Category On The Road


ACHE Congress 2015

I haven’t had the privilege of speaking in front of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Congress since 2010, when I delivered their annual honorary luncheon program,  The Arthur C. Bachmeyer  Memorial Lecture.  I was looking forward to returning to Chicago and having an opportunity to visit with hospital leaders from around the country.  In more »


Southern Hospitality

One of the rewards of traveling across our great country is the opportunity to meet many JSPH students, who reside in nearly 30 states.  Here I am, proudly standing between Wylie Newton, MD, and Monica Newton, DO, at a retreat of the Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS), held in Savannah.  Monica Newton is enrolled in more »


Engaging an Entire State

Imagine if your delivery system had the capability to truly change the health of a population across an entire state.  When you live in the tiny state of Delaware, this is a real possibility!  The Christiana Care Health System (CCHS) is perfectly situated to capitalize on a public/private partnership called The State Innovation Models Initiative  (SIM). more »


Texas-Sized Problem

The Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance in Fort Worth is the largest jewel in the crown of Texas Health Resources (THR).  A 750-bed community giant, unencumbered by a medical school, this hospital is tackling its Texas-sized challenges with an infusion of leadership training.  I had the privilege of kicking off their annual retreat at more »


The Tryout

Yes, that is Dr. Jon Burroughs and me sitting courtside at a Chicago Bulls game during my recent visit to frigidly cold Chicago.  We were there, not to try for an NBA spot, but rather to participate in what the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) calls a “DEV test.”  A DEV test is an more »


Envisioning the Future

I spent a day in Dallas, TX with my colleague, Dr. Brian Silverstein, where we both “envisioned the future” for our colleagues at Envision–an incredible company, composed of three entities (EmCare, AMR, and Evolution Health).  Together, these firms are breaking new ground in the arena of mobile population-based care.  They coordinate care in multiple cities more »


“Timeless in Tacoma”

Yes, that’s me sitting behind the wheel of a real 1923 Ford Convertible, part of the amazing 300-car collection at the LeMay Car Museum in downtown Tacoma.  I sneaked out for an hour prior to my presentation to Tacoma-based MultiCare, an amazing system in its own right.  MultiCare, led by Bill Robertson (formerly of Adventist in more »


“Viva Las Vegas”

Perhaps you remember the famous Hollywood tribute to “Sin City”!  Optum recently sent 1,000 persons for nearly three days to Las Vegas to review their strategic plan for 2015.  I had the privilege of addressing Optum’s employer segment, which includes  nearly 300 senior level salespersons who call on large Fortune 700 companies (like Wal-Mart, Pfizer more »


“Māhie 2020”

Population Health is on fire!  To start 2015, I spent a week on the road going to San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Seattle. I’d like to review each of these visits and share my reflections through a series of blog posts. Māhie (Mah-hee-ay) refers to a “transformation” in the native Hawaiian language.  It means the ability more »


“Start Me Up!”

It’s not often that a speaker is given the opportunity to pick the music to be playing as he ascends the podium to speak. But then again, very few programs attract an audience of 3,500. It was truly an honor to deliver the opening plenary at ACE, the 2014 Allscripts Client Experience conference, in Chicago. more »

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