Feb. 17-18, 2022 | Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

In 2022, Breakthrough will continue its tradition of helping MHA members pursue real change. Returning to an in-person format this year at the beautiful Grand Traverse Resort and Spa near Traverse City, Breakthrough will explore and expand on the many healthcare lessons learned throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. As we continue to fight the coronavirus, we’re learning more about resilience, building capacity to evolve, how to strengthen the workforce, and ways to ensure we’re caring for everyone in our communities.

Read through the agenda below to learn more about how Breakthrough will inspire you to apply the skills and knowledge built during the pandemic, both now and once the crisis has passed.

Due to the continued virulence of COVID-19, the MHA requires all participants in Breakthrough to be fully vaccinated. See the MHA code of conduct policy below to learn about verifying vaccination status.

Thursday, February 17, 2022

10 a.m.            Preconference session (pre-registration required)

You and Your Board — Creating a Synergistic Combination

Presented by Sue Tezlaff, co-founder, Capstone Leadership Solutions

Noon            Doors open — Registration

1 p.m.            Keynote session

When Physician Becomes Patient

Presented by Michael Leonard, MD, Safe & Reliable Healthcare

1:45 p.m.            Advisory tables and conversations

Transformation: The Epicenter of Healthcare

  • Post-pandemic: acute care and public health
    • Facilitated by Julie Yaroch, DO, president, ProMedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital
  • Prioritizing self-care and coping with burnout
    • Facilitated by Mark Eastburg, PhD, president and CEO, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Service
  • The silent safety net: person and family engagement
    • Facilitated by Molly Dwyer-White, managing director, Elizabeth Weiser Caswell Diabetes Institute, University of Michigan

3 p.m.            Break

3:30 p.m.            Workforce town hall

Meeting Demand, Evolving Roles and New Skills

    • Workforce demographics
    • Advocacy, policy and talent pipeline efforts of the Healthcare Workforce Sustainability Alliance

5 p.m.            Adjourn

5 – 7 p.m.            Networking reception

Friday, February 18, 2022

7:30 – 8 a.m.             Continental breakfast and MHA briefing

8 a.m.            General session

The Equity Anthology: Conversations, Partnerships and Accountability

Presented by Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins, PhD, lecturer and scholar, University of Pennsylvania, and Molly Dwyer-White

9:15 a.m.            Break

9:45 a.m.            My Hand in Yours: Revitalizing Community Health

Presented by Beth Washington, vice president, Community Health, Equity and Inclusion, Bronson Healthcare Group

11 a.m.            Adjourn

Molly Dwyer-WhiteMolly Dwyer-White, MPH, is managing director of the Elizabeth Weiser Caswell Diabetes Institute at the University of Michigan. The mission of the institute is to integrate rigorous science with patient-centered clinical care to prevent, treat, and ultimately cure diabetes and related disorders. Previously, Dwyer-White was the senior vice president, Safety & Quality, at the MHA and executive director of the MHA Keystone Center.

Mark Eastburg, PhD, is president and CEO of Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, Grand Rapids, and is the founder of the Psychological Consultation Center. Eastburg is a member of the MHA Board of Trustees.


Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins, PhD, is one of the most electrifying individuals in America working to eliminate racial health disparities. As a young adult, Jenkins used his journalistic skills to advocate against racism and its effect on public health and wrote his doctorate on breaking the social stigmas relating to racial injustice in the field of healthcare. Jenkins is a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.

Michael Leonard, MD, partner, Safe & Reliable Healthcare, has worked with healthcare organizations nationally and internationally to identify clear, effective and sustainable ways to enhance patient- and family-centered care, improve leadership, develop a culture of safety, work collaboratively, become highly reliable, and create an environment of continuous learning and improvement.

Sue Tetzlaff is the co-founder of Capstone Leadership Solutions, a firm specializing in assessing organizations to facilitate planning and execution of operational improvements. Tetzlaff served in healthcare leadership positions for more than 20 years, including vice president of quality, chief nursing officer, interim CEO and chief operating officer.

Beth Washington is vice president of community health, equity and Inclusion at Bronson Healthcare Group, Kalamazoo. She supports the Bronson Community Health Committee, chairs the system’s Equity Council and co-chairs the system’s Health Equity of Care Performance Improvement Committee. Washington developed and implemented a strategic plan to combat institutional health inequities.

