HAP's Annual Leadership Summit

HAP's 2023 Leadership Summit - April 11 and 12
Hilton Harrisburg

HAP’s 2023 Leadership Summit is where solutions begin. We’ve redesigned our flagship event to offer more innovative solution-focused programming to get you thinking, creating, and discovering more ways to meet your patient and community needs and advance a healthier Pennsylvania.

This year’s reimagined agenda features customized learning tracks, solution centers to help redefine your communication strategies and build your workforce, and new ways to interact with lawmakers and their staff. Our enhanced networking opportunities for you and your peers to connect, a sponsorship solution stage to showcase new and innovative products, and fireside chats.

With questions or more information about HAP's annual Leadership Summit, contact HAP Education Services.

Meeting Sponsor: PLATINUM



April 11, 2023

9 a.m. Leadership Summit Registration

10 a.m. Welcome, James Brexler, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Doylestown Health, Chair, Board of Directors, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania

10:05 a.m. Advancing Health Care in Pennsylvania: Leadership Panel, Moderator: Joanne Kenen, Commonwealth Fund Journalist in-Residence, Core Faculty, Hopkins Business of Health Initiative, Assistant Lecturer, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


  • Sri Chalikonda, MD, Chief Medical Operations Officer, Allegheny Health Network
  • Roxanna Gapstur, PhD, RN, President and Chief Executive Officer, WellSpan Health
  • Douglas Hughes, RN, BSN, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer, Grand View Health
  • Donald Yealy, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, Health Services Division, UPMC

During this rapid-fire session, you’ll get the answers to burning questions about workforce, strategy, finance, and other top priorities to help advance health care in Pennsylvania from a panel of health care leaders.

11 a.m. Health Policy, Politics, and the Media—Using Narratives to Impact Policymaking, Joanne Kenen, Commonwealth Fund Journalist in-Residence, Core Faculty, Hopkins Business of Health Initiative, Assistant Lecturer, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Andy Carter, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania

Andy Carter, HAP president and CEO, sits down for a fireside chat with media journalist Joanne Kenen, known for her ability to delve into urgent and undercovered areas of health policy, with an emphasis on reforms to improve outcomes and health equity. They’ll discuss the role of the media in public health, impact of today’s fast-pace communications arena on policy-making, and opportunities to “get out success stories” in a fresh way.

11:25 a.m. Networking and Solution Stage in Exhibit Area

1 p.m. Creating Communications Strategy: Effective Leadership, Perceptions, and Building Your Brand, Gerry Sandusky, Leadership Communications Coach

Effective communication is a mindset and a skill set of influence. Gerry Sandusky, Leadership Communication Coach, helps professionals quickly acclimate and communicate, whether it is in building your brand, changing the public perception of your hospital, storytelling, or creating an effective message that influences political change. This session is designed to help leaders and organizations develop and trust their ability to communicate a vision and a clear path to a desired outcome so others will trust and follow them.

2:15 p.m. Networking Break and Visit Solutions Stage in Exhibit Area

2:30 p.m. Tactical Solution Centers

These series of short, high-impact interactive learning sessions will help you solve Pennsylvania’s biggest health care challenges.

A. Leadership Solution Center, Topics include cost containment, the impact of payor models, and the intersection between quality and finance.

B. Clinical/Quality Solution Center, Topics include behavioral health, care delivery, community health and health equity.

C. Advocacy Center, Topics include crafting advocacy messages in the context of public opinion, how political engagement can influence policymaking, and the legislative landscape on workforce policy.

4:15 p.m. Common Ground in Divided Government, Moderator: Laura Stevens Kent, Senior Vice President of Advocacy and External Affairs


  • Akbar Hossain, Secretary of Policy and Planning, Shapiro Administration (invited)
  • Scott Sikorski, Legislative Director, Senator Joe Pittman, Republican Leader (invited)
  • Nena Carter, Chief of Staff, Representative Joanna McClinton, Democratic Leader (invited)

There’s so much talk about political polarization. Democrats vs. Republicans. Executive Branch vs. Legislative Branch vs. Judicial Branch. House vs. Senate. What does it really mean on a day-to-day basis for the professionals who are behind the scenes and in the trenches? Hear from a diverse panel of influential staffers from Pennsylvania’s executive and legislative branches about how they work together and how we can help them be even more effective in developing successful policies to protect and bolster high-quality health care in every part of the commonwealth.

5:15 p.m. Networking Reception, Sponsor Exhibits, and Solutions Stage

6:30 p.m. Dinner, Achievement Awards Celebration, and Entertainment

8:30 p.m. Fireside Chats

Meeting Sponsors: GOLD

Altius Healthcare Consulting Group

MarshMcLennan Agency


US Acute Care Solutions

Meeting Sponsors: SILVER

Davin Healthcare

DRAW Collective





Meeting Sponsors: BRONZE

Avel eCare
MCG Health
Sexual Assault Forensic Examination – Telehealth (SAFE-T Center)

April 12, 2023

6:15 a.m. Mindfulness and Meditation Session

7:30 a.m. Networking Breakfast and Solutions Stage in Exhibit Area

8:30 a.m. President's Remarks, Andy Carter, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania

8:50 a.m. The State of Health Care in Pennsylvania, The Honorable Josh Shapiro, Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (invited)

Hear from newly elected Governor Josh Shapiro on ways we can work with the administration to increase access to high-quality care, support hard-working providers, and invest in the commonwealth’s communities.

