2022 AHA Rural Health Care Leadership Conference Handouts

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Sunday, February 6, 2022



The Trustee’s Role in Advancing Rural Vaccine Confidence
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.  
Sean Barry, Senior Associate Director of Media Relations, American Hospital Association
Joel Beiswenger, President and Chief Executive Officer, Tri-County Health Care
Ryan Smith, Chief Executive Officer, South Peninsula Hospital
Christy Tuomi, DO, Chief Medical Officer, South Peninsula Hospital

Teaming Up for Innovation: Improving Access to Care through Strategic Partnerships and Alliances
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
John T. Supplitt, Senior Director, Field Engagement, Rural Health Services, American Hospital Association
Richard Allen, Chief Executive Officer, Warren General Hospital
Carol Friesen, FHFMA, Chief Executive Officer, OSF Northern Region, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center
Rachelle H. Schultz, EdD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Winona Health

Monday, February 7, 2022

Story Slam

The Human Side of the Value Equation: Strategies to Enhance the Patient Experience

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.


Health Equity Partnership for the Uninsured in a Rural Critical Access Hospital
Neil Bard, MD, President, Richland Community Free Clinic and Medical Director of the Richland Hospital Clinics, Richland Community Free Clinic/Richland Hospital


Community Paramedicine in Rural America: Overcoming Disparities in Access to Care
Deborah Burchfield, DNP FNP-C APRN, Franklin Community Health Network, MaineHealth


It Takes a Village to Deliver Value-based Care
Caitlin Tilley, BSN, RN, CEN, SANE, Director of Care Coordination and Blueprint Program Manager, Southwestern Vermont Health Care


Strategy Sessions

The Next Frontier: Expanding Access in Rural Areas through Virtual Care
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. 
Bill Gassen, President & Chief Executive Officer, Sanford Health
Matthew Hocks, Chief Operating Officer, Sanford Health

Combating Maternal Morbidity and Mortality as a State
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Aisha Syeda, MPH, Program Manager, Strategic Initiatives, American Hospital Association
Vicki Buchda, MS, RN, NEA-BC, Vice President of Care Improvement, Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association
Katherine Glaser, MD, MPH, FACOG, Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation
Jennette Larsen, RN, CDE, CPT, Director Quality Management, Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center


The Board Chair and the CEO:  Moving Beyond Peaceful Coexistence
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Kim Russel, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer, Russel Advisors 
Richard Evnen, Past Chair, AHA Committee on Governance, Bryan Health Board of Trustees

Improving Patient Care with 340B and Rural ACOs
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Michelle Franklin, Chief Executive Officer, Sullivan County Community Hospital
Lynn Barr, Founder and Executive Chairwoman, Caravan Health
Britney Ruegsegger, Regional Vice President, Caravan Health

Lessons In Covid Crisis Planning and Action from a Rural California Hospital
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Martin Entwistle, MD, Associate Chief Medical Officer, Marshall Medical Center
Peter Barba, MD, Foundation Medical Director, Marshall Medical Center

Hot Topic Roundtables


Proven Techniques to Bring Clinical and Administrative Staff into Productive Partnerships
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Amy Hart, Chief Operating Officer, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center
Adam English, ARNP/Director of Adult Reconstruction, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center


Innovative Management of High Risk Patients in a Rural Setting: A Population Health Approach
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. 
Laura Manning, Associate Vice President, Population Health, The Guthrie Clinic


Addressing Opioid Use Disorder During Acute Hospitalization
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. 
Richard Bottner, Director of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, Colorado Hospital Association


Leverage Your Data to Hold Payers Accountable
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Doug Shaw, Senior Vice President, American Hospital Association 
Travis Gentry, Co-Chief Executive Officer, ATEX Financial 
Rich Rasmussen, President and Chief Executive Officer, Montana Hospital Association
Molly Smith, Group Vice President for Public Policy, American Hospital Association 
Tamie Young, FHFMA, Assistant Administrator, Revenue Cycle and Physician Practice Management, Stillwater Medical

Out-of-the-Box Consumer Rural Health Innovation: Responding to the Needs of Consumers with New Services and Technologies

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Don McDaniel, Chief Executive Officer, Canton & Company
William Streck, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Monarch Health Solutions


The No Surprise Act: An Overview for Health Care Leaders
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. 
John Kaszuba, Regional Vice President, Business Development, PFC USA

Strategy Sessions


On the Road to Resiliency: An Exploration of Resources to Address Challenges Relevant to Mass Violence Incidents for Rural Hospitals, Health Care Systems and Communities
3:30 – 4:45 p.m.
Veronica Sanchez, Executive Director, Camino Real Community Services

