With the year 2000 just 10 months away, are you ready to embark on a new millennium?
Don't worry. The American College of Healthcare Executives is here to help.
The ACHE's annual Congress on Healthcare Management runs March 6 to 11 in Chicago, and the slate of seminars is geared toward helping executives "meet today's challenges and prepare for tomorrow's."
Whether it's new management strategies, the next generation of physician-hospital partnerships or the future of post-acute care, the ACHE meeting will offer seminars that can provide some guidance. The preview stories on the following pages highlight some of the key sessions.
About 4,200 executives are expected to attend the congress at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
On March 6-before the congress officially opens-Mark Howard will be installed as chairman of the ACHE board.
Howard is president and chief executive officer of 120-bed MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas, which is part of the Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. chain.
"I'm excited about it," Howard says. "What a great opportunity to set the tone for the future."
Howard replaces David Benfer, president and CEO of 409-bed Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Ill.
The congress' keynote speech will be delivered March 10 by Louis Sullivan, M.D., president of the Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, and former HHS secretary.
Another highlight of the congress is the annual Health Care Hall of Fame dinner, during which three new members will be inducted. The dinner will begin at 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 7, at the Fairmont Hotel.
The Health Care Hall of Fame, sponsored by Modern Healthcare, was established more than a decade ago to honor those who have made lifelong contributions to the healthcare industry.