Monday May 15, 2023

Executive Summit

The Executive Summit is an opportunity for healthcare HR executives and thought leaders to engage in critical education and open discussions on human resource trends, solutions and strategies.

The inaugural ASHHRA Healthcare HR Executive Summit launched in October 2022, hosted in Savannah, Georgia. Comprised of healthcare HR executives from across the country, the intimate group of 22 participants engaged in education and open discussions on human resource trends, solutions and strategies, paired with networking opportunities with the support of generous sponsors.

The inaugural Executive Summit was a great success and yielded high attendee engagement. As a result, we are hosting TWO summits this fall. The Executive Summit is by invitation only. Official invitations were sent to selected participants beginning in June.

ASHHRA Executive Summit

Savannah, Georgia

SUMMIT 1: Sunday, Oct. 15 – Tuesday, Oct. 17
SUMMIT 2: Wednesday, Oct. 18 – Friday, Oct. 20

Summit attendees should plan to arrive by 3:00 p.m.
Each summit will adjourn on day three, after breakfast and concluding comments.

ASHHRA, along with our sponsors, will host healthcare HR executives and thought leaders in this intimate event of up to 24 attendees. Each session will include education and open discussions on human resource trends, solutions and strategies. Selected participants will be invited to attend one of the sessions and are provided with:

Complimentary registration
Travel reimbursement (up to $500)
Accommodations at 
The Alida, Savannah, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel
All meals and entertainment
Opportunities to strategize and network with executive-level peers from across the country.

For any questions, please contact Mary Platz: mary.platz@ashhra.org.

QUICK LINKS
From last year’s participants:

“The ASHHRA Executive Summit exceeded my expectations. From the venue to the people to the content in the sessions and roundtables, I could not have asked for more. The diversity in experiences, locations and services made the group more helpful to each other. I look forward to the next one.” 

“The ASHHRA Executive Summit was a phenomenal opportunity to collaborate with fellow HR professionals.” 

“Great opportunity to network with peers and truly problem solve with ideas for solutions back home.”

Schedules-at-a-Glance

Sunday, Oct. 15
  • Arrival: By 3:00 p.m.
  • 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.: Welcome | Introductions | Happy Hour
  • 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.: Dinner + Education
Monday, Oct. 16
  • 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.: Breakfast + Education
    • o Breakfast followed by education.
  • 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.: Roundtable Discussions
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Lunch + Education
    • o Education followed by lunch.
  • 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.: Roundtable Discussions
  • 1:45 – 4:30 p.m.: Mental Refresh/Networking
  • 4:30 – 5:45 p.m.: Happy Hour
  • 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.: Dinner + Education
  • 7:45 – 8:45 p.m.: Social Event – Savannah Historical Walking Tour

Tuesday, Oct. 17

  • 8:00 a.m.: Breakfast and Adjournment
Wednesday, Oct. 18
  • Arrival: By 3:00 p.m.
  • 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.: Welcome | Introductions | Happy Hour
  • 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.: Dinner + Education
Thursday, Oct. 19
  • 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.: Breakfast + Education
    • o Breakfast followed by education.
  • 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.: Roundtable Discussions
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Lunch + Education
    • o Education followed by lunch.
  • 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.: Roundtable Discussions
  • 1:45 – 4:30 p.m.: Mental Refresh/Networking
  • 4:30 – 5:45 p.m.: Happy Hour
  • 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.: Dinner + Education
  • 7:45 – 8:45 p.m.: Social Event – Savannah Historical Walking Tour
Friday, Oct. 20
  • 8:00 a.m.: Breakfast and Adjournment

Program: Summit 1

Sunday, Oct. 15

Welcome | Introductions | Happy Hour
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.  |  The Alida: Trade Room (Lobby)

Make your way to the Trade Room in The Alida’s lobby to check in with the ASHHRA staff and pick up your name badge. It’s your first official opportunity to socialize with your fellow summit attendees and our esteemed sponsors over drinks and light bites.

Dinner + Education
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. | The Alida: Harper’s Gallery
 

What HR and Benefits Leaders Need to Know Now that Federal Student Loan Repayment Resumes

SoFi at WorkIt’s been a long time coming, but it’s here. The federal student loan provisions of the CARES Act expired on August 30, 2023. This means that after a pause of over three years, monthly payments and interest have resumed for employees with student loans.

Objectives

  1. Discuss how the payment resumption is impacting your workforce, including the latest on PSLF.
  2. Analysis of employee populations most susceptible to a rocky financial fall.
  3. Hear case examples of how hospitals/health systems are designing and delivering student loan benefits for the new workforce realities.

