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2018 Trustee Education Forum – Cancelled

October 5, 2018 - October 6, 2018

The Trustee Forum has been cancelled due to the devastation hurricane Florence has brought to our state.

**2018 Trustee Education Forum Brochure**
Designed especially for NCHA member hospital and health system trustees, this event will provide an overview of North Carolina’s political landscape and NCHA’s policy agenda as we head into the 2019 legislative session, national speakers on healthcare issues and opportunities for best practice sharing about community health improvement efforts. Spouses are welcome.

Target Audience

Member hospital and health system trustees, physicians and senior leaders


Friday, Oct. 5
3:30–5 pmThe Current Political Landscape and its Impact on Hospitals
NCHA’s advocacy team and political consultants will share insights on what could be a pivotal election in November and the potential for change at the state and federal level.
5–6 pmMeet & Greet Networking Reception
Gather for this networking opportunity with your peers and NCHA’s supporting sponsors. Light snacks and beverages will be served.
Saturday, Oct. 6
8–9 amBreakfast Buffet and Networking (Spouses invited)
9–11 am Governance Session
Karma Bass, Via Healthcare Consulting

Healthcare Trends and Issues for Rural Hospitals
Rural hospitals are lifeblood to their communities, providing essential health care services to nearly 57 million people across the United States. Despite uncertain government funding, sustained workforce shortages, and limited access to capital to update aging facilities, some rural facilities are thriving. Learn the emerging strategies board and leadership teams should consider to ensure their organization remains among the successful.


High Performing Boards: Responding to Turbulent Times in Healthcare
As the health care industry enters a time of unprecedented transformation, boards across the country are grappling with some of the biggest issues their organizations will ever face: do we affiliate and/or how do we optimize our current affiliations; how do we transform the delivery of care and move toward population health; are we doing the necessary hard work to drive down costs and increase efficiency in preparation for new payment models? Hear how top-performing organizations, their leadership teams, and boards are facing these challenges and learn tips for navigating them with your board.
11–11:15 amBreak
11:15– 11:45 amThe Opioid Crisis in North Carolina: What You Need to Know
Nicholle Karim, NCHA Director of Behavioral Health
Communities across North Carolina are facing increasing rates of substance use disorders, especially opioids. NCHA has been a leading partner in statewide efforts to address this healthcare crisis. Attendees will learn more about the current trends, innovative practices and efforts led by NCHA and our members.
11:45 am – 12 pm NCHA Update
Julie Henry, NCHA Vice President of Communications
Get the story behind NCHA’s rebrand and our new website. Find out about resources available to support hospital leaders in advocacy and education.
12–1 pmNetworking Lunch (Spouses invited)
1–2 pmPopulation Health Starts at Home
Featuring NCHA Members
Learn about innovative programs at North Carolina hospitals that are addressing chronic disease and other health concerns among employee populations to improve health and save on healthcare spending.
2–3 pmClosing Session — From the Board Room to the Bedside and Back: Reflections on My Patient Journey
Dr. David Zaas, President of Duke Raleigh Hospital
Dr. David Zaas was diagnosed with leukemia in February 2017. After a bone marrow transplant from his 13-year old son, he persevered through treatment and recovery to return to his job in August. Hear his inspirational story and lessons learned from his perspective as a hospital CEO, physician, husband, father and patient.


Karma Bass, MPH, FACHE
Principal, Via Healthcare Consulting
For more than 20 years, Karma Bass has been a sought-after speaker, facilitator, and consultant with deep knowledge and experience in governance, strategic planning, philanthropy, quality oversight, healthcare policy, and board effectiveness. Before founding Via Healthcare Consulting, she worked with Accord Limited, serving clients nationwide with their strategic planning, governance, speaking and board retreats. Notably, Bass spent 10 years at The Governance Institute holding various positions including Vice President, Membership Services. During her time at The Governance Institute, she oversaw the prestigious biennial hospital governance practices survey tracking trends in US hospitals and health systems.


David W. Zaas, MD, MBA
President, Duke Raleigh Hospital
Dr. David Zaas is Associate Professor of Medicine and the President of Duke Raleigh Hospital since July 2014. Dr. Zaas previously served as the Chief Medical Officer for the Duke Faculty Practice, the Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC). He also served as the Vice-Chair for Clinical Practice in the Department of Medicine at Duke University. He has played a major role in advancing multiple key strategic initiatives for Duke Medicine, including care redesign, clinical integration and improving access for patients. A pulmonary and critical care medicine physician by training, Zaas also formerly served as medical director for Lung Transplantation at Duke.

Venue and Accommodations

Hotel Ballast Wilmington
A block of rooms is being held at Hotel Ballast for Friday, Oct. 5. The conference rate is $219 and will be offered through the cut-off date of September 11 or until the room bock is full; whichever comes first. If you plan to arrive Thursday or stay an additional night, contact the hotel directly for rates. The NCHA conference rate applies to Friday night only. Book here: Hotel Ballast Room Reservations

Continuing Education Credits

NCHA is authorized to award 6.25 hours of pre-approved ACHE Qualified Education credit for this program toward Advancement or recertification in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Member Registration

Individual Registration Fee: $325 

Guest/Spouse Fee:  $125
(includes Meet & Greet reception, breakfast, lunch and closing session)

New This Year – Group Discount!
Register your hospital attendees together and receive a Group Discount!

Fees for the first 3 registrants are $325 per attendee. Additional registrants receive the discounted fee of $295 per attendee.

Questions? Contact:
James Hayes at jhayes@ncha.org or 919-677-4246



October 5, 2018
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