Ed Jones

As many organizations finalize budgets and travel schedules for the coming year, I hope our member executives will plan now to join us for the 2024 Executive Advisory Summit.

The 2023 event was held in Deer Valley, Utah, and over the course of two-and-a-half days in May, we convened healthcare C-suite leaders from members nationwide to hear from expert speakers and contribute to small group workshops on some of the issues facing healthcare providers.

I always find this kind of connection with our members brings immense value, and I am grateful for experiences like these that encourage collective knowledge-sharing and collaboration. Attendees had the opportunity to both learn and discuss an array of solutions in breakout sessions on a number of the healthcare industry’s biggest challenges.

The changing consumer role in U.S. healthcare and the impact it will have on new care delivery models was presented by Larry Van Horn, Executive Director for Health Affairs at Vanderbilt University.

Jim Davidson, a high-altitude expedition leader, shared insights on resiliency through stories based upon his experiences executing successful high-altitude rescue missions. He offered lessons on overcoming change, challenges and uncertainty.

As policymakers place an increased emphasis on executing ESG strategies, a session titled The “E” in ESG, offered lessons learned from a few health system environmental transformations. (It was led by Jocelyn Bradshaw, SVP, Strategic Sourcing, HealthTrust.)

A workforce strategy session discussed how to stabilize the staffing shortage crisis through recruitment, retention, alternative practice models and technology. (It was led by Brendan Courtney, President/CEO, HealthTrust Workforce Solutions and Dr. John Young, HealthTrust’s Chief Medical Officer. See related articles: A Big PLUS for Workforce Management and Addressing the Healthcare Staffing Crisis.)

The increasing complexities preventing execution in healthcare organizations and approaches to effectively overcome them was the focus of a panel I took part in. (It was moderated by Ramy Hanna, Supply Chain CEO for HCA Healthcare’s Continental Division/Mercy Roi. Other panelists were Betty Jo Rocchio, System Chief Nursing Officer, Mercy Health, and Chas Roades, CEO/Founder, Gist Healthcare.)

Feedback was positive, and attendees overwhelmingly agreed that our time together was well spent. At their suggestion, we plan to broaden the invite list for next year’s event to include even more healthcare leaders.

Recognizing Member Excellence

Speaking of experts, one of the highlights of the annual HealthTrust University Conference is honoring member organizations who have demonstrated excellence in delivering outstanding programs and services benefiting their patients and communities. Recipients of the 2023 HealthTrust Member Recognition Awards are: Franciscan Alliance, Outstanding Member; Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, Clinical Excellence; HCA Healthcare Mountain Division, Social Stewardship—Sustainability; Scripps Health, Pharmacy Excellence; United Surgical Partners International, Operational Excellence; WellSpan Health, Innovation.

Please join me in congratulating this year’s recipients; their work is featured in Members Going Above & Beyond. Discuss your successful initiatives for possible recognition through next year’s awards program with your HealthTrust Account Manager. And don’t hesitate to share how we can better serve your organization. Know we are committed to your success and that we value your trust in us.

Ed Jones
President/CEO, HealthTrust Performance Group
Publisher, The Source magazine

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