May 09, 2022 - 2:00 PM - May 10, 2022 2:00 PM

2022 Leadership Summit

Location: Hilton Harrisburg , Harrisburg, PA

Registration Deadline: May 04, 2022


Online registration for this program has closed. Please contact HAP Education Services at (717) 561-5270, if you would like to register for this event.

It’s good to be back! We’ve learned so many lessons from the past two years and now we look to the future and the opportunities and challenges we will face—together. HAP’s 2022 Leadership Summit, scheduled for May 9–10, 2022 at the Harrisburg Hilton, offers the opportunity for health care leaders, policymakers, elected officials, and peers to come together, be inspired, get educated, and reconnect with fellow colleagues.

This year’s summit boasts a powerful agenda that shines a spotlight on issues that are top of mind for hospitals, like behavioral health, workforce, and how to prepare for a post-pandemic world. The event kicks off with a behavioral health preconference focusing on our nation’s mental health crisis and strategies to leverage new care delivery models. The networking reception will give you a chance to reconnect with colleagues, visit our sponsors, and meet with policymakers. During dinner, we will celebrate our COVID Response Innovation Award winners, and listen to speaker and violinist, Kai Kight, who will leave you feeling inspired and teach you how to leverage your unique voice. Day two of the summit offers more chances to network, as well as robust sessions on the mental health benefits of storytelling, innovative workforce solutions, and preparing for the future.  

Can’t attend in person? HAP is offering a virtual option with session recordings, special messages from our sponsors, and a chance to celebrate the COVID Response Innovation Award winners.


Our Sponsors

HAP gratefully thanks our 2022 Leadership Summit sponsors:




Quandel Construction Group      UniteUS      Withum


Aetna Better Health    Alexion    Boehringer Ingelheim    Gift of Life    Keystone Healthcare Partners    PA Health and Wellness    Sound Physicians    SunRx    US Acute Care Solutions    Vituity    Vizient


Bravo Group


MCG Health

North American Partners in Anesthesia

Real Time Medical Systems








12:00 PM

Preconference Registration

1:00 PM

Behavioral Health Preconference

1:05 PM

Introduction and Pennsylvania’s Support for Behavioral Health
Jennifer Jordan, Vice President, Regulatory Advocacy, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania

The pandemic has exacerbated the existing crisis of inadequate post-acute placements and behavioral health services. At HAP, we support new health care delivery models and additional flexibility in the delivery system to better address patients' behavioral health care needs. Hear an update on HAP’s behavioral health advocacy efforts and issue of the utmost importance to our members.

2:00 PM

Treating and Stabilizing Psychiatric Emergencies
Scott Zeller, MD, Vice President, Acute Psychiatric Medicine Division, Vituity

Hear from Dr. Scott Zeller, vice president of the acute psychiatric medicine division at Vituity, as he discusses our nation’s mental health crisis and strategies to leverage new care delivery models for psychiatric patients in the emergency room. He will also share how you can make meaningful strides toward mental health parity to improve the lives of the most vulnerable patients. During this session, participants will learn how to recognize the nationwide issue of emergency psychiatric patient boarding and its causes, and identify how emergency psychiatry units can resolve it.

3:15 PM


3:30 PM

Best Practices: Comparing Emergency Department Behavioral Health Models Across the Commonwealth         
Moderator: Jennifer Jordan, Vice President, Regulatory Advocacy
Jack Rozel, MD, MSL, Medical Director of Resolve Crisis Services, UPMC
Elizabeth (Liz) A. Sysak, PhD, Senior Director, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, CHOP
Dale Brickley, PhD, MBA, Senior Director Behavioral Health, Wellspan Health
Chadd K. Kraus, DO, DrPH, MPH, CPE, FACEP, System director, Emergency Medicine Research, Geisinger

Behavioral health disorders have significant impact on individual and community health, utilization of services and costs. Hospitals and health systems are working hard to create one system of care and to integrate behavioral health services into every patient‘s experience. By taking an aggressive and proactive approach to behavioral health integration in their communities, hospitals and health systems can see more patients using their outpatient care services and fewer patients using their EDs. Hear from hospitals and health systems across the state as they share practices are working to integrate behavioral health into all care settings and collaborate with their communities for better health outcomes. 

