Annual Membership Meeting 2017

Creating a culture of sustainable innovation 

Each year, Hoosier hospital leaders come together to learn, network and strategize at the IHA Annual Membership Meeting. The 2017 meeting is coming up Nov. 1-2 at the Westin Indianapolis.

This year’s theme is “Creating a Culture of Sustainable Innovation,” and we anticipate a thought-provoking event from start to finish. In the spirit of Hoosier innovation, our meeting kicks off with the Opening Luncheon where we will honor the extraordinary work of former Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar by awarding him with the John C. Render Award for Health Policy. Sen. Lugar has done so much for health care in our state, and we are honored to recognize his contributions formally on behalf of all Indiana hospitals.

Attendees will have the unique opportunity to hear a friendly conversation between John Render and Sen. Lugar. They will take questions from the audience and talk about the changes of health care in Indiana and what is going on at the national level.

NEW IN 2017!

This year’s programming begins Wednesday, Nov. 1, at noon with our Opening Luncheon, honoring Sen. Lugar. Wednesday’s sessions end at 4 p.m., and the member reception and awards banquet takes place that evening from 6 to 9 p.m.

Programming on Thursday, Nov. 2, begins at 7:30 a.m. with Allison Melangton’s talk at the Leadership Breakfast & Address and adjourns with former Amazon Executive John Rossman at 3 p.m.

As evidenced by Sen. Lugar’s achievements, we don’t have to venture far to find outstanding innovation at work in our state. We’re excited to have the chance to give the spotlight to our members as they present their original innovative initiatives in the form of short “Tek Talks,” which will be woven into the day-and-a-half long meeting agenda. A hybrid of the TeKolste Address of years past, the “Tek Talk” concept is designed to be a living memorial to IHA’s first president, Elton “Tek” TeKolste, and his scholarly pursuit and desire to continue the intellectual dialogue among our members.


Innovation in Clinical Practice. It has been understood for some time that risk factors alone cannot explain why someone is healthy or sick. The missing link is whether people have a sense of control over their lives, something that requires individuals and communities to have ‘agency’ – the ability to make purposeful choices. Dr. Pritpal S. Tamber is the Co-Founder and CEO of Bridging Health & Community, a Seattle-based nonprofit dedicated to transforming how we approach health, so that it goes beyond health care and public health to include fostering the ‘agency’ of a community. He will join us to share 12 principles he has gleaned from his research and show us how our health systems can intentionally foster a community’s ‘agency’ so as to improve its health.

Leadership Breakfast & Address. At our Leadership Breakfast & Address on Thursday, we will feature yet another Hoosier innovator. Allison Melangton is the senior vice president at Hulman Motorsports Corporation and is responsible for overall production of all major events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Prior to this role, she was on the executive team at Indiana Sports Corp. She served as CEO and president of the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee from 2008 through 2012. Widely regarded as the most engaging and successfully organized Super Bowl in history, Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis featured the Super Bowl Village, which drew more than 1.1 million people to downtown Indianapolis, $154 million of investment in the city’s Near Eastside through the Legacy Project and more than 8,000 volunteers serving in a variety of roles.

Innovation Through Philanthropy. Addressing innovation on a global, philanthropic level is Ben Nemtin, author and co-star of MTV’s The Buried Life. Nemtin will share his thought-provoking and moving story highlighting the goals and dreams shared with his three buddies. Their “100 things to do before they die” list morphed into a journey around the globe, helping strangers achieve their own dreams. For every item the guys crossed off their list, they reciprocated and helped a stranger with theirs.

Global Innovation. Sharing his experience assisting clients in executing new, sustainable business models that foster a culture of innovation is John Rossman, former executive at the uber-innovative, author and expert on digital disruption and process efficiencies.

The Politics of Health Care. Senior Political Analyst for MSNBC and Bloomberg News Mark Halperin will wrap up the day’s general sessions on Wednesday. The acclaimed author of “Game Change” and “Double Down: Game Change 2012” will talk about the political climate and its dramatic effect on health care.

Awarding Innovation. The Annual Membership Meeting is also host to our Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony. The evening reception and dinner offer the perfect opportunity to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of several exceptional members and their health care facilities.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. Visit for more information.

QUESTIONS? Contact Laura Gilbert at