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Gearing Up for Annual Meeting

August 05, 2017
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It’s hard to believe it’s already August. For me, this summer has been quite busy including meetings in DC, advocacy to protect the Affordable Care Act, preparation for hospital budget presentations and recently participating in the American Hospital Association’s annual Leadership Summit. I was struck by many presentations at the meeting, particularly a panel discussion about the cost to hospitals of community violence. You can read a recap of this discussion, and the new report commissioned by AHA, in this week’s VAHHS Update.

We’ve also been busy gearing up for the 82nd VAHHS Annual Meeting scheduled for September 20-22, 2017 at Jay Peak Resort, in the beautiful Northeast Kingdom. Our program includes compelling speakers and presenters from Vermont and beyond. We will hear from Dr. Bruce Siegel, president and CEO of America’s Essential Hospitals, which represents hospitals serving the most vulnerable people in communities around the country…. And Julie Trocchio, senior director of community benefit and continuing care at the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA). Julie is a former colleague of mine and a good friend who literally wrote the book on community benefit. You’ll love her.

Meanwhile, we have sessions on telemedicine innovation, accountable health communities, and mental health, all of which will provide for robust discussion and shared learning opportunities. We’ll punctuate our time together with a media panel, anchored by one of the country’s leading health care policy journalists, Sarah Kliff from Vox, and including some of Vermont’s best known media voices.

Finally, what would an annual meeting be without ample opportunity to network and enjoy time with colleagues and peers? We’ve scheduled time for you to take a breather from workshops to hike to the summit of Jay Peak, enjoy a spa session, join VAHHS for cocktails at Alice’s Patio, or take part in the Learning Lounge - quick, 15-minute sessions put on by this year’s event sponsors. I am confident that however you spend your free time during this year’s Annual Meeting, you won’t be disappointed.

Please let me know if you have any questions or thoughts about this year’s meeting.  I look forward to seeing you there, and encourage you to sign up your colleagues too.  Until we meet at Jay, enjoy this beautiful Vermont summer!

Jeff Tieman,
VAHHS President and CEO