Written by Amy Rios

On March 10, THA’s president and CEO, Ted Shaw, delivered opening remarks to nearly 1,000 attendees across the state who tuned in for THA’s first virtual conference. The record number of attendees aptly reflected the monumental year Texas hospitals have faced.

“Exactly a year ago, we were together in San Antonio at our annual conference when the news came through that the first case of COVID-19 had been confirmed in Texas. We were together, united as an industry, on the cusp of a year we would never forget.”


Conference participants attended via a streaming platform that allowed a front-row seat to every session.

The suitably themed “Future of Texas Health Care” conference provided attendees with the opportunity to hear from leaders at the state and federal level about pressing legislative issues and what to expect during the 2021 session and beyond.

Conference keynotes included Marc Boom, M.D., FACHE, THA board chair and president and CEO of Houston Methodist; Donna Brazile, political strategist and former chair of the Democratic National Committee; Gloria Goins, former chief diversity and inclusion officer at Bon Secours Mercy Health System; and Jeremi Suri, Ph.D., author, historian and distinguished chair for leadership in Global Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

The events of the past year shaped the topics discussed throughout the conference. The foremost topic being the outstanding need for affordable and equitable health care for all Texans —an issue that THA has been advocating for even prior to the legislative session.

Attendees who tuned into the keynote session with Donna Brazile and Dr. Boom were privy to an in-depth report from the White House on the ongoing effects of COVID-19 in Texas. The session also provided timely explanation of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which was signed into law by President Biden on the same day.

“There is an opportunity for Texas and the other 11 states that have opted out of expanding Medicaid to work with the Biden administration to ensure no one falls through the social safety-net,” Donna Brazile explained.

Hospitals have a big year ahead and it will require the collective voices of health care providers, patients, advocates and executives to bring the needs of our state’s hospitals to the forefront of lawmakers’ awareness.

During his chair speech, Dr. Boom concluded with a clear call to action for all health care professionals in Texas. “I believe we must build upon the collaborative foundation we created to get through the COVID-19 pandemic to reconsider how care is delivered in Texas,” said Dr. Boom. “I look forward to working alongside all of you in the months and years ahead to address these disparities and work towards health equity for all Texans.”

We remain grateful to all the attendees, speakers, exhibitors and staff whose participation made this conference a success. We hope to see you Feb. 8-9, 2022, at the Marriott Marquis Houston for the 2022 THA Annual Conference & Expo.

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