THA 2024 Annual Conference Materials


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1-4 p.m.
Cybersecurity Workshop*

  • 1-1:30 p.m.
    Overview of Cyber Threat Landscape
    John Riggi, 
    National Advisor for Cybersecurity and Risk, American Hospital Association; and local FBI and CISA representatives
    • If you are registered for this session and would like the presentation, please contact Service Center, [email protected]
  • 1:30-4 p.m.
    Cyber Attack Exercise for Hospital Leaders: Making Strategic and Life Safety Decisions Under Pressure
    John Riggi, National Advisor for Cybersecurity and Risk, American Hospital Association; and local FBI and CISA representatives
    • If you are registered for this session and would like the presentation, please contact Service Center, [email protected]

*Additional registration fee applies 


7:30-8 a.m.
Microlearning Sessions

  • Strengthening Healthcare Cybersecurity: One Hospital’s Success Story
    Sameer Bhalotra, Co-Founder and CEO, ActZero, San Francisco
  • Clinical Alignment: Unlocking New Efficiencies Through Integrated Acute Care
    Brandon Lewis, D.O.,
    President, USACS South Division

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

  • 8-9:30 a.m.
    Hospital Finance Update
    Anna Stelter, Vice President of Policy, Texas Hospital Association, Austin
  • 9-10 a.m.
    The 2024 Leadership Outlook: Six Critical Trends Facing Today’s Leaders
    Jeff Whitehorn, Executive Coach/Speaker/Author/Facilitator, Whitehorn Coaching and Consulting
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m.
    Meeting Health Care Demand in Rural Communities – Scenario Modeling for Key Clinical Volumes
    John Downes, MBA, Principal, Stroudwater

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

  • 8-11:30 a.m.
    Financial Management for Health System Leaders
    Cristian Lieneck, Ph.D., FACHE, Associate Professor — School of Health Administration, Texas State University, San Marcos

*Additional registration fee applies 

9-10 a.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Revolutionizing Health Care Education: A Blueprint for Success
    Jeff Frey, MCS, Ph.D., MBA,
    Vice President of Innovation, Abilene Christian University
    • Presentation
  • Addressing Difficult Medical Staff Issues
    Elle Cochran, J.D.,
    Partner; Ashley Todd, J.D., Partner; and Tracy Wolf, J.D., Partner, Husch Blackwell LLP

10:30-11:30 a.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Hospital Finance Update
    Anna Stelter,
    Vice President of Policy, Texas Hospital Association, Austin
  • AI in Health Care
    Barbara Bennett, J.D.,
    Partner, Frost Brown Todd LLP, Nashville; and Darren Skyles, J.D., Attorney at Law, Frost Brown Todd LLP, Houston/Dallas

11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. 
Opening General Session and THA Award Luncheon (Livestream)
THA Welcome and Year in Review
John Hawkins,
President and CEO, Texas Hospital Association, Austin
THA Board Chair Speech
Brad Holland, FACHE,
President and CEO, Hendrick Health System, Abilene
Recording; Passcode: M9@F*86E

1-2 p.m. 
Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Legislative Update – Recap of 88th Legislative Session and Interim Hospital Priorities
    Jennifer Banda, J.D.,
    Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Public Policy, Texas Hospital Association, Austin
  • A Strategic Approach to Trauma-Informed Care (Livestream)
    Natasha Benatti, Psy.D.,
    Trauma Psychologist, Parkland Health, Dallas; Amy Felker, LMSW, Senior Director for Child and Family Policy, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, Dallas; Jessica George, Ph.D., Director of Psychosocial Services, Rees-Jones Trauma Center, Parkland Health, Dallas; Annie Lewis-O’Connor, Ph.D., NP-BC, MPH, MSN, FAAN, Founder and Director, C.A.R.E. Clinic, Associate Scientist, Division of Women’s Health, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston
    Moderated by Tegan Henke, MS, MFT, Vice President of Community Systems Innovation, Center For Child And Family Wellness, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, Dallas
  • Navigating Health Care Employment Law: Recent Updates and Key Issues
    Mario Barrera, J.D.,
    Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, Austin
  • Leadership Fellows Capstone Presentations

