Agenda at a Glance

Agenda and speakers subject to change.

Monday, September 28, 2020

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Sponsored by Brightwork Consulting

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Registration Open

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Meet the Editors

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Focus Groups

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Registration and Lunch

12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Publisher's Opening Address

12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Opening Keynote

Policy and Progress: Federal Healthcare Policy and the Transformation of American Cities

Mayor Kate Gallego is proud to be helping Phoenix, America’s fifth-largest city, take its place on the global stage. She is acutely aware of how a city’s health access and equity influences the overall quality of life in a community. Mayor Gallego will discuss the impacts of federal health policy on cities, the future of smart city innovation and healthcare, and ways that inventive healthcare systems can partner with cities both now and in the future.


Kate Gallego, Mayor of Phoenix

12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: How Healthcare Leadership Must Respond  

This panel will cover the role of healthcare leadership in combating Coronavirus (COVID-19). Experts will offer an update on the outbreak and share their perspectives on the role of healthcare executives in responding. Topics will include emergency preparedness, workforce management, communications and coordination with government partners. This panel will also consider how healthcare organizations must prepare for increased demand and the potential diversion of resources toward telehealth services.  

Ketul Patel, President,Pacific Northwest Division, CommonSpirit Health and Chief Executive Officer of CHI Franciscan

1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Networking Break

2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Improving Ambulatory Access to Maximize Value

As care continues to shift into the ambulatory setting, inpatient use-rates have declined for all age groups. At the same time, there is mounting pressure – financially, and from increasingly savvy consumers – to enhance the accessibility of ambulatory care.This presentation will highlight imperatives for achieving optimal ambulatory scheduling and provides keys to success, focusing on creating a proactive, disciplined, and accountable environment.



William Prentice, Chief Executive Officer, Ambulatory Surgery Center Association


Peter Fine, President and Chief Executive Officer, Banner Health
Lynn Simon, MD, President, Clinical Operations and Chief Medical Officer, Community Health Systems
Caitlin Zulla, Chief Executive Officer, Surgical Care Affiliates (SCA)

3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

The 2020 Initiatives of the US Surgeon’s General Office and How They Will Impact Healthcare Leaders      

VADM Jerome M. Adams, MD, United States Surgeon General, HHS Office of the Secretary

3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Addressing the New Public Health Challenge: Mass Shootings

The United States and its hospitals are increasingly looking for new ways to address increasing waves of violence. As with any other public health challenge, hospitals and health systems must remain an engaged partner in both caring for and keeping communities safe. Health professionals called to care for those injured in a mass shooting face unique challenges. Along with treating victims for their physical health, the emotional effects are just as severe. The gravity of mass casualty events weighs heavily on medical teams, doctors and nurses, and it is essential that caregivers also receive access to grief counseling.


Allison Anderman, Gun Violence Prevention Attorney


Jeffrey Cohen, President, Allegheny General Hospital
Sally Deitch, Chief Executive Officer,  Mid-South Group, the Memphis Market and Saint Francis Hospital
Michael Dowling, President and Chief Executive Officer, Northwell Health

4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Enough is Enough: Let’s Take a Stand Against Gun Violence

We have a public health crisis of gun violence in this country that has grown increasingly worse over recent years. Michael Dowling, President and Chief Executive Officer of Northwell Health, would argue that we have failed to provide for the health and wellness of our communities as this crisis grows unabated. Health care CEOs and the 18 million men and women who are part of the nation's health care workforce can be an incredibly powerful voice for change, if we choose to see this as our responsibility and obligation. Gun violence is a national tragedy that demands we as healthcare leaders use our political capital and advocacy, the power of our lobby and the financial weight of the $3.5 trillion health care industry to combat gun violence in America. Enough is enough, the question is will we take a stand?

Michael Dowling, President and Chief Executive Officer, Northwell Health

5:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Top 25 Emerging Leaders Awards Presentation

5:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Publisher's Adjournment

Fawn Lopez, Publisher and Vice President, Modern Healthcare

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Networking Reception

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

6:45 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.

Focus Groups

7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. 

Networking Breakfast

7:45 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Publisher's Opening Address

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Innovation and Disruption: Driving Transformation

This presentation will discuss the forces driving disruption in healthcare and the implications for hospitals and health systems. This panel of healthcare leaders will share how innovation and disruption can deliver affordable, high quality care and impact the future of  healthcare.



Richard Gray, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Mayo Clinic Arizona


James Hereford, Chief Executive Officer, Fairview Health Services
Jim Hinton, Chief Executive Officer, Baylor Scott & White Health
Warner Thomas, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ochsner Health System

Jaewon Ryu, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Geisinger Health(

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Case Study Session: Renown Health’s Healthy Nevada Project

A number of leading health systems are investing in large-scale genetic screening programs, betting on the potential of genomics to improve community health by identifying millions of individuals who are at a higher risk of developing actionable genetic conditions. This sessions will discuss the benefits and challenges of such projects, focusing on lessons learned from the Healthy Nevada Project—an effort being led by Renown Health to sequence and screen 250,000 Nevadans.


Anthony Slonim, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Renown Health

9:45 a.m.-10:15 a.m.

Networking Break

10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m

Redesigning Your Health System to Advance Health Equity

This future health ecosystem must extend beyond medical care and influence how we think about community health as well. What are the critical components necessary for creating community infrastructures to deliver equitable health outcomes? We must focus on safe schools and neighborhoods, the availability of healthy food choices, well-funded safety-net organizations, as well as how our industry can help people eat better, sleep longer and manage their mental health and wellness in a 24/7, technology-connected world.



Michellene Davis, Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, RWJBarnabas Health


Redonda Miller, MD, President, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Rhonda Medows, MD, President of Population Health Management, Providence St. Joseph Health
Randy Oostra, President and Chief Executive Officer  ProMedica

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

New Strategies for Financial Stability

Investing in new revenue streams is now standard practice for hospitals facing squeezed operating margins and lower reimbursement rates. This presentation will discuss how hospitals can pursue a combination of cost-cutting and revenue growth as they seek sustainable financial footing.



Merrill Goozner, Editor Emeritus, Modern Healthcare


Brian Gragnolati, President and  Chief Executive Officer, Atlantic Health System
Cynthia Hundorfean, Chief Executive Officer and President, Allegheny Health Network (AHN)
Gregory Poulsen, Senior Vice President, Policy,  Intermountain Healthcare

Terry Shaw, President and Chief Executive Officer, AdventHealth

1:30 pm. - 2:30 p.m.

Strategies for Future Growth and New Lines of Service

Amid economic turbulence and regulatory changes, service lines are becoming more integrated into hospital strategic plans, where these areas of specialization can thrive—although many healthcare leaders are checking the vitals of their service lines to see what treatment may be needed. Various models are being implemented to improve coordination and data collection that allow hospital and health system leaders to scrutinize the direction of their service lines for greater ROI. Throughout the country, leaders have been retooling their service lines by changing strategic plans and evaluating demographic and coordination needs while using technology to eliminate waste and improve patient engagement.


Matthew Weinstock, Managing Editor, Modern Healthcare



David Entwistle, President and Chief Executive Officer, Stanford Health Care (SHC)
Joseph Impicciche, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ascension

Lisa Shannon, Chief Operating Officer, Allina Health

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Achieving Price Transparency in Healthcare

While most agree that price transparency in theory is a good thing, the challenge lies in how to achieve it without confusing patients, delaying care, or increasing burden on healthcare providers. When faced with questions by their patients on how services will impact them financially, many providers don’t know the answers. This presentation will present strategies for developing common quality measures, aligning inpatient and outpatient measures, and eliminating low-value quality measures.


Charles Kahn III (Chip), President & Chief Executive Officer, Federation of American Hospitals


Elizabeth Concordia, President and Chief Executive Officer,  UCHealth

Don Rucker, MD, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)
HHS Office of the Secretary

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Closing Keynote

The Affordable Care Act After Ten Years: Repair or Replace

In March 2010, President Barack Obama signed landmark legislation known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While its future remains uncertain, this session will examine when the ACA worked, failed and had unintended consequences. Did the controversial healthcare law accomplish its original goals? This session will examine the ACA’s successes, shortcomings, and impact in an election year and the future.including; analysis of DSH payments, examination of whether the ACA incentivized the right behavior and in-depth commentaries from healthcare leadership.


Aurora Aguilar, Editor, Modern Healthcare



Richard Pollack, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Hospital Association

Joseph Swedish, Co-Founder and Partner, Concord Health Partners, Former, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Anthem, Inc.

4:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Publisher’s Adjournment

Fawn Lopez, Publisher and Vice President, Modern Healthcare

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Closing Cocktails

Leadership Symposium

Connect. Learn. Advance your career.

September 29-30, 2020 | Scottsdale, AZ

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