Highlights
2007 AHA  Annual Membership Meeting



All events will take place at the
Hilton Washington Hotel
 unless otherwise noted.

S A T U R D A Y   MAY 5
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. REGISTRATION
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. STATE AUXILIAN PRESIDENTS WELCOME RECEPTION
S U N D A Y   MAY 6
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. REGISTRATION
8:00 a.m. LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST
Sponsored by the Catholic Health Association of the U.S.(breakfast to follow)
8:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. STATE AUXILIARY PRESIDENTS MEETING
(by invitation only)
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. COMMITTEE ON NOMINATIONS 
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. PAC APPRECIATION EVENT
(by invitation only)
 
Steve BridgesIn recognition of their support, all eligible PAC members are invited to attend a special luncheon with master impressionist STEVE BRIDGES.  A separate invitation will be sent to Capitol Club, Chairman’s Circle and Ben Franklin Club members.  If you are interested in joining AHAPAC, contact the AHA’s Mark Seklecki at (202) 626-2341.  The event will be held at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, 1310 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  AMERICAN COLLEGE OF HEALTHCARE EXECUTIVES (ACHE)
Hiring Right and Avoiding Wrong: Keys to Successful Executive Teams
Larry TylerSuccessfully meeting the challenges faced by health care organizations takes more than a superb leader -- it requires a talented, well-functioning executive team.  You've probably had some great hires, as well as others that went wrong.  How do you increase the probability of those great hires – a leader who brings needed technical skills, as well as interpersonal and decision-making styles that fit your organization and complement other executive team members?  J. LARRY TYLER, founder and president of Tyler & Company, will discuss steps to ensure that a great candidate also is a great hire.  Understand how to be a more effective interviewer, as well as pitfalls to avoid, such as hiring in your own self-image or hiring based on prior experience rather than managerial competencies.  Participants will receive 1.5 Category I (ACHE education) credits for this session.  Register for the AHA Annual Membership Meeting and this ACHE session using the registration form.
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

TRUSTEE EDUCATIONAL SESSION I
Disruptive Governance: The Board's Role in Leading Change.

James OrlikoffIn the post-Sarbanes-Oxley environment of increased governance scrutiny and accountability, many boards are becoming compliance custodians, focusing on monitoring the past and proper process.  By doing so, many boards are neglecting their crucial role of strategic leadership. In periods of revolutionary change, the job of boards must transcend a focus on maintaining stability to one of driving change.  Effective boards help create the future for their organizations by defining a new reality.  In this presentation, JAMES E. ORLIKOFF, president of Orlikoff & Associates Inc. and senior consultant for the Center for Healthcare Governance, will outline practical approaches and tools for boards to practice disruptive governance and to lead strategically.  

Presented by the Center for Healthcare Governance

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

SPECIAL ISSUE BRIEFINGS
Join AHA staff for special, up-to-the-minute briefings on the hottest topics in health care advocacy and  policy.

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  SPECIAL BRIEFING: ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
(by invitation only)

A special briefing for AHA Associate Members on issues facing the hospital field.

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. ANNUAL MEETING OPENING CEREMONY
AND INVESTITURE OF CHAIRMAN, AHA BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Kevin LoftonThe nation’s hospital and health care leaders gather to mark the investiture of  KEVIN E. LOFTON as 2007 Chairman of the AHA Board of Trustees.  The AHA Board of Trustees and state association chairs are special guests.  

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. RECEPTION HONORING CHAIRMAN,
AHA BOARD OF TRUSTEES
(poolside, weather permitting)  
M O N D A Y   MAY 7
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. REGISTRATION
7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. HOSPITAL AWARDS FOR VOLUNTEER EXCELLENCE
RECOGNITION BREAKFAST

Hospital volunteers and auxilians provide invaluable services to hospitals and make a positive difference in the lives of many – from patients and hospital staff to the community at large.  Join AHA’s leadership, volunteers, auxilians and hospital executives from around the country at this special breakfast recognizing the recipients of this prestigious award for the nation’s outstanding volunteer programs and the services they provide to their communities and health care organizations.  Tickets for this event are $35 per person and can be purchased using the registration form.

