Highlights From the 2018 Congress on Healthcare Leadership

lradick April 16, 2018
8 people like this post

The 2018 Congress on Healthcare Leadership was a great success for the more than 4,000 healthcare leaders who convened in Chicago March 26–29 to be inspired by cutting-edge professional development on the most current and relevant topics, gain practical solutions to contemporary challenges in healthcare management and delivery, and to network with the best and brightest healthcare executives from across the continuum of care.

The theme of ACHE’s 61st Congress—Be Part of Something Bigger—emphasized the need for collaboration and that together, we can make our field stronger.

Congress offers attendees ample opportunity to build and strengthen relationships with peers.


ACHE provided more than 150 education and networking sessions and hosted presentations with headliners, several of whom were featured here on the Inside Congress blog.

ACHE’s 2018–2019 Chairman David A. Olson, FACHE, chief strategy officer/senior vice president, external relations, Froedtert Health, Milwaukee, kicked off Congress at the Opening Session with a speech that touched on the honor and privilege of serving as Chairman of ACHE; how crucial support from family, friends and colleagues is for the role; and how ACHE’s network of leaders will continue to deliver customized content in new ways and strive to identify solutions to transform healthcare.

“When you’re in unchartered territory, you want to have a great team by your side,” Olson said during his remarks. “And it’s no surprise to anyone in this audience that healthcare is in unchartered waters now. I want to fortify this team so that we can navigate this together.”

Olson was officially installed on March 24 during ACHE’s Council of Regents Meeting.

ACHE President/CEO Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE, addresses the audience during the 2018 Congress on Healthcare Leadership Opening Session.

David Blumenthal, MD
, president, The Commonwealth Fund, delivered a presentation on “Lessons of the Repeal and Replace Debate” at the Arthur C. Bachmeyer Memorial Address and Luncheon on Monday, March 26. Blumenthal discussed how the current administration, in its efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with new healthcare legislation, can find lessons learned in how U.S. healthcare policy has been crafted throughout history. “You can see government, with respect to health insurance, as kind of a rusty wheel. It turns in one direction but won’t turn back. You can turn it toward coverage, but once you’ve turned in that direction, it’s very hard to reverse it,” Blumenthal said.

On Tuesday, March 27, Peter J. Pronovost, MD, PhD, FCCM, senior vice president, clinical strategy, UnitedHealthcare, addressed barriers that still exist in reducing medical errors and optimizing patient safety in his presentation “Patient Safety Is Everyone’s Job,” at the Malcolm T. MacEachern Memorial Lecture and Luncheon. During his talk, Pronovost emphasized the need to change the narratives that we as a healthcare field are telling to ensure high-quality outcomes. “To change [healthcare], we’re going to need to tell new stories. You see, stories and the narratives we tell are the most potent force for change in the world.” He went on to add, “You change that narrative, and you change everything.”

Congress attendees listen attentively during the 2018 Opening Session.


During the Leon I. Gintzig Commemorative Lecture and Luncheon on Wednesday, March 28, Bonnie St. John, medal-winning Olympic skier with a physical disability, noted author, former White House official and successful businesswoman, closed out the Congress 2018 luncheons by challenging attendees to question their own limitations while providing research-based tools and techniques to re-energize and achieve peak performance. During her presentation, “Striving for Excellence Even When Conditions Are Less Than Ideal,” St. John encouraged healthcare leaders to create cultures of resilience in their organizations. “You as leaders have the opportunity to set that culture. Do you set a drive-until-you-drop culture or do you set a resilience culture?” she asked the audience.

ACHE welcomed 685 new Fellows during the Convocation Ceremony at the 2018 Congress on Healthcare Leadership.


You can read about other Congress events, which will be featured in the May/June 2018 issue of Healthcare Executive, available online in May at ache.org/DigitalPublications.

We hope you enjoyed the 2018 Congress on Healthcare Leadership and reading Inside Congress. We look forward to seeing you next year at the 2019 Congress on Healthcare Leadership, March 4–7, 2019, at the Hilton Chicago/Palmer House Hilton!

You can watch several of this year’s key presentations, including those listed above, by visiting ACHE’s 2018 Congress Multimedia Archive.

There, you’ll have access to speeches and presentations from the Opening Session, the three luncheons, Tuesday Hot Topic 1: “American Hospital Association Federal Legislative and Policy Update,” Wednesday Hot Topic Session 1: “Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Safety,” the 2018 ACHE Overview, and ACHE: A Year In Review (2017–2018).

  • 0
  • 502

Leave your comment