Every June, rural health care leaders gather to connect with colleagues, hear from thought-provoking speakers and take a moment to step away from the day-to-day to gain a new perspective. The 2019 Rural Hospital Leadership Conference agenda promises to deliver on these goals.
Two plenary speakers will share their stories of overcoming poverty and mental illness. Stephanie Land, author of Maid: Hardwork, Low-Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive, began her journey out of poverty with social services in Port Townsend, Washington. In 2000, Kevin Hines attempted to take his own life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. He’s one of less than 1 percent to survive the fall. Kevin is now a brain health advocate whose talk Cracked Not Broken details a journey of hope, healing and resilience.
We’ll also dive into Blue Zones, five areas of the world where people live the longest, with explorer and researcher Tony Buettner.
This year’s conference offers an enhanced governance track, as part of the pilot year of WSHA’s Health Care Governance certification. This aims to ensure governing boards can easily access the education and best practices they need to be most effective in a rapidly changing and complex environment. Six sessions offered during the June conference will count toward the required 12 hours of education needed for initial certification, including:
- Public Hospital District Law: Opportunities & Restrictions
- Quality & Carrying Out the Board’s Duty of Care
- Financial Oversight & Challenges
- Fundamentals of Community Engagement
- I Have a Quick Legal Question: Perspectives from General Counsel
- Hospital Boards & Advocacy
The Rural Hospital Leadership conference kicks off on Sunday June 23, with a reception and a return of the very popular ice cream social. We’re also very excited to announce the expansion of our winery reception to include dinner for WSHA hospital members.
We hope to see you and your governing boards in Chelan!