Friday, September 13

7:30 a.m.


8 – 8:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks


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



8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Opening Keynote/Leadership


  • Jeremi Suri, PhD, Professor for Global Leadership, History and Public Policy, University of Texas at Austin

Author Jeremi Suri, PhD, blends historical perspective and presidential decision-making styles as he addresses the changing nature of leadership in our society and how we can become more effective trustees and community and national leaders in this turbulent era.

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

System-ness III: More Changes and Challenges for Healthcare Governance


As systems and affiliations continue to evolve, Maureen Swan returns to the Conference to build on the discussion of this consolidation trend. She will highlight various models and the differences and issues they create for governance of local, regional and corporate boards. Ms. Swan will also examine the emerging impact of "systems without a hospital" on competition and the governance of traditional hospital-based systems.

11 a.m. – noon

Breakout Strategy Sessions

Governance Models – Active vs. Passive Parents


  • Robert Swidler, Vice President, Legal Services, St. Peter’s Health Partners

As more hospitals join healthcare systems, discussions have arisen regarding governance, particularly the allocation of governance authority and responsibility between a hospital board and the system parent board. Until recently, there have been only two models in New York state for parent boards: (i) "active" parents established by the Public Health and Health Planning Council and (ii) "passive parents" not so established. Late last year, PHHPC considered a novel proposal to establish a new "limited purpose active parent." The proposed model, which was supported by DOH staff, opens up possibilities for new allocations of responsibility and authority among parent and subsidiary boards. Mr. Swidler will discuss the "active," "passive" and proposed "limited purpose active parent" models, as well as the appeal the proposed model may have to nonprofit systems that reside both inside and outside of New York state.

Social Determinants of Health


  • William B. Jordan, MD, MPH, Population Health Transformation Lead, Center for Health Equity, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

This session will discuss social determinants of health-related initiatives at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The health department's work on social determinants ranges from making data actionable to capacity-building for community-based organizations, direct services and organizing by community health workers, changing the food environment and neighborhood planning across public sectors. Opportunities will be identified for meaningful community investment by health systems.

Disrupting the Disruptors: Strategizing to Take on the Unknown


Apple. Google. CVS-Aetna. The reach of non-traditional players extends deeper into the healthcare space every day. Ms. Swan will examine the trend and how boards and their CEOs can and should be thinking, questioning and strategizing now about this significant challenge — and opportunity. Ms. Swan will also share examples of boards that are trying to proactively deal with the disruption head-on.

12:15 – 1:30 p.m. | LUNCHEON

Dialogue with HANYS’ President


1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Effective Board Leadership in a Population Health World


Karma Bass will examine the board’s role as hospitals and health systems focus on keeping populations healthy, reducing disparities, and improving health equity. Ms. Bass will examine what it takes to become a voice for the community within the organization and conversely, to be a voice for the organization in the community. How does a board shift its focus, the way it thinks and the way it operates from the four walls of the hospital to encompass and embrace a community? What are the leadership challenges to becoming a population health board? She will also share examples of how hospitals are successfully advancing their population health management efforts.