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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 — All attendees welcome — Monday, June 24
  • Dinner at Tsillan Cellers – Hospital Members Only – Monday, June 24
  • BBQ on the beach — Tuesday, June 25 (family friendly)


Campbell’s Resort (sold out with waiting list)

Lakeside Lodge and Suites (sold out)

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
Sponsored by Dingus, Zarcor & Associates, PLLC    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

Centennial & Stehekin Foyers

Continental Breakfast | Time with Exhibitors
8:30 – 8:45 am

Centennial & Stehekin Ballrooms

Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:45 – 9:45 am

Centennial & Stehekin Ballrooms

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

Centennial & Stehekin Ballrooms

Opening Plenary — Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive

  • Stephanie Land, Author
10:45 – 11:00 am Break with Exhibitors
Sponsored by RehabVisions
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Breakout 1: Centennial Ballroom: Beyond the Hospital: Partnering with Communities to Improve Rural Health

  • Sue Bergmann, Senior Director, Safety & Quality, WSHA

Breakout 2: Stehekin Ballroom: Financing Innovation

  • Brian Haapala, SVP, Dougherty Mortgage
  • Shane McGuire, CEO, Columbia County Health System
  • Caitlin Safford, Director, Government Relations, Amerigroup

Breakout 3: Park Room: 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

Centennial & Stehekin Ballrooms

Lunch & Legislative Update

Sausage Making and Card Playing: Inside Scoop on the 2019 Legislative Session

  • Lauren McDonald, Policy Director, Health Access, WSHA
  • Shirley Prasad, Policy Director, Government Affairs, WSHA
  • Chelene Whiteaker, SVP, Government Affairs, WSHA
  • Beth Zborowski, VP, Membership & Communications, WSHA
1:15 -2:15 pm

Centennial & Stehekin Ballrooms

Rural Transformation and Global Budgets: A Discussion

  • Jacqueline Barton True, Senior Director, Rural Health Programs, WSHA
  • Julie Petersen, CEO, Kittitas Valley Healthcare
  • Janice Walters, COO, Pennsylvania Department of Health
2:15 – 2:30 pm Break with Exhibitors
Sponsored by RehabVisions
2:30 – 3:30 pm Breakout 4: Centennial Ballroom: The Board’s Role in Advocacy

  • Beth Zborowski, Senior VP, Member Engagement & Communications, WSHA
  • Shirley Prasad, Policy Director, Government Affairs, WSHA

Breakout 5: Stehekin Ballroom: Stemming the Tide: Responding to Opioid Abuse in Rural Communities

  • Ken Dietrich, MD, Summit Pacific Medical Center
  • Darcy Jaffe, SVP, Safety and Quality, WSHA
  • Annie Stone, ARNP, Klickitat Valley Health

Breakout 6: Park Room: The Road to Safe Deliveries:  Navigating Rural Obstetrics 

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

Tuesday, June 25

7:30 – 8:30 am

Edmunds Room

PHD Workers’ Compensation Trust Board Meeting and Breakfast
7:30 – 9:00 am

East/West Room

New Board & Commissioner Welcome Breakfast
7:30 – 9:00 am

Centennial & Stehekin Foyers

Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 9:00 am

River Room

CEOs Only Meeting
9:00 – 10:00 am

Centennial & Stehekin Ballrooms

Fundamentals of Community Engagement

  • Karma Bass, Co-Founder, Via Healthcare Consulting
10:00 – 10:10 am Transition to Breakouts
10:10 – 11:10 am Breakout 7: Centennial Ballroom: Board Succession and Development

  • Steve Gordon, Principal, PointB

Breakout 8: Stehekin Ballroom: Ignorance is Not Bliss: New State Laws You Should Care About

  • Lauren McDonald, Policy Director, Health Access, WSHA
  • Shirley Prasad, Policy Director, Government Affairs, WSHA
  • Zosia Stanley, Associate General Counsel, WSHA

Breakout 9: Park Room: Nose in, Hands Off: Financial Oversight and Challenges for Board Members

  • Dennis Stillman, Senior Lecturer & MHA Program Director, University of Washington
11:10 – 11:20 am Break
Sponsored by RehabVisions
11:20 am – 1:30 pm

River Room

Board Chair Lunch

  • Karma Bass, Co-Founder, Via Healthcare Consulting
11:20 am – 12:20 pm Breakout 10: Centennial Ballroom: Quality & Carrying Out the Board’s Duty of Care

  • Jeff Sconyers, Senior Lecturer, University of Washington

Breakout 11: Stehekin Ballroom: Playing the Hand You’re Dealt: Implementing the New Nurse Staffing Regulations

  • Lauren McDonald, Policy Director, Health Access, WSHA
  • Darcy Jaffe, SVP, Safety & Quality, WSHA
12:20 – 1:30 pm

Centennial & Stehekin Ballrooms

Networking Lunch
1:30 – 1:40 pm Transition to Breakouts
1:40 – 2:40 pm Breakout 12: Centennial Ballroom: Emerging Technology & Telehealth

  • Cindy Jacobs, Affiliate Faculty, UW School of Law
  • Leah Rosengaus, Interim Director, UW Medicine Telehealth Services

Breakout 13: Stehekin Ballroom: I Have a Quick Legal Question: What Rural Hospital Counsel Want You to Know**

  • Jennifer Burkhardt, Chief HR Officer/General Counsel, Olympic Medical Center
  • Jim Fitzgerald, Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel (Retired), EvergreenHealth
  • Jake Kempton, General Counsel, WhidbeyHealth

Breakout 14: Park Room: Getting Potential Board Members On-Board: From Orienting Candidates to Bringing on Commissioners

  • Nancy Gorshe, Board Chair, Ocean Beach Hospital & Medical Clinics
  • Andrew Hooper, Board Chair, Summit Pacific Medical Center
  • Mary Selecky, Chair, Community Ministry Board of Directors of Providence Health Care
2:40 – 2:50 pm Break
Sponsored by RehabVisions
2:50 – 3:50 pm

Centennial & Stehekin Ballrooms

Plenary Session — Cracked Not Broken

  • Kevin Hines, Brain Health Advocate & Storyteller
4:00 – 5:30 pm

River Room

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

Edmunds Room

Unemployment Compensation Trust Board Meeting and Breakfast
7:00 – 8:30 am

Centennial Foyer

Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 9:30 am

East/West Room

AWPHD Board Meeting
8:30 – 9:30 am Breakout 15: Centennial Ballroom: Stopping Violence in Health Care

  • Katie Harris, Director of Rural Health & Federal Policy, Oregon Association of Hospitals & Health Systems

Breakout 16: Stehekin Ballroom: PHD Laws: Opportunities and Restrictions

  • Oskar Rey, Legal Consultant, MRSC

Breakout 17: Park Room: Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest: Empowering Communities with End of Life Conversations

  • Sue Bergmann, Senior Director, Safety & Quality, WSHA
  • Susan Hunt, Medical Social Worker, Care Management Department, Whitman Hospital & Medical Center
9:30 – 9:45 am Break
Sponsored by RehabVisions
9:45 – 10:45 am

Centennial Ballroom

AWPHD Mid-Year Member Meeting
10:45 – 11:45 am

Centennial Ballroom

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.


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