4:30 PM

Behavioral Health Preconference Concludes

4:30 PM

Leadership Summit Registration

5:00 PM

Networking Reception and Sponsor Exhibits

6:30 PM

Dinner, COVID Response Innovation Awards, and Speaker
Composing Your World
Kai Kight, Innovation Speaker, Violinist

Why do some people just play the notes they are handed while others write new music in the world? In his captivating presentation, violinist Kai Kight will tackle this question, perform original music, and share the inspiring story of how he became an innovative composer in a field of conformity. In his emotionally powerful presentations, Kai performs mesmerizing original music and vulnerably shares stories from his own transformation as an artist. Kai’s insights leave audiences with lessons they can easily infuse into their own lives and work environments. This session will leave you feeling inspired to take your future into your own hands; and you’ll learn to leverage your unique voice to innovate and think outside the box.

9:00 PM



7:30 AM

Networking Continental Breakfast and Leadership Summit Registration

8:30 AM

Welcome and Introduction
Andy Carter, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania

8:35 AM

The Mental Health Benefits of Storytelling for Health Care Workers
Laurel Braitman, PhD, Author, Writer-in-Residence, Director of Writing and Storytelling, Medicine & the Muse Program, Stanford University School of Medicine

Health care workers are under more stress than ever before. How can they protect their mental health while handling new and complex pressures? Laurel Braitman shows how writing and sharing personal stories helps physicians, nurses, medical students, and other health professionals connect more meaningfully with themselves and others—and make their emotional well-being a priority.

9:30 AM

Build Your Post-Pandemic Workforce
Peter Buerhaus, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP, Professor, Montana State University College of Nursing, Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies

Even before COVID-19, hospitals faced challenges recruiting and retaining clinical staff. Now, we’re in the midst of an unprecedented workforce crisis. Hear from nationally recognized health care economist and author, Dr. Peter Buerhaus, as he discusses the nursing and physician workforces and the keys to building your health care team. Dr. Buerhaus will examine projections of the future size of the nursing workforce in the U.S. through 2030 and share strategies to grow the size and preparation of the post-pandemic nursing workforce that the United States needs. Learn how hospitals, nurses, and policymakers can forge a successful path forward and leverage the strengths of the health care workforce. 

10:10 AM

Networking Break and Visit Poster Presentations

10:30 AM

Innovative Workforce Solutions: Leadership Panel Discussion
Moderator: Hugh Lavery, Senior Vice President, Government/External Affairs, Jefferson Health
Claire Zangerle, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAONL, FAAN. Chief Nursing Executive, Chair Nursing Institute, Allegheny Health Network
Barbara Todd, DNP, ACNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, Director, Graduate Nurse Education, Director of the CMS Graduate Nurse Education (GNE) Demonstration Project, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Kendra A. Aucker, President/CEO, Evangelical Community Hospital

Pennsylvania hospitals have been challenged over the past two years with low staffing levels due to burnout, competitive wages or resignation from the industry altogether. Hear more from our expert panel of clinical leaders as they outline the challenges and opportunities ahead for Pennsylvania’s hospitals, and how health systems can best develop a sustainable recruitment and retention strategy by utilizing unique partnerships and telemedicine. 

11:30 AM

The Great Reassessment 
Ben Hammersly, International Strategic Forecaster, Hammersley Futures

When we look to the future, the first thing to know is our predictions are both absolutely true and absolutely not true. The future is not universal. It is incredibly personal. In our closing presentation, world-renowned futurist and thought leader, Ben Hammersley will address the likely scenarios for a post-COVID world, the things we can do today and in the upcoming months to prepare for it, and the skills and knowledge we can start developing today to truly flourish.

12:35 PM

Networking Lunch

2:00 PM



Kai Kight
Innovation Speaker, Violinist

As a classical violinist turned innovative composer, Kai Kight uses music as a metaphor to inspire individuals and organizations across the world to compose paths of imagination and fulfillment. Inspired by his own mother who, when diagnosed with cancer, revealed regrets of not bringing her ideas to the world, Kai is on a mission to spark a global mindset shift in which ingenuity is the norm, not the exception. In his emotionally powerful presentations, Kai performs mesmerizing original music and vulnerably shares stories from his own transformation as an artist. Kai translates these insights into takeaways that audiences can easily infuse into their own lives and work environments.

