The Hospital Council of East Central Michigan Annual Spring Trustee Forum

“Design to Adapt Now—Leading Healthcare in Challenging Times”

Program Overview:
“1 in 5 physicians are leaving practice this year. 1 in 10 has considered suicide” (AMA). “Hospital margins are well below sustainable levels” (Kaufman Hall).   “Medical debt burdens 100 million Americans”(Kaiser Family Foundation). “$300+ Billion of U.S. Healthcare+Insurance spending is waste” (Health Affairs).

 What if your teams’ leadership empowered physicians, frontline staff and management to: Increase the value of your current resources? Continually improvepatient care at lower cost? Simultaneously, increase profitability?

 The interactive presentation by Dr. John Kenagy, will help those in attendance to understand the complexities of the current healthcare environment and the “Power of People” to discover the simple solutions you need to succeed in the complex, unpredictable world of U.S. Healthcare. Special emphasis is placed on “Adaptive Design” concepts for Healthcare Leadership.

Keynote speaker Dr. John Kenagy knows healthcare as a physician, executive, academic researcher, author, and innovator. In addition to his clinical experience as a vascular surgeon, he has been a Chief of Surgery, Chief of Staff, and Vice President for Business Development in a multi-state health system. But, his most meaningful experience was becoming a patient.

His frustration with current methods was fueled by an injury – he suffered a broken neck in a fall from a tree. Critically injured, he discovered that his recovery depended on the efforts of dedicated individuals working in an unpredictable and often unresponsive system.

Searching for new answers, he became a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Business School. His research translated the cultural drivers of success in resilient, highly adaptive companies like Apple, Toyota, Intel and Amazon to the point of care.

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Registration Deadline: April 11, 2023 (No Refunds After Deadline)


Hospital Council of East Central Michigan Annual Spring Trustee Forum - postponed until further notice
 “Forecasting the Future of Health Care: Challenges and Opportunities for Successful Transformation in Unpredictable Times”: April 21, 2020, 8:00-11:30 a.m., Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth.

Program Overview:
The presentation by Dr. Jeffrey Bauer, one of the country’s most respected health futurists and medical economists, will help those in attendance to understand the realm of possibilities for responding to the increasing complexities of the health care delivery system. After explaining how hospital and health system leaders should look at the future in the context of evolving marketplace realities, Dr. Bauer will demonstrate the importance of strategic vision for dealing with the ongoing revolutions in medical science and technology, the economic and political challenges of health reform and shifts in reimbursement, the changes in the health care workforce, and the innovative possibilities for creating vertical multi-stakeholder partnerships to customize delivery system transformation based on an organization’s resources, mission, and values. Special emphasis is placed on innovating within the context of local marketplaces.

Keynote speaker Jeffrey Bauer, Ph.D is an internationally recognized health futurist and medical economist who forecasts evolution of the medical marketplace and develops practical strategies for creating efficient, effective health care through multi-stakeholder partnerships and other initiatives focused in the private sector. As an industry thought leader, he has more than 300 publications on health care delivery. As a consultant, he has assisted hundreds of provider, purchaser, and payer organizations with strategic planning and performance improvement. Dr. Bauer has also been a professor at two state medical schools and served as Health Policy Adviser to the Governor of Colorado. He received a B.A. in economics from Colorado College, a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and a certificate in political studies from the University of Paris (France).

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Eleventh Annual Communities Achieving Excellence and Moving Upstream

The Region’s Health and Health Care Systems: Communities Achieving Excellence and Accountability: Friday, January 24, 2020. 8:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Speakers included Rishi Manchanda, M.D., MPH; President and CEO of Health Begins and Brian Castrucci, MA, DrPH; President and CEO of de Beaumont Foundation. These pioneer speakers provide unprecedent leadership and innovation in upstream health efforts.

Participants gained knowledge regarding best practices designed to develop, enhance, and maintain quality health care and health outcomes across the continuum, engaged in dialogue that facilitates visioning for effectiveness and accountability in health systems to achieve the goal of improved health of the region’s population and identified strategies that will promote and support community awareness regarding effective approaches to achieve community health.

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"Please note that providing this conference annually is a collaborative effort among organization partners dedicated to improving health and health care in the region." 


Hospital Council of East Central Michigan Annual Spring Trustee Forum

How to Screw Up, Stress Out and Get Nothing Done: Key Insights on Solving Problems, Managing Frustration and Taking Action in Chaotic Times, Steve Bedwell, M.D. : Presenter April 16, 2019 9 a.m. to Noon, Followed by Lunch

Steve Bedwell, M.D. is a medical doctor with research training, an obsessive streak and a knack for applying complex scientific data to everyday problems. In addition to teaching the complexities of medicine at the prestigious Royal London Hospital, Steve also traveled the world, conducting research in the U.S., Europe and Australia. He even found himself deep in the African jungle removing an appendix under the illumination from a car headlight. After years of sifting through peer reviewed, research, Steve laid out a startlingly simple, science-smart blueprint for professional development. He calls his approach “Habit Hacking:” Quick and easy tactics for razor sharp thinking, emotional intelligence and unflinching, goal-directed action. Steve’s entire presentation was a PowerPoint free zone. Instead, he illustrated his ideas with funny, crowd-involving, “grab ’em by the eyeballs” demonstrations. His presentation was packed with startlingly simple, step-by-step tactics that attendees can take back to the office, implement immediately and cascade throughout their organizations.

