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All education and events will be held at The Saratoga Hilton, unless otherwise noted.

Thursday Evening, September 13

6 - 7 p.m.

Join us for a Welcome Cocktail Reception at The Saratoga Hilton

Day One: Friday, September 14

7:30 - 8:45 a.m.

Early Bird Bonus Breakfast Session (Breakfast for this session will be available at 7 a.m.)

Running a Good Race: Creating a Culture of Collaborative Leadership Between Boards and CEOs

Kimberly McNally, MN, RN, BCC, McNally & Associates

The healthcare landscape is changing at breakneck speed. Creating a culture of collaborative leadership between the board and chief executive officer is paramount to navigating the changes and ensuring hospitals/health systems continue to be strong and vital community assets. This board/CEO collaboration can inspire others to work in new and innovative ways. Governance coach Kimberly McNally will provide trustees with practical guidance on how to establish, build, and maintain an effective leadership partnership that strengthens the quality of governance and empowers the CEO to lead the organization. This session will cover:

  • the different—but mutually interdependent—roles of the board and the CEO in this new landscape;
  • clarifying mutual communication expectations and preferences to become a more effective leadership team; and
  • how to put ideas into action in your organization.

8 a.m.

Breakfast Buffet (For general session attendees)

9 a.m.

Opening Remarks and Welcome

Sue Ellen Wagner, Executive Director, Healthcare Trustees of New York State

Eric Allyn, Chair, Healthcare Trustees of New York State, and Trustee, Auburn Community Hospital

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Opening Keynote

The Future of Disruptive Innovation in Healthcare

Martin Makary, MD, Professor of Surgery and Health Policy, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Dr. Makary will discuss the new wave of value-based healthcare as he examines innovators, system-level and market changes, and other factors impacting the healthcare landscape. He’ll provide a special focus on transparency, accountability, and the next generation of quality measures. He will also examine the question, “Are we living in an era of too much healthcare?” and explain how hospitals are downsizing and moving to outpatient and community services to prepare for the future. As an advocate for innovative medicine and patient safety, and creator of the surgical checklist, Dr. Makary will discuss the board’s role in impacting quality and advancing a culture of safety in your hospitals. Watch Dr. Makary’s video message. play button

10:45 a.m.


11 a.m. - Noon

Breakout Strategy Sessions

Creating the Conditions for Effective Board-Physician Relationships

Kimberly McNally, MN, RN, BCC, McNally & Associates

Engaging physicians effectively in hospital governance is essential. Whether serving as a voting board member or in some other leadership capacity, physicians bring a unique and highly valuable voice to hospital and health system governance. Transformation efforts that aim to improve quality and patient safety, achieve clinical integration, enhance affordability and value, and promote healthy communities, require a close partnership between hospital boards, executives, and physicians. Role clarity, communication agreements, and effective governance orientation are imperative. This session will offer practical guidance to boards to optimize the contribution of physicians to governance.

Diversity and Inclusion Evolution

Sujata Chaudhry, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Tangible Development

Respecting the unique blend of different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives within a team enables leaders to rely on diversity and inclusion to not only foster innovation, but to support organizational sustainability and viability. In this session, trustees will examine board diversity and inclusion as it relates to healthcare and the hospital’s mission. After establishing a business case for diversity and inclusion based on data and recent studies, trustees will discover actionable tools and strategies to take back to your boardrooms and support your organizations.

Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care

Manish Sapra, MD, MMM, Director of Strategic Initiatives for Behavioral Health, Health Solutions, Northwell Health

A primary care patient needs treatment for worsening depression but is reluctant to go to a mental health clinic. A patient receiving care for bipolar disorder from a behavioral health provider has uncontrolled type 2 diabetes, but is not following through with referred visits to a primary care provider. How can we help these patients and address their whole health? Integrating behavioral health and primary care can help improve access to care, connect the dots, break down silos, increase efficiency, and can be aligned with value-based care initiatives. In this session, trustees will learn about how one health system’s population health-related approach impacted patient outcomes—and the challenges, successes, and lessons learned.

12:15 - 1:30 p.m.


Dialogue with HANYS’ President

Bea Grause, RN, JD, FACHE, President, Healthcare Association of New York State

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

A Cybersecurity Fireside Chat

William F. Pelgrin, Esq., Co-Founder and Partner, CyberWA; Global Strategic Advisor; and Chair, Global Cyber Alliance

Healthcare organizations across the country and around the state continue to fall victim to insidious, crippling malware. Will your hospital be next? Is your board ready for a costly cyberattack? Hear your peers share how their hospitals responded to and are recovering from a cyberattack, and how another hospital board has prepared its playbook well in advance of a cyber threat. Cybersecurity expert Will Pelgrin will lead this panel and dialogue, with an opportunity for interaction and questions.


2:30 p.m.


Free time to explore your surroundings, relax, or meet with your board.
Note: Information about recreation, landmarks, museums, shopping, and nightlife can be found at

6 - 9 p.m.

