Wednesday, July 25

2-6 p.m.
Registration Opens

Thursday, July 26: Concurrent Meetings

10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  AdminLeadership Conference

Thursday, July 26: Pre-Conference

7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Registration Opens

7:30-8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

7:45 a.m.-2 p.m.
THT Golf Tournament at the Cowboys Golf Club

8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Advanced Board Strategies Workshop

8:30 a.m.-Noon
The Mid-Course Correction: Where Are We, How Far Have We Come and Where Are We Going?
John J. Nance,
author, public speaker, aviation and health care expert, Seattle, Washington

If you're familiar with military Stand-Downs, you know the concept of stopping periodically to assess what's working, what's not, and where you're headed, and you also know it's an invaluable tool. That is precisely the spirit and intent of this presentation: provide a takeaway-rich opportunity to re-dedicate the entire institution (from the front lines to the boardroom) to a clearly redefined set of goals - High Reliability, Just Culture, Outcome-generated income - and how fearless communication and the constant search for best practices are the keys to providing the best healthcare medical science can inform.

1-2:30 p.m.
How to Engage Physicians, Enhance Morale and Reduce Turnover
Kurt Moseley, vice president of strategic alliances, Merritt Hawkins

Close to one-half of physicians report frequent or constant feelings of professional burnout. What is causing physicians and other members of the healthcare workforce to report feelings of burnout, low morale, and pessimism about the future? How can hospital leadership other personnel create positive relationships with today’s healthcare workforce? Drawing upon original data from nationally noted surveys, Mosley will provide insight into today’s healthcare workforce trends and outline steps hospitals can take to increase satisfaction levels, improve retention rates, and establish effective burnout prevention programs.

2:30-2:45 p.m.
Afernoon Break

2:45-4 p.m.
Ethics in Health Care Governance
Fletcher Brown, J.D., partner, Waller, Lansden, Dortch & Davis LLP, Austin; and Kevin Reed, J.D., partner, Reed, Claymon, Meeker, & Hargett PPLC, Austin

Ethical leadership is more critical than ever in this time of disruption. Attend this interactive session to dive into common ethics issues faced by boards. The discussion will include what happens when good organizations make bad decisions or when an organization exhibits pattern of bad behavior. Get ready for a highly interactive session with plenty of group discussion and peer-to-peer learning.

8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

New Board Member Orientation

8:30-10:30 a.m.
Board Member Orientation
Fletcher Brown, J.D., partner, Waller, Lansden, Dortch & Davis LLP, Austin; and Kevin Reed, J.D., partner, Reed, Claymon, Meeker, & Hargett PPLC, Austin

This program provides an overview of the basics of health care, a review of the role of the trustee, and a discussion of the issues faced by both new trustees and those with years of experience. Significant time is devoted to the role of the hospital trustee as a policymaker and not as a manager. The goal will be to provide the trustee with a better understanding of the health care world and an understanding of the practical implications of their actions as a trustee. Trustees will be provided with the tools to effectively communicate with each other and those they govern.

10:30-10:45 a.m.
Morning Break

10:45 a.m.-Noon
Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure: Your Role in Great Board Meetings
Wade Emmert,
J.D., attorney, Emmert Law, Dallas

This session will provide an introduction to parliamentary procedure for newly-installed board members. The speaker will review the deliberative process from obtaining the floor, making motions, participating in debate and voting. In addition, the speaker will identify common mistakes that can sabotage meetings, leading to wasted time and indecision. Attend this session to further explore your role in efficient meetings that lead to better decisions and greater buy-in.

1-2:30 p.m.
Understanding Hospital Finance
Deborah Whitley,
partner, BKD, Waco

Health care finance is certainly different than other industries. This session will cover some of the unique aspects of health care finance and how to better understand key items on the hospital's financial statements and key financial statement metrics. The presentation will address what board members need to understand about how hospitals are paid for services provided and unique areas of cost.

2:30-2:45 p.m.
Afternoon Break

2:45-4 p.m.
A Board Member's Role in Quality
Robert Hendler,
M.D., Interim Medical Director, Clinical Initiatives, Texas Hospital Association Foundation, Austin

What does effective board oversight of quality and patient safety look like? The increased scrutiny on quality and patient safety within hospitals means not only changes in oversight by frontline staff, but also in hospital leadership. This session will define quality and patient safety and why these areas should matter to board members. Learn how quality scores drive cost and reimbursement for hospitals in addition to their non-financial implications.

