Galesburg/OSF St. Mary—Jennifer Junis, President of OSF St. Mary joined over 100 small and rural hospital leaders at the Illinois Hospital Association’s (IHA) Small & Rural Hospitals Annual Meeting on June 20-21 in Springfield. The meeting offered insight into effective and sustainable reform, the 340B Drug Pricing Program, Board leadership, and how hospitals can respond to the “disruptors” in healthcare—Amazon, Google and Apple.
““I was honored to represent OSF Healthcare and share insights I have learned with my peers around the state” said Jennifer Junis, President.
The meeting was themed ALL IN: A Passion for Rural Healthcare. Expert presenters from Illinois and around the country addressed key healthcare topics with a focus on strategies for rural hospital and health system leaders:
- Benjamin Anderson, chief executive officer of Kearny County Hospital in Lakin, Kansas, delivered the keynote address, “An Ethical Case for Excellence in Healthcare Delivery,” exploring the fatalism common in rural communities and the essential steps hospital leaders can take to achieve effective, sustainable reform.
- Experts from The Advis Group in Mokena identified how to prepare for potential changes to the 340B Drug Pricing Program and offered optimization strategies for the program’s current regulatory structure.
- National healthcare governance expert Pam Knecht led two sessions on developing strong boards, the first on achieving best practices in governance and the second on ways to bring all board members into strategic conversations.
- Executive Coach Bob Berk, of Vistage International in Chicago, discussed the leader’s role through change and disruption and presented tools and business models to help hospital leaders achieve organizational goals.
- Ron Galloway, a researcher, columnist, documentary film director, Wal-Mart blogger, showed how tech giants Amazon, Google and Apple plan to disrupt healthcare and how hospital leaders can drive the response to these disruptors.
IHA President and CEO A.J. Wilhelmi also addressed rural healthcare leaders, as did William Santulli, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Advocate Aurora Health, who serves as chairman of the IHA Board of Trustees.
IHA’s Small & Rural Hospitals Constituency Section organized the annual meeting to bring together rural healthcare leaders to share ideas on how to better serve patients and communities. The 87 hospitals in this group have fewer than 150 acute care beds and/or are located outside a metropolitan statistical area. They provide essential healthcare services to residents in rural areas and serve as leaders in their communities. As significant economic engines, they create more than 74,900 jobs and have a total economic impact of $12.1 billion annually.