Hosts

  • Charles Knuth
    Senior Director
    SoFi at Work
     
  • Sarah McLemore
    Senior Director
    SoFi at Work

Monday, Oct. 16

Breakfast + Education
8:00 – 9:30 a.m. | The Alida: Harper’s Gallery
 

Unlocking Efficiency: The Power of Latent Supply and On-Demand Marketplaces in Healthcare Staffing

ShiftMedIn today’s rapidly evolving healthcare landscape, workforce flexibility and efficiency are paramount. Join us for an enlightening session that delves into the paradigm shift in healthcare HR through on-demand workforce marketplaces. In this dynamic presentation, participants will explore how healthcare HR professionals can harness the power of these innovative platforms to drive efficiency, agility, and success in staffing and talent management.

The healthcare industry is constantly evolving, presenting HR leaders with unique challenges. On-demand workforce marketplaces offer a groundbreaking solution by connecting healthcare organizations with a flexible and skilled workforce on a per diem basis.

Learn how HR professionals can leverage data-driven insights to make informed staffing decisions, minimize turnover, and ensure compliance in an ever-changing regulatory environment. Discover strategies for fostering a collaborative and engaged workforce while aligning with budgetary goals.

Objectives

  1. Explore the possibilities, challenges and tangible benefits of on-demand workforce marketplaces.
  2. Learn about the advantages of W2 employment models, such as improved compliance, reduced turnover and enhanced patient care.
  3. Discover how on-demand workforce marketplaces empower healthcare facilities to efficiently source, onboard and manage nurses in real-time.

Hosts

  • Larry Adams, MSN, RN, MBA
    Executive Vice President of Growth
    ShiftMed
      
  • George Fischer, MBA
    Manager of Growth
    ShiftMed

Roundtable Discussions
9:45 – 10:45 a.m. | The Alida: Harper’s Gallery

Lunch + Education
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | The Alida: Harper’s Gallery

 

What’s Keeping Healthcare DEI Leaders Up at Night?

SeramountLike their corporate peers, hospital and health system CDOs and HR leaders are charged with the massive challenge of creating an inclusive workplace culture and increasing workforce diversity, often with too few resources. And unlike their corporate peers, health system DEI and HR leaders are often asked to also take on their organization’s health equity agenda – ensuring the delivery of culturally competent care, eliminating racial disparities in access and ensuring equitable health outcomes. Is it any wonder many are struggling to make progress?

As healthcare workforce landscape continues to change and as Gen Z becomes a larger share of the talent pool, HR leaders need to be effective partners to their DEI teams in creating an inclusive workplace environment.

What are the unique challenges facing hospital and health system DEI and HR leaders? How can HR and Talent leaders effectively partner with their DEI colleagues? What skills, competencies and support do HR leaders need if they are tasked with taking on DEI roles?

Join Seramount’s Alexandria Appah and Nicole Johnson for insights (including in-depth interviews with more than 30 leading health system CDOs), explore these questions, and gain practical advice and strategies that work.

Objectives

  1. Gain insights into the challenges facing health system CDOs and HR leaders and how these lead to underperformance against system DEI and talent goals.
  2. Understand the organizational and accountability challenges facing talent leaders as it relates to DEI initiatives and creating an equitable workforce.
  3. Strategize on demonstrating ROI and making a business case for DEI investments in today’s turbulent times.

Hosts

  • Alexandria Appah
    Senior Director
    Seramount
     
  • Nicole Johnson
    Senior Director, Advisory
    Seramount

Roundtable Discussions
12:45 – 1:45 p.m. | The Alida: Harper’s Gallery

Mental Refresh | Networking 
1:45 – 4:30 p.m.

Happy Hour
4:30 – 5:45 p.m. | The Alida: Trade Room

Dinner + Education
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. | Churchill’s on Bay
Attendees to walk together to restaurant.
 

Striking the Right Balance: A Discussion of Coverage, Cost, Equitable Access and Employee Engagement Within Your Health and Welfare Benefit Plan

Hinge HealthThe definition of “success” for employee health and welfare plans continues to evolve. Traditionally, success was defined by striking the right balance between coverage and cost. Today, health and welfare programs also strive to achieve equitable access and active employee engagement. During this dinner session, Hinge Health will facilitate a group-wide discussion of challenges, strategies and solutions HR leaders are employing to:

  1. Craft coverage and plan designs aligned with organizational principles.
  2. Demonstrably advance employee healthcare access and equity goals.
  3. Curate meaningful employee engagement in health and welfare programs and purposefully measure progress against these ambitions.

