Wednesday, June 28
7:30 am: Registration & Breakfast Buffet
8:30 am: Welcome
Mark Gridley, MBA, FACHE, President and CEO, FHN Memorial Hospital Chair, IHA Small and Rural Hospitals Constituency Section
8:40 am: A Path Forward: The Rural Healthcare System of the Future (Keynote Address)
Keith J. Mueller, PhD, Gerhard Hartman Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy, University of Iowa and Director, Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis, Rural Policy Research Institute
Small and rural hospitals are often the only providers of health-related services in the communities you serve. With this awesome responsibility comes significant challenges like staff shortages, increased costs and other financial pressures. To guide you on a sustainable path forward, rural healthcare expert Keith J. Mueller, PhD, will pinpoint opportunities to strengthen rural healthcare within changing delivery and finance models. This enlightening keynote address will answer this pivotal question: What does the rural healthcare system of the future look like?
9:45 am: President's Address
A.J. Wilhelmi, IHA President and CEO
10:05 am: Network Break – Sponsor Hall
10:35 am: IHA Advocacy Update
David Gross, IHA Senior Vice President, Government Relations
Advocating for small and rural hospitals is an essential part of IHA’s service to members. Our efforts in Springfield and Washington, D.C., address the issues that matter most to you—and to your hospital’s long-term viability. Hear the latest updates on state and federal policies impacting small and rural hospitals from IHA leaders.
11:10 am: Keeping Our Staff Safe: A Discussion on Workplace Violence
Anthony A. Bucki, DNP, MSN, RN, Director of Emergency Services, Morris Hospital
Keith G. McGlen, CPP, CHPA, Vice President, Security and Emergency Management, Carle Health
Moderated by Keneatha Johnson, MPH, IHA Senior Director, Safety and Emergency Preparedness
How can you safeguard hospital staff from physical violence and verbal assault? Top on the list: adopting smart strategies to identify patients or visitors who may become violent. A panel discussion on this urgent issue—as violent incidents increase in small and rural hospitals—will explore best practices to protect your employees from harm.
12:10 pm: Luncheon
1:00 pm: Concurrent Partner Programs
Maintaining Your Patient Safety Culture in Challenging Times
Carrie Pinasco, IHA Senior Director, Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety
Jenny Winkler, IHA Senior Director, Quality, Safety and Health Policy
As small and rural hospitals prioritize patient safety, top strategies should be on every hospital’s checklist. This breakout session will explore the role of leadership walk rounds and robust error reporting, among other evidence-based strategies to strengthen your hospital’s safety culture.
Monitoring Utilization Trends with COMPdata
Jeff Balsewicz, IHA Senior Director, Operations and Data Governance, Informatics
Ken Jay, IHA Vice President, Informatics
Understanding why your patients are coming to your hospital—and the hospitals around you—can help stake your ground in the crowded healthcare marketplace. In this breakout session, COMPdata staff will show you their new Guided Analytics dashboard and how key data within the dashboard can support decision-making about market share, patient migration and service lines.
Increasing Patient Access to Medications for Opioid Use Disorder
Nicole Gastala, MD, Medical Director, Illinois Department of Human Services, Substance Use Prevention and Recovery Division and Family Medicine Physician, UI Health
Ronald J. Vlasaty, Chief Operating Officer, Family Guidance Centers, Inc.
Michael Wahl, MD, FACMT, Medical Director, Illinois Poison Center, Senior Clinical Instructor, The University of Chicago
Treatment for opioid use disorder reaches just one in five Americans with opioid use disorder. This breakout session will highlight a promising solution for small and rural hospitals: the state’s no-cost MAR NOW referral program to connect patients with immediate treatment. You’ll hear how MAR NOW works in hospitals and about treatment partners in central and southern Illinois.
Please note this session does not qualify for continuing education credits.
1:45 pm: The Future of Work is Human: Transforming Your Organization in a New Era
Lisa X. Walden, Good Company Consulting Co-Founder
Moderated by Mark Gridley, President and CEO, FHN Memorial Hospital and Chair, IHA Small and Rural Hospitals Constituency Section
Our brave new world of work puts people first, abolishes burnout and embraces flexibility. This thought-provoking session will inspire you to courageously create a work environment that serves both your organization and your employees. With a new approach, you can leave behind what’s familiar and comfortable for what’s engaging and fulfilling for your staff. Following her presentation, we’ll have a discussion with our workplace expert on reimagining the future of work in hospitals.
3:15 pm: Network Break – Sponsor Hall
3:45 pm: Addressing Rural Health Disparities with Innovative Models of Care
Jennifer Barbour, Director of Public Relations, Sparta Community Hospital
Mary Frances Barthel, MD, MHCM, FACP, SFHM, Chief Quality and Safety Officer, Blessing Health System
Katherine L. Ryczek, MHA, BSHM, Manager of Process Improvement, Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital
Moderated by Lisa Harries, IHA Assistant Vice President, Health Equity and Policy
Small and rural hospitals have shown tremendous commitment and progress in addressing longstanding disparities in healthcare. Hear about successful initiatives from four small and rural hospitals reflecting four pillars—Our People, Our Organization, Our Patients and Our Community—as we celebrate your milestones in health equity.
4:45-5:45 pm: Reception – Sponsor Hall
Thursday, June 29
7:30 am: Breakfast Buffet – Sponsor Hall
8:30 am: Rural Healthcare Regulatory Roundup
Martie Ross, Kansas City Office Managing Principal, PYA
For over three years, hospitals have been operating with greater flexibility and increased federal funding. The shift from the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency—expected to end May 11—has major implications for small and rural hospitals. This session, led by policy expert Martie Ross, will unpack COVID-related changes and other top regulatory issues impacting small and rural hospitals. You’ll get practical tips and best practices to navigate the changes, achieve compliance and strengthen hospital operations.
9:30 am: Networking Break
9:50 am: Navigating a Changing Market: Strategies for Rural Hospital Financial Stability
Eric Shell, CPA, MBA, Chairman, Stroudwater
Outside competitors continue to disrupt healthcare—propelling the industry’s accelerated evolution—as small and rural hospitals confront increased financial pressures. Hospital leaders will continue to face increasing pressure from competitors unless they adapt to new market realities and rewrite the functional imperative of their rural health system. Offering best practices and strategies, this session will help you leverage your market position and improve financial and operational performance—while coexisting with outside competitors.
11:00 am: UNSTOPPABLE
Alex Weber, American Ninja Warrior, Award-Winning Leader and Entertainer
When things get tough, do you quit or commit? To accomplish a goal, solve a problem and take your organization to the next level, you must choose to commit. In this exhilarating closing session, you’ll learn about the five keys of being unstoppable so you can achieve peak leadership and performance. From his start as an American Ninja Warrior host to a contestant himself, Alex Weber will show you how to overcome challenges though his battle-tested system. You’ll gain energy and become more productive and a better problem solver. Get ready to become unstoppable!
12:00 pm: Adjourn