THA 2023 Annual Conference and Expo Materials


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

  • 8-9:30 a.m.
    Health Care Finance Update
    Anna Stelter, Senior Director of Policy Analysis, Texas Hospital Association, Austin
  • 9-10:30 a.m.
    Rural Hospital Performance Improvement in the Wake of COVID-19
    Amy Graham, Consultant, Stroudwater; Jeff Sommer, Consultant, Stroudwater; and Opal Greenway, Consultant, Stroudwater.
    • Recording – If you are registered for this session and would like the recording, please contact Service Center,
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m.
    Rural Hospital Legislative Priorities
    John Henderson, President and CEO, Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals, Austin

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
  • 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 

*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

Noon-1:30 p.m. 
Opening General Session and Earl M. Collier Award Luncheon (Livestream)
THA President and CEO Speech
John Hawkins,
President and CEO, Texas Hospital Association, Austin
Recording (mp4); Passcode: 11+gzp?o

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, Dallas

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
  • Rethinking Value-Based Enterprises to Attract and Enhance Physician Engagement (Livestream)
    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
  • Principles of Resilience for Health Care Leaders
    Cindi Baldi, Ph.D., Lead Data Scientist,On-Demand Leadership, Austin
  • 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

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
  • Keys to Stress Management for Health Care Leaders
    Cindi Baldi, Ph.D., Lead Data Scientist,On-Demand Leadership, Austin
  • Workplace Violence Mitigation Strategies (Livestream)
    Mike Dunning, Principal Consultant, The Healthcare Security Consulting Group, Atlanta
  • THA Leadership Fellows Capstone Presentations
    2022 class of THA Leadership Fellows

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

4:15-5:30 p.m. 
Afternoon General Session (Livestream)
THA Board Chair Speech
Erin Asprec, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Memorial Hermann Health System, Houston

Health Care’s New Wave of Disruption and Opportunity
Zachary Karabell, Author, Historian and Commentator
Recording (mp4); Passcode: *#dbfD6I


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
Recording (mp4); Passcode: +4Tj.@C5

10:30-11:15 a.m. 
Breakout Sessions (No Livestream Session)

  • 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
  • Employment Law Update
    Mario Barrera, J.D., Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, Austin
  • 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
  • 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

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
Recording (mp4); Passcode: .KLx7H&c