Thursday, Sept. 12

6 – 7 p.m.

Welcome cocktail reception

Friday, Sept. 13

7 – 8 a.m.


8 – 8:30 a.m.

Opening remarks

  • Sharon Hanson, Chair, HTNYS, and Secretary, Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo


  • Nicholas Henley, MPH, Executive Director, HTNYS, and Vice President, External Affairs, HANYS
  • Kristen Phillips, Director, Trustee Education, HTNYS, and Director, Community Health Policy, HANYS

8:30 – 9:45 a.m.

Opening keynote

Redefining hospital strategy: Navigating the future of healthcare

1.25 credits

In the rapidly evolving healthcare landscape, leaders face the critical challenge of understanding and adapting to the strategic imperatives reshaping hospital operations and patient care. It is essential for leaders to recognize the forces driving change — such as technological advancements, policy shifts, changing patient expectations and economic pressures — to effectively redefine their approach to healthcare delivery. Hospitals must not only ensure that their strategic focus enhances the financial performance of capital-intensive services but also acknowledge that traditional methods may no longer suffice in the future. This necessitates a forward-thinking mindset that embraces innovation, leverages new technologies and anticipates the needs of a changing patient demographic. By doing so, healthcare leaders can guide their organizations toward sustainable success, meeting the demands of the modern healthcare environment while maintaining excellence in patient care and operational efficiency.

9:45 – 10 a.m.


10 – 11 a.m.

Renewing your board through increased engagement

The healthcare field is complex, and continues to evolve quickly, so it can be difficult for board members to feel they are making a significant contribution. And yet, executives need their boards to fully engage with them as partners to help to improve the health of their communities.

This presentation focuses on how to renew and refresh board service so it is both gratifying to individual board members and helpful to their executive teams. The key is to ensure that each board member is truly engaged in and contributing to conversations and decision-making. This requires going beyond changing board structures and policies to improving how board members are selected, oriented, educated and ultimately involved in discussions. The board chair plays a critical role in ensuring board members are well-prepared for and involved in important decisions. This session will include practical methods for renewing the board by engaging each member.

11 – 11:15 a.m.


11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Breakout strategy sessions

Committee optimization: A critical component of world-class governance

Boards that want their governance to match their “world-class” organizations recognize that committees are important in optimizing board performance. Highly effective committees can significantly improve the board’s overall functioning by driving focused, efficient and informed board discussions on the issues that matter. Attendees will learn why committees can falter in performing their responsibilities and explore the key components of successful board committee structure and functioning. Practical examples, tips and tools for committee optimization will be shared.

Role of the hospital board in finance

Hospital trustees’ fiduciary responsibilities include balancing focuses on financial oversight and quality. Rooted in good stewardship, high-performing boards ensure the best use of hospital resources. Yet, healthcare finance is complex and differs drastically from other industries. What knowledge and tools do board members need to ensure the fiscal health of their hospitals? What questions should they ask? In this interactive session, Shell will enhance trustees’ knowledge of key hospital finance concepts, including general accounting, key performance metrics, understanding financial statements and hospital reimbursement and value-based payment.

Private equity knocking at the door: Hospital responses and engagement strategies

1 credit

  • Richard (Rick) Zall, Partner and Chair, Healthcare Transactional and Regulatory Practice, King & Spalding

This session will examine the increasing role of private equity in healthcare services and its impact on hospitals, physician services and other related sectors. We will address the latest market trends in PE investment in healthcare services and recent state and federal regulatory and legislative responses. We will discuss the possible threats to hospitals posed by PE’s investment activities and potential responses to those threats. In addition, the session will share opportunities for collaboration with PE and examples of a beneficial win-win collaboration.

12:15 – 1:30 p.m.

Luncheon and a discussion on the imperative for change with HANYS’ president

Kevin Krawiecki will explain the market and landscape assessment that helped build HANYS’ recent publication, The Case for Change, and its set of irrefutable facts related to New Yorkers’ projected future healthcare needs. He’ll also explore four drivers pushing New York’s healthcare system to an existential cliff. Bea Grause will then discuss how HANYS works with our members and partners throughout the healthcare industry to develop solutions that build a future-focused healthcare system that achieves and maintains equitable access to high-quality care and affordability at all levels.

1:30 – 1:45 p.m.


1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Breakout strategy sessions

The new future of rural healthcare: Strategies for success

1 credit

As the healthcare industry transforms, rural hospitals face the challenge of preparing for success and sustainability in an environment that rewards value instead of volume. This journey becomes even more perilous as hospitals struggle to transition their delivery and payment systems simultaneously and must make strategic decisions around the future of their organization. Eric Shell’s presentation will take an in-depth look at the industry as a whole and at the particular struggle faced by rural and community hospitals, and outline strategies for these facilities to not only survive but thrive in the fast-approaching era of population health. This presentation is a valuable tool for healthcare leaders seeking the best strategy to guide their facilities from traditional to new models of reimbursement based on value and quality.