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Tenth Annual Communities Achieving Excellence and Accountability Conference at SVSU

The Region’s Health and Health Care Systems: Communities Achieving Excellence and Accountability: Friday, January 25, 2019. 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Keynote Speakers were Karen E. Timberlake, Principal - Michael Best Strategies and Vondie M. Woodbury, President/Consultant - The Woodbury Group. Timberlake guides strategy development and facilitates relationships between business, government, and nonprofit organizations to advance initiatives that benefit businesses and produce positive results for employees, customers, and communities. Woodbury has over 30 years of experience in community organizing, public policy and health improvement strategies.

Participants explored the views of various community partners that bring them to the table for improving population health. The speakers described examples of success in working across sectors in true collaborative fashion and aligning for impact, as well as defined the “stickiest sticking points” for collaboration and alignment, i.e., Money, Control, and Credit. Participants als explored the factors to be considered in predicting the future for advancing population health. Define the “new speak” and new challenges to achieve population health. Describe the drivers of medical delivery that set the stage for system change and transformation. They also learned how to explain what it means to now be in the business of health. Explore the critical priorities/activities that are opportunities for partnership and impact. Examine snapshots of the region’s work in transforming health and the economy. Discussions of the presentations’ main ideas and their application in this region as well as exploring the anticipated future for population health, system change, and the innovation required, took place.

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Safe Talk Suicide Awareness for Everyone

June 27, 2018, Region VII Area Agency of Aging Conference Center 1615 S. Euclid Ave., Bay City, MI8:30 a.m. to 12 noon

Suicide Resource and Response Network Founder Barb Smith has spent nearly three decades saving lives from suicide and supporting those left in its wake. After a personal tragedy of her brother John’s suicide, Barb founded the grassroots organization and has grown it into an impactful non-profit providing services in prevention, education, and aftercare throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region and beyond.

Over the course of their training, safeTALK participants learned to notice and respond to situations where suicide thoughts might be present. They learned how to recognize that invitations for help are often overlooked and how to move beyond the common tendency to miss, dismiss, and avoid suicide. Participants learned the TALK steps of “Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe”, as well to know community resources and how to connect someone with thoughts of suicide to them. Participants received a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

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HCECM Bridges to Health and Healthcare

Sponsored by: Hospital Council of East Central Michigan and Thumb Rural Health Network

May 31, 2018 • 8:30am-3:30pm Located at: Region VII Area Agency on Aging Conference Center 1615 S. Euclid Ave. Bay City, MI


Kay Balcer of Balcer Consulting and Prevention Services, certified Bridges Community Facilitator and Bridges to Health and Healthcare Facilitator provided training for the Bridges to Health and Healthcare program.  Practices learned in this training gave participants tools to help reduce unnecessary readmissions and reduce the use of emergency room doctors as primary care physicians. Practices shown were also proven to reduce costs without reducing quality, to reduce patient provider misunderstanding, and to enhance community health, stability and more.

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Hospital Council of East Central Michigan Annual Spring Trustee Forum

Physicians & Executives Partnering to Create Superior Performance presented by Thomas A. Atchison, EdD, president and founder of Atchison Consulting, LLC - April 17, 2018, 9 a.m. to Noon, Followed by Lunch


Program Overview: Changes in healthcare delivery are challenging physicians and executives. However, success can be achieved when attention is focused on the hard realities of the healthcare environment and practice soft-skill strategies for building trust. In this seminar, attendees learned ways to reconcile the business objectives of healthcare with the transcendent values at the heart of clinical care for their organization. The program also offered insights on how clear communication can eliminate false operating assumptions and beliefs, leading to a better understanding between physicians and healthcare executives and leaders, that will result in achieving their business objectives.

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Ninth Annual Communities Achieving Excellence and Accountability Conference at SVSU

The Region's Health and Healthcare Systems: Communities Achieving Excellence and Accountability, Friday, January 26, 2018, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Speakers included Ray J. Fabius, MD, CPE, FACPE, Scott A Flanders, MD., and Daniel Wolfson, MHSA. Fabius is the Co-Founder and President at HealthNEXT, Flanders is a Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan, and Wolfson is the Executive Vice President and COO at the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation. 

Participants learned how to define population health, population health management and cultures of health and wellbeing. Demonstrate appreciation that all health care constituents can collaborate and contribute to building cultures of health. Analyze the connection between health wealth and provide evidence that a healthy workforce is a competitive advantage. Describe the aims of the Choosing Wisely Campaign and how it enhances medical professionalism. Explain the role of the specialty societies and patient/consumer groups. Apply the ideals of Choosing Wisely to implement the recommendations into practice. They also discussed assisting organizations in identifying strategies for success and positive progress to achieve change. Examine the organizations’ transforming work needed to bridge the connection between health care and the community. Explore the anticipated future for population health, system change, and the innovation required for greater proficiency.

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