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North Carolina Hospital Association

Serving North Carolina Hospitals & Health Systems


2017 Winter Membership Meeting

More than 350 healthcare leaders attended NCHA’s Winter Membership Meeting February 15-16, 2017 at its new location at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley. This year’s theme, Resilience on the Road to Transformation, resonated through a variety of speakers that challenged, inspired and encouraged attendees through personal stories, interactive presentations and best practice sharing.

The welcome luncheon featured a video produced by NCHA in honor of the healthcare heroes that kept hospitals operational during Hurricane Matthew and the subsequent flooding in October 2016. NCHA Immediate Past Chair Joann Anderson, president and CEO of Southeastern Health in Lumberton, one of the hardest hit areas, thanked her colleagues for their outpouring of support and offers of assistance. Anderson acknowledged the resilience of employees who “cared more for others than for themselves” and truly demonstrated what it means to be prepared to care.

Governor Roy Cooper addressed the membership and outlined his agenda for the coming year, including addressing the challenges ahead for Medicaid as the federal government implements changes to the Affordable Care Act. Governor Cooper also presented NCHA President Emeritus Bill Pully with the Order of the Longleaf Pine in recognition of his 32 years of service to hospitals and healthcare in North Carolina.

Dr. John McConnell, CEO of Wake Forest Baptist Health, was introduced as the new chair of the NCHA Board of Trustees. McConnell inspired the audience with a personal story and perspective on the value of all team members in delivering quality patient care and the importance of protecting their health and wellness, the need for continued vigilance for evidence-based medicine to manage costs and ensure quality, and the continued challenges of addressing health disparities.

Awards were presented to Duke Raleigh Hospital for its commitment to high performance healthcare through the Baldrige program and to Dale Jenkins, chair of the UNC Healthcare Board of Trustees, as the recipient of the 2016 Trustee Merit Award.

A highlight of this year's Winter Meeting was a banquet in honor of Bill Pully, NCHA president emeritus, on his retirement. Pully was awarded the NCHA Meritorious Service Award, which honors outstanding contributions to healthcare made by an individual who is not a hospital executive or trustee. View the video tribute here.  

In addition to the annual Advocacy update, which featured information on federal and state issues, speakers included Rebecca Onie, co-founder & CEO of Health Leads USA, who delivered the Ed McAuley Lecture Keynote; Bryan Sexton, PhD, director of the Duke Patient Safety Center, who spoke on provider resilience and its impact on patient safety; and closing speaker Bertice Berry, PhD, who spoke about her appreciation for healthcare workers from a family members' perspective.

Former NCHA Board member David Strong, now president & CEO of Orlando Health, and Orlando Regional Medical Center CEO Mark Jones, provided a moving presentation and lessons learned during the organization's response to the June 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting, the deadliest mass shooting in US history. The Orlando Health video is available here

NCHA members may access presentations from Winter Meeting speakers here.


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