Putting the "success" in CEO and board succession planning

Succession planning is one of a board’s key responsibilities, whether preparing for the organization’s next CEO or for its own future leadership and membership. While most boards recognize the importance of succession planning, for various reasons, too few do it — and do it well. Whatever the reason (such as competing priorities), succession planning isn’t prioritized.

If done right, succession planning has many benefits, including preparing your organization for transitions, establishing continuity and emphasizing executive development. It draws a direct connection between future board competency, profile needs and organizational strategy — putting the right people in the right roles at the right times.

This session makes the case for CEO and board succession planning as strategic imperatives, positioning them as ongoing, iterative processes with immediate and long-term benefits. Presenters will share fundamental succession planning best practices including how to align efforts with organizational strategic planning and make succession planning an ingrained part of a board’s governance competencies. Ample time will be dedicated to open discussion and audience Q&A.

Navigating the new Medicaid 1115 waiver: Implications for New York hospitals and health systems

New York state recently approved a $7.5 billion Medicaid 1115 waiver amendment to strengthen access to primary care and behavioral health services, advance health equity and reduce disparities across New York. As part of this work, the waiver will fund health-related social needs services, address workforce shortages and support safety net hospitals. This session will provide trustees with what they need to know about the overall objectives of the waiver, the specific programmatic components and what it means for New York’s hospitals and health systems. The session will also focus on the role new social care networks will play and demonstrate the challenges of and best practices for collaborating with these entities and other community-based organizations.

2:45 – 3 p.m.


3 – 4 p.m.

Artificial intelligence in Healthcare: What healthcare leaders need to know…NOW!

Hardly a day goes by without a story in the news about artificial intelligence and its impact on society. New advances in technology and applications — both exciting and scary — seem to be occurring exponentially. There is now evidence that AI can learn on its own and that it can “make things up” or even hallucinate. GPT is enabling technology that is increasingly human. Computer-brain interfaces can physically connect the mind to the computer.

How do healthcare leaders stay on top of the science and make knowledgeable decisions? Or do we just let AI take over the world? Might your new doctor be an AI hologram? This session will review basic AI models and concepts such as processing speed, machine learning and networks, with particular emphasis on their applications in healthcare. Dr. Berkowitz will discuss special interest topics such as GPT, brain-computer interfaces, emergent properties and the concept of singularity. He will examine the present and future impact of AI on healthcare systems, patients and providers.

Finally, with the recent “Pause” letter on GPT technology, he will discuss the moral implications of AI and the role of future regulations and compliance.

4 p.m.


5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

After Hours at The Adelphi

(Extra fee)

Unwind after your education-filled day at the historic Adelphi Hotel. Indulge in cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and network with your colleagues in a relaxed, picturesque setting. It’s the perfect starting point for exploring Saratoga as you enjoy a night on the town.

Saturday, Sept. 14

7 – 8 a.m.


7:30 – 9 a.m.

The big healthcare hacks: What’s happening, why and where does the board fit?

1.5 credits

Cyberattacks on hospitals and health systems are growing in frequency and severity, and trustees are critical to understanding and curtailing cybersecurity risks. This session will review the latest trends and developments in cybersecurity, the Change Healthcare cyberattack, new DOH cybersecurity regulations for hospitals that require reporting to the board, and the latest federal regulations. A member CIO will share how he regularly reports on cyber and healthcare information technology to the board. You’ll also hear about a fellow trustee’s experience navigating a breach including the perspectives of their CEO and vice president, information technology who spearheaded the response.

9 – 9:15 a.m.


9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

A discussion with the NYS Health Commissioner

Hear from the health commissioner on what he has learned over the past year in this important role and how that will shape the direction of DOH moving forward, and DOH’s health and public health priorities. Bea Grause will join the commissioner to discuss how the industry and the state can partner to tackle shared objectives such as ensuring the financial viability of our healthcare providers; addressing social determinants and promoting health equity; and behavioral healthcare including the need for coordinated strategies between state agencies; among other important priorities.

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.


10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Understanding quality and safety measures that matter

Using the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s framework for what the board needs to know, this session will offer insights into the knowledge and skills board members should possess for effective quality and patient safety governance. During this session, Ann Blouin will review key information for trustees around quality measures impacting inpatient and outpatient care improvement objectives and evaluation of quality initiatives. She will describe example criteria to inform decisions around which measures may be selected and reported to the board. Trustees will gain insight into the numerous useful inputs for consideration, including the community needs assessment, public health mandates, social determinants of health, continued evolution toward outpatient health services, care continuum focus, shift to value-based care, financial impacts and population health.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

2024 elections

  • David Wasserman, Senior Editor and Elections Analyst, The Cook Political Report with Amy Walter, and NBC Contributor

David Wasserman will provide a timely election forecast less than two months before Election Day, including a detailed look at key U.S. House races in New York, the national issues and themes playing out in local races and how healthcare factors into national and state election debates.

12:30 p.m.


Boxed lunches available. Grab and go or stay and eat.