Small & Rural Hospitals Annual Meeting: June 20-21

Time: 8:00 AM


Crowne Plaza
3000 S. Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, IL 62703
217.529.7777 (hotel)
877.227.6963 (reservations)

Room rate: $115 single/double plus tax
IHA discount code: Use code H5H when booking online. Rooms are held under the IHA room block through Wednesday, May 22, 2019.


First staff member per organization: $350
Each additional staff member: $300/person
Board members: $175/person
Any one-day registration: $150/person

Cancellation Policy—If a cancellation is received fewer than seven business days prior to the Annual Meeting, a 50% service charge will be incurred. Registrants who fail to cancel and do not attend are liable for the entire fee. Registrants unable to attend the meeting may send an alternate.

Special Accommodations—IHA wishes to ensure that no individual with a disability is excluded, denied services, segregated or otherwise treated differently from other individuals due to the absence of auxiliary aids and services, unless providing such auxiliary services would fundamentally alter the program provided or result in an undue burden. If you need any of the auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to attend this education program, please call 630.276.5404 at least five working days before the program date, if possible.

Continuing Education
The Illinois Health and Hospital Association is authorized to award up to 8.5 hours of pre-approved ACHE Qualified Education credit (non-ACHE) for this program toward advancement or recertification in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Participants in this program wishing to have the continuing education hours applied toward ACHE Qualified Education credit should indicate their attendance when submitting application to the American College of Healthcare Executives for advancement or recertification.

IHA is authorized by the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (license number 236.000109) to award up to 6.5 hours of nurse continuing education credit for this program.

Register Online

We’re back at the Crowne Plaza!
Located in Springfield, the Crowne Plaza combines the best of both worlds—the convenience of a meeting place near major highways with the proximity to historic sites in our state Capitol.

Be Inspired. Hear about innovations in rural healthcare to address your most pressing issues.
Be Engaged. Share experiences and ideas with your peers from small and rural hospitals.
Be Transformed. Get practical strategies and new approaches to enhance organizational success.

See brochure for details.



Thursday, June 20

8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Katrina Casner, FACHE
President & CEO, Pana Community Hospital
Chair, IHA Small & Rural Hospitals Steering Committee

Mary Starmann-Harrison
President & CEO, Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS)
Chair, IHA Board of Trustees

President’s Address
A.J. Wilhelmi
IHA President & CEO

9:15 am

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: We See What We Believe: The True Cost of Unconscious Bias
Gloria Goins, Former Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Bon Secours Mercy Health System, Cincinnati, Ohio


Unconscious bias is real—and it has real-world effects. The attitudes or stereotypes that drive our actions and decisions on an unconscious level can impact who gets hired, whose opinions matter and how we treat others. In healthcare, unconscious bias can unintentionally put patients at risk. While pervasive, unconscious bias also can be unlearned. This session will explore the impact of unconscious bias on patient safety, quality of care and mortality, and why cross-cultural competency is a “must-have” skill.

10:30 am

Networking Break
Event Sponsors Hall

10:45 am

Emergency Preparedness: Learning from Las Vegas
Christopher K. Lake, PhD, Executive Director, Community Resilience, Nevada Hospital Association


The worst mass shooting in American history—on Oct. 1, 2017—claimed the lives of 58 concertgoers and injured hundreds more during 11 terrifying minutes in Las Vegas. Hospitals had the crucial responsibility of caring for over 800 injured patients. Through that experience, hospital leaders identified ways providers across the nation to respond effectively, as large-scale disasters can happen anywhere. Learn about the critical elements of emergency and communication plans, the importance of being prepared, and how to respond to community needs, no matter the scale of the event.



1:00 pm

Roundtable Discussion: The Board’s Responsibility During an Emergency

Christopher K. Lake, PhD, Executive Director, Community Resilience, Nevada Hospital Association

Advocacy & Policy: The Latest from the Legislative Session in Springfield

2:00 pm

Networking Break
Event Sponsors Hall

2:30 pm

A Playbook for Creating a Medical Mission
David L. Schreiner, FACHE
President & CEO, Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital
Pratip Nag, MD, PhD
Chief Medical Officer, Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital


How can you make a difference in the world? For nine team members of Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, the answer is a medical mission in Cusco, Peru, the historic capital of the Inca Empire. Their recent trips to Cusco’s remote villages focused on enhancing the global perspective of medicine, providing medical care, leading hygiene campaigns and offering healthcare education. Hear about the team’s tremendous experience in serving the people of Cusco and how your hospital can plan a medical mission.

3:30 pm

Alternative Therapies: Transitioning Opioid Dependency
Trampas Hutches, MHA, BSRT (R)(CT)(MR)
President & CEO, Melissa Memorial Hospital, Holyoke, Colorado


The devastation of the opioid crisis has been felt across the U.S. In Illinois, nearly 2,000 people die from opioid-related overdose every year—representing 85% of all overdose deaths. As Illinois hospitals work to reduce opioid use among patients, the first of a two-part session on opioids will explore a successful culture shift around opioids in rural America. Melissa Memorial Hospital in Holyoke, Colorado partnered with primary care providers to transition 72% of its opioid-dependent patient population to alternative therapies in just six months.


Administration of Alternatives to Opioids
Adam Kohlrus, IHA Assistant Vice President, Quality, Safety & Health Policy
Mike Wahl, MD, Medical Director, Illinois Poison Center


Learn from leaders of IHA’s Institute for Innovations in Care and Quality in the second part of this special issue-focused session. You will gain insights into appropriate opioid prescribing, innovative pain management methods that decrease the use of opioids while effectively treating pain and access to treatment for people with opioid use disorder.

4:30 pm

IHA State and Federal Advocacy Update
Nichole Magalis, IHA Vice President, Member Advocacy
Sarah Macchiarola, IHA Vice President, Federal Government Relations

5:00 pm

Event Sponsors Reception


Friday, June 21

7:30 am

Breakfast Buffet with Event Sponsors

8:00 am

The Curious Case of Healthcare Consumers: Their Impact on Care Decisions and Costs
Ryan Donohue, Corporate Director, Program Development
National Research Corporation, Lincoln, Nebraska


Engaging the healthcare consumer is key to developing long-term relationships that support the health of patients and the hospitals serving them. Yet many healthcare organizations fail to meet consumers’ rising expectations. Find out how your hospital or health system can develop the traits of successful consumer-centric organizations, while being mindful of cost-containment challenges. In this interactive session, you’ll hear from a top thought leader in the field on the findings of a national research study about what drives consumer perceptions and behavior.

9:00 am

Rural Leaders Panel: Innovations in Rural Healthcare

10:00 am

Networking Break
Event Sponsors Hall

10:30 am

All In
Sonya Jones, Finalist, The Biggest Loser, and Outreach Representative, HSHS Medical Group


Picture yourself on a boat in the ocean. You decide to go all in, so you jump into the waters. You don’t just get a little wet—you get soaked. What does it feel like to be so immersed in something, to be all in? In our inspirational closing presentation, you’ll be motivated to stop skimming the surface of your life and relationships to go all in. By choosing to live with reckless abandon, you’ll become the best version of you.

11:30 am

Closing Remarks