A product of Stanford University’s design and engineering program, the d. School, Kai remains fascinated by the leaders, artists, and companies who dare to be different. As both a Mayfield Fellow and Kleiner Perkins Design Fellow, Kai has proven himself as a leader of the next generation of innovative and entrepreneurial talent. As a musician, Kai has performed his original music for thousands in venues across the world, from the White House to the Great Wall of China. As a speaker, he has created impactful experiences for audiences at conferences, companies, and universities internationally. Some of his clients include The Walt Disney Company, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the Super-bowl winning Seattle Seahawks. His mesmerizing and original violin performance beautifully becomes a sonic metaphor for the core of his message: to inspire people to compose unique ideas in a world that celebrates conformity.

Laurel Braitman, PhD
Author, Writer-in-Residence, Director of Writing and Storytelling, Medicine & the Muse Program, Stanford University School of Medicine

Laurel Braitman, PhD, is a New York Times bestselling author, historian and anthropologist of science. She is the first Writer-in-Residence and the Director of Writing and Storytelling at the Medicine & the Muse Program at the Stanford University School of Medicine where she is helping medical students and physicians communicate more meaningfully--for themselves and their patients. She holds a PhD in Science, Technology and Society from MIT, is a Senior TED Fellow and a 2019 National Geographic Explorer. Her last book,  Animal Madness, was a NYT bestseller and has been translated into eight languages. Her next book House of the Heart, (forthcoming, Simon & Schuster) is about growing up, mortality and how we might live with the perspective of a terminal disease without the dire prognosis. Her work has been featured on the BBC, NPR, Good Morning America and Al Jazeera. Her stories have appeared in The Guardian, on Radiolab, in The Wall Street Journal, Wired, National Geographic and other publications. She is a Contributing Writer and frequently performs live for Pop Up Magazine, and has taught interdisciplinary courses at Harvard, MIT, Stanford School of Medicine and Smith College and she loves collaborating with musicians, physicians, scientists engineers and artists-- helping them learn to communicate better with the audiences that matter most.

Dr. Peter Buerhaus, PhD, RN, FAAN
Nurse & Health Care Economist

Dr. Peter Buerhaus is a nurse and a healthcare economist and is well known for his studies and publications focused on the nursing and physician workforces in the United States. He is a Professor in the College of Nursing and Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies at Montana State University. Before coming to Montana State University, Dr. Buerhaus was the Valere Potter Distinguished Professor of Nursing (2000-2015) and Professor of Health Policy (2013-2015) at Vanderbilt University, and assistant professor of health policy and management at Harvard School of Public Health (1992-2000). During the 1980s he served as assistant to the chief executive officer of The University of Michigan Medical Center’s seven teaching hospitals (1983-1986) and assistant to the Vice Provost for Medical Affairs, the chief executive of the medical center (1987-1990).

Dr. Buerhaus maintains an active research program involving studies on the economics of the nursing workforce, forecasting nurse and physician supply, developing and testing measures of hospital quality of care, determining public and provider opinions on issues involving the delivery of health care, and assessing the quantity and quality of health care provided by nurse practitioners. Of the more than 100 articles he has published in peer-reviewed journals, five publications are designated as “Classics” by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Patient Safety Network. Other publications have ranked among the most widely accessed articles published in the health policy journal Health Affairs. Dr. Buerhaus is the co-author of the 2008 book The Future of the Nursing Workforce in the United States: Data, Trends, and Implications. He has editorial responsibilities with many peer-reviewed health services research and nursing journals and has advised policymakers and legislators on nursing workforce policy.

In 2003, Dr. Buerhaus was elected into the National Academies Institute of Medicine and since1994 has been a member of the American Academy of Nursing. He has served on the Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Health National Institute of Nursing Research (2001-2006), National Quality Forum Steering Committee on Nursing Quality Performance Measures (2004-2005), Board of Directors of Sigma Theta Tau International (2001-2005), and The Joint Commission’s Nursing Advisory Committee (2003-2010). He is currently an expert advisor for the Bipartisan Policy Center’s health care workforce initiative and is a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Graduate Medical Education Governance and Transparency.

Dr. Buerhaus earned his baccalaureate degree in nursing from Mankato State University (1976), a master’s degree in nursing health services administration from The University of Michigan (1981), master’s degree in community health nursing from Wayne State University (1983), a doctoral degree from at Wayne State University (1990), and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation postdoctoral faculty fellowship in health care finance at The Johns Hopkins University from 1991-1992.

