Saturday, Sept. 27 - Pre-Conference Learning Sessions

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Pre-Conference registration is required to attend these learning sessions.

Not sure which
sessions to attend?

Use the
Learning Track Selection Guide
to determine the level and competency you want to enhance.

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


2:00 - 4:00 p.m.


4:00 - 5:30 p.m.


P1 - Legislative and Labor Panel
LT / HBK
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

F. Curt Kirschner, Jr., Partner, Jones Day
Michael Ferrell, Partner, Jones Day
Steve W. Hodges, Vice President Human Resources , Regional West Health Services
G. Roger King, Senior Labor and Employment Counsel, Human Resource Policy Association and IRI Consulting Group
Mike Paruta, M.S.ILR., Associate VP Talent, Lakeland Regional Medical Center
Jim Trivisonno, Partner, IRI Consultants
Josephine Zamora, Partner, IRI Consultants

This session will discuss how the recent developments of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) have expanded both employee and union rights, especially in non-union workplaces. Are you aware of the recent NLRB changes in enforcement and labor relations policies, and other legal and legislative developments? Hear proactive workplace strategies leading to effective workforce planning discussion with management in order to mitigate your organizational risk. In order to successfully implement these changes and present long term forecast and human capital needs at the organizational level during these challenging times. After attending this session, you will have a proactive approach for employee relations. Guarantee that employee and labor relations activities are compliant with applicable federal laws and regulations.

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P2 - Spurring Innovation
All / AB
Non-Hospital
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

James Veronesi, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CHE, Senior Director, The Advisory Board Company

This workshop helps leaders understand the critical ingredients for a lasting, innovative culture and their role in harnessing and mastering the forces of innovation.

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P3 - Performance Management: HR's Most Critical Role for a Successful Future
MLP / HRD / NH
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Chip Madera, MS, CSP, President/CEO, Chip Madera Productions, Inc.

This pre-conference workshop will review the case for performance management in hospitals/health care today, specifically looking at the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the impact on strategic performance management. Participants will take part in meaningful discussions and hear case studies of hospitals accelerating performance and guaranteeing reimbursements from Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS) which have stemmed from increased employee engagement and patient satisfaction. Understand the importance of how to design and implement the three phases of performance management (metrics, tools, templates and standards for high performance) and obtain examples of these instrumental tools to put in place when you return. As health care HR leaders, it is imperative to effectively lead change and foster excellence – Chip Madera, the Leadership Lion, will put you on this path with the tools you need to create a successful future for your organization.

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P4 - CHHR Introduction Course

Gary L. Pastore, MSL, CHHR, director of Human Resources, Scottsdale Healthcare Shea
Bill Horn, CHHR, SPHR, HR Director, Island Hospital

Are you familiar with the newest certification in HR? Attend the CHHR introduction course to learn how this valuable certification can enrich your career.

The Certified in Healthcare Human Resources (CHHR) Certification is a premier national credential based on a sound assessment that provides you distinction in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Eligibility requirements include a blend of education and experience in addition to taking and passing the 110-question CHHR Examination. This exam tests your knowledge on the tasks that are performed regularly in practice and are considered important to competent practice in the health care human resources field.

This 90 minute session will be led by a CHHR certified health care HR leader. It will provide an overview of the required CHHR competencies and address attendee questions for individuals anticipating taking this examination later this year or in the future.

The facilitator(s) will provide an overview of the required CHHR competencies, suggestions on how to prepare and address your questions.

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Register Today!
First 50 people to register will receive a complimentary CHHR Examination Preparation Guide! You will receive this useful guide during the session.

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P5 - Advanced Health Care Mergers and Acquisitions Panel
LT / HBK / NH
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Mark Nelson, Shareholder, Polsinelli
Katie Bata, Vice President, Human Resources at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
William P. Sweeney, Shareholder, Polsinelli

Receive the most timely information from a real-world merger and acquisition experience about the labor/employment and employee benefits considerations and issues which are a critical and central part of a strategic transaction -which plays a key role throughout the due diligence process. In addition, attendees will understand the importance of post-deal integration challenges and opportunities and their impact on the successful outcome of the strategic transaction. Leave this session with a clear understanding of what the HR role will be in a merger, acquisition or other transaction and how to execute its responsibilities properly.

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Special Recognition Reception - ASHHRA Golden Anniversary Celebration and Awards Ceremony
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Sponsored by
AHA Solutions, Inc.
Help us celebrate 50 years of HR leadership as we honor ASHHRA visionaries and luminaries from our past, present and future. This special event features the presentation of the Gary Willis Leadership Awards and the HealthcareSource grant to new health care HR professionals who have demonstrated a strong commitment to leadership and operational excellence.

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