9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Open

Noon-1 p.m.
Pre-Conference Luncheon

4-5 p.m.
Welcome to Grapevine Reception

Friday, July 27: Day One

7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Registration Open

7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Open

7:30-8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8:30-10:15 a.m.
Opening General Session: Modern Medicine’s Transparency Revolution
Marty Makary, M.D., health care futurist, New York Times bestselling author, Maryland

Many people find the health care system difficult to navigate. Finding the best care can be a challenge even for the most educated consumer. Dr. Makary describes how a new movement in American health care seeks to make medical care safer, more transparent and more honest. He details how doctors are at the helm of a national effort to fully disclose everything from bedside options to hospital performance.

10:15-10:45 a.m.
Morning Break in the Exhibit Hall

10:45 a.m.-Noon
Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Legislative Update
John Hawkins, senior vice president of government relations, Texas Hospital Association, Austin; and John Henderson, president and CEO, Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals, Austin

This session will provide an update on federal, state and local politics and highlight the hot button issues for Texas hospitals going in to the next legislative session from both the large system and rural hospital perspectives.

Evaluating the Board
Pam Knecht, president and CEO, ACCORD Limited, Chicago, Illinois

High-performing organizations are committed to continuous improvement across all components, including their governance. Board evaluations can help uncover issues that are affecting the effectiveness and efficiency of their board (e.g., insufficient competencies, ineffective materials and under-performing committees). Board assessments can also provide a mechanism for ensuring that the board is beyond reproach in areas that are of concern to regulators, legislators and other key stakeholders (e.g. conflicts of interest, independence and executive compensation). Whereas the typical long, written instruments are still being utilized for many full board self-assessments, some boards are taking different approaches to evaluating themselves such as creating short, focused surveys; conducting committee evaluations; and evaluating individual trustees. This highly interactive session will include an overview of the many board evaluation approaches, processes and tools, and will provide practical tips for selecting and implementing an effective board evaluation that results in enhanced governance.

Saving Rural Healthcare Through Telemedicine
Michael McAndrew, FACHE, director, physician engagement; and Saurin Patel, M.D., chief medical officer, Access Physicians, Dallas

With financial distress and potential closure of many rural hospitals, communities find themselves losing access to care. They are either forced to travel long distances or, lacking resources, simply do not receive the care they need. This creates hardships for them and their families and ultimately results in increased morbidity, mortality and cost. This session is designed to explore telemedicine as part of an alternative care delivery model for rural populations.

Nonprofit Hospital Fundraising
Marion Lee, CEO, Lee+ Associates, San Antonio

In this session, the speaker will discuss the role that nonprofit hospital board and foundation boards play in fundraising. From structure of the board to donor engagement, explore the different types of fundraising used in successful hospital development programs, examine the pitfalls and pinnacles, and determine the strategy for your organization. This session covers board structure, operational fundraising, capital and planned gifts and a brief look at strategic planning for hospital foundation boards.

The Board’s Role in Enterprise Risk Management
Ann Gaffey,
RN, president, Healthcare Risk and Safety Strategies LLC, Washington D.C.

Because risk oversight has become increasingly important to organizational sustainability, boards in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors are spending more time on risk oversight and incorporating it more visibly into their structure and function. A health care organization’s board and senior leadership set the stage for adopting and sustaining a successful enterprise risk management program, which enables the board to fulfill its stewardship role and fiduciary duties. Attend this session to learn the questions board members need to ask to successfully oversee an ERM program; determine your organization’s overall risk; and what you need to know as a board member to fulfill your duty of care around risk management.

Noon-1:30 p.m.
Trustee Awards Luncheon

1:30-2:45 p.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Repeat Session: Legislative Update
John Hawkins, senior vice president of government relations, Texas Hospital Association, Austin; and John Henderson, president and CEO, Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals, Austin

Missed the morning session? No problem. This session will provide an update on federal, state and local politics and highlight the hot button issues for Texas hospitals going in to the next legislative session from both the large system and rural hospital perspectives.

Engaging Governing Boards and Leadership in Embracing Accountable Care Challenges
Shannon Calhoun,
vice president, Caravan Health, Kansas City, Missouri

Rural hospital leaders are challenged with navigating the shaky bridge from fee-for-service and cost based payment models to value based accountable care models. A key aspect is engaging boards of trustees in support for the transformation journey. In rural communities, board members often wear many hats and are stretched thin, making the prospect of engaging them in the move into accountable care models a significant task. CMS requirements, time-frames, and planning time needed to participate in accountable care payment models make a board education strategy eminently important. This session will provide a pathway for rural hospitals leaders to engage with their boards to prepare them to support the formulation and implementation of plans to move their rural facilities into accountable care models. Participants will gain an understanding of how MACRA impacts rural hospitals and clinics, the requirements for Quality Payment Program reporting for hospital and non-hospital-based providers, and how to communicate this effectively to the board. Engaging your board around the basic components of a sound population health model will pave the way to accountable care.


