On behalf NAHSE-WMAC executive leadership and 2019 Co-chair Al Campbell, I would like to thank the panelists, members of the planning committee, and everyone who attended the 2019 Minority C-Suite Executive Roundtable. It’s always a pleasure to see authentic expressions of joy and excitement when NAHSE events reunite the best in class. If you want to take time to reflect on the special evening, photos are now accessible via nahse-wmac.com. As you review the images, you are likely to be reminded of a warm and safe space that enabled you to establish new relationships and reconnect with old friends, colleagues, and mentors.
As one of NAHSE-WMAC’s most anticipated annual events, the Roundtable is a vehicle for information exchange, networking, and exploration. This year, we had nearly 200 attendees who represented diverse sectors of the region’s healthcare ecosystem. And consistent with NAHSE’s deep-rooted tradition of grooming the next generation of leaders, approximately 20 students attended the event.
Moderated by Mr. Scott Becker, this year’s theme was “An Era of Transformational Change Impacting the
C-Suite.” Within the context of a rapidly changing industry, panelists provided perspectives on an assortment of topics driving the executive management agenda. Examples included: healthcare and the MeToo movement; women in leadership; mergers and acquisitions; population health management and data analytics; technology and emerging trends; equity and inclusion; and competency skills gaps.
The scope and depth of the conversation was intellectually stimulating and at times provocative. While the panel was probed to share technical insight on topical issues, the most paradoxical takeaway was that old fashion interpersonal skills are critical for leading in the wake of “chaos.” In addition, social currency and relationship management were referenced as concepts that are most promising for advancing individual careers and propelling institutional strategy. And as we continue to grapple with mixed approaches to reduce costs, improve the patient experience, and advance population health, success will hinge upon the capacity to provide healthcare, not just medical care. In other words, how do we cultivate norms, practices and payment models that prioritize wellness and enable us to more effectively respond to the needs of the whole patient in real time?
There were so many aha moments and lessons learned; too many to share in this post.
We hope you will continue to join us as we keep the conversation going, and ultimately, convert
transformational ideas to action. Through your membership, intellectual engagement, and volunteerism, the pulse of NAHSE-WMAC will continue to reverberate across the region – making the most profound difference in the health of the individuals and communities we serve.
Christopher J. King, PhD, FACHE
Co-Chair, 2019 Minority C-Suite Executive Roundtable