7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. SECTION FOR METROPOLITAN HOSPITALS BREAKFAST MEETING

David GregoryJoin metropolitan hospital executives and other health care providers for breakfast and a special presentation from Emmy-award winning reporter DAVID GREGORY, chief White House correspondent for NBC News and frequent guest host on NBC’s Today Show.  Tickets for this event are $35 per person and can be purchased using the registration form.

Underwritten by CareTech Solutions

7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. SECTION FOR SMALL OR RURAL HOSPITALS BREAKFAST MEETING

John KasichExecutives from small or rural hospitals and other interested health care professionals are invited for breakfast and an opportunity to hear from former U.S. REP. JOHN KASICH, host of Fox News Channel’s Heartland with John Kasich. Tickets for this event are $35 per person and can be purchased using the registration form.  ($5 of each ticket price will help underwrite the Shirley Ann Munroe Leadership Development Award and is tax-deductible.)

Underwritten by Siemens Medical Solutions

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. FEDERAL FORUM OPENING PLENARY

During this opening session, join AHA President RICH UMBDENSTOCK and Executive Vice President RICK POLLACK for an outline of the AHA’s advocacy agenda and hear about the many legislative challenges hospitals may face.  You’ll also celebrate the presentation of the AHA’s Distinguished Service Award to DICK DAVIDSON, AHA President-emeritus. 

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. EXECUTIVE BRIEFINGS

Hospital leaders face many challenges in today’s health care environment, including patient safety, quality, and information technology.  Attend one of these concurrent briefings hosted by a respected health care leader.  These briefing are included in your registration fee; please indicate your choice of session on the registration form.

Incentives for Improvement:  Lessons Learned from the Premier Quality Demonstration:

Richard Norling Douglas Hawthorne
Richard Norling
Douglas Hawthorne
Quality is an elusive goal.  Many, sometimes conflicting, standards exist, and numerous experts contend to have the answers. The CMS/Premier Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration is the first national pay-for-performance project of its kind, designed to determine if financial incentives are effective at improving the quality of inpatient hospital care.  In this session, RICHARD A. NORLING, president and CEO of Premier Inc., a 2007 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award winner for quality in health care service; DOUGLAS D. HAWTHORNE, president and CEO of Texas Health Resources in Dallas-Ft. Worth; and MICHAEL DEEGAN, M.D., executive vice president and chief clinical and quality officer of Texas Health Resources, will discuss the valuable lessons learned from the Premier Quality Demonstration.

Health Care Reform:  Two Perspectives from the Field

 J. Mongan, M.D.  Patricia Maryland
 J. Mongan, M.D.
 Patricia Maryland
Health care reform is an appealing concept, but what does it really mean?  What do the American people think about their health care?  In this session, two health care leaders who have been intimately involved in answering those questions present their perspectives.  JAMES J. MONGAN, M.D., president and CEO of Partners Healthcare System Inc. in Boston, will discuss Public Views Shaping the Future of the U.S. Health System, a report issued by the Commonwealth Fund’s Commission on a High Performance Health System, which he chaired.  PATRICIA MARYLAND, president of Ascension Health’s St. Vincent Hospitals and Health Services in Indianapolis, offers a different perspective, discussing the report of the congressionally-mandated Citizens’ Health Care Working Group, which she chaired.  WILLIAM D. PETASNICK, AHA chairman-elect and president and CEO of Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital in Milwaukee, WI, moderates.  

How to Hardwire Your Organization’s Community Health and Service ActivitiesAnthony Tersigni

Ensuring that everyone in your organization – from the front desk to the boardroom – embraces community health and service activities is critical for success and leads to a healthier community.  Learn how leading organizations have effectively hardwired these values and thinking throughout their organizations.  This session, led by JOHN W. BLUFORD, AHA board member and CEO of Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City, MO, features NANCY SCHLICHTING, CEO of Detroit’s Henry Ford Health System and ANTHONY TERSIGNI, CEO of Ascension Health in St. Louis, MO.  They'll share proven strategies that ensure that community health and service are top priorities within your organization.  

