7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. 

7-8 a.m. 
Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall  

7-8 a.m. 
Horace Cardwell ACHE Affiliates Breakfast
Join colleagues for networking, breakfast, and chapter and regent awards presentations.   

8-11:30 a.m. 
Rural Health Care Workshop* 

8-11:30 a.m. 
ACHE Face-to-Face Sessions* 

  • 8-9:30 a.m.
    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    Jose Ferrua, MBA, CEO, JOL Healthcare, Inc., Austin; Julian Slocum, United States Army-Retired, Equal Employment Opportunity Manager, VA Central Texas Health Care System, Temple; and Christann Vasquez, Chief Operating Officer, Ascension Texas, Austin; moderated by Hester Agudosi, Founder/CEO, E2 Equitable Ecosystems LLC, Newark, Deleware
    The communities for which health care organizations operate are rapidly diversifying. Not only do they provide care for a diverse community of patients and families, but their workforce is also changing, and at times does not reflect the patient community. The business implications and imperatives health care organizations face concerning diversity, equity, and inclusion are immense. Diverse communities often require different care needs, improved quality, new or modified operational processes and services, and strategic planning for a varied patient demographic. It is incumbent on health care organizations and their leaders to both understand and embrace the needs of diverse populations. Leader’s abilities to respond to the needs and preferences of a broader customer base will be critical to their financial and operational success.
  • 10-11:30 a.m.
    Improving the Health Status of Your Community
    Jon Calvin, FACHE, CEO, Lone Star Circle of Care, Austin; and Thomas Wm. Jackson, CEO, St. David’s North Austin Medical Center; moderated by Sarah Churchill Llamas, J.D., Shareholder Chair, Healthcare Industry Group, Winstead, Austin 
    Health care organizations exist to serve the communities in which they reside. Though community health has always been a focus for these organizations, new regulations require them to take an active role. The health of a community or geographic population has a critical impact on a health care organization’s planning, operations, financial sustainability, outcomes and success. Due to the implementation of the key components of the health care reform by legislation, it will be even more important that provider organizations are both aware of and responsive to the health status and disease states that are most prevalent in their communities. Not only is a population-based focus the right thing to do, but it may prove to be the financially astute course of action.

*Additional registration fee applies 

11:30 a.m.-Noon
Break in the Exhibit Hall

  • 11:45 a.m.-Noon
    Bite-Size Education Session: Improving Cost Center Infrastructure Leading to Enhanced Patient/Employee Satisfaction Scores
    Rob Garapola, Director of Business Development, Compass One/Unidine, Boston
    This session will challenge and encourage you to consider how enhancing your cost centers can lead to revenue generation. Adding benefits and bridging the gap between the hospital’s capabilities and patient/staff desires, to improve satisfaction. 

Noon-1:30 p.m. 
Opening General Session and Earl M. Collier Award Luncheon
Join us as we kick off the conference honoring the recipient of the Earl M. Collier Award for Distinguished Health Care Administration, and additional THA award winners.

THA President and CEO Speech
John Hawkins,
President and CEO, Texas Hospital Association, Austin

1:30-2 p.m. 
Break in the Exhibit Hall

  • 1:30-1:45 p.m.
    Bite-Size Education Session: Rural Recovery Case Study: An Inside Track to Recruiting Physicians to Rural Texas
    Dane Altman, Senior Vice President, Jackson Physician Search, Georgia
    In this session, the speakers will share rural recruitment case studies that highlight what it takes to successfully recruit physicians to Texas. They will provide a candidate sourcing roadmap as well as physicians’ expectations for compensation, work-life benefits, and culture fit.

2-2:45 p.m. 
Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Advocacy 101: Getting Involved in the Legislative Process
    Meghan Weller, Director, Government Relations, Texas, HCA Healthcare, Austin; and David White, Founding Partner and CEO, Public Blueprint, Austin; moderated by Carrie Kroll, Vice President of Advocacy, Public Policy and Political Strategy, Texas Hospital Association, Austin
    Advocacy is a key part of hospital leadership responsibilities – whether that is advocacy at the hospital, state or federal levels. Attend this session to learn how a bill becomes a law, the highs and lows of the legislative process and the role that grassroots engagement plays in a successful advocacy program.
  • Rethinking Value-Based Enterprises to Attract and Enhance Physician Engagement
    Darren Skyles, J.D., Attorney at Law, Health Care Innovation Team; and Neha Matta, J.D., Attorney at Law, Health Care Practice, Frost Brown Todd LLP, Austin
    This session will discuss the Stark Law exceptions and Anti-Kickback safe harbor addressing value-based arrangements. Specifically, the speakers will touch on the key specifics and nuances in the regulations on value-based care arrangements that offer financial opportunities between hospitals and their physician staffs to reduce costs and improve the quality of patient care.
  • Principles of Resilience for Health Care Leaders
    Cindi Baldi, Ph.D., Lead Data Scientist,On-Demand Leadership, Austin
    In this interactive session, the speaker will walk attendees through the three scientific principles of resiliency and how these principles play out within their roles as frontline and administrative health care workers. The speaker will elaborate on best practices in applying these principles at both the individual and organizational levels.
  • Falling In and Out of Love with Interoperability: Lessons Learned and What to Expect
    George Gooch, CEO, Texas Health Services Authority, Austin; Cesar Lopez, J.D., Associate General Counsel, Texas Hospital Association, Austin; and Bryan “Buzz” White, CEO, ChartPath, Austin
    Attend this session to review the current health information exchange landscape at the local, state and federal level as well as the implications and value-propositions for hospitals. The panel will review practical implementation of requirements under the 21st Century Cures Act and strategies to comply with the Information Blocking Rule.

