2021 Keynote Sessions

Our 2021 Keynote Sessions will be announced in October.

Previous Keynote Sessions

Monday, February 3

Kelli Harding

The Rabbit Effect: Live Longer, Happier, and Healthier with the Groundbreaking Science of Kindness | 8:45 - 9:45 am

Kelli Harding, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University and author

What are we missing when it comes to our wellbeing? What would truly help us to thrive? Dr. Kelli Harding explores groundbreaking scientific evidence to reveal how surprising hidden factors, such as kindness, love, friendship, environment, community and connection in our day-to-day lives, can have a far greater impact on our overall health than anything that happens in the doctor’s office. For instance, chronic loneliness can be as unhealthy as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day; napping regularly can decrease one’s risk of heart disease; and people with purpose are less likely to get sick. At once transformative and inspiring, Dr. Harding shares a radical new evidence-based way to think about the determinants of health, wellness, community, and how we live.

Peter Wright

Addressing Disruption through Innovation and Value in Rural Communities | 10:00 - 11:00 am

Peter Wright, President, Bridgton and Rumford Hospitals - Moderator
Darrold Bertsch, CEO, Coal Country Community Health Center/Sakakawea Medical Center
Dave Ressler, CEO, Aspen Valley Hospital
Roxie Cannon Wells, MD, President, CFV Hoke Healthcare/Hospital
Casey Cooper, CEO, Cherokee Hospital
Rachelle Schultz, EdD, President/CEO, Winona Health
Alison Page, CEO, Western Wisconsin Health

Moderated by AHA Board Member Peter Wright, president of Bridgton and Rumford Hospitals, this fast-paced session will explore today’s key challenges within the health care field, including the national call for improved health care value and affordability. Six rural hospital and health system leaders will share, in seven minutes or less, how their organizations are redesigning care delivery, collaborating and otherwise transforming to reduce cost, improve outcomes and enhance the patient experience. 

John Nance

Charting the Course: Launching Patient-Centric Health Care | 2:00 - 3:15 pm

John Nance, ABC News Aviation Analyst and Patient Safety Advocate

In many respects American health care has resembled a disparate fleet stuck in port during a series of mega-storms. Now, however, the waiting game is over as the seismic movement from a fee-for-service world to one in which measurements and reimbursements—and survival—are based on the quality and effectiveness of outcomes is frankly unstoppable. But without a carefully acquired understanding of how to change, and a clear articulation by leaders on where we are heading, organizations will fail despite the best of intentions. John Nance explores how the health care system that succeeds will be one that understands how to empower, motivate, and inspire the people who are the organization, as well as deal positively with the inevitability of human and systemic mistakes.

Tuesday, February 4

Nancy-Ann DeParle, Lanhee Chen, Rick Pollack, Erika Rogan, Travis Robey

Washington Update | 8:00 - 10:00 am

Nancy-Ann DeParle, Partner & Co-Founder, Consonance Capital Partners; former Assistant to the President & Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy to President Barack Obama
Lanhee Chen, PhD, Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution and former Policy Director for the Romney-Ryan Presidential Campaign
Rick Pollack, President and CEO, American Hospital Association
Erika Rogan, PhD, Senior Associate Director, Policy, American Hospital Association
Travis Robey, Senior Associate Director, Federal Relations, American Hospital Association

Join American Hospital Association leaders and special guests for a discussion on the latest from Capitol Hill, the upcoming elections and what it all means for hospitals and health systems. This session will provide a federal regulatory update on recent regulations impacting Critical Access Hospitals and rural PPS hospitals.

James E. Orlikoff

Rhetoric, Reality, and Responsibility: The Rural Governance Challenge | 1:30 - 2:45 pm

James E. Orlikoff, President, Orlikoff & Associates, Inc.

Hospitals will disappear! Volume-based payment is just around the corner! Tech companies will disrupt and then own all of health care! These are but a few of the rhetorical truisms bandied about today. But what is the reality and what is the truth? And, how can rural health care boards tell the difference and make decisions to help their hospitals and systems survive in a post-disruption world? This presentation will outline the tensions between the health care rhetoric and reality and provide governance techniques to help boards tell the difference.

Wednesday, February 5

Chris Field

Disrupting for Good: Using Passion and Persistence to Create Lasting Change | 10:30 - 11:30 am

Chris Field, CEO, Mercy Project and author

From running for mayor as a teenager to breaking multiple Guinness World Records to helping save over a hundred children from slavery, Chris Fields has been disrupting most of his life. Seamlessly weaving his own story with those of other ordinary people who became extraordinary disruptors, Chris offers a clear call to action: anybody, anywhere, can choose to disrupt for good. But it doesn’t stop there. Chris will end by walking you through his personal Disruption MAP so that you leave both prepared and inspired to disrupt for good in your own job, non-profit, school, neighborhood, and family.