Julie Yaroch, DO, is president of ProMedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital in Adrian. Yaroch is a board-certified internal medicine physician and a member of the MHA Board of Trustees.

MHA-member and Sponsor Registration Fees

On or before Jan. 28…………………………………………………. $550 per person

After Jan. 28……………………………………………………………. $595 per person

Guest fee…………………………………………………………………. $75 per person

Registration and Confirmation: Registration is available online via the MHA Member Portal. Credit card payment is required to complete registration. Confirmation of your registration will be sent automatically via the MHA Member Portal. Contact Erica Leyko at (517) 886-8443 if you have not received confirmation or have any questions.

Group Discount for Hospitals: Register two people from the same hospital and a third person attends for free! (Free registration does not apply across hospitals in a system.) If you are registering a team, please contact Erica Leyko at the MHA at (517) 886-8443.

Spouse/Guest Fee: Guests who are not employees, governing board members, or medical staff of registering organizations are welcome to attend the meeting and networking functions for $75.

Attendance Policy: Attendance at MHA Health Foundation conferences is open to MHA members, conference sponsors and invited guests only. Please contact Sam R. Watson, senior vice president, Field Engagement, with questions regarding membership. MHA name badges must be worn for admittance to all conference events. Breakthrough is funded entirely by registration fees and is not supported by MHA dues.

Cancellation Policy: Fifty percent of the registration fee will be credited to the card used for registration payment if notice is given by Feb. 9, 2022. No refund will be issued after this time. Registrants may send an alternate.

COVID-19 Positive Cancellation Policy: Fifty percent of the registration fee will be credited to the card used for registration payment if an individual tests positive for COVID-19 between Feb. 6 and Feb. 17. Registrants may send an alternate.

Winter Weather Policy: Very rarely has the MHA canceled a conference due to inclement weather, but severe weather conditions can prevent registrants from attending a conference. If the MHA conference is not canceled, it is our policy to offer a voucher worth 50 percent of the paid registration fee to those who submit a request in writing. The voucher can be used toward payment at a future MHA conference by the individual who could not attend.

Scheduling Changes: The MHA reserves the right to reschedule or cancel a program because of an insufficient number of registrations or speaker availability, as well as the right to close registration when programs are full. The MHA may cancel a program when circumstances beyond the MHA’s control — including, but not limited to, acts of nature and governmental authority or war in the United States — make it impractical or impossible to host the program or, in the opinion of the MHA, risk putting participants in harm’s way.

Special Needs: If you have any special needs or concerns regarding program site access, dietary restrictions, or your participation in the program, call Erica Leyko at the MHA at (517) 886-8443. Inquiring in advance will enhance our ability to respond to your individual needs!

Conference Attire: Business casual dress is appropriate for the conference. Please dress in layers, as the room temperature may vary.


  • The MHA reserves the right to terminate or deny access to the event for any reason.
  • The MHA reserves the right to expel any registrant who does not abide by these guidelines.
  • The content included in this event is for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing professional or legal advice. Participants should seek qualified legal or professional advice with respect to any area of concern specific to their or their organization’s situation.
  • The opinions expressed at this event are the opinions of the individual author, speaker, presenter or sponsor and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of the MHA or its members.


This event may be photographed, videotaped, or shared via social media or other promotional platforms. Your attendance will indicate your consent for the use of such images, video and written content about the event for educational and/or promotional purposes.

Code of Conduct Policy for MHA Breakthrough

The Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) is dedicated to providing a safe event experience for all participants and has established guidelines for participation in this event. Given that the responsibility of a safe in-person event is equally shared among event organizers, sponsors and attendees, the MHA has developed the following code of conduct for all participants. This document outlines a collection of rules and regulations and should serve as a reminder that, if we all collectively respect the significance of this contribution, we are advocating for the well-being of our fellow citizens.

Prior to Attending


Due to the continued virulence of COVID-19, the MHA requires all participants in Breakthrough to be fully vaccinated.

All Breakthrough attendees and MHA staff must provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19. The MHA will implement a series of protocols and on-site precautions. The MHA is working with the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa and local public health officials to ensure the safety of all attendees.

The MHA has partnered with, an MHA Endorsed Business Partner, to verify participants’ vaccination status. Please follow the instructions below. If you have questions, please contact Field Engagement at the MHA at (517) 285-7785.

