THT Healthcare Governance Conference Virtual Sessions

Texas Healthcare Trustees is happy to offer live streams of our keynote sessions and select hot-topic breakout sessions to members who are unable to attend in-person.

What will a virtual registration get you?

  • Access to THT's Healthcare Governance Conference online event platform for up to twenty staff.
  • Access to view the live streams of all three keynote sessions and two breakout sessions.
  • Up to 6 hours of continuing education credit.


Member Hospital*
Early (on or before April 30) - $335
Regular (May 1-June 18) - $370
Late (After June 18) - $405

Non-Member Hospital*
Early (on or before April 30) - $415
Regular (May 1-June 18) - $450
Late (After June 18) - $485

*The hospital registration rates above allow for up to 20 online attendees from your hospital. This rate is not applicable to a hospital system. Simple instructions on how to log in to the virtual conference sessions will be sent closer to the conference date. The individual whose information is listed on the registration form at the hospital rate will receive instructions to share with the additional attendees at their hospital.


July 23, 8:30 - 10 a.m.
Opening General Session
The Great Reassessment: What the COVID-19 Crisis Will Mean for The World Now and In The Future
Ben Hammersley,
International Strategic Forecaster and Contributing Editor to WIRED Magazine, New York

From the way we’re now trying to continue our business operations to the social realization of who and what are truly essential and valuable, to how we will relate to each other in the future, 2020 will be seen as the year that every previously held assumption was thrown up into the air. The challenge is to understand how it might land, what we can control and what we will have to wait for, and how to position ourselves to recover and flourish in the future. In this talk world-renowned futurist and thought leader, Ben Hammersley, will address the likely scenarios for a post-COVID world, the things we can do today and in the upcoming months to prepare for it, and the skills and knowledge we can start developing today to truly flourish.

July 23, 10:45 - 11:45 a.m.
Hospital Financial Health – Where Are We At?
Deborah Whitley,
Partner, BKD, Waco

What does good financial health look like? Attend this session to get an overview of the current economic landscape in health care and hear how to best position your hospital for financial success. The speakers will review how to interpret financial statements and balance sheets, and what questions to ask to get an accurate look at your hospital's financial health.

July 23, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
The Number One Governance Unmentionable: Succession Planning
Kim Russel,
CEO, Russel Advisors

Board members will agree that the most important role of the board is CEO selection and long- term retention. Then why is the subject of CEO succession planning taboo for most boards? Boards avoid this topic until CEO turnover (either planned or unplanned) is readily apparent. This places boards in a reactionary mode. This presentation will explore the reasons behind the reluctance of most boards and CEOs to tackle this topic. A step-by-step approach to conducting succession planning as an essential element of the board and CEO annual work plan will be presented. Attendees will depart this session with a proactive plan to engage the board in this vital discussion.

July 23, 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Afternoon General Session
The State of Play in the Nation’s Capital
Mara Liasson,
Journalist, White House Correspondent and Political Pundit, Washington DC

When it comes to politics and elections, Mara Liasson is of the most trusted voices in political journalism. In her positions as Political Contributor for Fox News, National Political Correspondent for NPR and the host of several award-winning newsmagazines, Liasson wields the experience needed to provide audiences with a solid understanding of the issues. In this session, Liasson will cover the recent election and the impact a new administration will have on health care policy and priorities.

July 24, 9:45 - 11 a.m.
Closing General Session
Finding Silver Linings: Experimentation, Innovation, Opportunity
Craig Deao,
Senior Leader, Managing Director, Author and National Speaker, Florida

Amidst the disruption and suffering caused by the pandemic, health care organizations also find themselves in a rare moment of grand experimentation. Fueled by sweeping changes to regulation, reimbursement and patient preferences, there has been an unprecedented wave of innovation, from the rise of telehealth to the flexibility of working from home. But which of these positive changes will sustain, and which will fade away? Local leaders have more control than they often think. This session shares a perspective on where to look for innovation, how to nurture the positive changes so they endure, and practical advice for ensuring you continue to build trusting relationships with your employees and communities.