2018 Annual Membership Meeting

June 27-29, 2018 | Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island

Annual Meeting iconsThe most anticipated event of the year for many in the healthcare community, the MHA Annual Membership Meeting, is held on Mackinac Island each summer. Designed for the entire MHA family, the MHA Annual Membership Meeting provides the setting for healthcare leaders from across the state to learn, network and celebrate the accomplishments of Michigan hospitals.

Innovation: Key to the Future

Three corporate behemoths — Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase — are moving forward with an independent healthcare company for their employees in the U.S., an indicator of how frustrated businesses are with the existing healthcare system. It is certain their healthcare model will be studied as other corporations look for ways to simplify healthcare delivery and reduce costs.

Tackling problems around health disparities, affordability, enabling technology and patient centeredness requires innovation and effort. We can stare unblinkingly at this time of chaos, or we can dig into the difficult work of building a better tomorrow. The MHA Annual Membership Meeting gives us an opportunity to gain perspective, share insights and experiences, discuss how to lead positive change and embrace the responsibility with conviction. We don’t know what will happen next, but if we focus on leading, we can make an impact and bring to life our vision for the future.

See highlights from the 2017 Annual Membership meeting in our photo album on Facebook. 

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With the MHA’s mobile meeting app, you can get real-time information on your smart phone or tablet. This service is sponsored by the Priority Health. The app can be downloaded to a mobile device, then added to the home screen for offline access. iPhone users can save the app by clicking on the arrow icon at the bottom-middle of the screen and clicking on “Add to Home Screen.” On Android devices, click the browser’s menu button and select “Add to Home Screen.”

Platinum Sponsors

Coverys Logo Grand Hotel logo
Kitch logo MHA Service Corp logo
MiHIN Shared Services logo  

Gold Sponsors

Anesthesia Associates of Ann Arbor logo Blue Cross Blue Shied of Michigan logo Novo Nordisk logo

Silver Sponsors

Behavioral Health Professionals, Inc. logo Delta Medical Systems logo Hall Render logo Honigman logo
HPS logo Michigan Professional Insurance Exchange logo NetMD business logo Priority Health logo

Schedule of Events

(Times are subject to change.)

Wednesday, June 27

9 a.m.
MHA Board of Trustees Meeting

10 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Registration Welcome Area Open

3 - 4:30 p.m.
Ice Cream Social

6 - 7 p.m.
Cocktail Reception

6 - 10 p.m.
Children’s Dinner and Parties (ages 3-14)

Thursday, June 28

7 - 8:15 a.m.
ACHE Annual State Membership Meeting and Breakfast

7:30 - 11 a.m.
Registration Welcome Area Open

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Spencer C. Johnson Health Policy Lecture

9 - 11:30 a.m.
Children’s Programs (ages 3-14)

9:30 - 10:15 a.m.
Call to Order: MHA House of Delegates (Members Only) and Awards Ceremony

9:30 - 11 a.m.
Spouse/Guest Program

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
General Session

11:30 a.m.
Recess: MHA House of Delegates Grand Buffet Luncheon

12:30 - 12:45 p.m.
Links Fore Health Golf Outing Begins (staggered start times)

1 - 2:30 p.m.
Family Event

6 - 7 p.m.
Cocktail Reception

6 - 10 p.m.
Children’s Dinner and Parties (ages 3-14)

7 - 9 p.m.
MHA Annual Banquet

9 - 10 p.m.
Chairmen’s and Awards Reception

Friday, June 29

8:30 - 9:45 a.m.
Government Relations Breakfast

10 - 10:15 a.m.
Inaugural Remarks of the New Chair

10:15 - 11:15 a.m.
Closing Session

11:15 a.m.

2018 Speakers

Consumerism and Disruption
Spencer C. Johnson Health Policy Lecture • Thursday, June 28 • 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Ian Morrison, PhDHealthcare is once again all atwitter about the megatrends of the year, chief among them the rise of consumerism. Consumerism has been the future for a long time, but there is some validity to the argument that we have reached a tipping point, largely due to consumers paying out-of-pocket for the privilege of choosing providers and treatment options.

As Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook lurk on the edge of the healthcare sector, there is considerable anxiety for us. Leaders must pursue a strategy of self-disruption as a motivation for their teams to continuously innovate. Ian Morrison, PhD, an author, consultant and futurist, and regular contributor to AHA Today, will highlight areas we can focus on, like the retail environment, better decision-support tools, preparing for technology that expands digital services, and affordability.

Divided We Stand
General Session • Thursday, June 28 • 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Michael SmerconishIn addition to his acclaimed work as nationally syndicated radio talk-show host, newspaper columnist and best-selling author, Michael Smerconish hosts CNN’s Smerconish and provides analysis and opinion on CNN programming throughout the week. Smerconish’s daily interaction with his listeners across the country gives him a grassroots perspective on the critical matters facing our country — from the state of our economy, the budget deficit, the future of healthcare and immigration to political partisanship and civil discourse across the country. Using the perfect blend of analysis and humor, Smerconish delivers an engaging, thought-provoking and balanced dialogue on today’s issues and the possible long-term implications of the polarization in politics.

Hitting the High Notes: Living Life to the Fullest
Closing Session • Friday, June 29 • 10:15 - 11:15 a.m.

Ronan TynanRonan Tynan, MD, was born with lower limb disability that threatened to sideline him throughout his childhood and, when he was 20, an auto accident caused serious complications that resulted in his legs being amputated below the knee. Despite his unfortunate circumstance, Tynan amassed 18 gold medals and 14 world records in the Paralympics.

Introduced to international audiences as a member of the Irish Tenors, Tynan quickly became known for his unique voice and irresistible appeal. Tynan’s personal story of triumph and his impassioned singing captivates and inspires audiences nationwide. A gifted, humorous storyteller, Tynan’s ability to easily connect with audiences, along with his inspiring message about overcoming obstacles and living life to the fullest, inspires people to reach new heights both professionally and personally.

Breakfast Sessions

American College of Healthcare Executives Annual State Membership Meeting and Breakfast
Thursday, June 28 • 7 - 8:15 a.m.

Join American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) members and healthcare colleagues to learn about the strategic direction ACHE is taking to proactively respond to the rapidly changing healthcare environment and help healthcare leaders improve their performance. Presidents of both the Midwest Chapter and the Great Lakes Chapter and Michigan’s ACHE regent will outline ways they are supporting the ACHE’s strategic plan. You must be preregistered to attend this session. There is an additional fee. The MHA Health Foundation is authorized to award 1 hour of pre-approved Category II (non-ACHE) continuing education credit for this program toward advancement or recertification in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Participants in this program wishing to have the continuing education hours applied toward Category II credit should list their attendance when applying for advancement or recertification in ACHE.

Government Relations Breakfast
Friday, June 29 • 8:30 - 9:45 a.m.

Zoe Clark, Michigan Radio’s program director and co-host of the station’s “It’s Just Politics” program, will join the MHA Advocacy team to discuss the 2018 midterm election and how it could affect healthcare. Michigan voters’ choices for a new governor, attorney general and state legislators in November could have a major impact on the state’s hospitals, patients and communities. Attend this breakfast for the inside scoop.

Links Fore Health

Thursday, June 28

Links Fore Health logoProceeds from the Links Fore Health golf outing help underwrite the MHA Health Foundation and its Ludwig Community Benefits awards, which recognize the programs and services Michigan hospitals provide at low or no cost to improve the quality of health and life.

Learn About the Ludwig Award

Not only does your Links Fore Health registration go for a good cause, golfing is fun, good exercise and people of all skill levels can enjoy the nine-hole scramble format. Links Fore Health has staggered start times between 12:30 and 12:45 p.m. Register individually or in pairs, and we’ll assign you to a group of four. Prizes are given in a variety of categories, including lowest score and longest putt. Children under age 18 must golf with a parent.