Anne Seymour, Associate Academic Program Director, National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center
Michael G. Schmidt, Environmental and Health Crimes Expert, National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center
Jordan A. Steiger, Senior Program Manager, Clinical Affairs and Workforce, American Hospital Association

Improving Health Equity: A Screening of Toxic: A Black Woman’s Story

3:30 – 4:45 p.m. 
Priya Bathija, JD, MHSA, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, American Hospital Association
Jacquelyn Frombach, DNP, RN, Chief Nursing Officer- East Region Chair, CNO Council, Marshfield Clinic Health System
Mary Ellen Pratt, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer, St. James Parish Hospital
Rachelle H. Schultz, EdD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Winona Health

How the COVID-19 Pandemic Helped One Rural Community Advance Health Equity and Eliminate Disparities through Established Collaborations: Changing the Future of Health Care
3:30 – 4:45 p.m.
Lori Weston, Administrator, Intermountain Park City Hospital
Diego Zegarra, Vice President of Equity and Impact, Park City Community Foundation


Clinical Governance: Best Practices for Creating Consistency of Care and Reimbursement
3:30 – 4:45 p.m. 
Cheyenne Santiago, Managing Editor, MCG Health

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Sunrise Sessions


The Rural Emergency Hospital: A Clear-Eyed Assessment of the New Model
7:15 – 8:15 a.m.
Joseph Lupica, JD, Chairman, Newpoint Healthcare Advisors; Member, National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
Tom Morris, Associate Administrator for Rural Health Policy, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
George Pink, Humana Distinguished Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Senior Research Fellow at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, and Deputy Director of the NC Rural Health Research Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Patricia Schou, Executive Director, Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network


A Discussion on the Principles of Infrastructure Capital Planning
7:15 – 8:15 a.m.
Jonathan Flannery, Senior Associate Director of Advocacy, American Society for Healthcare Engineering
Mark Mochel, Senior Vice President, Facility Health, Inc. 

Strategy Sessions


Improving Health Outcomes and Reducing the Societal Burden Resulting from Non-Management of Chronic Conditions and Misuse of Emergency Services
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
Ashley Ballah, Director, North Central EMS, Fisher-Titus Health
Matthew Mattner, Chief Operations Officer, Fisher-Titus Health


Can a Rural Community be Financially Successful in Value-based Care?
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Paul Stewart, President & Chief Executive Officer, Sky Lakes Medical Center


Independence or Merger: A Board’s Most Difficult Decision
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. 
Brook Ward, MPA, President & Chief Executive Officer, Washington Health System
Guy Masters, MPA, President, Masters Healthcare Consulting


Rural Roundtable: Health Equity in Action
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Leon D. Caldwell, Senior Director, Health Equity Strategies and Innovation, Institute for Diversity and Health Equity, American Hospital Association 

Leveraging Health Care and Community Development Partnerships to Improve Rural Health: Pathways to Building Resilient Healthy Communities
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
Douglas Jutte, MD, Executive Director, Build Healthy Places Network
Carey Rothschild, Director Community Health Policy & Strategy, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
Caitlin Cain, LISC Vice President and Rural LISC Director

Living the Mission: The Path to Building a Diverse Governing Board

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
Karma Bass, MPH, Principal, Via Healthcare Consulting
Maria Hernandez, PhD, President and Chief Operating Officer, Impact4Health

Behavioral Health: Meeting Community Need through Partnership
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
Kendra Thayer, SVP of Patient Care Services, Chief Nurse Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Garrett Regional Medical Center
Jennifer Weiss Wilkerson, Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Sheppard Pratt 
Deepak Prabhakar, Outpatient Medical Director, Sheppard Pratt


COVID in the Rear View (or is it?): Lessons for Governing Differently in Health Care’s New Normal
1:45 - 3:00 p.m.
Jamie Orlikoff, President, Orlikoff & Associates, Inc., National Advisor on Governance and Leadership to the American Hospital Association, and health care governance expert

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Strategy Sessions


Eliminating Health Disparities in Your Community through Z Codes  

7:30 – 8:45 a.m. and 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. 
Karen Bartrom, Director of Clinical Integration & Documentation, Cameron Memorial Community Hospital 

Madeline Wilson, Quality & Patient Safety Advisor, Indiana Hospital Association 


Driving Value and Enhancing Affordability through Operational Improvements
7:30 – 8:45 a.m. and 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. 
Erin Griffes, Director, Clinical Nursing, Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City 

Beth Langenburg, Chief Operating Officer, Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City


The Board’s Role in Population Health Improvement and Community Health Outcomes
7:30 – 8:45 a.m.
Linda Summers, Chief Operating Officer/Senior Principal, Via Healthcare Consulting