The MHA had hoped for an in-person Breakthrough event Feb. 17 and 18 but, based on the current environment, the event will be offered in a virtual format from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 17 on the Zoom platform.
The content will be focused on the COVID-19 pandemic situation confronting hospitals, including a prolonged fourth surge, significant workforce burnout, and the declining patient experience and care outcomes due to visitor restrictions.
Keynote speaker, Michael Leonard, MD, will share his near-death experience with COVID-19 in the early days of the pandemic and his views of being a patient as opposed to treating a patient. Leonard is featured in the MHA’s MiCare Champion Cast, an easily accessible primer for his keynote presentation. Following Leonard’s keynote, small group conversations led by Michigan healthcare leaders will allow participants to share ideas and strategies for COVID-19 patient care, reinforcing the public health infrastructure, caring for staff and building resilience, and re-engaging patients’ family and relationships essential to decreasing hostility and improving patient outcomes.