WSHA and AWPHD 41st Annual Rural Hospital Leadership Conference – Event Resources

June 17, 2017


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Sunday, June 25

9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Park Room WRHAP Meeting at Campbell’s Resort (for members working on the project only)
9:30 a.m., Bear Mountain Ranch Golf Tournament and Luncheon at Bear Mountain Ranch — Sponsored by Coverys
 6 – 7:30 p.m., Campbell’s Resort Terrace Reception at the Campbell’s Resort Terrace (weather permitting) — Sponsored by Cerner Corporation

Registration Open in Stehekin Ballroom Foyer — Sponsored by Health Resource/Intalere


Monday, June 26

8 a.m., Centennial Ballroom Foyer Registration Open, Breakfast on Your Own
8:30 – 9:45 a.m., River Room WRHAP Hospital Board Meeting with breakfast (for members working on the project only)
9:45 – 11:15 a.m., East/West Room AWPHD Board Meeting (for AWHPD Board Members only)
 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Centennial Ballroom (streaming in Stehekin Ballroom) Conference Opening Lunch/AWPHD Mid-Year Member Meeting
1 – 1:15 p.m. Break — Sponsored by Docs Who Care
 1:15 – 2 p.m., Centennial Ballroom (streaming in Stehekin Ballroom) Conference Overview & Opening Remarks: Working Together to Make Our Communities’ Best Health

  • Cassie Sauer, WSHA President & CEO
  • John Wiesman , Washington Secretary of Health
 2 – 2:15 p.m. Transition to Breakout Sessions — Sponsored by Docs Who Care
 2:15 – 3 p.m.  Breakout sessions

  • Breakout 1: Centennial Ballroom: Serving the Unmet Need: Behavioral Health Integration Into Primary Care
    • Chelene Whiteaker, Policy Director, Member Advocacy, WSHA
    • Cat Mazzawy, Senior Director, Integrated Care, Patient Safety, WSHA
    • Mike Glenn, CEO, Jefferson Healthcare
    • Dunia Faulx, Populations Health Coordinator, Jefferson Healthcare
    • Hilary Whittington, Chief Financial Officer, Jefferson Healthcare
  • Breakout 2: Stehekin Ballroom: The Future of Rural Quality: Where We Are, Where We’re Going, and What Your Board Needs to Know
    • Claudia Sanders, WSHA Senior Vice President, Policy Development
    • Jennifer Graves, WSHA Senior Vice President for Patient Safety & Quality Operations
    • Julie Weisenburg, Board Chair, Samaritan Healthcare
    • Theresa Sullivan, President & CEO, Samaritan Healthcare
  • Breakout 3: Park Room: Community Partnerships in EMS
    • Ben Lindekugel, Executive Director, AWPHD
    • Mike Manus, Commissioner, Pend Oreille County
    • Robb Kimmes, CEO, Skyline Hospital
    • Tom Wilbur, CEO and Superintendent, Newport Hospital & Health Services
 3 – 3:15 p.m.  Break — Sponsored by Docs Who Care
 3:15 – 4 p.m.  Breakout sessions

  • Breakout 4: Centennial Ballroom: Opioid Crisis in Washington State: Building a Toolbox for Success
    • Ian Corbridge, Policy Director, Clinical Issues, WSHA
    • Cat Mazzawy, Senior Director, Integrated Care, Patient Safety, WSHA
    • Scott Kennedy, Chief Medical Offi cer, Olympic Medical Center
  • Breakout 5: Stehekin Ballroom: Tools for Bringing Oral Health into Primary Care
    • Madlen Caplow, Health Education Program Management, Washington Dental Service Foundation
    • Wendy Hughes, ARNP, Family Practice, Coulee Medical Center
    • Dr. Jill Bross, Pediatrics, Samaritan Parkview Pediatrics
  • Breakout 6: Park Room: Attracting and Retaining the Physician Workforce: Use of the Community Apgar tool — Sponsored by Wilderness Medical Staffing
    • Ed Baker, PhD, Director, Center for Health Policy, Professor, Department of Community and Environmental Health, Boise State University
    • Dr. David Schmitz, Chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
 4 – 4:30 p.m. Transportation to Winery. Buses will depart from Campbell’s at 4:15 and 5.
 4:30 – 6 p.m., Tsillan Cellars Wine Tasting at Tsillan Cellars — Sponsored by Parker Smith & Feek, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, LLC

Buses will depart from winery to return to Campbell’s at approximately 6:10, 6:50 and 7:30.