On September 30, 2010, Dr. Buerhaus was appointed to Chair the National Health Workforce Commission that was established under The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Among other responsibilities, the Commission (once funded) will provide advice to the Congress and the President on national health care workforce policy.

Ben Hammersley
International Strategic Forecaster, Hammersley Futures

As an international reporter, author and adventure seeker, Ben explores the effects of the internet and the digital network on the world’s business, political and social atmospheres. His latest book, which was published internationally, “64 Things You Need to Know Now For Then” gives us the essential guide to the things we need to know for life in the 21st century. Ben is the writer, host, and narrator of Netflix and BBC television series “Cybercrimes with Ben Hammersley” that was shot in over six countries across the globe. As the first specialist correspondent on the internet for The Times [of London] and the Guardian, he became the inventor of the popular term, ‘podcast’.

With his current position as the Editor-at-Large of UK’s WIRED magazine, Ben has been called upon to advise three governments and countless organizations in the area of technology and media including a seat on the European Commission High-Level Group on Media Freedom of the European Union. His personal experiences from the fields of aviation, emergency medicine, genomic science, disaster response, and war reporting, has enabled Ben Hammersley to deliver insightful, practice-changing messages to corporate and governmental clients on five continents for over two decades.

Over the past 20 years, he has been a technology journalist for the Times and the Guardian, a war reporter covering Afghanistan and Beirut, an author of 5 books, the presenter of a landmark BBC and Netflix television series, the Editor at Large of UK’s WIRED magazine, a consultant to the UK and US governments and the European Commission, the inventor of the word “podcast”, and a pilot, emergency medic, rescue diver, and ultra-runner.

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!

Download the sponsorship brochure here.


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

HAP has reserved a limited block of rooms for the evening of May 9, 2022. The rate is $179, plus tax (single/double) and is subject to availability after Sunday, April 17, 2022. For reservations, call 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667). Callers need to provide the code “HOSP5” to access the special rate of $179. 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. Please copy and paste the reservations link into your browser:,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT to reserve your overnight room. Hotel check-in time is 3:00 p.m. Check-out time is noon. 

Registration Information

Leadership Summit Registration Information

HAP is planning on a live Leadership Summit on May 9-10 at the Harrisburg Hilton. Along with the in-person program in Harrisburg, we will also have a virtual option for HAP members that would prefer to attend from the comfort of their office or home.

Full Conference Registration
HAP Member Early Bird Registration Fee: $399 ($449 after April 8)
Associate Member Fee: $499
Nonmember Fee: $799

Full conference registration includes access to the behavioral health preconference sessions, Leadership Summit programming, networking, continuing education credits, meal functions, and the virtual pass to session recordings.

Behavioral Health Preconference Only
HAP Member Registration Fee: $199
Associate Member Fee: $299
Nonmember Fee: $399

Behavioral health preconference only includes access to the behavioral health preconference sessions only. It does not include networking sessions, continuing education credits, meal functions, or digital access to the Leadership Summit recorded content.

Leadership Summit Only
HAP Member Early Bird Registration Fee: $299 ($349 after April 8)
Associate Member Fee: $399
Nonmember Fee: $699

Leadership Summit only includes access to Leadership Summit programming, networking, continuing education credits, meal functions, and the digital pass to session recordings.

Virtual Option
HAP Member Registration Fee: $199
Associate Member Fee: $299
Nonmember Fee: $499

The virtual program includes four recorded sessions from the Leadership Summit, behavioral health preconference and access to the COVID innovation award winner poster presentations. Virtual attendees will also have the opportunity to engage with other featured content and conference materials.

Safety Protocols and Registration Attestation

HAP prioritizes the same goal as our hospitals and your health and safety is a top priority to us. Therefore, HAP is requiring in-person attendees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and will require proof of such vaccination. HAP will provide additional details on safety protocols closer to the event start date.

By registering, you acknowledge that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and that you will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination in the form of a photo of vaccination card or your actual vaccination card at the event and also abide by the applicable CDC and local guidelines in order to participate in person at HAP’s Leadership Summit. If you are not able to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, you will not be permitted to attend the Leadership Summit. Should you fail to observe any of our safety protocols, HAP may remove you from the Leadership Summit without a refund.

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