Underwritten by Walgreens

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  TRUSTEE EDUCATIONAL SESSION II
Exceptional Governance, Exceptional Service:  Exploring the Connection between Governance Practices and Excellence in Community Service

Larry Walker Community service is central to the mission of every hospital and health system in America.  The Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service for many years has recognized health delivery organizations that have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to community service through leadership, partnerships, deep and meaningful community involvement, and service excellence at every level.  In this session, LARRY WALKER, president of The Walker Company, will explore the governing strategies and practices these prize winners and finalists employ to stimulate a commitment to strong and collaborative community connections that work to improve community health.

Presented by the Center for Healthcare Governance

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  STATE AUXILIAN PRESIDENTS NETWORKING SESSION AND ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS
(by invitation only)
12:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. AHA RECOGNITION LUNCHEON
Kweisi Mfume Join KWEISI MFUME, former U.S. representative and past president/CEO of the NAACP, and your colleagues to honor the recipients of the AHA’s leadership awards, including the 2007 Award of Honor, the Board of Trustees Award and the Justin Ford Kimball Innovators Award.  You must be ticketed to attend this event.  This lunch is included in your registration fee; please indicate on the registration form if you will attend. 
12:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. GOVERNMENT RELATIONS OFFICERS NETWORK LUNCHEON
(by invitation only)
Andrew CardANDREW CARD, former White House chief of staff to President Bush, joins government relations officers at this year’s luncheon.
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. FEDERAL FORUM PLENARY
During this session,
 Susan Dentzer  Alan Greenspan
 Susan Dentzer
 Alan Greenspan
SUSAN DENTZER, health correspondent for PBS’s The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, will conduct a broad-ranging, interactive discussion on politics, the economy, U.S. health care and other topics with ALAN GREENSPAN, former chairman of the Federal Reserve … be prepared to approach the open mike to ask your own questions! In addition, Washington leaders will bring their perspectives on how the issues affecting you are playing in the Administration and on Capitol Hill and you’ll join your colleagues in honoring AHAPAC award winners.

Underwritten by Siemens Medical Solutions   

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. BEN FRANKLIN CLUB RECEPTION
(by invitation only)
Take part in a unique reception honoring Ben Franklin Club members and network with colleagues during this lively and colorful event!  The Ben Franklin Club honors those who contribute $1,000 or more to either AHAPAC or their state association PAC.  If you are interested in becoming a Ben Franklin Club member, please contact the AHA’s Mark Seklecki at (202) 626-2341.
 T U E S D A Y   MAY 8
7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. REGISTRATION
7:30 a.m. - 8:45 p.m. AMERICAN COLLEGE OF HEALTHCARE EXECUTIVES BREAKFAST MEETING
Alison P. GilesJoin colleagues and hear the latest news about ACHE from its chairman, ALYSON PITMAN GILES, FACHE.  Tickets for the breakfast event are $35 per person and can be purchased using the registration form.  
7:30 a.m. - 8:45 p.m. TRUSTEE LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST
National Political Update
Morton KondrackeIn a fast changing health care environment, trustees are called upon to provide grassroots advocacy leadership and direction for hospitals and communities.  Join AHA’s Committee on Governance and other trustee leaders from across the country to hear MORTON KONDRACKE, executive editor and columnist for Roll Call, Capitol Hill’s newspaper, with a special message for today’s governing board members.  Tickets for this special educational event are $35 per person, and can be purchased using the registration form. 
7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. GRASSROOTS CHAMPIONS APPRECIATION BREAKFAST
(by invitation only)
James CarvilleGrassroots advocacy is key to ensuring that concerns of hospitals and their patients are heard by lawmakers in state capitals and Washington, D.C.  Join colleagues and  JAMES CARVILLE, noted political consultant, actor, producer, talk-show host, speaker and restaurateur, in honoring grassroots champions who have been recognized by their state hospital association for outstanding accomplishments in grassroots advocacy. 
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. FEDERAL FORUM CLOSING PLENARY
Bill NovelliThis important session features dynamic speakers, including BILL NOVELLI, executive director and CEO of AARP. You’ll also recognize the winner of the 2006 Foster G. McGaw Prize, which recognizes excellence in community service. 
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. EXECUTIVE BRIEFINGS
Hospital leaders face many challenges in today’s health care environment, including patient safety, quality, and information technology.  Attend one of these concurrent briefings hosted by a respected health care leader.  These briefings are included in your registration fee; please indicate choice of session on the registration form.