2:15-2:45 p.m. 
Microlearning Sessions

  • Winning at the Draft: Building Better Recruitment and Retention Strategies for Early Career Physicians
    Dane Altman,
    Senior Vice President of Business Development, and Tonya Hamlin, Director of Recruiting, Jackson Physician Search
  • Engaging a Multi-Generational Workforce with a Gig Economy
    Kelly Parker,
    Vice President, Channel Partnerships, Qualivis

2:45-3:45 p.m.
General Session (Livestream)
Economic Outlook: How Hospitals Can Stay Ahead of the Curve
Alan Beaulieu,
International Economic Analyst and President of the Institute for Trend Research, New Hampshire
Recording; Passcode: d7S8N*b@

3:50-4:50 p.m. 
Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Legal Hot Topics (Livestream)
    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
  • Crash Course in Media Relations
    Jolene Devito,
    Public Relations Manager, Parkland Health, Dallas; Stephen Love, President and CEO, Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council; Erin Ochoa, Assistant Vice President, Media Relations, St. David’s HealthCare, Austin; and Kathryn Williams, Associate Vice President, Corporate Communications, Memorial Hermann Health System, Houston
    Moderated by Carrie Williams, Chief Communications Officer, Texas Hospital Association, Austin
  • The Keys to a Successful Hospital Board Chair and CEO Relationship
    Amy Eskew, President and CEO, Texas Healthcare Trustees; and Kevin Reed, J.D., Member, Reed Claymon Meeker & Hargett, Austin
  • Hospital Workplace Violence Interventions
    Zelia Baugh, Executive Vice President of Behavioral Health; Amanda Schweng, Director of Behavioral Health, Quality and Patient Safety; and Shanan Sims, RN, Executive Director of Psychiatric Nursing, JPS Health Network, Fort Worth

4:55-6 p.m. 
Afternoon General Session (Livestream)
Dare to Lead™
Natalie Johnson,
Certified “Dare to Lead” Program Facilitator, and Co-Founder and Chief Visionary of ViDL Solutions, Florida
Recording; Passcode: E#?=0rLq


8-8:30 a.m.
Microlearning Sessions

  • Hospital-Based Integrated Medical Care – Everyone Wins!
    Matt Bush, M.D.,
    President – Integrated Markest and Questcare, Envision Healthcare, Dallas
  • Navigating Hospital Facility Transport
    Emily Kidd, M.D., Texas Medical Director, Acadian Ambulance Service, San Antonio
  • Responding to a Cybersecurity Breach
    Sanjay Deo,
    President and Founder, 24by7 Security

8:30-9:30 a.m. 
Breakout Sessions

  • Preventing and Addressing Workplace Violence in Hospitals (Livestream)
    Cameron Duncan, J.D.,
    Vice President of Advocacy and Public Policy, Texas Hospital Association, Austin; Jack Frazee, J.D., Director of Government Affairs and General Counsel, Texas Nurses Association, Austin; and Jennifer Kachel, J.D., Assistant District Attorney and Deputy Chief, Intake/Grand Jury Division, Dallas County District Attorney’s Office
    Moderated by Heather De La Garza, J.D., Assistant General Counsel, Texas Hospital Association, Austin
  • Top Antitrust Issues in Health Care
    Wendy Arends, J.D.,
    Partner, Husch Blackwell, Madison, WI
  • Keys to Medical Staff Communications
    Jeff Frost, J.D.,
    Partner, Jackson Walker LLP, Austin

9:30-11 a.m. 
Closing General Session (Livestream)
Politics and Health Care: What’s at Stake Heading into the 2024 Presidential Election
Paul Begala, Political Analyst and Commentator, CNN; and Karl Rove, Foremost Conservative Commentator and Strategist, and Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush
Moderated by Sewell Chan, Editor in Chief, The Texas Tribune, Austin
No recording available