How can health care leaders and trustees stay on top of these changes and help to prepare for those that may lie around the bend? Education and networking are two of the most important tools at our disposal.

Fortunately, the 25th annual American Hospital Association Leadership Summit, to be held July 27–29 in San Diego, offers three days jam-packed with opportunities for both.

This year’s meeting, “Innovating in a Time of Change,” addresses the challenges of our times head-on with a roster of keynote speakers designed to stimulate thought and provoke discussion long after you return home. They include Abraham Verghese, M.D., best-selling author of Cutting for Stone and senior associate chair, Stanford University School of Medicine; Nicholas Webb, CEO, Lassen Scientific Inc., award-winning inventor and best-selling author; Rana Foroohar, global business columnist and associate editor at the Financial Times and global economic analyst at CNN; Rishi Manchanda, M.D., chief medical officer, public health innovator, and author of The Upstream Doctors [see Page 30 for an interview with Manchanda], and retired Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2005 to 2007.

Attendees also will hear how politics and policy could influence change when AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack hosts a special preconference panel of health care and political insiders to discuss the latest from Capitol Hill and the Trump administration and what decisions made in Washington could mean for hospitals and health systems and their patients.

The Leadership Summit seeks to combine this thought leadership with applied learning by incorporating multiple educational tracks on such topics as the power of consumerism, workforce innovations for organizational transformation, driving value through delivery system innovation, quality and safety improvements for optimal performance, new payment and risk-management strategies, population health improvement, and leveraging technology and data analytics in care.

And, this year for the first time, we will offer special supplemental programming just for hospital and health system trustees to help them break down these topics from a trustee’s perspective. In addition, we will host special sessions designed for physician leaders on important topics like MACRA, Medicare’s new physician payment system, and clinician resilience. Each track features multiple breakout sessions led by noted hospital and health care leaders. Continuing education credits are available from the American College of Healthcare Executives, the California Board of Registered Nursing and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.

Networking opportunities also abound throughout the three days with breakfasts, lunches and receptions, including our gala reception on Friday at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. It’s all included in the registration fee.

For full meeting details and registration information, please visit

I hope to see you there!

Maryjane Wurth is executive vice president and chief operating officer of the American Hospital Association.