Trustees Strategic Planning Webinar and New AHA Trustee Insights Available

Trustees of healthcare organizations can benefit from two current resources designed specifically for them.

The webinar Governance Megatrends: What is the Impact on Your Board? Is scheduled from 1 to 2 p.m. Jan. 26 and will focus on relevant trends to the board and how to perform a comprehensive review of an existing strategic plan through pandemic-era eyes. Registrants will examine opportunities to improve clinical care in the post-acute setting and master new reimbursement models, as well as how to use Medicare claims data to gain valuable insights regarding referral sources’ needs. Suggested actions are paired with real stories demonstrating the value of these approaches. MHA members can register for $155 per hospital, with an unlimited number of connections within that hospital. The single connection fee does not apply to multiple sites within a health system.

The latest edition of Trustee Insights, the monthly digital package from the American Hospital Association (AHA), is now available. The January issue discusses why governing boards must understand the nuances of inequities in their communities and how to provide care and contribute to their communities in a manner that is equitable. This issue provides 10 questions that can serve as critical conversation starters for trustees to develop actions that lead to genuine, systemic and sustainable positive change for underserved populations. The expanded website and enhanced monthly e-newsletter of Trustee Insights are available through the AHA Trustee Services webpage. They are free, and do not require AHA membership.

For information about MHA trustee resources or webinars, contact Erin Steward at the MHA.

MHA Breakthrough Discounts on Registration, Hotel Rates Expire Soon

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The MHA’s major membership meeting Breakthrough will be held Feb. 17 and 18 at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. The early registration discount will expire Jan. 28 and the discounted room rate at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa will expire Jan. 26.Virtual Breakthrough

Due to the pandemic, hospital and health system leaders have not gathered in person at an MHA major membership meeting in two years, significantly reducing the ability for leaders to openly discuss significant challenges with colleagues. To create a safe meeting for everyone, the MHA has developed a code of conduct, including COVID-19 vaccination verification. The vaccination verification process and other safety measures are detailed online under the Code of Conduct policy.

Register now for Breakthrough, where attendees will examine the evolution of the pandemic and its impact, how MHA members and partners can address the workforce shortage and drive policy and funding on this critical issue, how to lead critical conversations about health equity and use structures already in place to build capacity for advancing equity, and more. A preconference session features tactics to optimize the CEO-board relationship by exploring the primary roles and responsibilities and the attributes and actions credited to a high-functioning governing board.

A full agenda, additional details and sponsors are posted online. Contact Erin Steward at the MHA with questions about Breakthrough.

Explore Ways to Advance Health Equity, Workforce and Resilience at Breakthrough

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MHA Breakthrough, which will be held in-person Feb. 17 and 18 at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa near Traverse City, provides a venue for crucial conversations about the healthcare crisis and ways providers can lead recovery using information, tools and shared ideas and best practices. Attendees will examine the evolution of the pandemic and its impact, including lessons learned around treatment and staffing, patient and family expectations, and burnout and resilience; how MHA members and partners can address the workforce shortage and drive policy and funding on this critical issue; and how to lead critical conversations about health equity and use structures already in place to build capacity for advancing equity.

A preconference session will feature tactics to optimize the CEO-board relationship by exploring the primary roles and responsibilities and the attributes and actions credited to a high-functioning governing board. The session includes an assessment and improvement activity that can be adopted or modified for use in participants’ organizations as part of an ongoing effort to strengthen CEO-board dynamics.

Breakthrough will be held in-person, and COVID-19 vaccination will be required. The vaccination verification process is detailed online under the Code of Conduct Policy. Registration is open, and a full agenda, additional details and sponsors are posted online. Contact Erin Steward at the MHA with questions about Breakthrough.

Pandemic and Workforce Challenges Topics at MHA Breakthrough

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At the close of 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic situation confronting Michigan hospitals was dire. A prolonged fourth surge drove intensive care unit occupancy rates to nearly 90 percent. Additionally, significant workforce challenges that predated the pandemic became worse and the increasing rates of violence due to the public’s impatience with longer wait times or visitor restrictions reached a breaking point.

