2014 Annual Conference

General Sessions

Friday, April 4, 2014

How the Mighty Fall:  Lessons from Industries to Protect Your Organization’s Growing Success
Jim Collins, Author, How the Mighty Fall, Good to Great and Built to Last
In the current healthcare landscape, health systems are acquiring more hospitals and single-specialty practices to create super systems of care within communities. Stakeholders are coming together to help design fully integrated systems. Many organizations are expanding to nearby cities and often other states, with the goal of being the best delivery system for patients. Every institution, no matter how great, is still vulnerable to decline. But, the symptoms of decline can be detected, allowing organizations to avoid and often reverse the damage before it’s too late. In this presentation, Jim Collins will share with you the five stages of decline and how to turn the cycle around to bring your organization back to its competitive advantage before it’s too late. Even if you’re not currently experiencing the symptoms, knowing what to avoid can help make your organization stronger and more successful.
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to describe factor and characteristics that lead to organizational decline and how to reverse the cycle and gain a competitive advantage.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Leadership and Change: It Starts with the People
Carly Fiorina, Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Hewlett-Packard Company (1999-2005) and Author, Tough Choices
When Carly Fiorina took over the helm as CEO of Hewlett-Packard, the technology industry was in its deepest downturn in 25 years. With a mandate to transform this complacent firm, Fiorina, through her visionary leadership—and the gutsy acquisition of Compaq Computer Corporation—doubled revenues, achieved the highest rate of innovation in company history, and set the stage for Hewlett-Packard to become the world’s first $100B technology company. Drawing from these trailblazing experiences at Hewlett-Packard and her celebrated career at AT&T and Lucent Technologies, Fiorina shares with audiences her wisdom on how leaders and organizations must adapt to change in a world of transition and stand up to conventional wisdom in order to shape the future.
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to describe strategies for adapting to a changing business environment, thinking innovatively, and building and sustaining successful businesses.

Health Care in America
Benjamin Carson, MD, Renowned Pediatric Neurosurgeon and Inspiring Storyteller and Author, America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great
Dr. Ben Carson is a patients’ advocate. As a cancer survivor, he knows how difficult it can be for individuals to obtain the information that is truly meaningful and important to them. In this enlightening presentation, Dr. Carson gets at the hard issues surrounding the medical field, while sharing with audiences the warm and compassionate perspective that has made him a world-renowned surgeon. He draws upon his knowledge of both interventional and preventive medicines to discuss not only improvements in personal health, but how the passage of healthcare reform will potentially make life better for all Americans.
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to discuss the impact of healthcare reform on patients and providers in today’s changing healthcare environment.

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