WSHA and AWPHD’s 42nd Annual Rural Hospital Leadership Conference Resources

June 22, 2018


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Note: This year’s conference will also include an exhibitor gallery.

Sunday, June 24

 9:30 a.m. start Golf Tournament and Luncheon at Bear Mountain Ranch  — Hosted by Coverys and NetworxHealth

Contact Sheraine Fitzgerald at Coverys to register:

Desk: (425) 310-7132
Cell: (206) 235-7710

 6-7:30 p.m. Registration in Stehekin Ballroom Foyer — Sponsored by Dingus Zarecor & Associates PLLC

Reception on Campbell’s Resort Terrace — Sponsored by Cerner


Monday, June 25

 7:30 a.m.  Continental Breakfast/Time with Exhibitors — Sponsored by RehabVisions
 8:30-8:45 a.m., Centennial & Stehekin Ballrooms  Welcome & Opening Remarks
 8:45-9:45 a.m., Centennial & Stehekin Ballrooms  The State of Rural Health Care

  • Cassie Sauer, President & CEO, WSHA
  • Kristin Peterson, Assistant Secretary, Health Systems Quality Assurance, Washington State Department of Health
 9:45-10:45 a.m., Centennial & Stehekin Ballrooms  A Rural Primary Care Clinic’s Successful Response to the Opioid Crisis

  • Kurt DeVine, MD, CHI St. Gabriel’s Health
  • Heather Bell, MD, CHI St. Gabriel’s Health
 10:45-11 a.m.  Transition to Breakouts/Break with Exhibitors — Sponsored by Coverys
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Breakout sessions

  • Breakout 1: Centennial Ballroom: The Opioid Crisis: Strategies to Combat Addiction in Your Community
    • Ian Corbridge, Policy Director, Patient Safety, WSHA
    • Elya Moore, Executive Director, Olympic Community of Health
    • Mo Sheldon, Administrator, Odessa Memorial Healthcare
  • Breakout 2: Stehekin Ballroom: 2019 Legislative Priorities: What’s on the Horizon in Olympia and Washington, D.C.
    • Chelene Whiteaker, Senior Director, Policy Development, WSHA
    • John Flink, Federal Lobbyist, WSHA
    • Zosia Stanley, Government Affairs Director, WSHA
  • Breakout 3: Park Room: Community Partnerships in Long-Term Care
    • Jody Carona, Principal, Health Facilities Planning and Development
    • Bea Rector, Director, Home and Community Services Division, Aging and Long-Term Support Administration
    • Rosalinda Kibby, Administrator/Superintendent, Columbia Basin Hospital
 12-12:15 p.m.  Transition to Lunch/Time with Exhibitors
 12:15-1:15 p.m., Centennial & Stehekin Ballrooms  Networking Lunch & Awards Presentation — Sponsored by USI Insurance Services
 1:15-2:15 p.m., Centennial & Stehekin Ballrooms  Rural Health Transformation: Expert Perspectives — Sponsored by Astria Health

  • Sue Birch, Director, Washington State Health Care Authority
  • Rep. Eileen Cody, Chair, House Health and Wellness Committee
  • John Hammarlund, Regional Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Moderator: Jacqueline Barton True, Director, Rural Health Programs, WSHA
 2:15-2:30 p.m.  Transition to Breakouts/Break with Exhibitors — Sponsored by Coverys
 2:30-3:30 p.m.  Breakout sessions

  • Breakout 4: Centennial Ballroom: Building on Legislative Success: Implementing New Nurse Staffing and Charity Care Laws
    • Ian Corbridge, Policy Director, Patient Safety, WSHA
    • Tammy Moore, Chief Clinical Officer, Summit Pacific Medical Center
    • Zosia Stanley, Government Affairs Director, WSHA
  • Breakout 5: Stehekin Ballroom: Connecting the Mouth to the Body: Strategies for Your Community’s Dental Health
    • Jacqueline Barton True, Director, Rural Health Programs, WSHA
    • Leslie Hiebert, CEO, Klickitat Valley Health
    • Jennifer Wharton, Executive Director, Medical Group, Jefferson Healthcare
    • Hilary Whittington, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Jefferson Healthcare
  • Breakout 6: Park Room: New Health Care Disaster Preparedness and Response Structures: What Rural Hospitals Need to Know
    • Onora Lien, Executive Director, Northwest Healthcare Response Network
    • Michael Loehr, Chief of Emergency Preparedness and Response, Washington State Department of Health
    • Travis Nichols, Coordinator, Eastern Washington Healthcare Preparedness and Response
 4-4:30 p.m.  Transportation to Winery/Break with Exhibitors
 4:30-6 p.m.  Wine Tasting at Tsillan Cellars— Sponsored by Parker Smith & Feek and Hall Render Killian Health & Lyman, LLC

Each conference attendee will receive two complimentary drink tickets upon entering the winery. Additional drinks can be purchased. Buses will depart from Campbell’s starting at 4  p.m.

