderful way with words, I always wait in anticipation for each release.  This morning I received the latest, and I am forwarding you a copy because her words express my very feelings at this time in my life.”

I have attached the blog from Elizabeth regarding the Good News

Dear Mom and Dad, we need your prayers!
This was the first message I saw on my computer this morning. I braced myself as I read on. Another job in jeopardy, another family facing the harsh realities of the economy. This time it was one of my own.
I close my eyes and pray, asking God for strength for all of us. I ask for His protection and blessings for this family. My mind flashes through a litany of scriptures that reassure me God is in control and He has a plan. From Him alone comes the strength I need. From Him comes the assurance my family will be okay.
To say there is much pain and suffering in the world today would be an understatement. The difference for me now is it has infiltrated my life in ways I would have thought impossible a year ago. Family and friends facing bankruptcies, loss of jobs, loss of homes. Grown children returning home to live with aging parents. Parents worried how they will feed their children. I ask myself why? It was not supposed to be this way.
The down turn in our economy has forced us to reassess our lives. Scripture tells us not to store up treasures on earth that can easily be taken from us. That stands in stark contrast to our society which defines itself by its many possessions. But now, given the economic carnage all around us, we cautiously approach even the smallest purchase.
In her book The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom said,” The more I have to live for the less I need to live on”. During the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands, Corrie was a prisoner in a concentration camp. Stripped of both her family and possessions she found the strength to persevere through her belief in God. Sharing her faith with other prisoners, preaching the good news where there was none, and giving them hope in their darkest hours. Corrie said she had”learned to hold things loosely in her hands”,knowing it would be easier to let them go if they were taken away.
So I asked myself,”where is the good news in this message, God”? Can there be only despair ahead? No! It is the same message of hope Corrie preached in that concentration camp many years ago. A message two thousand years old. A message that tells us in our darkest hours He will be there. A message that says;

When we say, “It’s impossible.” God says,” With Me all things are possible.” Luke 18:27
We say,” I can’t go on“. He says,” My grace is sufficient for you.” Corinthians 12:9 12:9
We say,” I don’t know what to do.” He says, “I will direct you.” Proverbs 3:6
We say, “I can’t make ends meet”. He says, “I will supple all your needs.” Philippians 4:19
We say,” I am alone.” He says, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

So will I cry with my child? Yes. Will I feel the pain? Absolutely. I will walk with them through their darkest hours and their greatest fears. However, I know on the other side there is light and I know when one door closes another opens, because He told me so. I believe, I have faith, and this gives me the assurances I need to share with family and friends. I am grateful for my faith, I did not always have it and I know what it is to live without it. I am grateful for his words that sustain me.

And that my friend is the good news.

Monday, August 23, 2010


Avant Healthcare Professionals to Exhibit at the 46th Annual American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA) Conference and Exposition

In Executive Leadership, Human Capital Trends on August 17, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Avant Healthcare Professionals will be exhibiting at the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA) 46th Annual Conference and Exposition September 25-28, 2010 in Tampa, Florida. Avant Healthcare Professionals is the premier specialist for internationally educated nursing and allied health professionals; including Registered Nurses, Physical and Occupational Therapists, Pharmacists, and Healthcare IT.

Shari Sandifer, Avant Healthcare Professionals CEO, stated “We have been a strong supporter of ASHHRA and look forward to meeting with leading healthcare HR leaders. With recent healthcare reforms, this will be a critical meeting to understand the future HR impact on Healthcare HR professionals.”

According to Brian Hudson, Senior Vice President, “ASSHRA provides the opportunity to share our long term and retention focused approach to providing internationally trained healthcare professionals to progressive healthcare organizations. Avant Healthcare Professionals “international solution” fills critical needs, provides substantial return on investment (ROI), increased revenues, improved retention, diversity, and is a competitive advantage to many healthcare organizations nationwide.”

Avant Healthcare Professionals is accredited by the Joint Commission and founding member of the American Association of International Healthcare Recruitment (AAIHR). For more information visit or call 888-681-2999 ext 101

ACHE of Central Florida – Talent Management Sept 21, 2010

In Executive Leadership, Healthcare, Human Capital Trends, Personal on August 2, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Please join ACHE of Central Florida for a timely discussion on Talent Management for Bench Strength Development Speakers/Panelists Thad Seymour, Vice President and General Manager Health and Life Sciences at Lake Nona Property Cyril Doucet, Vice President, Administration for Sanford-Burnham Research Institute Dick Finnegan, President of Finnegan Mackenzie, The Retention Firm Moderator Brian Hudson, Senior Vice President, Avant Healthcare

ACHE Central Florida Board Member 6:00pm: Registration/Appetizer Networking 6:45pm: Program & Panel 7:45pm: Q&A-Meet the Panelists >

This panel discussion will focus on the future Healthcare Human Capital needs and Talent Management in Central Florida. Demand for Healthcare services will increase with the aging population as will competition for Healthcare Talent. Talent Management and Succession Planning are important to the success of every Healthcare organization. Our panelists will touch on future Healthcare Human Capital needs, key aspects of attracting & retaining talent, and succession planning. You will also get a glimpse of the Central Florida Medical City as you make your way to our meeting venue: Sanford-Burnham Research Institute. This session is for Senior Executives, Department Heads, Human Resource professionals, or those interested in Healthcare Talent Management.