Industry change might be unnerving the nation's healthcare executives, but they soon will be able to share their war stories with a crowd of colleagues.
A record attendance of 4,500 is expected when the American College of Healthcare Executives' annual Congress on Healthcare Management meets March 1-5 in Chicago. Since the American Hospital Association stopped its annual summer convention after the August 1996 meeting, the ACHE has been picking up the slack. Its attendance last year was about 4,200.
"We've always had attendance that's close to 4,000, but the dramatic changes in the healthcare system have people really concerned about knowledge transfer and keeping up-to-date," says David Benfer, who will be installed as ACHE board chairman just before the congress opens. Benfer, president and chief executive officer of Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Ill., succeeds Larry Mathis as chairman of the 30,000-member ACHE.
The congress will again be held at Chicago's Hyatt Regency Hotel.
Several keynote speakers and award presentations are sprinkled throughout the program this year.
The ACHE's annual Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award honoring a promising young healthcare executive will be presented Monday, March 2. A profile of the winner will be in the March 2 issue of MODERN HEALTHCARE.
Other notable events include a Wednesday keynote speech on healthcare success in the next century by Thomas Royer, M.D., chief medical officer at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. He is also chairman of the board of Henry Ford Medical Group.
The annual Health Care Hall of Fame dinner will be held March 1, the congress' first day, at Chicago's Fairmont Hotel. Three new members of the Hall of Fame, sponsored by MODERN HEALTHCARE, will be inducted. The Sunday evening gala is followed by a week's worth of professional education. The following package of stories highlights some of the more than 80 seminars on tap.