 6 – 7 p.m., Tsillan Winery – Upper Terrace PHD UC Trust Board Meeting at Tsillan Cellars (for PHD UC Trust Board Members only)
 7 – 8:30 p.m., Centennial Ballroom Foyer  Ice Cream Social — Sponsored/Hosted by Coverys

*Each conference attendee will receive two complimentary drink tickets upon entering the winery. Additional drinks can be purchased there.

Tuesday, June 27

 7 – 8:30 a.m., East/West Room New Board & Commissioner Welcome Breakfast Meeting (for Board Members and Commissioners only)
 7:30 a.m., Centennial/Stehekin Foyers Continental breakfast — Sponsored by VersaSuite
 7:30 – 8:30 a.m., River Room Hospital CEOs Only Meeting (for CEOs only)
 8:40 – 9:55 a.m., Centennial Ballroom (streaming in Stehekin Ballroom) Opening Plenary: Providing Leadership for Vulnerable Communities in Uncertain Times — Sponsored by Incyte Diagnostics

  • Maryjane Wurth,  Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, American Hospital Association; President and CEO, Health Forum
 9:55 – 10 a.m.  Break — Sponsored by B.E. Smith
 10 – 10:50 a.m., Centennial Ballroom (streaming in Stehekin Ballroom) Bringing It Local: Impact of Federal Changes on Washington State — Sponsored by athenahealth

  • Pam McEwan, CEO, Washington Health Benefit Exchange
  • The Honorable Linda Parlette, Executive Director, North Central Accountable Communities of Health
  • Chris Bandoli, WSHA Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Government Affairs
 10:50 – 11 a.m.  Break — Sponsored by B.E. Smith
 11 – 11:50 a.m., Centennial Ballroom (streaming in Stehekin Ballroom) Table Talks: How Can Your Hospital Respond to the Changing Landscape?
 12 – 1:15 p.m., Centennial Ballroom (streaming in Stehekin Ballroom) Networking Lunch & Legislative Update — Sponsored by Dingus Zarecor & Associates
 1:15 – 2:30 p.m., Centennial Ballroom (streaming in Stehekin Ballroom) Governance Plenary — The Board’s Role in Leading Through Uncertainty: Key Questions Trustees Should Ask — Sponsored by Kibble & Prentice

  • Karma Bass, Principal, Via Healthcare Consulting


 2:30 – 2:45 p.m.  Break — Sponsored by Incyte Diagnostics
 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Breakout sessions

  • Breakout 7: Centennial Ballroom: Aligning Board Leadership for Success — Sponsored by Kibble & Prentice
    • Karma Bass, Principal, Via Healthcare Consulting
  • Breakout 8: Stehekin Ballroom: Transition Strategies: Managing the Hidden Cost of Senior Leadership Changes — Sponsored by Regional Health
    • Pamela Cunningham, Senior Consultant, IRI Consultants
 3:45 – 4 p.m.  Break/free time until social hour — Sponsored by Incyte Diagnostics
 4 – 5:30 p.m. Special sessions for specific groups

  • River Room: Rural Hospital Committee Meeting & Reception (for members of the Rural Hospital Committee only)
  • Park Room: Board Chair Only Meeting — Issues that Keep You Up at Night: A facilitated discussion with Karma Bass (for Board Chairs only)
6 – 7 p.m. Social Hour on the Beach — Sponsored by Moss Adams
 7 – 8:30 p.m. BBQ on the Beach** — Sponsored by Wipfli

**Your name badge will be your ticket to the BBQ. Simply show it when you arrive. You can purchase additional BBQ tickets at the registration desk.

Wednesday, June 28

 7:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast Buffet — Sponsored by VersaSuite
 7:30 – 8:30 a.m., Edmunds Room PHD Workers Comp Board Meeting (for PHD Workers Comp Board Members only)
 8:30 – 9:45 a.m., Centennial Ballroom Sustaining Quality: Right-Sizing Rural Health Care — Sponsored by LifeNet

  • Dr. Dan Lessler, Chief Medical Officer, Washington State Health Care Authority
  • Rosalinda Kibby, Superintendent/Administrator, Columbia Basin Hospital
  • Tom Wilbur, CEO & Superintendent, Newport Hospital & Health Services
  • Nancy Gorshe, Chair, Governing Board, Ocean Beach Hospital & Medical Clinics
 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Centennial Ballroom Closing Plenary: How More Accountability is Key to the Shift to Value-Based Health Care — Sponsored by Regional Health

  • Dr. Pritpal Tamber, Co-Founder & CEO, Bridging Health & Community, the University of Birmingham, London, United Kingdom
 10:45 – 11 a.m., Centennial Ballroom Closing Remarks
 11:30 a.m., Stehekin Ballroom ACH Lunch Meeting (invited participants only): Building Rural Health System and ACH Partnerships for Medicaid Transformation Demonstration Projects



Speaker bios

Karma Bass, MPH, FACHE (Plenary session Tuesday June 27, 1:15-2:30 p.m.)