MHA Breakthrough, scheduled for Feb. 17 and 18 at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, is an opportunity for healthcare leaders to openly discuss these significant challenges with colleagues. Through conversations during advisory tables and a town hall, participants will share ideas and strategies for caring for staff who have been seriously wounded by the loss of life and civility; re-engaging patients’ family and relationships essential to decreasing hostility and improving patient outcomes; driving the message that public health is more than infectious diseases and all community stakeholders must be committed to solving health challenges; and allocating funding to assist with healthcare workforce recruitment and retention and with essential partnerships to fill the workforce pipeline.

In conjunction with the conference, an exclusive dinner limited to hospital CEOs has been scheduled to talk to MHA leaders about how the MHA can assist with the challenges facing their organizations. Seating for the dinner 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. Reservations should be made by contacting Erica Leyko at the MHA no later than Feb. 4.

Breakthrough will be in-person and vaccination will be required. Details surrounding the vaccination verification process will be available soon. Registration is open, a full agenda is online, and sponsorship is available through Jan. 12. Questions about the event should be directed to Erin Steward at the MHA.

Trustee Insights Highlights Crisis Standards of Care, Community Investment

The latest edition of Trustee Insights, the monthly digital package from the American Hospital Association (AHA), is now available. This month’s issue features an article on crisis standards of care. In this severe pandemic, one of the most challenging demands that many hospitals may face is determining objective criteria and clinical guidelines for making decisions regarding the triage and management of COVID-19 patients. These patients may be competing for scarce resources, such as hospital emergency admissions, ventilators and other equipment, medications and intensive care resources, and the article outlines considerations for the board.

In addition, the newsletter features a video series and report outlining place-based investment, otherwise known as community investment, which helps create the social and physical environments that support community health over the long term. Hospitals and health systems are using this “anchor mission” strategy to address housing insecurity and other social determinants of health.

The expanded website and enhanced monthly e-newsletter of Trustee Insights are available through the AHA Trustee Services webpage. They are free, do not require AHA membership and include articles, tools and webinars. Those interested in subscribing to AHA Trustee Insights may do so online.

For information about MHA trustee resources, contact Erin Steward at the MHA.

Discuss Approaches to Pandemic, Workforce Challenges at MHA Breakthrough

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In a recent video message, MHA CEO Brian Peters shared his thoughts about the MHA’s commitment to helping hospitals and health systems deal with the effects of the pandemic and the value of convening in person to study challenges, learn from each other and build a greater capacity to evolve.

During MHA Breakthrough, scheduled for Feb. 17 and 18 at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, attendees will openly discuss several topics, including significant and radical changes in healthcare driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. Leaders will discuss and share how to care for staff who have been heavily impacted by patient deaths, tactics to re-engage patients’ family and relationships essential to decreasing hostility and improving patient outcomes, and how to drive the message that public health is more than infectious diseases so that state and community leaders recognize why their commitment is critical to solving health challenges.

Breakthrough also focuses on health equity and the disparities resulting from unconscious bias and racism, as well as how to engage managers and teams in every step of the diversity, equity and inclusion journey. Breakthrough speaker Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins, PhD, is one of the most impactful individuals working to eliminate racial disparities in America. At this event, he will share how to practice equity, reduce disparities and lead critical conversations about health equity. Beth Washington, vice president of Community Health, Equity, and Inclusion at Bronson Healthcare Group, will share how the system is using structures already in place to build capacity for advancing equity.

Breakthrough will be in-person and vaccination will be required. Details surrounding the vaccination verification process will be available soon. Registration is open, a full agenda is online and sponsorship is available through Jan. 12. For more information, contact Erin Steward at the MHA.

Registration Open for MHA Breakthrough In-person Event in February

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Virtual BreakthroughThe COVID-19 crisis has made clear what American healthcare providers are capable of and their infinite potential, yet challenges remain. COVID-19 variants continue to plague the nation’s health; regular harassment and violence toward caregivers sustains burnout brought about by exhaustion and emotional upheaval; and the essential role of prevention and the politicization of public health are just a few of the obstacles faced.

