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WSHA 2019 Rural Hospital Leadership Conference

June 23 - June 26

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Register now

Join us for WSHA and AWPHD’s annual conference that focuses exclusively on rural health care — the 43rd Annual Rural Hospital Leadership Conference June 23-26 at Campbell’s Resort in Chelan! This year’s conference includes an inspiring group of plenary speakers as well as breakout sessions that focus on governance, advocacy and safety. In addition to the conference programming, your registration includes admission to the following social events for you and your guests:

  • Cocktail reception — Sunday, June 23
  • Ice cream social — Sunday, June 23 (family friendly)
  • Wine tasting at Tsillan Cellars — Monday, June 24
  • BBQ on the beach — Tuesday, June 25 (family friendly)


Campbell’s Resort (sold out with waiting list)

Lakeside Lodge and Suites
Ask for the WSHA room block

The Midtowner Motel
Book through Campbell’s Resort at 1-800-553-8225 to make arrangements, and ask for the WSHA room block


*Subject to change

Sunday, June 23

9:30 am Golf Tournament and Luncheon – Bear Mountain Ranch

Register now — Registration includes a complimentary round of golf, a cart, golf club rentals (limited availability), beverages, awards ceremony and lunch. For more information email Sheraine Fitzgerald at sfitzgerald@coverys.com​ or call 206-235-7710.

Sponsored by Coverys, Networx Health & Intelere

6:00 – 7:30 pm Registration – Centennial Foyer

Reception – Campbell’s Resort Terrace
Sponsored by Cerner

7:30 – 8:30 pm Ice Cream Social – Stehekin Foyer/Ballroom
Sponsored by Coverys

Monday, June 24

7:30 am Continental Breakfast | Time with Exhibitors
8:30 – 8:45 am Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:45 – 9:45 am The State of Rural Healthcare
Cassie Sauer, President & CEO, WSHA
Kristin Peterson, Assistant Secretary, Health Systems Quality Assurance, Washington State Department of Health
9:45 – 10:45 am Opening Plenary
Stephanie Land
10:45 – 11:00 am Break with Exhibitors
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Breakouts

Rural Health Disparities

Financing Innovation

Employment Laws

  • Tim O’Connell, Partner, Stoel Rives LLC
12:00 – 12:15 pm Transition to Lunch | Time with Exhibitors
12:15 – 1:15 pm Lunch & Legislative Update
1:15 -2:15 pm Multi-Payer Model
Speakers TBA
2:15 – 2:30 pm Break with Exhibitors
2:30 – 3:30 pm Breakouts


Nurse Staffing

The Board’s Role in Advocacy

4:00 – 4:30 pm Transportation to Winery
4:30 – 6:00 pm Wine Tasting
Tsillan Winery
6:00 – 8:00 pm New! Hospital Members-Only Dinner (included with registration)
Sponsored by Parker, Smith & Feek, Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C., Networx Health & Intelere

Tuesday, June 25

7:30 – 9:00 am New Board & Commissioner Welcome Breakfast
7:30 – 8:30 am PHD Workers’ Compensation Trust Board Meeting and Breakfast
7:30 – 9:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 9:00 am CEOs Only Meeting
9:00 – 10:00 am Fundamentals of Community Engagement
Karma Bass
10:00 – 10:10 am Transition to Breakouts
10:10 – 11:10 am Breakouts

Implementing Legislative Changes

Board Succession and Development

  • Steve Gordon, Principal, PointB

Patient and Family Engagement

  • Dr. Thomas Workman
11:10 – 11:20 am Break
11:20 am – 1:30 pm Board Chair Lunch
Karma Bass
11:20 am – 12:20 pm Breakouts

Financial Oversights and Challenges

  • Dennis Stillman, Senior Lecturer & Program Director of the MHA programs, University of Washington

Quality and Carrying Out the Board’s Duty of Care

  • Jeff Sconyers, Senior Lecturer, University of Washington


12:20 – 1:30 pm Networking Lunch
1:30 – 1:40 pm Transition to Breakouts
1:40 – 2:40 pm Breakouts

Orienting Prospective Board Members

I Have a Quick Legal Question

  • Jennifer Burkhardt
  • Jim Fitzgerald
  • Jake Kempton

Rural OB

2:40 – 2:50 pm Break
2:50 – 3:50 pm Cracked Not Broken
Kevin Hines, Brain Health Advocate & Storyteller
4:00 – 5:30 pm Rural Hospital Committee Meeting
6:00 – 7:00 pm Social Hour on the Beach
Sponsored by Moss Adams
7:00 – 8:30 pm BBQ on the Beach
Sponsored by Wipfli LLP

Wednesday, June 26

7:00 – 8:00 am Unemployment Compensation Trust Board Meeting and Breakfast
7:00 – 8:30 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 9:30 am AWPHD Board Meeting
8:30 – 9:30 am Breakouts

Oregon Workplace Violence Tool Kit

PHD Laws: Opportunities and Restrictions

  • Oskar Rey, MRSC

Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest

9:30 – 9:45 am Break
9:45 – 10:45 am AWPHD Mid-Year Member Meeting
10:45 – 11:45 am Closing Plenary
Tony Buettner, Explorer & Entrepreneur, Blue Zones

Plenary speakers

Stephanie Land — Author

Stephanie Land Stephanie Land is the author of Maid, a story exploring issues of poverty and the stigma surrounding those working to survive and navigate a social safety net with many gaps. Land’s story unfolds in the Pacific Northwest, at a homeless shelter (and subsequent transitional housing) in Port Townsend where she and her infant daughter lived. We follow them on a journey to Missoula, Montana, where Land worked her way through college in her 30s. It was here that she finally realized her longtime dream of becoming a writer, and has since appeared in The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The Washington Post, and many other outlets.

Kevin Hines — Brain Health Advocate & Storyteller


Kevin Hines Kevin Hines is a brain/mental health advocate, award-winning global speaker, bestselling author and documentary filmmaker who reaches audiences with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live. Two years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder (19 years of age), he attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of only thirty-four to survive the fall, and the only one to regain full physical mobility. He is the only Golden Gate Bridge jump survivor who is actively spreading the message of living mentally healthy. The fall would break his body, but not his spirit. Today, Kevin dedicates his life to saving lives by spreading the message of hope and sharing his art of living mentally well. He is one of the most respected and admired voices of lived experience. Kevin’s story is a remarkable testament to the strength of the human spirit and a reminder for us to love the life we have.

Tony Buettner — Explorer and Entrepreneur, Blue Zones

Tony Buettner Tony Buettner is a former expedition member, explorer, and entrepreneur. In just one talk, Tony will share with his audience the tools to help them live longer and more fulfilled lives. After decades of travel, observation, and scientific study, Tony is the perfect expert to showcase the nine common diet and lifestyle habits that connect the Blue Zones together in longevity and health. These nine habits could add 12 years of quality life to the average American, all through a science-backed blueprint.


Thank you sponsors!

Diamond Sponsors

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Campbell’s Resort on Lake Chelan
104 W Woodin Ave
Chelan, WA 98816 United States
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