May 17, 2012 16:23 ET

VHA Inc. Conference Focuses on Elevating Performance to Meet Industry Challenges

Approximately 2,100 Attendees Gather in Denver to Attend Intensive Three-Day Event

IRVING, TX--(Marketwire - May 17, 2012) - VHA Inc., the national health care network, will host approximately 2,100 health care leaders from around the nation at its annual Leadership Conference, May 20-22, in Denver, Colo. Attendees will explore relevant topics ranging from the implications of health care reform to physician engagement, population health management, achieving clinical integration and the impact of health care industry consolidation.

"Our members face unprecedented challenges to deliver lower-cost, higher-quality outcomes in an environment where reimbursements continue to decrease. VHA's Leadership Conference provides them with the opportunity to meet with industry experts and knowledgeable, successful peers to learn how others are addressing these issues," said Colleen Risk, executive vice president, member networks at VHA. She added that the forum also will expose participants to VHA's latest business solutions, including the company's newly launched VHA IMPERATIV™ and VHA LYNX™, which are powered by sophisticated analytics to aid members in achieving clinical and supply chain cost savings and process improvements.

CEO Forum
On Monday, May 21, VHA will host a day-long, invitation-only CEO Forum, featuring industry experts and executive leaders of not for profit health care systems from across the country. The morning session will feature a panel discussion, "Point/Counterpoint on Health Care Policy: Where We Are Now, Where We Are Going," moderated by VHA health care reform expert Michael Regier, JD, senior vice president, legal and corporate affairs, general counsel and compliance officer, VHA. Panelists include:

  • David Cutler, PhD, Otto Eckstein professor of applied economics in the Department of Economics and the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Charles Krauthammer, MD, physician, political commentator and Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist for "The Washington Post"

The afternoon session will focus on "Health Care in Transition: Insights and Experiences," and features:

  • John Koster, MD, president and CEO, Providence Health & Services
  • Dan Wolterman, president and CEO, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System
  • Mary Naylor, PhD, RN, FANN, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia

Concluding the forum is Clayton Christensen, the Kim B. Clark professor of business administration at the Harvard Business School and author of the new book "How Will You Measure Your Life."

Keynote speakers
Several esteemed experts will provide keynote addresses that underscore the conference theme, "Performance. Elevated." with compelling stories that demonstrate the ability to confront, resolve and conquer cultural and environmental challenges. These include:

  • Sekou Andrews: actor, musician and award-winning poet and performer. Andrews harnesses the power of motivational speaking to inspire exceptional accomplishments.
  • Allison Levine: global adventurer, explorer and mountaineer. Levine has survived extreme environments and climbed the highest peak on each continent despite having had three heart surgeries.
  • Shawn Achor: author of "The Happiness Advantage." Achor's research on happiness and the human potential demonstrate how behavior creates a positive or negative organization-wide ripple effect.
  • Tony Schwartz: author of the best-selling book "The Way We're Working Isn't Working: The Four Forgotten Needs that Energize Great Performance." Schwartz offers practical ideas to accelerate change and produce organizational improvements.
  • Aron Ralston: an adventurist who cheated death in a Utah canyon when a suspended boulder dislodged on his descent, crushing his right hand and forearm and pinning him to the canyon wall. The film "127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place," chronicles Ralston's chilling story.

Educational sessions
Structured by educational and professional disciplines, these continuing education accredited sessions feature speakers from VHA, member health care organizations and acknowledged industry experts discussing key topics and trends. Sample sessions include:

  • "Supply Chain's C-Suite Spot," a panel discussion moderated by Healthcare Purchasing News' senior editor Rick Dana Barlow with panelists Christian Parrish, vice president, supply chain operations, Aultman Hospital, Canton, Ohio; Paul Kronenberg, MD, CEO, Crouse Hospital, Syracuse, NY; Michael Fegley, director, materials management, Crouse Hospital, Syracuse, NY; and Michael Hildebrandt, CRMP, MS, associate vice president, supply chain, Scottsdale Healthcare, Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • "Baptist Health's Journey to Clinical Integration and the Role of Finance," presented by Scott Fenn, chief integration officer, and Greg Johnston, chief financial officer, both of Baptist Health System, Birmingham, Ala.
  • "Of Lions and Lambs: Transforming Physician/Nurse Communication," presented by Kathleen Bartholomew, MN, RN, speaker, facilitator and health care consultant and Joe Bujak, MD, FACP, speaker, facilitator and health care consultant.
  • "Protecting Your Margin in a Bundled Care Environment," presented by Peggy Naas, MD, MBA, vice president, physician strategies, VHA Inc., and Bob Kelly, senior vice president, Center for Healthcare Analytics, Thomson Reuters.
  • "The Changing Pharmaceutical Pipeline: The Promise and Practice Implications of Biosimilars," jointly presented by Steven Lucio, PharmD, BCPS, director, pharmacy, Novation; and, Ross Day, RPh, director, pharmacy business unit, Novation.

Additionally, VHA will recognize high-achieving members on May 20 for their outstanding performance in four separate areas: Clinical Excellence, Supply Chain Management Excellence, Sustainability Excellence and Community Benefit Excellence. VHA Leadership Award winners will be posted following the event at and through Twitter @vhaevents.

VHA also will host its supplier exposition Monday and Tuesday, May 21 and 22, featuring more than 300 contracted Novation suppliers showcasing the latest health care products and services.

About VHA Inc.
Based in Irving, TX, VHA Inc. is a national network of not-for-profit health care organizations that work together to drive maximum savings in the supply chain arena, set new levels of clinical performance, and identify and implement best practices to improve operational efficiency and clinical outcomes. Since 1977, VHA has leveraged its expertise in analytics, contracting, consulting and networks to help members achieve their operational, clinical and financial objectives. In 2011, VHA delivered record savings and value of $1.8 billion to members. VHA serves more than 1,350 hospitals and more than 30,000 non-acute care providers nationwide, coordinating delivery of its programs and services through its 15 regional offices. VHA has been ranked as one of the best places to work in healthcare by Modern Healthcare since the publication introduced this list in 2008.

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