The verification process is easiest on a mobile device but may also be completed on a computer. Please have your vaccination card available when following these steps:

  • Visit
  • You will be prompted to enter your first name, last name and phone number; then click next.
  • You will be asked if you are fully vaccinated (yes or no).
  • Next, please upload a picture of your vaccination card by clicking the upload button and then click next.
  • You will then see a QR code on your screen with a green check at the top of the screen. You will need this QR code on-site during registration. Please take a screenshot of the QR code or download and save the QR code on your smart phone.
  • You have now finished the vaccination verification status. Thank you!

If you prefer, you may also bring your vaccination card to the event to prove vaccination status.

During the Event


In accordance with MHA policy, all attendees and staff will be required to wear masks while in the MHA Breakthrough event space, except while eating or drinking. MHA Breakthrough faculty (those with a confirmed speaking role) will be more than six feet from the audience and will not be required to wear a mask while presenting.


If a participant chooses not to follow the rules and regulations listed in this code of conduct, the MHA may take any action deemed appropriate depending on the circumstances, ranging from issuance of a warning to the offending individual to expulsion from the event with no refund.

Post Event


Based on current contact tracing advice from health authorities, if you test positive for COVID-19 up to 14 days after returning home, please contact Erica Leyko at the MHA immediately.

By registering for MHA Breakthrough, the participant accepts this code of conduct policy, the MHA antitrust policy, and any other terms outlined in the registration materials, speaker agreements or sponsorship agreements for this meeting.

Please contact Erin Steward at the MHA with questions about the code of conduct policy.

Antitrust Policy Statement for MHA Breakthrough

This meeting brings together representatives of hospitals and health systems that may be competitors to discuss issues and initiatives to benefit hospitals and the communities they serve. Although the subject matter of these discussions is not intended to restrain competition in any manner, it is important to recognize that this meeting could be viewed by some as an opportunity for inappropriate information exchanges or agreements that could result in anticompetitive or otherwise unlawful conduct in violation of antitrust laws.

Each participant, therefore, has the duty to avoid behavior at this meeting that could appear to be anticompetitive or violate the antitrust laws. If there are questions about the appropriateness of a discussion topic or a particular piece of information to be shared, or concern that a violation of this policy has occurred, MHA legal counsel should be promptly consulted. Topics that should not be discussed include specific:

  1. Prices, rates, discounts, or other price-related information.
  2. Salaries or other compensation information.
  3. Nonpublic plans for expansion (new facilities, new services)
  4. Customers or classes of customers, or whether your organization will or will not do business with them.
  5. Allocation of geographic or service markets.
  6. Any refusal to deal with a specific health plan, self-funded employer, or supplier.
  7. How to deal with the actual or potential market behavior of a competitor.
  8. Any other topic involving any possible anticompetitive practice.

The discussions of this meeting and any actions resulting from them are not intended to directly influence the individual competitive business decisions of the participating hospitals and health systems, nor in any way restrict competition among them. This policy is intended to help all participants understand their role in ensuring strict compliance with the antitrust laws. When participating in an MHA-hosted meeting, you agree to abide by this guidance.

Venue and Overnight Rooms: Lodging is available at a discounted rate at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa for this event. Overnight room rates of $135 for hotel guest rooms and $169 for tower guest rooms have been secured for MHA Breakthrough attendees (rooms are subject to state and local taxes and resort fee). Room rates can be honored before and after the conference, based on availability. Room reservations can be made online by going to Click on the “Book Now” button at the top of the homepage and enter “MHA2022” as the group/offer code. You may also call (800) 968-7352 to make a reservation. Mention the code “MHA2022” to receive the discounted rate. After the cut-off date of Jan. 26, room reservations and rates will be confirmed based on availability.

CEO Dinner

The CEO dinner allows CEOs the opportunity to informally discuss issues with Brian Peters, MHA CEO, and Sam R. Watson, senior vice president, MHA Field Engagement. Seating is limited and reservations will be secured on a first-come, first-served basis. The dinner will be held the evening prior to the conference, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 16, in the Aerie restaurant at the resort. Registration information will be sent directly to registrants. Questions about the dinner can be directed to Erin Steward, vice president, Field Engagement.