2021 Schedule

Wednesday | Thursday

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Wednesday, February 17
10:00 – 10:30 am CT


10:45 – 11:30 am CT


Solving for Why: Lessons on Life, Work and the Transformative Power of Purpose
Mark Shrime, MD, O'Brien Chair of Global Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland and lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

12:45 pm – 1:30 pm CT


Preserving Local Access to Care in Rural Communities
Members of the AHA’s The Future of Rural Health Care Task Force. Moderated by Joy Lewis, VP, Strategic Policy Planning, American Hospital Association

Is Your Rural Board Prepared for Constant Disruption?
Kimberly Russel, Russel Advisors

How Rural Hospitals Can Revive Revenue, Manage Cost and Be Prepared for the Future
Anthony F. Oliva, DO, MMM, FACPE, VP & CMO, Nuance Healthcare

1:45 – 2:15 pm CT


1. The #1 Governance Unmentionable: Succession Planning for the Rural Board
Kimberly Russel, Russel Advisors and Rebekah Mussman, CEO, RuralMed Management Resources

2. Preparing Your Culture for an Unforeseeable Future: Culture as a Strategic Imperative
Joel Beiswenger, President & CEO, Tri-County Health Care and Joe Tye, CEO & Head Coach, Values Coach Inc.

3. Improving Access to Behavioral Health Services – The Important Role of a Trustee
Bill Menner, Founder, The Bill Menner Group, and Executive Director, Iowa Rural Health Association and Jennifer Havens, CEO, UnityPoint Health-Grinnell Regional Medical Center


2:30 – 3:15 pm CT
3:30 – 4:15 pm CT


Rural Hospitals Teaming Up for Shared Expertise, Resources and Scale
Konnie Martin, CEO, San Luis Valley Health; Steve Simonin, CEO, Iowa Specialty Hospital; Kelley Evans, CEO, Beartooth Billings Clinic; and Todd Linden, President, Linden Consulting and CEO Emeritus, Grinnell Regional Medical Center

Thursday, February 18
9:15 – 10:00 am CT


Each of our rural experience Affinity Groups will offer roundtable discussion sessions during this time. Attendees are welcome to join any session.

  • Rural Maternal Health
  • Resilience in Ongoing Crisis
  • Rural Behavioral Health: Challenges and Solutions
  • Rural Community Health Investment and Improvement
  • Innovation and Digital Transformation
  • Pathways to Recovery
  • Governance Excellence


10:00 – 10:45 am CT


AHA Washington Update
Erika Rogan, PhD, Senior Associate Director, Policy, American Hospital Association and Travis Robey, Senior Associate Director, Federal Relations, American Hospital Association

11:00 – 11:45 am CT


Innovation, Artificial Intelligence and Rural Hospitals
Jason Cohen, MD

Improvements in Care Management and Chronic Disease Self-management, Stress and Social Isolation
Cindy Esser, BSN, MBA, MHA, Director Emerging Technologies and Knowledge Management, Butler Health System; Kathy Selvaggi, MD, Medical Director, Division of Palliative Care, Butler Health System; and Erin Stewart, BSN, Program Director HRSA Grant, Butler Health System

Pivoting in a Pandemic with Value-Based Care Strategies
Tim Gronniger, CEO & President, Caravan Health; Marcus Lewis, CEO, First Care Health Center; and Naomi Clancy, MD, Medical Director, Gila Health Resources

12:00 – 12:45 pm CT


1. Setting and Achieving Organizational Goals: The Role of Governance and Leadership
Jane McLeod, Principal/Co-Founder, Capstone Leadership Solutions, Inc., and Sue Tetzlaff, Principal/Co-Founder, Capstone Leadership Solutions, Inc.

2. Managing Cybersecurity Risk in Health Care: The Leader’s Role
John Riggi, Sr. Advisor for Cybersecurity and Risk Advisory Services, American Hospital Association

3. Governance Clinic
James E. Orlikoff, President, Orlikoff & Associates, Inc.

1:00 – 1:45 pm CT


Compose Your World
Kai Knight, Composer and Musician

2:00 – 2:45 pm CT


The Pursuit of Professionalism: Every Day and Especially During a Crisis
Cindy Baldwin, Senior Associate, Department of Pediatrics, Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Gerald B. Hickson, MD, Joseph C. Ross Chair of Medical Education and Administration, Professor of Pediatrics, and Founding Director of the Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Leadership in Crisis: A Case Study of St. Charles Health System Stepping in to Fill the Covid-19 Information Void
Joe Sluka, President and CEO, St. Charles Health System and James E. Orlikoff, President, Orlikoff & Associates, Inc.

3:00 – 3:45 pm CT


Improving Patient Care and Reducing Health Disparities through Cultural Competence
Candy Canga-Picar, Chief Nursing Officer, St. Charles Hospital Madras; Rebecca Dobert, Program Manager, Oregon Office of Rural Health; and Salamatu Barrie, Public Health Analyst, Health Resources and Services Administration, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy