9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Leading Through Disruption, Chaos and Uncertainty

Every entity along the continuum of care is undergoing transformation. With the accelerated pace of innovation in technology, policy, payment, care delivery and consumerism, no healthcare business can remain unchanged.  Challenges range from value-based care, population health and engagement--to primary care, technology integration and collaborative partnerships. Together, these new imperatives are altering business structures and shifting the roles and responsibilities of C-Suite executives.  This panel discussion will offer a roadmap for leaders eager to deepen their search for answers and focuses on the experiences, insights and lessons learned of the nation’s top healthcare C-Suite executives.  Key issues to be covered include:


  • The leadership behaviors that will help your organization thrive in the new healthcare marketplace

  • How C-Suite colleagues view changes in policy and care delivery as opportunities for learning, growth and expansion

  •  Identify why leading C-Suite executives must never stop learning: Reinventing and adapting the role of leadership in an era of value-based care

  • See how C-Suite executives are driving change, not just reacting to it 

  • Explore the role of the C-suite executive in addressing the U.S. population health challenges, including social determinants and the opioid epidemic


Kathleen Sanford

Executive Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer

CommonSpirit Health

Kathleen Sanford has over 40 years of experience in health care, including staff nursing, middle management, chief nurse executive, hospital administrator, and strategy executive roles. In addition to acute care leadership, she has worked in long term care; founded, initiated and managed a Medicare-certified home health agency; built and managed urgent care services; and managed employed physician office practices. A former Army Colonel, she retired as Chief Nurse and acting State Surgeon/Medical Commander of the Washington Army National Guard. She served as the 2006 President of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, and in that role, also participated in the Tri-Council for Nursing.


Chris Durovich

Chief Executive Officer

Children's Health

Chris Durovich, the chief executive officer of Children’s Health, has more than 30 years of leadership experience in adult and pediatric health care and physician practice management. Since becoming president and chief executive officer in 2003, he has guided Children’s Health to become the eighth-largest pediatric health care system in the nation, serving nearly 300,000 children each year. Prior to joining Children’s Health, Chris served in adult health care leadership roles at The University of Texas MD Anderson, Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Michigan Health System and Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation. Chris was also an active duty officer in the Army Medical Service Corps.

Patty Horoho

Chief Executive Officer


Retired Army Lt. Gen. Patricia (Patty) Horoho joined Optum in 2017 as chief executive officer of OptumServe, which supports the health needs of federal agencies serving military members and their families, veterans and Medicare recipients. Patty served the Army for 33 years, and was appointed as the 43rd Army surgeon general, the first woman and nurse to hold that position. There, she led the Army medical Command ensuring readiness and providing health care to service members, their families and retirees around the globe.

Horoho also served as: special assistant to the commander, international security assistance force joint command, Afghanistan; deputy surgeon general, chief of the army nurse corps and commander of the western regional medical command, Madigan and Walter Reed Health Care System.

Thomas Zenty III

President and Chief Executive Officer

University Hospitals Health System

Thomas Zenty III has served as chief executive officer of University Hospitals (UH) in Cleveland, Ohio, since March 2003. The UH health care system includes eight owned and two joint-venture medical centers, 18 major ambulatory health centers, and more than 160 primary care and specialty physician offices throughout Northeast Ohio. Under Mr. Zenty’s leadership, the health system has achieved an impressive financial turnaround, improved its bond ratings, attained unprecedented philanthropy, expanded community benefit contributions and increased patient volume.

Leadership Symposium

Connect. Learn. Advance your career.

September 29, 2020 | Wherever you have WiFi

Info: Jodi Sniegocki | jsniegocki@modernhealthcare.com

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