George LynnConnecting for Care: What Major Hospital Systems are doing to Improve Patient Care through Information Technology

Hospitals and health systems are using information technology to support care transformation with outstanding results.  In this session, you will hear how three health systems have changed work processes for the better with the help of electronic health records and other IT solutions.  Join moderator GEORGE LYNN, immediate past AHA chairman and president and CEO of New Jersey’s AtlantiCare, as GLENN STEELE Jr., M.D., president and CEO of Pennsylvania’s Geisinger Health System; WILLIAM K. ATKINSON, Ph.D., president and CEO of WakeMed Health & Hospitals, in Raleigh, NC; and JONATHON B. PERLIN, M.D., chief medial officer and senior vice president of quality at HCA Healthcare in Nashville, TN, discuss their organizations’ efforts.

Underwritten by Siemens Medical Solutions

Paul SperanzaManaging Chronic Disease:  A Business and Community Leadership Model  

The incidence of chronic disease is on the rise in the U.S., and along with it, health care costs.  As life expectancy continues to climb, health care providers must rethink the way they manage long-term chronic illnesses.  In this session, moderator MARGARET JORDAN, president and CEO of Dallas (TX) Medical Resource, and member, AHA Board of Trustees, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Vice-Chairman PAUL SPERANZA, who serves as vice chairman, general counsel and secretary of Wegman's Food Markets Inc., will discuss his company's successful efforts to bring together business, community and health care leaders to better manage chronic illnesses in its employees and the communities it serves. 

Daniel Evans, Jr. Leading During Crisis:  The Virtues of Speed, Compassion and Honesty

DANIEL F. EVANS Jr., president and chief executive officer of Clarian Health in Indianapolis, will address how Indiana’s largest health care system responded to a sentinel event last fall in which three premature infants died as a result of a heparin overdose in the neonatal intensive care unit at Clarian’s Methodist Hospital.  The tragic event and Clarian’s response garnered national attention and has been cited as a textbook example of how to lead, manage and communicate in times of crisis.  Learn about the guiding principles that undergirded Clarian’s actions and responses during the crisis, particularly their intervention with family members, hospital patients, hospital employees, the media and the community at large; with moderator JEFF SELBERG, president and CEO of Exempla Healthcare in Denver and a member of the AHA Board of Trustees.

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. EXECUTIVE BRIEFING for HEALTH SYSTEM LEADERS
(by invitation only)   
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. TRUSTEE EDUCATIONAL SESSION III
Exploringthe Role of Physicians on Hospital and Health System Boards

Ronald RinerIn this session, RONALD N. RINER, M.D., president and CEO of The Riner Group, will examine the complex issues involved in engaging physicians for board service.  He will focus on the best methods for using the skills and talents of physicians in board positions to maximize value and minimize conflict.  Addressing questions such as how can physician expertise be leveraged, what is the appropriate approach for selecting physicians, and how should these decisions be articulated to the community, Dr. Riner will share insights on creating meaningful involvement for physicians in institutional governance.

Presented by the Center for Healthcare Governance

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ROGER G. LARSON MEMORIAL LECTURE AND LUNCHEON
Sister Rocklage, RSMFormer AHA Chair Sister Mary Roch Rocklage, RSM, Chair of the Sponsor Council of the Sisters of Mercy Health System, will present the 2007 Roger G. Larson Memorial Lecture.  The event, hosted by the Governing Council of the AHA’s Section for Health Care Systems, was established to advance the development of multi-hospital system management and encourage innovation and leadership among health care system executives.  Tickets for this event are $35 per person and can be purchased using the registration form.
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. FOSTER G. McGAW PRIZE LUNCHEON
(by invitation only)
The luncheon, hosted by The Baxter International Foundation and the Cardinal Health Foundation, honors the 2006 Foster G. McGaw Prize winner and finalists.  The Foster G. McGaw Prize recognizes excellence in community service and is jointly sponsored by the AHA, The Baxter International Foundation and the Cardinal Health Foundation. 
2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. OPEN FORUM:  AHA'S EFFORT TO RESHAPE AMERICA'S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
Hear from the AHA’s leadership on plans to lead a national effort to reshape America’s health care system.  
2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. STATE CAUCUSES
W E D N E S D A Y MAY 9
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m State Delegation Capitol Hill Visits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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