Governance Programming

The Summit’s Governance Excellence programming focuses on analysis of the issues that are transforming the governing board’s role and oversight responsibilities. Sessions will provide insights into the innovative governance practices and critical leadership competencies that will move the board from good governance to excellent governance, and feature case study examples of high-functioning boards.

Sunday, July 16, 10:30 AM – 12:45 PM ǀ PRE-CONFERENCE LUNCHEON WORKSHOPS


Rising to the Challenge: Radical Governance and Leadership for an Uncertain Future

Jamie Orlikoff, President, Orlikoff & Associates, Inc., National Advisor on Governance and Leadership to the American Hospital Association, and health care governance expert

The pace, scope and scale of the health care landscape is changing dramatically. For years, hospitals and health systems struggled with megatrends impacting their future — the aging population, approaching Medicare insolvency, predicted provider shortages, and the growing health care affordability crisis. The pandemic accelerated these trends and added others including skyrocketing labor costs, shaky supply chains, accelerated disruption of the hospital business model, workforce instability and significantly weakened finances. To meet these challenges, governance and leadership must rapidly change and prepare their organization to seize the opportunities and overcome the obstacles of a radically different health care model. This provocative workshop will examine the extreme best practices that boards and leadership must adopt to steer their organizations into the future.


Sunday, July 16, 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM ǀ CONCURRENT SESSION


Enterprise Risk Management: The Path to Financial Sustainability

Michelle Hoppes, President, Hoppes Risk Solutions, LLC

Pamela Knecht, President and Chief Executive Officer, ACCORD LIMITED

Financial sustainability has become Priority 1 for health care organizations. Employing enterprise risk management (ERM) principles can help leaders meet this objective. Businesses outside health care have used ERM for strategic execution, outlining both risk appetite and tolerance to minimize unexpected events and to aid in overall performance. Organizations that reach mature levels of ERM have a 25% greater market valuation, according to a study published in the Journal of Risk and Insurance. This session will explain how to use ERM to actively identify, anticipate and address organizational risks and maximize opportunities for value creation. The speakers also will explore ERM-related governance practices and review questions boards should cover with their executive teams.


Monday, July 17, 7:15 AM – 8:15 AM ǀ SUNRISE SESSIONS


Weathering the Storm: Major Headwinds in 2023 and Beyond

Jeffery Adler, Chief Executive Officer, iProtean

Bill Gassen, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sanford Health, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Jamie Orlikoff, President, Orlikoff & Associates, Inc., National Advisor on Governance and Leadership to the American Hospital Association, and health care governance expert

Judy Rich, RN, MSN, President and Chief Executive Officer, TMC Health, Tucson, Ariz.

As our country wrestles with economic challenges three years after the introduction of a pandemic that will leave us forever changed, hospital and health system leadership must stay apprised of the major headwinds facing our field now and in the future. Such headwinds include workforce challenges, disruption from external actors and mounting financial pressures, among others. This moderated panel will cover key insights and possible solutions to the various headwinds discussed.


Monday, July 17, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM


Trustee Networking Reception

Meet with other hospital and health system trustees and board members, discuss the day’s activities, and enjoy refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres.


Monday, July 17, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM ǀ CONCURRENT SESSION


Interactive Governance Clinic

Jamie Orlikoff, President, Orlikoff & Associates, Inc., National Advisor on Governance and Leadership to the American Hospital Association, and health care governance expert

In the perennially popular session for Trustees, bring your most challenging and immediate governance issues to one of the nation’s preeminent health care governance experts. Jamie Orlikoff will field your questions — from the hands-on practical to the big-picture theoretical, and also invite attendees present from around the country to comment and add their perspectives and recommendations. You’ll gain practical solutions and proactive ideas for improving governance performance. This session will be very interactive, and no issue is off the table, so come prepared to talk, to question and be challenged!


Tuesday, July 18, 7:15 AM – 8:45 AM ǀ INTENSIVE


Environmental Sustainability Begins with Trustees: What to Know, How to Get Started and Why it Matters

Growing concerns around intensifying extreme weather events, health care resiliency, the rising costs of fuel and the unintended public health impacts of climate change are shining a spotlight on the importance of improving environmental sustainability. In keeping with their missions, hospitals and health systems are searching for ways to be better stewards of resources and to promote public health by reducing their impact on the environment. Currently, the health care sector alone represents 8.5% of U.S. carbon emissions, and there is increasing public and political pressure to reduce emissions and become more environmentally sustainable. As a result, more and more hospitals and health systems are engaging in efforts to understand their environmental impact and guide actions to increase operational efficiencies and decrease their carbon footprint.

At the foundation of this work are Boards of Trustees, which serve as the launch point for organizational decision-making on critical issues. In this session, trustees will learn about beginning the sustainability conversation within their organization, leadership and goal-setting recommendations, and the interplay between environmental sustainability and ongoing priorities.