HAP's Annual Leadership Summit

Solutions Start Here

April 3 and April 4, 2024 
Hilton Harrisburg

Registration details | Continuing Education Credits | Hotel Information | Sponsorship Opportunities


HAP’s 2024 Leadership Summit is where solutions begin. Our flagship event offers 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 agenda features customized learning tracks, strategies about how to improve patient safety through communication strategies, new ways of thinking about the health care workforce pipeline, and a nuanced and insightful analysis of the issues shaping American politics today and the upcoming election.

Networking opportunities will feature time for you and your peers to connect with lawmakers, sponsors, and HAP staff. Don't miss this chance to celebrate our Achievement Award winners at our annual recognition dinner, network, learn, and innovate solutions at HAP's 2024 Leadership Summit. The early bird rate ends March 1!


April 3, 2024

9 a.m. 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. Politics and Health Care: A Fireside Chat with Domenico Montanaro and Ron Southwick 

Domenico Montanaro, Senior Political Editor and Correspondent, NPR 
Ron Southwick, Editor, Chief Healthcare Executive, Former Editor of PennLive, The Patriot News 

Join us for this engaging fireside chat between Ron Southwick, Editor for the Chief Healthcare Executive, and Domenico Montanaro, Senior Political Editor at NPR, as they discuss the current political climate in America. From the latest developments in Washington to the biggest issues impacting how hospitals conduct business, this conversation will provide a nuanced and insightful analysis of the issues shaping American politics today and the upcoming election.

11 a.m. Improving Patient Safety Through Communication

Dr. Tejal Gandhi, MPH, CPPS, Chief Safety and Transformation Officer, PressGaney

Communication and teamwork skills are essential for providing quality health care.  When all clinical and non-clinical staff collaborate effectively, health care teams can improve patient outcomes, prevent medical errors, improve efficiency and increase patient satisfaction. During this session, Dr. Tejal Gandhi will discuss strategies and tactics to communicate effectively and bolster engagement among hospital teams and patients, leading to safe, high-quality care.

 12 p.m. Networking Lunch, Sponsor Exhibits, Award Posters, and Solutions Stage

Committee Luncheons - Invitation Only

 1:05 p.m. Updates from the American Hospital Association

Richard (Rick) Pollack, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Hospital Association

2 p.m. Networking Break, Sponsor Exhibits, Award Posters, and Solutions Stage

2:15 p.m. Tactical Solution Centers

4:15 p.m. Making Lives Better: Insights from Policymakers on Key Priorities and Initiatives

Administration officials discuss the vision, opportunities, and challenges for the commonwealth, and how we can all help the people of Pennsylvania make their lives better.    

Moderator: Nicole Stallings, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania

Valerie Arkoosh, MD, MPH, Secretary, Department of Human Services, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Debra Bogen, MD, FAAP, Acting Secretary of Health, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Secretary of Human Services, Valerie A. Arkoosh, MD, MPH, and Acting Secretary of Health Debra Bogen, MD, FAAP will sit down with HAP’s President and CEO, Nicole Stallings, to discuss the vision, opportunities, and challenges for the commonwealth, and how we can all help the people of Pennsylvania make their lives better. During this rapid-fire session, they will discuss strategies for working together to increase access to high-quality care, how to support providers, and invest in the commonwealth’s communities, including: maternal health, workforce, health equity, rural health and behavioral health.

5 p.m. Networking Reception, Sponsor Exhibits, Award Posters, and Solutions Stage

6:30 p.m. Dinner, Awards Presentation, and Keynote Speaker

7:15 p.m. Achievement Awards Recognition, AHA Grassroots Champion and Most Valuable PAC Player Award, and Lawmaker of the Year Award

7:30 p.m. The Power of Resilience: How to Cultivate a Mindset that Changes the World

Hayley Arceneaux, Physician Assistant, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Commercial Astronaut

At the age of 10, Hayley's life took an unexpected turn when she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. Instead of letting her dreams be shattered, she found herself serving as an ambassador for St. Jude on Inspiration4, the first all-civilian mission to orbit Earth. Not only did she become the first person with a prosthesis to go to space, but she also made history as the youngest American and the first pediatric cancer survivor to venture beyond Earth's bounds. 

Join Hayley in the capsule simulator, scale the heights of Mount Rainier, witness the breathtaking views of Earth from space, and appreciate the possibilities that await you. Even in the face of life’s darkest challenges, there is always the opportunity to embrace a perspective that reaches far beyond the boundaries of this world.