Karma Bass photoOver her 20-year career, Karma Bass has been a sought-after speaker, facilitator, and consultant with deep knowledge and experience in governance, strategic planning, philanthropy, quality oversight, health care policy, and board effectiveness.

Before founding Via Healthcare Consulting, she worked with ACCORD LIMITED, a Chicago-based consulting firm serving clients nationwide with their strategic planning, governance, speaking and board retreats. She spent two years as president and CEO of Alliance Healthcare Foundation in San Diego, California where she reported to an independent, eleven-person not-for-profit board.

Notably, Ms. Bass spent 10 years at The Governance Institute holding various positions including Vice President, Membership Services and Director of Research & Publications. During her time at The Governance Institute, she oversaw the prestigious biennial hospital governance practices survey tracking trends in US hospitals and health systems.

During three years at the Hospital Council of San Diego and Imperial Counties, she facilitated the first-ever collaborative community health needs assessment for San Diego’s 32 hospitals, responding to the then-newly-implemented California Hospital Community Benefit law. Her experience gives her a uniquely valuable perspective as a consultant to hospital and health systems boards today.

Ms. Bass is board-certified in healthcare management and holds a master’s degree in public health with a focus in health services administration from San Diego State University. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego. She lives in Carlsbad, California with her husband and two children.

Dr. Pritpal S Tamber (Plenary session Wednesday June 28, 9:45-10:45 a.m.)

Dr. Pritpal Tamber photoDr. 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 – its ability to make purposeful choices.

Dr. Tamber the former Physician Editor of TEDMED, TED’s dedicated health event. In that role, he reviewed over 1600 innovations and helped shape the 40 talks that made it into the 2013 program. It was through that role that he became convinced that current efforts in health innovation will fail to meaningfully impact population health or health equity.

In response, he founded the Creating Health Collaborative, an international group of innovators exploring health from the perspective of people and communities. Their work adopts a broader understanding of health to encompass things like safety, physical functioning, financial security, emotional security, and nourishing relationships.

The Collaborative’s membership includes individuals from Kaiser Permanente, Mayo Clinic, the California Endowment, FSG, HealthPartners, MIT, the Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund, ISAIAH, the Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund and the Democracy Collaborative.

Common to all of their innovations is the key insight that risk factors alone cannot explain why people are 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 Collaborative is now part of Dr. Tamber’s Seattle-based nonprofit, Bridging Health & Community, which takes a radical approach to ‘health equity’ and the ‘social determinants of health’. It explores how health systems can intentionally foster a community’s ‘agency’ so as to collectively agree priorities and derive, implement and evaluate solutions.

Together with his Co-Founder, Dr. Bridget B Kelly, formerly of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), they have described 12 principles to fostering agency to improve health. They work with health care, public health and philanthropy to radically transform how they approach a community’s health.

Dr. Tamber is the former Medical Director of Map of Medicine, a company that produces ‘clinical pathways’ to improve the flow of patients through health care systems. He’s also the former Editorial Director for Medicine for BioMed Central, the company that disrupted academic publishing by making open access commercially sustainable. He started his career as an editor at the BMJ.

Thank you sponsors!


Diamond Sponsors

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Platinum Sponsors

2016 Coverys Logo with INTEL TAGLINE  Premera-logo-2017
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Gold Sponsors

Dingus Zarecor & Associates  Evident
Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, P.C. Moss Adams, LLP
Parker Smith & Feek, Inc. Regional Health
Western Healthcare Insurance Trust (WHIT)


Silver Sponsors

 B.E. Smith, Inc.  Cerner Corporation
Coastal Community Bank  Docs Who Care
Foster Pepper, LLC Health Resource Services/Intalere
Healthcare Services Group Inland Imaging — CBO Solutions 
MedPro Group Multnomah Group
Nuvodia Precision Diagnostics
 RehabVisions VALIC Financial Advisors, Inc.
VersaSuite  Wilderness Medical Staffing, Inc.


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