Learning Sessions: Tuesday, September 13, 2011

8:15 – 9:45 a.m.


T1 - The Evolving Retirement Plan World: A Time of Continuous Change
HBK/MLP
Richard Turner, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, VALIC

Attendees will hear an overview of recent legislative and regulatory developments affecting employer-sponsored defined contribution retirement plans, including: formal and informal IRS and DOL audits, with a focus on key compliance trouble spots; options for fixing problems; new challenges posed by in-plan Roth conversions; new challenges on Form 5500; employer and participant fee disclosure; and a range of potential legislative challenges. 

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T2 - Choice: An Alternative to Layoffs
PS/LT
Ann M. Torkelson, PHR, Human Resources Director, Mayo Clinic
Karen N. Nation, Director - Employee Service Center, Mayo Clinic

The presenters will share an experience which implements a strategy that puts employee layoffs as a last resort.  Engaging participants to think creatively about non-traditional options that will work in their organizations, benefiting the bottom line, as an alternative to the typical layoff methodology. Attendees will learn how to have conversations with their own leadership to successfully recommend these alternatives, creating an environment where employees are engaged in your effort to continue with the organization while increasing your trust in your leadership.

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T3 - Employee Engagement Transforms Health System from Good to Excellent
HRD/MLP
Linda Martin, Administrative Director, Organization Development, Bon Secours Richmond Health System

In the past five years, Bon Secours Virginia has been on a journey. By holding firm to a world-class vision and implementing numerous integrated strategies, the health system has been able to achieve record employee engagement numbers and earn its most impressive workplace awards to date. Some of the strategies have included: the implementation of organizational structures to support and focus on engagement; training on service excellence; new talent acquisition and onboarding; and the development and implementation of various tools to reinforce culture and expectations such as a credo card, standards of professional conduct, and daily huddles.

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T4 - Sharing the Workplace with Physicians
HBK/LT
Patti J. Oakes, Vice President, Human Resources, Poudre Valley Health System
Diane M. Gross, Esq., Corporate Attorney, Advanced Medical Imaging Consultants, P.C.

Join two Baldrige Recipient executives in an interactive session highlighting the strategic and operational role of HR leaders in building and maintaining effective physician relationships. New strategies and tools for anticipating and addressing HR  issues often associated with physician integration will be reviewed. Discussions will highlight the role of HR executives across the continuum of physician relationships – from strategic negotiations to daily operations – focusing on specific issues, such as sexual harassment, social media, dress code, and offering strategies for improving the culture and building trust.

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T5 - Transforming the Health Care Workforce of the Future
PS/ALL
Tom Davenport, Talent Management & Organization Alignment, Towers Watson
Jamie Hale, National Practice Leader, Workforce Planning, Towers Watson
Jan Hunter, Director Workforce Planning, Development and Organizational Effectiveness, John Muir Health

Health care is one of the few industries that has not had a buyer's market for talent, even briefly in the wake of the recession. Yet it is also an industry in which people are among the most critical of strategic resources -directly affecting the effectiveness and efficiency of care and the ongoing financial viability of an organization.  Amid the dramatic changes ahead, hospital management has to begin now to think through its long-term talent strategy, with a particular focus on critical questions.

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T6 - Best-in-Class Action Planning: Translate Your Staff Survey Results Into Sustained Employee Engagement
HRD/LT
Jessica Sweeney-Platt, Managing Director, The Advisory Board Company

Even with access to unparalleled survey analytics, efforts to improve employee engagement fall short without appropriate results follow-through and dedication to ongoing action planning.  Too often, health care managers abandon the action planning process because tools are overly cumbersome and lack automated mechanisms for driving accountability. 

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 T7 - Interventions to Reduce Readmissions for Home Health & Skilled Nursing Facilities
NH/NH
David Schulke, Vice President - Research Programs, HRET

This presentation aims to give executive leaders an understanding of the reasons for readmissions, the strategic importance of reducing those that can responsibly be avoided, and will highlight successful approaches for working within the hospital and for partnership with other providers in the community.

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 T8 - Culture of Health Panel – Transformative Models of Wellness in Health Care Institutions
PS/ALL
Nicole Morin-Scribner SPHR, Director Human Resources, St Mary's Health System

In today’s health care environment, leaders have an opportunity to significantly reduce their insurance costs by creating a culture of health.  But the benefits don’t stop there.  In this practical, interactive session, you’ll hear from industry experts and practitioners on how having a healthy employee base will help you to better serve your patients. You’ll gain knowledge around best practices that are effective in any hospital or health care setting. 
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