Tuesday, June 26

 7:30-8:30 a.m., East/West Room  New Board & Commissioner Welcome Breakfast 
 7:30-8:30 a.m., Edmunds Room  PHD Workers’ Compensation Trust Board Meeting/Breakfast
 7:30-9 a.m., Centennial/Stehekin Foyers  Continental breakfast — Sponsored by BETA Healthcare
 8-9 a.m., River Room  CEOs-Only Meeting
 9-10 a.m., Centennial & Stehekin Ballrooms  Board Leadership in Changing Times

  • Pamela R. Knecht, President & CEO, ACCORD LIMITED
 10-10:10 a.m.  Transition to breakout sessions — Sponsored by B.E. Smith
 10:10-11:10 a.m.  Breakout sessions

  • Breakout 7: Centennial Ballroom: Making a Run For It: PHDs and Ballot Measures
    • Mary Kay Clunies-Ross, Sunshine Communications
    • Sandeep Kaushik, Principal, Sound View Strategies
  • Breakout 8: Stehekin Ballroom: The Board’s Role in Physician Credentialing and Privileging
    • Taya Briley, Executive VP, WSHA
    • Rocky Kerr, MD, Chief Medical Advisor, Washington Hospital Services Peer Review
  • Breakout 9: Park Room: Preventing Violence: The Hospital’s Role in Community Safety
    • Ian Corbridge, Policy Director, Patient Safety, WSHA
    • Gretchen Youngren, Director of Development and Communications, Samaritan Healthcare
 11:10-11:20 a.m.  Break — Sponsored by B.E. Smith 
 11:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.  Breakout sessions

  • Breakout 10: Centennial Ballroom: Telling the Hospital Story: Communicating the Great Work You Are Doing Every Day
    • Rhonda Curry, VP, Membership and Communications, WSHA
  • Breakout 11: Stehekin Ballroom: Honoring Choices: Sparking Essential End-of-Life Conversations in Your Community
    • Mary Catlin, Senior Director, Honoring Choices PNW
  • Breakout 12: Park Room: Mental Health Integration in Rural Areas: A Tale of Two Models
    • Anne Shields, Associate Director, UW AIMS Center
    • Shane McGuire, CEO, Columbia County Health System
    • Maxwell Moholy, Behavioral Health Consultant, Cascade Medical Center
 12:20-1:30 p.m., River Room  Board Chair Lunch – Focus on Leadership: Harvard Business Review

  • Pamela R. Knecht, President & CEO, ACCORD LIMITED
 12:20-1:30 p.m., Centennial & Stehekin Ballrooms  Networking Lunch — Sponsored by Wipfli LLP
 1:30-1:40 p.m.  Transition to Breakouts — Sponsored by B.E. Smith
 1:40-2:40 p.m.  Breakout sessions

  • Breakout 13: Centennial Ballroom: The Public Records Act: Requirements and Ramifications
    • Morgan Damerow, Public Health Washington State Office of the Attorney General
  • Breakout 14: Stehekin Ballroom: The Board and its Duties: Must, Should, Shouldn’t, Can’t
    • Jeff Sconyers, Senior Lecturer, University of Washington
  • Breakout 15: Park Room: Interlocal Agreements: Strategies for Collaboration
    • Brad Berg, Foster Pepper, PLLC
 2:40-2:50 p.m.  Break — Sponsored by B.E. Smith
 2:50-3:50 p.m., Centennial & Stehekin Ballrooms  5 Steps to Making the Impossible Possible 

  • Ben Nemtin, #1 New York Times bestselling author
 4-5:30 p.m., River Room  Rural Hospital Committee Meeting
 6-7 p.m.  Social Hour on the Beach — Sponsored Moss Adams LLP
 7-8:30 p.m.  BBQ on the Beach

The BBQ is open to all attendees and their guests


Wednesday, June 27

 7-8 a.m., Edmunds Room  Unemployment Compensation Trust Board Meeting/Breakfast
 7-8:30 a.m.  Continental Breakfast — Sponsored by Coastal Community Bank
 8-9:30 a.m., East/West Room  AWPHD Board Meeting
 8:30-9:30 a.m.  Breakout sessions

  • Breakout 16: Centennial Ballroom: What Does Housing Have to do with Hospitals? Perspectives and Insights
    • Mike Glenn, CEO, Jefferson Healthcare
    • Eric Lewis, CEO, Olympic Medical Center
    • Elya Moore, Director, Olympic Community of Health
  • Breakout 17: Stehekin Ballroom: The Rise in Convenient Care, Retail Clinics and Robots: Health Care in the Not-Too-Distant Future
    • Kurt Mosley, VP of Strategic Alliances, Merritt Hawkins and Staff Care
  • Breakout 18: Park Ballroom: Developing Internal and Community Talent for Tomorrow’s Work Force
    • Cori Garcia Hansen, Center Director, Area Health Education Center for Western Washington
    • Scott Graham, CEO, Three Rivers Hospital
    • Krista Loney, Director, Area Health Education Center at Eastern Washington University
 9:30-9:45 a.m.  Break — Sponsored by B.E. Smith
 9:45-10:45 a.m., Centennial Ballroom  AWPHD Mid-Year Member Meeting
 10:45-11:45 a.m., Centennial Ballroom  Into the Community

  • Nancy Gorshe, Commissioner and Chairperson, Ocean Beach Hospital Board of Directors
  • Josh Martin, CEO, Summit Pacific Medical Center
  • Linda Evans Parlette, Executive Director, North Central Accountable Community of Health
  • Moderator: Claudia Sanders, Senior VP, Special Projects, WSHA
 12-1 p.m.  ACH Lunch Meeting


Thank you sponsors!

Diamond sponsors

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Platinum sponsors

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Gold sponsors

Parker Smith & Feek RehabVisions
USI Insurance Services

Silver sponsors

B.E. Smith, Inc. BETA Healthcare Group CI Security Coastal Community Bank
Dingus, Zarecor & Associates PLLC Foster Pepper, LLC Health Resource Services/Intalere Inland Imaging – CBO Solutions
Jackson Physician Search Multnomah Group, Inc.



Cerner  CIC Credit and Screening  Coverys
Docs Who Care  Evident Healthcare Services Group Hitachi Healthcare Americas
Incyte Diagnostics  Jackson Physician Search  LifeNet Pacific Rehabilitation
Performance PI Sound Physicians Turner Medical & Research Solutions VALIC


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