Back by popular demand — golf ball toss!

Complete the Links Fore Health portion of the registration form and include the outing fee with your registration materials. (Registration fee is less than market value and cannot be considered a charitable donation.)

Annual Meeting Activities

Annual Meeting ice cream socialIce Cream Social
Wednesday, June 27 • 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Join us on the front porch of the Grand Hotel from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday for this delicious treat in a setting enjoyed by generations old and young.

Cocktail Receptions
The cocktail receptions on the Grand Hotel’s famous front porch are a wonderful way to discuss relevant healthcare issues with colleagues and spend time with friends and family. The receptions will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. The Chairmen’s and Awards reception inside the hotel following the MHA annual banquet is a chance to honor the MHA Special Recognition and Meritorious Service Award winners and the outgoing and incoming MHA Board of Trustees chairs. The reception is from 9 to 10 p.m.

Spouse/Guest Program
Thursday, June 28 • 9:30 - 11 a.m.

Built in 1902, the Michigan governor’s summer residence on Mackinac Island is located on a bluff overlooking the Straits of Mackinac. The residence is a favorite tourist stop for Mackinac visitors when it is not being used by the governor to host important events with national and state leaders. The spouse program includes a tour of the mansion’s first floor, directed by an expert on the mansion’s history, and a casual brunch on the porch. Class size is limited and registration will be taken on a first-come, first- served basis. A photo ID is required to enter the mansion.

Family Event
Thursday, June 28 • 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Annual Meeting Family eventAdults and children will be entertained with an incredible lineup of games, activities, a carnival and more! Test your physical skills in the football toss competition or test your quickness with the interactive buzz-buzz game. A bungee jump and bounce house provide plenty of exercise and a strolling magician will entertain you with tricks that will blow your mind! There’s something at the MHA family event to please adults and kids alike!

Children's Activities

Annual Meeting children's activitiesWednesday and Thursday, June 27 and 28

When the end of June closes in, kids begin to daydream about what adventures are in store at the MHA Annual Meeting. But no matter if the event is laissez faire or hyperactive, the most important part is to get back on Mackinac Island, connect with old friends and make new ones, and have fun! The kids’ activities are designed to be age appropriate and are packed with entertainment, crafts, movies, food and fun! Evening programs include a meal, activities, games and a movie. Day programs include activities and snacks.

Children’s Schedule and Activity

Age group Wednesday 6 - 10 p.m. Thursday 9 - 11:30 a.m. Thursday 6 - 10 p.m.
3-6 years Arts & crafts and the movie Ferdinand Outdoor games Singing, games and movie Sing
7-10 years Magic show and learn magic tricks Island carriage tour Pool party
11-14 years Pool party Island carriage tour Magic show and learn magic tricks



Children must be registered for the full meeting and all activities in which they wish to participate. Preregister online or with the form included with this brochure. If children are not registered prior to arrival on the Island, they may do so in the Welcome Area in the Grand Hotel on Wednesday and Thursday.

Note to parents: Dinner and refreshments are included with all evening events. Children not staying in the Grand Hotel must purchase a dinner ticket at the hotel’s front desk. Children ages 3-14 are appropriate for participation in the MHA children’s programs.

Hotel Reservations


Important information about your lodging request:

  • A separate form must be submitted for each requested room.
  • There will be no additional charge for children under 18 years of age who stay in the same room with their parents.
  • This includes breakfast and dinner each day of the stay, as well as the Grand Luncheon Buffet Thursday, June 28.
  • The regular adult rate applies when children occupy a room by themselves.
  • Additional people ages 18 and older are only $149 daily per person when sharing a room with two guests paying the full rate.
  • Accommodations are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, based on membership status. Delegates from Type I organizations receive first priority.
  • If you request more than one room, your request will be assigned based on availability.
  • All accommodations are in the Grand Hotel until the room block is filled.
  • There is no guarantee of lodging in the Grand Hotel.
  • Phone reservations will not be accepted.
  • In accordance with Michigan law, the Grand Hotel is a nonsmoking property.
  • All confirmations will be sent to you via U.S. mail from the Grand Hotel. Be sure to complete all address information on the form.
  • To reserve accommodations for this meeting, complete the hotel reservation form and return it to the Grand Hotel. All hotel reservations must be returned on or before May 25. Confirmation of lodging will be sent after June 1. Questions regarding room reservations for the annual meeting should be submitted to the Grand Hotel.
  • In the event the MHA room block at the Grand Hotel is exhausted, the MHA will assist registrants with accommodations at downtown Mackinac Island hotels that have contracted with the MHA and are able to accommodate the lodging requests.

Travel and Onsite Details

Annual Meeting app illustrationAnnual Meeting App

With the MHA’s mobile meeting app, you can get real-time information on your smart phone or tablet. This service is sponsored by the Priority Health. The app can be downloaded to a mobile device, then added to the home screen for offline access. iPhone users can save the app by clicking on the arrow icon at the bottom middle of the screen and clicking on “Add to Home Screen.” On Android devices, click the browser’s menu button and select “Add to Home Screen.”

Spouse/Guest Information

All spouses and guests must pay the registration fee in order to receive a nametag that permits entrance to receptions and events. This fee also includes attendance at any or all of the general sessions. Guests include children ages 18 and older and others who are not employees, governing board members or medical staff of registering organizations.

Children’s Programs

All children must be registered to attend the MHA Annual Membership Meeting, regardless of whether they will be participating in any MHA- sponsored events. Children ages 17 and younger should be registered under the children’s section. Children must also be preregistered for the events in which they wish to participate. Because these events are intended to be age appropriate, children may not attend programs designed for age groups older than they are. If desired, children may attend events planned for younger age groups.

Ferry Service

A special discount is available for the guests of the MHA to Mackinac Island via Shepler’s Ferry, the MHA’s preferred ferry service for the Annual Membership Meeting. Special price of $19 per adult and $10 per child for round trip tickets only. Online Promotion Code: MHA2018.

Please note: Shepler's Ferry has changed its parking policy for 2018. For more information, visit Shepler’s Ferry online or call (800) 828-6157

The Mackinaw City Dock is located at 556 E. Central Avenue, Mackinaw City, MI 49701.


Casual dress is encouraged during the day, with business or semiformal attire reserved for after 6 p.m. Children may be in casual dress if attending the MHA children’s programs.

Join the Conversation

Whether you are attending in-person or not, you can take part in the crucial conversations happening at the MHA Annual Membership Meeting among healthcare leaders in Michigan and beyond! Join or follow the conversation on social media using the hashtag #MHAannual. Be sure to also follow the MHA on social media for regular updates on MHA initiatives, meetings and conferences, as well as health policy updates, hospital stories and other health news.

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The MHA Annual Membership Meeting is a private membership meeting. Attendance is open to MHA members, meeting sponsors and invited guests of the MHA. Please contact Clark Ballard, senior vice president, Member Relations & Education, with questions regarding membership.

All registration materials and appropriate fees must be returned to the MHA on or before May 25. Credit card payment is required when registering online.



If you have questions about the 2018 MHA Annual Membership Meeting, contact us below or call (888) 413-2118. Questions on room reservations for the meeting should be submitted to the Grand Hotel.

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Thank You to Our Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Advomas Healthcare Eligibility Advocates

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Great Lakes Health Connect logo

Lumeris logo

Michigan Association of Nurse Anesthetists logo

MCG Health logo

PNC Healthcare logo

Golf Sponsors

Arbor Metrix logo

Barton Malow logo

Beecher Carlson logo

MedPro Group logo

Sentry Data Systems logo

Varnum logo

Tee Sponsors

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Anesthesia Associates

Boldt logo

CHG logo

GLHC logo

HPS logo

Martin Waymire logo

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