Pre-Conference Workshops

Start your AHA Rural Health Care Leadership Conference experience early with a pre-conference workshop.
Our 2021 pre-conference workshops will be announced in October.

Previous Pre-Conference Workshops

Sunday, February 2 | 2:00 - 2:30 pm

Governance and Innovation: Driving Major Organizational Change

Cathy Eddy, Founder, Retired President, Health Plan Alliance

Innovative approaches are key to meeting the governance challenges facing rural hospitals and health systems now and in the future. This workshop will explore ways for board members to examine their roles in oversight, insight and foresight, and explore new opportunities to collaborate and improve the health of their communities.

Practical Tactics to Engineer Culture Change

Rusty Holman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, LifePoint Health
Jim Edmondson, Chief Executive Officer, Southern Tennessee Regional Health System – Pulaski
Mike Herman, Chief Executive Officer, Riverview Regional Medical Center

Culture is one of the underlying fundamentals of achieving sustainable quality improvements in hospitals. It is vital that personnel in all departments—from environmental services and dietary staff to clinical staff and executive leadership—build a culture of collaboration and teamwork to constantly drive improvement in quality care and patient safety. This workshops examines strategies to rally teams around quality and safety goals, improve communication, and engineer cultural change that have led to significant results including a more than 60% decrease in aggregate hospital-acquired patient harms. You’ll learn from fellow rural health care leaders how to implement key tactics to enhance teamwork and drive significant and sustainable results in quality, patient safety, and experience. Finally we’ll explore approaches for overcoming common barriers, as well as methods for effectively tracking and measuring culture at all levels of the organization.