Hosts

  • Stephen Lance
    Associate Vice President, Health Systems
    Hinge Health
     
  • Chad Pyle
    Regional Vice President, Health Systems
    Hinge Health

Social Event
7:45 – 8:45 p.m.  |  Begins at Johnson Square
Attendees to walk from restaurant to Johnson Square.

 

Savannah Historical Walking Tour

Founded in 1733, the city of Savannah boosts beauty, history and culture. Grab a cocktail or mocktail to go (yes, you can walk with your beverage in Savannah) and enjoy a guided historic tour through the city. Local guides, Andrew and Steve, will make this a memorable experience and offer you even more to appreciate about the extraordinary city of Savannah.

REMINDER: Wear comfortable walking shoes!

Tuesday, Oct. 17

Breakfast and Adjournment
8:00 a.m. | The Alida: Trade Room (Lobby)


Don’t miss this final networking opportunity over a delicious breakfast as we gather to say our farewells and to thank attendees and sponsors for participating in the ASHHRA Executive Summit.

Hosts

    • ASHHRA

Program: SUMMIT 2

Wednesday, Oct. 18

Welcome | Introductions | Happy Hour
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.  |  The Alida: Trade Room (Lobby)

Make your way to the Trade Room in The Alida’s lobby to check in with the ASHHRA staff and pick up your name badge. It’s your first official opportunity to socialize with your fellow summit attendees and our esteemed sponsors over drinks and light bites.

Dinner + Education
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. | The Alida: Harper’s Gallery
 

What HR and Benefits Leaders Need to Know Now that Federal Student Loan Repayment Resumes

SoFi at WorkIt’s been a long time coming, but it’s here. The federal student loan provisions of the CARES Act expired on August 30, 2023. This means that after a pause of over three years, monthly payments and interest have resumed for employees with student loans.

Objectives

  1. Discuss how the payment resumption is impacting your workforce, including the latest on PSLF.
  2. Analysis of employee populations most susceptible to a rocky financial fall.
  3. Hear case examples of how hospitals/health systems are designing and delivering student loan benefits for the new workforce realities.

Hosts

  • Charles Knuth
    Senior Director
    SoFi at Work
      
  • Sarah McLemore
    Senior Director
    SoFi at Work

Thursday, Oct. 19

Breakfast + Education
8:00 – 9:30 a.m. | The Alida: Harper’s Gallery

 

Advancing Human Resource Priorities

RxBenefitsKnowledge sharing and support approach for hospitals.

  1. The value of carving out.
  2. Landscape players and roles.
  3. Motivators, goals, challenges.
  4. How RxBenefits supports the entire process.
  5. Where RxBenefits sees the future potential.

Objectives

  1. Understanding options and motivators for all players.
  2. RxBenefits’ unique solution to help optimize pharmacy benefits.
  3. Insight into where domestic plan pharmacy benefits are headed.

Hosts

  • Jack Tew
    Vice President, Strategic Markets
    RxBenefits
     
  • Craig Abrahamson
    Business Dev. Executive, Strategic Markets
    RxBenefits

Roundtable Discussions
9:45 – 10:45 a.m. | The Alida: Harper’s Gallery

Lunch + Education
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | The Alida: Harper’s Gallery

 

2024 and Beyond: Shaping Healthcare Workforce Strategy for HR Leadership

QGendaHospital and health system human resources leaders are facing a multitude of challenges, not least of which include developing financially sustainable recruitment and retention strategies, improving employee engagement, reducing burnout, and enhancing professional development opportunities. To advance goals at both the department and enterprise levels, leaders need to work together, taking a data-driven approach to managing the workforce. Join QGenda as they discuss healthcare human resources leaders’ most formidable challenges and workforce management strategies that can combat these challenges and best prepare them for 2024 and beyond.

Objectives

  1. Identify retention strategies that help reduce burnout and support better work-life balance.
  2. Optimize utilization of internal resources to minimize use of premium labor and to better support the bottom line.
  3. Plan for future workforce needs based on data modeling and analysis that take into account historical demand and shifting needs.

Hosts

  • Chad Lofdahl
    Director, Product Strategy
    QGenda
     
  • Kristie LeRoy, PHR
    Senior People Business Partner
    QGenda

Roundtable Discussions
12:45 – 1:45 p.m. | The Alida: Harper’s Gallery

Mental Refresh | Networking 
1:45 – 4:30 p.m.