3-3:45 p.m. 
Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • When the Unthinkable Happens
    Leni Kirkman, Chief Marketing Communications and Corporate Affairs Officer, University Health System, San Antonio; Leigh Strope, System Director, External Affairs, CHRISTUS Health, Dallas; and Natasha Barrett, Public Relations Manager, Texas Children’s Hospital, House; moderated by Carrie Williams, Chief Communications Officer, Texas Hospital Association, Austin
    What do you say when your hospital is faced with a crisis or unthinkable tragedy? Texas hospitals have weathered their fair share of crises amid a pandemic – Uvalde school shooting, Winter Storm Uri, Astroworld injuries and hurricanes. Communication can make or break a hospital’s response. Hospital communications experts will discuss their own experiences on the frontlines and offer tips on handling tough questions and delicate information – both internally and externally – during an emergency.
  • Keys to Stress Management for Health Care Leaders
    Cindi Baldi, Ph.D., Lead Data Scientist,On-Demand Leadership, Austin
    For her second session, Baldi will dive into how health care leaders can identify characteristics of stress and apply solutions to help manage that stress. In addition, she will review how health care leaders can create and foster a safe space for employees to access the support that they may need.
  • Workplace Violence Mitigation Strategies
    Mike Dunning, Principal Consultant, The Healthcare Security Consulting Group, Atlanta
    In this session, Mike Dunning will dive into the components needed to create a workplace violence prevention strategy within your organization. Dunning will address the cost of violence versus the cost of prevention and will explore how a robust prevention strategy can contribute to staff retention and recruitment.
  • THA Leadership Fellows Capstone Presentations
    2022 class of THA Leadership Fellows
    • Addressing the Nursing Workforce Shortage
    • Future Impact of Contract Labor
    • Violence Against Health Care Workers

3:45-4:15 p.m.
Break in the Exhibit Hall

  •  3:45-4 p.m.
    Bite-Size Education Session: How Peterson Regional Medical Center Achieved 90th Percentile for CHF Readmissions
    Paul Gravel, M.D., Medical Director and Regional HM Quality Director, USACS South, Ohio
    This session will describe how Peterson Regional Medical Center collaborated with US Acute Care Solutions to identify CHF patients at high risk for readmission. The speaker will walk through the collaboration with a Peterson CHF nurse navigator, to establish transitions of care which have successfully reduced readmissions.

4:15-5:30 p.m. 
Afternoon General Session 

5:30-6:30 p.m. 
Welcome to Austin Reception Featuring the Kristen Gibbs Band
Enjoy a drink and snack while enjoying the best of local Austin music. Visit our vendor booths while you are there for a chance to win some great prizes!


7:30-11 a.m. 

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. 
Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall  

8:30-10 a.m. 
Morning General Session
Texas Legislative Update
Jennifer Banda, Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Public Policy, Texas Hospital Association, Austin

Health Care and Hospital Priority Issues
Bryan Daniel, Chairman, Texas Workforce Commission, Austin; Cecile Erwin Young, Executive Commissioner, Texas Health and Human Services, Austin; and Jennifer Shuford, M.D., MPH, Interim Commissioner, Texas Department of State Health Services, Austin (invited)
Moderated by John Hawkins, President and CEO, Texas Hospital Association, Austin
Don’t miss this discussion held with state agency leadership to discuss their oversight and work being done on hospital and health care priority issues appearing before the state legislature. Discussion topics will include staffing, hospital funding and more.

10-10:30 a.m. 
Break in the Exhibit Hall 

10:30-11:15 a.m. 
Breakout Sessions

  • Pediatric Behavioral Health Trends
    Marni Elyse Axelrad, Ph.D., Clinic Chief of Psychology Service, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston; and Jessica Knudsen, CEO/President, Clarity Child Guidance Center, San Antonio
    This session will identify current state trends in pediatric behavioral health needs in the acute care and behavioral health hospital setting. In addition, the speakers will review the impact that the pandemic has had on pediatric behavioral health patients and the legislative call to action items that are needed based on the data.
  • Employment Law Update
    Mario Barrera, J.D., Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, Austin
    Mario Barrera, partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, will discuss the various health care employment law changes that have occurred during the past year and the compliance issues that these changes raise for employers.
  • Heath Care Legal Hot Topics
    Heather De La Garza, J.D., Assistant General Counsel; Cesar Lopez, J.D., Associate General Counsel; and Steve Wohleb, J.D., Chief Legal Officer, Texas Hospital Association, Austin
    Hospitals face a range of legal issues on a day-to-day basis. This session will review the most pressing legal issues that Texas hospitals have had to address over the past year including updates on recent litigation, federal and state rulemaking, and more. In addition, the panel will discuss the bills before the 88th Texas Legislature most impacting Texas hospitals.
  • The Keys to a Successful Hospital Board Chair and CEO Relationship
    Amy Eskew, President and CEO, Texas Healthcare Trustees, Austin and Senior Director of Strategic Program Management, Texas Hospital Association, Austin; and Kevin Reed, J.D., Partner, Reed Claymon Meeker and Hargett, LLC, Austin
    The board and CEO relationship is important to the success of any organization and should be based on trust and collaboration. In this session, we will discuss key characteristics of successful CEO-board relationships and how to avoid common missteps. Whether you’re a rising leader, new CEO or seasoned executive, this session will serve as a helpful primer and cover how to navigate real world situations that arise between hospital boards and CEOs.

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 
Closing Lunch Keynote: Political Debate 
Scott Braddock, Editor, The Quorum Report, Austin; Emily Ramshaw, Co-Founder and CEO, The 19th News, Austin; moderated by Sewell Chan, Editor in Chief, The Texas Tribune, Austin
The attendee favorite is back! Don’t miss this lively discussion featuring some of Texas’ leading journalists to provide perspective on the hottest political issues at the state and national level.