AAAEM Secretary Candidate Statements

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  • Frank J. Jurkiewicz, MBA

    AAAEM Secretary Candidate

    University of Florida, Gainesville

    I am honored to submit my nomination for consideration as a valuable member of the executive committee. With over 15 years of distinguished leadership experience in academic and community healthcare, particularly in emergency medicine administration, I bring a wealth of expertise to the table. Holding a Master of Business Administration and an Academic Emergency Medicine Administration Certification, I have successfully served as the Executive Administrator/Vice Chair for Administrative Affairs, playing a pivotal role as the foremost non-faculty executive in our department. In this capacity, I have reported directly to the department Chair and collaborated closely with a diverse range of stakeholders, including the Chair, Executive Vice Chair (EVC), and Vice Chairs (VCs). My core mission revolves around the development and execution of strategic initiatives aimed at advancing our department's clinical, education, and research missions. This multifaceted task requires a deep commitment of time and effort, as I actively engage with leaders from the Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM), the College of Medicine (COM), and UF Health Shands to expand and enhance the delivery of emergency services. I have played a central role in ensuring the financial and operational integrity of the Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM). Through prudent stewardship of institutional resources, proactive recruitment of a professional senior management team, and implementation of rigorous budget controls, I have effectively managed financial resources to support our missions and meet fiscal targets. Currently serving as the Chair of the AAAEM Education Committee, I have impacted emergency medicine administration through the establishment of educational webinars and moderation of national retreat sessions. These initiatives reflect my commitment to fostering a knowledgeable and collaborative community within AAAEM. My prior role as Chair of the AAAEM Communication Committee further demonstrates my dedication to improving communication and engagement strategies. Beyond AAAEM, my four-year tenure as the Assistant Program Director for the Administrative Fellowship at the University of Florida in Gainesville highlights my commitment to developing emerging professionals in healthcare leadership. Notably, my visionary decision to outsource coding services for emergency services professional billing resulted in a 30% increase in patient collections year-over-year, showcasing my strategic thinking and positive impact on the institution's financial health. This achievement, coupled with collaboration with key stakeholders, highlights my ability to drive positive change in complex academic medical centers. Furthermore, my role involves developing comprehensive business plans and program/practice development strategies, serving as the roadmap to guide our department towards achieving its goals. These efforts collectively represent my dedication to driving our department's success, not only in financial and operational terms but also in its overall performance. I am committed to advancing healthcare services, maintaining financial stability, and excelling in our multifaceted mission to improve patient care, education, and research in the field of emergency medicine. In summary, my multifaceted roles as a leader in AAAEM, mentor in academic medicine, and innovator in healthcare leadership make me an ideal candidate to serve our members on the executive committee. I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to contribute my skills and experience to further the committee's objectives and advance the goals of our organization.

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    Brendan Russell, MBA

    AAAEM Secretary Candidate

    Mass General Brigham

    I currently serve as the Vice President of Enterprise Emergency Medicine for the Mass General Brigham health system in Boston, MA, where we are building an integrated enterprise emergency medicine service comprised of 2 academic medical center EDs, 7 community hospital EDs, and 1 specialty hospital ED. I hold an MBA from Boston College (’15) and am a graduate of the AAAEM CAEMA program (’21). For the past year, I’ve had the pleasure and the privilege to serve the AAAEM as a Member-at-Large of the Executive Committee, a member of the Finance Committee, a member of the Benchmark Committee, and for the past two years, as Vice Chair of the Education Committee. I’m proud of the work that we’ve done on these teams, and I am excited at the opportunities we have ahead of us as a specialty and as an academy. The AAAEM stands out among the various healthcare administration industry groups for its track record of providing relevant and actionable data, educational and professional development opportunities, and most importantly, a sense of community and camaraderie. It would be an honor to continue to serve our membership and build upon this strong foundation. Thank you for considering me for this opportunity. This is a challenging time for our specialty, and I want to do my best to ensure our members continue to have access to any and all resources to support their departments to the best of their abilities.