MHA Breakthrough, which will be held in-person Feb. 17 and 18 at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa near Traverse City, provides a venue for crucial conversations about the healthcare crisis and ways providers can lead recovery using information, tools and shared ideas and best practices. By participating in advisory tables, attendees will examine COVID-19 long-hauler threats and hospitals’ role in advancing a strong public health infrastructure, explore tactics to re-engage patients’ families and the public, and discuss methods to combat burnout and build resilience. A special workforce town hall will bring leaders together to openly discuss how MHA members and partners in the Healthcare Workforce Sustainability Alliance can address the workforce shortage and drive policy and funding on this critical issue.

Breakthrough will be held in-person, and COVID-19 vaccination will be required. Details surrounding the vaccination verification process will be available soon. Registration is open, a full agenda and additional details are posted online, and sponsorship is available through Jan. 12. Contact Erica Leyko regarding sponsorship and Erin Steward at the MHA with questions about Breakthrough.

Trustee Insights Edition Highlights Workforce Trends

The latest edition of Trustee Insights, the monthly digital package from the American Hospital Association (AHA), is now available. This month’s issue includes a report on the latest forces and trends affecting healthcare human resources, including education, training and the evolving practice landscape, growing the workforce to keep pace with demand, and the effects of the pandemic on the workforce.

In addition, the newsletter features tips for new CEOs on how to establish and nurture an effective strategic partnership with the board.

The expanded website and enhanced monthly e-newsletter of Trustee Insights are available through the AHA Trustee Services webpage. They are free, do not require AHA membership and include articles, tools and webinars. Those interested in subscribing to AHA Trustee Insights may do so online.

For information about MHA trustee resources, contact Erin Steward at the MHA.

Michigan Harvest Gathering 2021 Campaign Kicks Off at News Conference

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MHA CEO Brian Peters presents check to Dr. Phil Knight, executive director of the Food Bank Council of Michigan.

In his remarks at the 2021 Michigan Harvest Gathering news conference kickoff, MHA CEO Brian Peters noted the negative impact food insecurity has on health and how Michigan hospitals, for the 24th consecutive year, are supporting the Michigan Harvest Gathering. At the kickoff, Peters was joined by the executive director of the Food Bank Council of Michigan and the president and CEO of the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association.

Michigan Harvest Gathering campaigns are underway at many Michigan hospitals, with those efforts running through Nov. 12. Hospital employees and community members can make online donations to the Michigan Harvest Gathering program through the Food Bank Council of Michigan’s website. Hospitals and health systems can also conduct local food drives with their community partners and report the total food collected or financial donations received for the Michigan Harvest Gathering to Erica Leyko at the MHA. The MHA will issue a final report on the contributions of the association and its members.

Questions about the Michigan Harvest Gathering should be directed to Erin Steward at the MHA.

Live Kickoff of 2021 Michigan Harvest Gathering Scheduled for Oct. 26

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Michigan Harvest GatheringsThe MHA, the Food Bank Council of Michigan and the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association will publicly announce the 2021 Michigan Harvest Gathering and Michigan Meal Challenge campaign Oct. 26. MHA CEO Brian Peters will speak on behalf of Michigan hospitals at the event in Lansing.

Many Michigan hospitals’ Michigan Harvest Gathering campaigns are underway and will run through Nov. 12. Hospital employees and community members can make online donations to the Michigan Harvest Gathering program through the Food Bank Council of Michigan’s website. When landing on the donation page, donors can choose their monetary contribution and, from the Select a Team drop-down box, scroll down to find the hospital or health system to which they are attributing the gift (hospitals and health systems are listed alphabetically). After selecting a team, donors will enter personal information and payment and submit their contribution. The Food Bank Council of Michigan will provide the MHA with the total contributions by hospital or health system following the campaign.

Organizations that are conducting a local food drive with a community partner should report the total food collected or financial donations received for the Michigan Harvest Gathering to Erica Leyko at the MHA. Questions about hospitals’ involvement in the Michigan Harvest Gathering should be directed to Erin Steward at the MHA.