Now, it's the biggest game in town.
With the demise last year of the American Hospital Association's summer convention, the American College of Healthcare Executives' annual Congress on Healthcare Management is poised to become the major national gathering for healthcare administrators. Organizers expect at least the usual attendance-about 4,000-at the meeting, which will be held in Chicago from Sunday, March 2, through Thursday, March 6. They hope the number might swell to 4,500 before the final gavel.
Some changes have been made in this year's gathering, in part to attract new participants. Events have been scheduled so executives arriving in the middle of the week can enjoy a full menu of programs. For example, two keynote addresses have been scheduled: one on Monday and another on Wednesday.
In addition to the usual spate of receptions and social events, a new networking luncheon for executives has been scheduled for the final day of the congress.
The ACHE's annual Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award honoring a promising young healthcare executive will be presented on Monday as will the Gold Medal Award for healthcare leadership. A profile of the winners will appear in the March 3 issue of MODERN HEALTHCARE.
Also on Monday, Larry L. Mathis will become chairman of the 30,000-member ACHE for a one-year term. Mathis, 53, president and chief executive officer of Methodist Health Care System in Houston, succeeds Garth A.H. Pierce, chairman and CEO of Grey-Bruce Regional Health Centre in Owen Sound, Ontario. Mathis announced last fall that he will step down as Methodist chief, probably later this year.
Other events of note include the annual Health Care Hall of Fame dinner, to be held Sunday evening, at the beginning of the congress. Five new members of the Hall of Fame, which is sponsored by MODERN HEALTHCARE, will be inducted during the gathering at the Fairmont Hotel.
But the bulk of the week's time is devoted to professional education. On this and following pages is a preview of some of the more than 80 seminars on tap.