MERIDEN, Conn. (11/23/10)--The Credit Union League of Connecticut held its first Connecticut Healthcare Credit Union Roundtable Nov. 16 to exchange information. Credit unions affiliated with the healthcare industry statewide gathered to provide support and ideas on ways they could improve service to members while developing growth and income opportunities. Topics included positioning credit unions in the healthcare industry, a comparison of healthcare credit unions versus the entire credit union industry, healthcare reform and its impact on the credit union’s role, opportunities and challenges credit unions will face going forward, the benefits and disadvantages of select employee group diversification, and cooperation with healthcare industry business providers. Participants also discussed the importance of branding and image with regard to healthcare industry providers and credit union members. “One thing is certain: healthcare credit unions realize they can advance and grow through shared business opportunities and an open exchange of information and ideas,” said Nick Moalli, league assistant vice president, credit union services, who facilitated the meeting. The group’s second session has been scheduled for January. League strategic partners will be invited to demonstrate how combining their efforts can help credit unions simplify operations, reduce costs, and deliver improved products and services.