• Gain an understanding of how MACRA impacts rural hospitals and clinics
• Understand accountable care models and time-frames for participation
• Review how to engage with a Board of Trustees and communicate the basic components of a sound population health model to pave the way to accountable care

Physician Engagement Within Health System Alignment and Value-Based Reimbursement Structures
Max Reiboldt, president/CEO, Coker Group, Alpharetta, Georgia

As health systems continue to navigate through changing reimbursement and delivery system paradigms, their absolute requirement of physician engagement in virtually every area of operations and strategy is paramount. Involving physicians in leadership and governance roles should not be restricted to clinical initiatives, but to strategic and tactical/operational areas as well. This session considers first-hand examples of how best to include physicians in virtually all areas of governance and operational collaboration, with particular emphasis in non-clinical areas. We will present areas of consideration wherein physicians may serve as a vital part of the governance and related matters among health system initiatives. We will also review various cultural traits within organizations and consider structural models as to best include physicians into decision making processes. In addition, we will review characteristics of physician leaders within a hospital governance environment.

As a featured deliverable, the attendees will receive specific examples of successful physician/hospital governance and leadership structures. These will apply to virtually any hospital in the United States (including Texas) and will address varying service lines. Also, we will consider nuances of delivery and size of facilities (rural, urban, and suburban) and the best structures of governance and leadership within each, again with particular focus upon those in Texas.

Member Panel: Hospital Sustainability Strategies
Joe Freudenberger, CEO, OakBend Medical Center, Richmond;  Leticia Rodriguez, CEO, Ward Memorial Hospital, Monahans

Reaching for the Stars: Excellence in Governance
Pam Knecht, president and CEO, ACCORD Limited, Chicago, Illinois.

Today, boards of not-for-profit organizations feel compelled to up their game. Most have mastered the basics of governance, and they now want to use governance best practices. They study what stellar boards are doing, so they, too, can reach for (or become) governance stars.
This presentation describes specifically how the highest-performing boards across the country are moving toward the following key governance practices:

  • Visionary, Strategic and System-focused.
  • Nimble, Streamlined and Clear.
  • Intentional, Disciplined and Consistent.
  • Competency-based, Informed and Evaluated.
  • Objective, Transparent and Accountable.

2:45-3:15 p.m.
Afternoon Break in the Exhibit Hall

3:15-4:30 p.m.
Afternoon General Session: The Broken Vessel
Rana Awdish, M.D., pulmonologist, author and patient advocate, Detroit, Michigan

Rana Awdish, M.D., focuses on what is needed to heal medicine and how medical training distances physicians from patients. It is only by giving primacy to the patient narrative, building resilience in physicians, and forming a community that we can hope to reunite the sparks to a cohesive whole, with the power to heal us all.

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Noble Allen Silent Auction & Reception

Saturday, July 28: Day Two

7:30 a.m.-Noon
Registration Open

8-9 a.m.
Certified Healthcare Trustee Breakfast - Invitation only

8-9 a.m.
General Attendee Breakfast

9-10:15 a.m.
General Session: Effective Physician Leadership
Ted James, M.D., clinical chief, medical director and professor of surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School, Boston

Effective clinical leaders are needed at all levels to help drive organizational performance, achieve clinical integration and bring about necessary innovations in care delivery. Inspired and engaged leaders become champions of change, resulting in better patient outcomes, greater professional satisfaction and enhanced organizational performance. This session will focus on developing the essential leadership skills and strategies required to successfully lead clinical teams in quality improvement and value-based care. Participants will gain practical insights into their own leadership capacity.

10:15-11:30 a.m.
Closing General Session: Leading, Building Teams, and Succeeding Through Adversity
Scott O’Grady, Air Force Veteran, F-16 pilot, Bosnian War Survivor and The New York Times Bestselling Author

Since his return from a six-day, life-and-death ordeal after his F-16 was shot down over Bosnia, Scott O’Grady has helped countless individuals and organizations learn how to adapt, change, and succeed even in the most challenging of circumstances. He has demonstrated how Fortune 500 companies can employ the lessons that helped him survive to build resilient teams, take decisive action, and demonstrate strong leadership. Audiences walk away from O’Grady’s riveting presentations with the knowledge they need to overcome obstacles and succeed, both personally and professionally.

11:30 a.m.


Register Now

Register Someone Else

Need to register via email or fax?
Click here to download our PDF registration form


Contact the Service Center at servicecenter@tha.org or 512/465-1057.