90th Fall Meeting (2016)

VHHA held its 90th Annual Fall Meeting Nov. 2-3. The annual gathering brings together hundreds of representatives from VHHA-member hospitals and health systems, including CEOs, senior executives, physician leaders, trustees, and other professionals and clinicians. During the successful two-day (Nov. 2-3) conference, members of the Virginia hospital, health system, and health care community gathered at The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs. The theme of this year’s event was “Following our Mission: Creating a Healthier Virginia by 2020.” Meeting attendees were treated to informative and engaging presentations from several health care experts. Thursday, Virginia Health and Human Resources Secretary Dr. William A. “Bill” Hazel Jr. delivered conference opening remarks focused on the opioid epidemic and Virginia’s response. Dr. Brian Silverstein, a national health care expert, in his remarks focused on authentic population health. Health care consultant Jane Sarasohn-Kahn led a fascinating discussion about the emergence of new health care consumers and DIY health care. Midday, VHHA’s HosPAC hosted a special lunch featuring a keynote presentation by renowned political pundit and pollster Frank Luntz, who shared his insights on the turbulent 2016 presidential campaign pitting Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump against each other. During the Thursday afternoon session, Tomás León, President and CEO of the Institute for Diversity in Health Management (an American Hospital Association affiliate), spoke about sustaining health care quality among diverse populations. Then licensed clinical social worker Allison Sampson-Jackson, PhD, shared thoughts on implementing trauma-informed care practices. VHHA, the Virginia Hospital Research & Education Foundation (VHREF), and HosPAC sincerely thank all the speakers, attendees, and sponsors of this year’s conference festivities.

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