Meet AAOE Board of Directors Nominee Jerald Forrester
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Posted by: Alyssa DelPrete, AAOE Communications
In this AAOE Member in the Spotlight feature, meet AAOE member Jerald Forrester, FACMPE, MBA, Steindler Orthopedic Clinic. Continue reading to learn more about this Board of Directors nominee!
Why are you interested in serving on the AAOE Board of Directors?
I have been a member of AAOE since 2001. I was very active in my membership the first few years, but work and raising my family consumed my life for about a seven year period in there. I have been very active in AAOE for the past five years. I have involved myself in different councils and committees ranging from the Conference Committee, Education Council, Audit Committee, AAOE Advocacy, Communications Council, and the Writers’ Panel. I have taken an interest in compiling survey data that is of value to members via the listserv such as the PTO Survey, Mid-Level Survey, and the Overhead Survey.
In that time, I have attended the last three annual conferences and have seen how the organization has evolved from when I first joined when it was BONES. I like the direction AAOE is heading. I feel they have been progressive in their thinking, their educational offerings, and their proactive approach to compliance. I feel that AAOE is there for its members and frankly, I would like to be a part of the team that goes into the next decade. I feel now in my life I can devote the time and resources required to serve on the board and I feel I have a lot to offer AAOE in the way of being an objective thinker and decision-maker as well as an integral part in the advancement of AAOE.
What would you like AAOE members to know about you?
I would like AAOE members to know that I take my work very seriously. I take great pride in the fact that I have been able to guide and consult a large practice through the last decade and the difficult pressures it has put on us as employers and managers.
I would like them to know that although I do have a serious work side, I also am a firm believer that leaving work at work is important and I strive daily to not let my work become so overbearing that it affects me physiologically.
I would like them to know that I am one of them. I’m in the trenches of practice management and have been since 1997. I know the problems and frustrations they experience on a day to day basis.
I would like them to know that I am open to listening to ideas on topics that concern us all. I value my colleagues’ opinions and use input from them daily to get through my day. I also am very open to sharing my knowledge and experience not only in running the business side of the practice, but also in the trials of dealing with many bosses and different personalities that doctors seem to have within a group.
Essentially, I’m no different than they are. I’m the billing manager, the HR manager, the reception supervisor, the accountant, the consultant, and the confidant to the practice I work for. We all wear so many hats even though we come in with different skill sets.
Tell us why you became a member of AAOE.
I became a member of AAOE many years ago when I started in orthopaedics to use it as a resource for learning as much as I could about managing orthopaedic practices.
What is the best advice you've ever been given?
Don't rush! Don't rush your decisions in your personal life or work. Take your time and evaluate all the angles of options with all data available to you.
What is at the top of your bucket list and why?
I want to coach high school basketball someday...nothing to do with orthopaedics, but I have a passion for teaching young people this great game.
What are your top three goals for 2017?
Following an employee survey, I want to work on becoming a better listener, more humble, and more compassionate to other people's opinions.
Name your favorite movie or song. Does it make you laugh or cry (or both)?
"Time Will Tell" by Bob Marley. It makes me tearful because of the words. It's about discrimination and it's sad, but it's inspiring.
Tell us about your greatest accomplishment.
Raising my kids. I'm very proud of what they have become in adulthood.
If you could pick any other career, what would you do?
Coach high school basketball and teach English.
What do you do when you're not at work?
Exercise, play golf, play basketball, and work on my Jeep.