Dinner on Wheels (Optional)

Saratoga Automobile Museum

Enjoy cocktails, dinner, and a blast from the past at the Saratoga Automobile Museum, featuring an exhibit of fabulous fifties classic cars. Transportation will be provided to and from hotels and the museum.
Note: A separate $110 per person fee will be charged for this event.

Day Two: Saturday, September 15

8 a.m.

Breakfast Buffet

8:30 - 9:45 a.m.

System-ness or System-less? Changes and Challenges for Healthcare Governance

Maureen Swan, President, MedTrend, Inc.

Maureen Swan will highlight the major trends impacting healthcare governance—including partnerships. She will advance the discussion on affiliations and the evolution of systems from both the hospital and system perspective and show how these changes and challenges impact the role of local, regional, and corporate boards. When systems become mega-systems, what is lost and what is gained? Will some community hospitals successfully be able to “go it alone”? Ms. Swan will examine these forces and pressures of the healthcare environment and explain why it is imperative for trustees to have critical conversations on the transformation of governance.

9:45 - 10:15 a.m.

Celebrate your Colleagues’ Leadership, Advocacy, and PAC Accomplishments

10:15 a.m.


10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Breakout Strategy Sessions

From Good to Great Governance—Using Board Self-Assessment to Achieve Excellence

Maureen Swan, President, MedTrend, Inc.

Great organizations have great boards—and, great boards are key to high performing organizations. Maureen Swan will discuss how self-assessment can help your board advance from good to great. She will provide leading practices in board self-assessment, including what to measure, how to use the results and create work plans for improvement, and how to build momentum and excitement for overall board improvement.

Hospitals as Bridges Out of Poverty

Michael Saccocio, Executive Director, Schenectady City Mission

How can walking a mile in a patient’s shoes—on icy, unsafe sidewalks with a broken stroller and toddler in tow—help your hospital improve care and outcomes? Mike Saccocio shows trustees how understanding the “culture of poverty” can help hospitals better meet the needs of their most vulnerable populations. Trustees will hear how this model approach can strengthen their organization’s collaborative efforts to address income, housing, transportation, and other barriers to achieving the highest level of health for everyone. He will also share details of unique boots-on-the-ground programs and community partnerships that are connecting under-served people to healthcare to change behaviors for a lifetime.

It Takes a County: Fulton County’s Telehealth Pilot

Irina Gelman, MPH, DPM, PhDc, Director, Fulton County Public Health

A college student with a sore throat virtually visits the doctor from a campus kiosk at 2 a.m. A senior citizen stops into a county office building, logs on to a computer, shows a provider the cut on her hand, and is referred to urgent care for stitches. They are among thousands of residents in a mostly rural county who can be connected to healthcare by a telehealth pilot. This is just the beginning. Dr. Gelman will discuss the pilot—its goals, measurement, phases, and prospects for sustainability. She will also highlight the key role of hospitals and dozens of additional community partners to improve access and advance the health of county residents.

11:30 a.m.

Networking Break

Noon - 2 p.m.


Tomorrow Will Change Even Faster Than Today

Jack Uldrich, Healthcare Futurist and Author

In five years, five months, or even five weeks, healthcare will look different from how it looks today. It’s changing that rapidly. Is your board ready? Futurist Jack Uldrich examines how consumerism, technology, and unique partnerships will continue to disrupt the delivery of healthcare and how boards can help their hospitals get out in front of it. From Gen Z’s expectations for healthcare on demand and “wearable” personal health data devices, to game-changers like chemical surgery, and new partnerships involving companies like Uber, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, Aetna, and more—Mr. Uldrich will help you gain the insight and foresight you need to lead your hospitals through change and plan strategically for a successful future.

2 p.m.


2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

Unearthing the Buried Life

Ben Nemtin, The New York Times Bestselling Author, and Co-founder of The Buried Life Movement

Ben Nemtin is a millennial with a message, having created an inspiring movement that encourages people to realize their dreams and help others. Fed up with the monotony of college and contemplating life’s meaning, Mr. Nemtin and his friends set out on a remarkable road trip to complete a list of “100 things to do before you die.” For each item they accomplished on their list, they helped a complete stranger achieve a dream—and along the way they motivated millions of people to believe that “impossible is possible.”

3:15 p.m.


You’re on your own! Dinner with your board and colleagues

Enjoy each other’s company away from the hospital and choose from among Saratoga’s many delectable restaurants.
Note: You will need to make your own dinner plans and reservations. For information about dining options, visit

Day Three: Sunday, September 16

8 a.m.

Breakfast Buffet

8:30 - 9:45 a.m.

Taking Aim at the Opioid and Heroin Crisis

As the opioid and heroin epidemic continues to ravage our communities, hospitals and health systems across New York State are working hard within their walls and with partners in their communities to find solutions and save lives. Panelists will discuss their organizations’ innovative efforts to combat this mounting public health crisis.


  • Sabina Lim, MD, MPH, Vice President and Chief of Strategy, Behavioral Health, Mount Sinai Health System
  • Alan Wilmarth, Administrative Director, Behavioral Health, United Health Services

9:45 a.m.

Closing Remarks

10 a.m.


Participants remaining past Conference adjournment will find a variety of activities and dining options in Saratoga Springs.