Happy Hour
4:30 – 5:45 p.m. | The Alida: Harper’s Gallery Terrace

Dinner + Education
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. | Churchill’s on Bay
Attendees to walk together to restaurant.
 

Fighting Employee Churn, One Employee at a Time

HealthCare Associates Credit Union (HACU)We talk about engaging new staff members to make them stay. But what do we do about the current staff members who have one foot out the door? They are costing your system a fortune. How do we financially, physically and mentally make choices that will decrease the churn that we are all seeing today?

Objectives

  1. How we take our staff members who are disengaged and make them a productive team member who wants to stay on staff?
  2. How do we financially, physically and mentally make choices that will decrease the Churn that we are all seeing today?
  3. What will the reduction of Churn do for my team, my staff and my healthcare system?

Host

  • Jaimee Hartman
    Business Development Manager
    Healthcare Associates Credit Union (HACU)

Social Event
7:45 – 8:45 p.m.  |  Begins at Johnson Square
Attendees to walk from restaurant to Johnson Square.
 

Savannah Historical Walking Tour

Founded in 1733, the city of Savannah boosts beauty, history and culture. Grab a cocktail or mocktail to go (yes, you can walk with your beverage in Savannah) and enjoy a guided historic tour through the city. Local guides, Andrew and Steve, will make this a memorable experience and offer you even more to appreciate about the extraordinary city of Savannah.

REMINDER: Wear comfortable walking shoes!

Friday, Oct. 20

Breakfast and Adjournment
8:00 a.m. | The Alida: Trade Room (Lobby)

Don’t miss this final networking opportunity over a delicious breakfast as we gather to say our farewells and to thank attendees and sponsors for participating in the ASHHRA Executive Summit.

Hosts

    • ASHHRA

FAQs

All healthcare HR executives are encouraged to apply. ASHHRA receives many qualified applicants and expanded the summit into two sessions to accommodate as many leaders in the field as possible. ASHHRA’s goal is to diversify the attendee pool. Selection will be based on geographic location, system/organization, region/market, site/location and specialty. Preference will be given to ASHHRA members.

If you attended last year’s summit, you have already been identified as a high-value healthcare HR executive. You are encouraged to apply to attend again and/or refer a colleague. However, given the limited number of available spots and our desire to engage as a diverse pool of executives and thought leaders, attendance is not guaranteed this year.

Yes, we encourage you to apply. Please note that your organization may have zero, one or two attendees selected. Should there be two attendees selected from the same organization, each person will be assigned to a different session.

Expect an intimate group of 20 to 24 of fellow healthcare HR leaders. Attendees will be joined by ASHHRA staff and representatives from sponsoring companies.

Attendees will be hosted at the luxurious Alida Hotel in Savannah, Georgia, where much of the summit programming will also take place. The event will begin with a welcome reception on the first night, one followed by an educational dinner with one of our sponsors. Day two will consist of networking, roundtables, sponsored education with meals, and a social outing in the evening. The event will conclude on day three over breakfast at The Alida, to give attendees one more opportunity to connect with final discussions.

The summit is a unique opportunity to take a brief break from your daily routine while growing your professional connections in the historic city of Savannah. As an attendee last year put it, the summit is a “[g]reat opportunity to network with peers and truly problem solve with ideas for solutions back home.” 

ASHHRA will make reservations for all selected participants at The Alida and cover room and tax for two nights.

If you would like to extend your stay beyond the two nights covered by ASHHRA, you may contact The Alida hotel’s Sales Coordinator, Steve Kaczor (912-715-7000) to make your request.

ASHHRA will make reservations for attendees at The Alida and cover  room and tax for two nights. All meals will be provided beginning with the welcome reception on the first day to the breakfast on the third day. Attendees will be provided with an expense reimbursement form for travel expenses, for which ASHHRA will cover up to $500 for airfare, ground transportation, parking, etc. Attendees will be responsible for all other incidentals beyond these covered expenses.

Yes, you have the option to extend your stay at The Alida. Each summit session is adjacent to a weekend, giving attendees an opportunity to extend their visit to Savanah before or after their session. The hotel will make every effort to accommodate these extensions, including offering the group rate, however, this is not guaranteed. If you would like to extend your stay beyond the two nights covered by ASHHRA, you may contact The Alida hotel’s Sales Coordinator, Steve Kaczor (912-715-7000) to make your request.

Recommended attire is business casual along with comfortable walking shoes.