8:30 p.m. Fireside Chats

April 4, 2024

7:30 a.m. Networking Breakfast and Conference Registration
8:30 a.m. President’s Remarks

Nicole Stallings, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania

8:50 a.m. Advancing Equity in Maternal Health: The Path Forward

Moderator: Shelly Buck, DNP, MBA, President, Riddle Hospital, Member, Board of Directors, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, Chair, Maternal Health Taskforce, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania

Gerria Coffee, President, Pennsylvania Doula Commission
Aasta Dinesh Mehta, MD, MPP, Physician, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Penn Medicine

This session will examine root causes of maternal health disparities and opportunities to advance equitable care. With our panel of hospital leaders and community partners, we will delve into recent progress, programs, and partnerships; explore how providers, community partners, and government can work together to advance maternal care equity; and discuss efforts to develop a material health equity strategy.

9:40 a.m. Financial Sustainability for the Next Phase of Health Care

Erik Swanson, Senior Vice President, Kaufman Hall
Carrie Willetts, President and Chief Executive Officer, WVU Medicine Uniontown Hospital

Too often external factors, including roadblocks in the move from volume to value and the onslaught of other substantial reimbursement issues have health care organizations stuck in reactive planning. Join this innovative session with leading financial expert Eric Swanson as he discusses how some hospitals are successfully navigating these challenges and what solutions health care leaders can use to stay ahead of the financial curve. He will provide strategic insights into how to move from the reactive but necessary stage of financial recovery and transition into long-term, proactive financial health and sustainability.

10:25 a.m. Networking Break, Sponsor Exhibits, and Solutions Stage

10:40 a.m. Artificial Intelligence in Health Care 

Steve Berkowitz, MD, Founder and President, SMB Consulting

Hardly a day goes by when there is not a story in the news about artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on society. New advances in technology and applications are both exciting and scary. GPT is enabling technology that is increasingly like a human. Computer-brain interfaces can physically connect the mind to the computer. How does the health care executive stay on top of the science and make knowledgeable decisions? Or do we just let AI take over the world? Might your new doctor be an AI hologram? Dr. Berkowitz will review the basic models and concepts of AI such as processing speed, machine learning, and networks, with particular emphasis on their applications in health care. He will discuss special interest topics such as GPT, brain-computer interfaces, emergent properties, and the concept of singularity. He will discuss the present and future impact of AI on health care systems, patients, and providers.

11:30 a.m. What's Next in Health Care Workforce Development and Empowerment 

Moderator: Jay Feldstein, DO, President and Chief Executive Officer, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine 


Benjamin Fredrick, MD, Director, Global Health Center, Director, PA Area Health Education Center (PA AHEC), Doctors Kienle Chair for Humane Medicine, Professor of Family and Community Medicine, and Public Health Sciences and Humanities, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
Kathy Mayle, MBA, MNEd, RN, Dean of Nursing, Community College of Allegheny County

Hospitals and health systems continue to face acute workforce challenges. Competition for labor remains intense, particularly for nurses. Staffing costs are skyrocketing, especially in small rural hospitals that often find it hard to attract workers. During this session, we will hear from a panel of community and hospital leaders who discuss new ways of thinking about the health care workforce pipeline, career pathways and how we can strengthen the nursing and physician pipeline.

 12:20 p.m. Networking Lunch and Closing Speaker

1:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

Nicole Stallings, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania


Meeting Sponsors




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

HAP Member Rate (until March 1): $349 
HAP Associate Member Rate: $499
HAP Nonmember Rate: $699

Register for the event.

Registrants are responsible for the full fee if cancellation is received after Wednesday, March 27.  There is a $75 administrative fee on all cancellations. Cancellations must be in writing.  No-shows will be billed. Substitutions are permissible.

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. 

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 3, 2024. The rate is $189, plus tax (single/double). For reservations, call (717) 233-6000, option 0, and provide the code 952 to access the special rate of $189. The room rate is available until Wednesday, March 13, 2024.

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 reservation page.

Hotel check-in time is 4 p.m. Check-out time is 11 a.m. For directions, more information about the hotel, or area attractions, please visit the Hilton Harrisburg’s website.

2024 Sponsorship Opportunities Available

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. 

Sponsors may attend all educational sessions and have dedicated space at the welcome reception. More information.  

HAP Contact

If you have questions about this or any of HAP's sponsorship opportunities, contact HAP Education Services at (717) 561-5270.

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