Annual Membership Meeting

Annual Membership Meeting

Hospital and health care executives from around the state will convene at The Westin Indianapolis Sept. 26 – 27 for the 2018 IHA Annual Membership Meeting. Together, they will learn about today’s emergent health care topics, discuss solutions to pressing challenges, network with colleagues and experts in the field, and celebrate the accomplishments of their peers.

The final agenda is forthcoming, but here’s a sneak peek at what’s in store:

  • A panel of IHA members will discuss opioids in the health care workplace. According to a 2014 USA Today review, more than 100,000 doctors, nurses, medical technicians, and health care aides are abusing or dependent on prescription drugs in a given year. IHA members will discuss how they are addressing this issue, which puts patients in danger and hospitals’ reputations on the line.
  • Former NFL player and Heisman Trophy finalist Ryan Leaf will explain how he went from being selected as the second overall pick in the NFL draft to serving 32 months in prison for burglary and drug charges—and how he ultimately overcame an addiction to opioids. Today, Leaf serves as program ambassador for Transcend Recovery Community, a sober-living community of nine homes in the Los Angeles, New York, and Houston areas.
  • President of ITR Economics Alan Beaulieu will share his research on emerging trends impacting health care. One of the country’s most informed economists, Beaulieu has warned that a major depression could hit the U.S. in 2030 due to rising health care costs and a growing national debt. He is the co-author of the books “Make Your Move,” “Prosperity in the Age of Decline,” and “But I Want It.”
  • Gloria Goins, chief diversity and inclusion officer at Bon Secours Health System in Marriottsville, Maryland, will discuss the true cost of unconscious bias. The outcomes of unconscious bias can be seen across all industries, but the need to mitigate it is of particular importance in the health care industry. Goins will discuss the impact of unconscious bias on safety, quality, and mortality and why cross-cultural competency is a “must have” skill.
  • Drawing from his experience on both sides of the deal, Dr. Troyen Brennan, executive vice president and chief medical officer with CVS Health and former chief medical officer with Aetna, will share the vision behind the proposed CVS Health and Aetna merger that many expect could transform the industry, bringing high hopes of lower costs for consumers. Brennan will also address topics such as the CVS response to the opioid epidemic and his experience with value-based pricing models.
  • The Pulse nightclub shooting was one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history. Mark Jones, senior vice president of Orlando Health and president of Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC), and  Dr. Michael Cheatham, trauma surgeon and ORMC chief surgical quality officer, will share their firsthand experiences and lessons learned from ORMC’s response to the shooting.


New this year is the addition of the Health Care Management Summit on Sept. 26. While content in the main general session room will continue to focus on leadership strategies at the executive level, this concurrent programming will feature practical, solutions-based content for mid- and upper-level managers. Now leaders from all levels of your organization can get the education they need in one place.

Hospital management team members are invited to attend the summit for a day of networking and interactive discussions on risk management, sexual harassment, cybersecurity, and opioid abuse in the health care environment. Each session will be structured to appeal to health care professionals in a wide range of disciplines, including human resources, finance, marketing, quality, and technology.

Here’s a preview of one of the sessions that will be offered during the Health Care Management Summit:

When Ransomware Strikes
Steve Long, President and CEO of Hancock Health; and Fred Cate, J.D., Vice President for Research, C. Ben Dutton Professor of Law, and Senior Fellow with the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research at Indiana University

Imagine that your hospital suddenly loses the ability to access electronic records, scheduling systems, and even phone service. Do you have a viable plan B to roll out when the unexpected happens?

Hancock Health President and CEO Steve Long discovered the importance of such a plan one evening last January. That night, a sophisticated criminal group from Eastern Europe launched an attack on Hancock Health’s information systems.

In a world increasingly run by computers, at the end of the day, those same computers just aren’t that secure. Long and cybersecurity expert Fred Cate will discuss the increasing threat of ransomware in the health care industry and how hospitals can avoid costly and damaging mistakes.

Save the date for the IHA Annual Membership Meeting, Sept. 26 – 27, and the Health Care Management Summit, Sept. 26, at The Westin Indianapolis. More information and registration for both events will be available soon at

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