With the dawning of Y2K safely behind them, healthcare executives will converge on Chicago next month for the American College of Healthcare Executives annual meeting.
More than 4,000 people are expected to attend the ACHE's 2000 Congress on Healthcare Management, which runs from March 26 to March 30, although some precongress seminars will begin March 25.
The full slate of seminars will teach executives about everything from the impact of the Internet on traditional healthcare markets to managed-care strategies to new directions in physician integration.
The seminars will be held at the Chicago Hilton and Towers and Palmer House Hilton hotels in downtown Chicago.
Among the Congress' highlights are its general sessions.
The Parker B. Francis Distinguished Lecture will be given by Mara Liasson, White House correspondent for National Public Radio, at 8 a.m. Monday, March 27, at the Chicago Hilton and Towers.
Wednesday's keynote, "Healthcare 2001: Anticipating and Managing Change," will be presented by Russell Coile Jr., senior vice president and national strategy adviser in Dallas for Superior Consultant Co., which is based in Southfield, Mich. Coile, a healthcare futurist, is set to give his keynote address at 8: 30 a.m. March 29, also at the Chicago Hilton & Towers.
On Saturday, March 25, Michael Waters, president of Hendrick Health System in Abilene, Texas, will be installed as the new ACHE chairman. Waters replaces outgoing chairman Mark Howard, who is president and chief executive officer of 120-bed Mountainview Hospital, Las Vegas.
Another highlight of the congress is the 12th annual Health Care Hall of Fame dinner, during which three new members will be inducted. The event begins with a reception at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at the Chicago Hilton & Towers. Dinner is at 7 p.m., with the program to follow.
Sponsored by MODERN HEALTHCARE, the Health Care Hall of Fame was established to honor those who have made lifelong contributions to the healthcare industry.
This year's inductees are Paul M. Ellwood Jr., M.D., who is best known for pioneering the concept of HMOs; L.R. "Rush" Jordan, a healthcare administration educator; and Haynes Rice, who throughout his career worked to advance opportunities for minorities in health administration (Feb. 14, p. 29).