Gathering for the Greater Good

A recap of the 2018 IHA Annual Membership Meeting

Indiana hospitals are known for their collaboration. From partnering on patient safety initiatives to joining forces to advocate for sound health care policies, they regularly and routinely work together to ensure their patients receive the best possible care.

On Sept. 26 – 27, more than 400 hospital leaders demonstrated that collaborative spirit once again when they gathered at The Westin Indianapolis for the 2018 IHA Annual Membership  Meeting. As they learned from national experts and one another, these leaders discovered new ways to improve care in their facilities and ultimately advance health care across the state.


Much of the first day of the conference focused on one of the most pressing issues facing both the state and the nation: opioid abuse. IHA Chairman Kreg Gruber led a panel discussion on prescribing and addiction in the health care workplace before former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf took the stage to discuss his personal struggle with addiction and the long road to recovery.

The second day of the conference began with an inspiring presentation from Jim “The Rookie” Morris on the importance of surrounding yourself with the best people. Gloria Goins, chief diversity and inclusion officer at Bon Secours Health System in Marriottsville, Maryland, then discussed the outcomes of unconscious bias in health care. Two speakers helped prepare hospitals for the future: Economist Dr. Alan Beaulieu shared his research on emerging trends impacting health care, while Dr. Karen DeSalvo, professor of internal medicine and population health at the University of Texas Dell Medical School, spoke about the “big strategies” hospitals must adopt to meet society’s demands in the consumer-driven health care marketplace. The day ended with a powerful presentation from 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, who discussed their experiences following the 2016 mass shooting at Pulse nightclub.

In addition to the traditional programming geared toward a C-suite audience, IHA hosted the inaugural Health Care Management Summit in conjunction with the Annual Membership Meeting. A single-day event held on Sept. 26, the summit was designed to provide actionable content for health care managers across a wide range of disciplines. Steve Long, president and CEO of Hancock Health, recounted a harrowing account of a recent ransomware attack that impacted the information systems at his facility. Indiana University’s cybersecurity expert Fred Cate wrapped up the session by sharing ways we can guard against costly and damaging mistakes when ransomware attacks occur. Gallagher Executive John Walpole gave some practical crisis management response strategies pertaining to adverse events and the often simultaneous outside pressures associated with them. Parkview Health representatives shared their innovative peer coach mobile app that helps the recoveree stay connected with his or her health care providers throughout every step of the recovery process. During the final session of the Health Care Management Summit, Hall Render attorney Dana Stutzman gave a timely presentation on the complex and sometimes subjective elements of sexual harassment in the workplace. The summit was well-attended, and IHA looks forward to offering similar programming during the 2019 Annual Membership Meeting.


In addition to hearing from inspiring speakers and catching up with colleagues, attendees celebrated the great work of Indiana hospitals at the Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony. Congratulations to this year’s award winners:

John C. Render Award for Health Policy

The John C. Render Award for Health Policy is presented to those individuals who have had a significant influence on health care policy affecting Indiana hospitals. The 2018 recipient was Rep. Charlie Brown.

IHA Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award is presented each year to an Indiana hospital CEO or top administrator or executive who has made outstanding contributions to his or her organization, its patients, the community, and the health care profession. The 2018 recipient is Craig Kinyon, president and CEO of Richmond-based Reid Health.

IHA Award of Merit

The Award of Merit is presented each year to an individual who has made noteworthy contributions to the health care field. The 2018 recipient is Dr. Jerome Adams, U.S. surgeon general and former Indiana state health commissioner.

Douglas J. Leonard Indiana Caregiver of the Year Award

The Douglas J. Leonard Indiana Caregiver of the Year Award honors an individual whose performance in the delivery of care is considered exemplary by patients and peers. This year there were two recipients: Mary Puntillo, neonatal nurse clinician at Community Hospital in Munster, and Megan Schlueter, Noblesville West Middle School nurse with Riverview Health.

Thank you to all attendees, speakers, and sponsors for making the 2018 IHA Annual Membership Meeting a success. Mark your calendars now for next year’s meeting, Oct. 24–25 at The Westin Indianapolis.