9:15 a.m. Finding Financial Stability in Health Care, Dawn Samaris, Managing Director, Kaufman Hall

It’s no secret that 2023 is anticipated to be a difficult year financially for health care providers. Staffing shortages, skyrocketing labor costs, inflation, rising interest rates, unpredictable volume and the dissipation of CARES Act funding are pressuring both revenue and expenses. And many hospitals are facing potential financial covenant violations as a result. During this session, we’ll share insights on developing a path toward financial sustainability and discuss strategies around workforce, volume, supplies and purchased services, physician enterprise, and managing covenant breaches.

10:15 a.m. Networking Break and Solutions Stage in Exhibit Area

10:30 a.m. Prioritizing The Workforce: An Update from HAP’s Health Care Talent Taskforce, Kate FitzPatrick, Executive Vice President, Connelly Foundation, Chief Nurse Executive Officer, Jefferson Health, Member, HAP Health Care Talent Taskforce

Hear an update on how HAP and our Health Care Talent Taskforce are working with Pennsylvania’s leaders, policymakers, and elected officials to transform the next generation of health care.

10:40 a.m. Workforce Design Lab, Robert Pugliese, PharmD, Director of Innovation Design, Co-Founder, Health Design Lab, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health

Part I: Embracing Change, Building Community, and Addressing Generational Differences within your Hospital, Lisa Walden, Co-Founder, Good Company Consulting

Health care workforce shortages across Pennsylvania and the nation were approaching a crisis even before the pandemic. An aging population means more health care professionals are retiring just as demand for care is increasing and there is concern that the talent pipeline will quickly dry up without some much-needed change. During this session, you will learn how to embrace change, build community within your hospital, and acknowledge generational differences to rebuild the workforce pipeline so Pennsylvania’s health care sector can remain a national innovator, economic driver, and quality employer for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians.

Part II: Fixing the Pipeline, Robert Pugliese, PharmD, Director of Innovation Design, Co-Founder, Health Design Lab, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health

High-quality care can’t happen without talented teams of health care professionals. To meet Pennsylvanians’ health care needs now and into the future, we must make a persistent and sustained effort to grow and support the health care workforce. We must work together to strategically address each intercept point along the talent pipeline: education and training, recruitment, retention, and succession planning. During this interactive session we will use design thinking, hear perspectives from health care leaders, and work together to solve for our most challenging issue: the workforce talent pipeline.

Noon Working and Networking Lunch

1:25 p.m. Workforce Design Lab

Part III: Leadership Redefined, Lisa Walden, Co-Founder, Good Company Consulting

We are entering a new era of work, one where businesses win when leaders are compassionate, communication is empathetic, and people are prioritized. The tides have changed, and so have perceptions about what makes for a good job, a good organization, and a good leadership methodology. During this presentation, you will learn why the new leadership mindset shift is critical and how trust, radical candor, and empathy can create a healthier, happier, and ultimately more successful workplace culture.

2 p.m. Adjourn

Sponsorship Opportunities

HAP is the leading statewide health care association in Pennsylvania providing advocacy, technical assistance, education, networking, and information to its members. Sponsorship of HAP’s Annual Leadership Summit places your organization front and center with decision makers from hospitals, health systems and other health care leaders across Pennsylvania. Be part of HAP’s flagship, most high profile event of the year! Sponsorship opportunities have been sold out for HAP's 2023 Leadership Summit.

For more information, contact HAP Education Services.

Continuing Education

ACHE Qualified Education Credit (non-ACHE)
HAP is authorized to award a pre-determined number of pre-approved ACHE qualified education credit (non-ACHE) for this program toward advancement, or recertification in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Credit Designation for Physicians
This program is pending approval for continuing medical education credits. (CME)

Credit Designation for Nurses
This program is pending approval for continuing nursing education (CNE).

Continuing Legal Education Credit
This program is pending approval for continuing legal education (CLE) credits. 


Leadership Summit registration fee includes program content, continuing education credit, and meal functions.

HAP Member Rate: $349 (until March 12)
HAP Associate Member Rate: $499
HAP Nonmember Rate: $699

Hotel Information

Hilton Harrisburg
One North Second Street Harrisburg, PA 17101
(717) 233-6000

HAP has reserved a limited block of rooms for the evening of April 11, 2023. The rate is $189, plus tax (single/double). For reservations, call  (717) 233-6000 option 0, and provide the code: HAP23 to access the special rate of $189. Individual reservations not canceled 48 hours before arrival will be subject to a cancellation fee equal to one night’s room and tax. For online reservations, attendees may reserve rooms at the group rate using HAP’s dedicated group reservations page.

Hotel check-in time is 3:00 p.m. Check-out time is noon. For directions, more information about the hotel, or area attractions, please visit the Hilton Harrisburg’s website.

HAP's Flagship Event of the Year

HAP’s flagship, most high profile event of the year provides quality networking and education for more than 150 hospital leaders, health care policymakers, elected officials, and peers. The one-and-one-half day conference blends coverage of trend updates with education and best practices, addressing the issues that matter most to hospitals.

A sell-out every year, the summit ensures direct access to executive staff of hospitals and health systems, including CEOs, COOs, CFOs, physician and nurse leaders, administrators, government relations officers, and trustees.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Sponsors may attend all educational sessions and have dedicated space at the welcome reception. Please contact HAP Education Services at (717) 561-5270 for information about sponsoring next year's event.