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Annual Healthcare Forum

24th Annual Delaware Healthcare Forum

The Delaware Healthcare Association presents the 24th Annual Delaware Healthcare Forum on Thursday, October 29, 2020.

While this event is typically held in person, we are planning for a virtual gathering due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This educational conference is the only event attended by all Delaware’s hospitals and health systems, from CEOs to Department Managers. 

Agenda topics for the 2020 Delaware Healthcare Forum include:

  • Government Review – State and Federal waivers, executive orders, legislation

  • Telehealth – A key tool in providing care during the Pandemic 

  • A Pandemic Rises – Hospital leaders recount the early days and weeks of the Pandemic.  A CEO Panel.

  • A SHOC to the System – What a State Health Operations Center does during a Public Health Emergency

  • Locus of Care: Inpatient moves to Outpatient

Here are the highlights of the 2019 forum:

On Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 350 attendees convened at the Delaware Tech Terry Campus for the 23rd Annual Delaware Healthcare Forum, presented by The Delaware Healthcare Association.  

State and Legislative Update
DHA President and CEO Wayne Smith kicked off the morning to a packed audience with a State and Legislative Update, covering health care related bills that passed this year and commentary on what to expect for the 2020 legislative season. 
Loneliness – A Powerful Social Determinant of Health
DHA Vice President Megan Williams moderated an expert panel on Loneliness – A Powerful Social Determinant of Health. Panelists E.A. Casey (AARP Founadtion), Linda Brittingham, (ChristianaCare), Maggie Ratnayake, (Lori's Hands), and Susan Maddox (Saint Francis LIFE), outlined the current challenges and programs currently underway in Delaware to help address loneliness. 
Creating the Health Care Workforce We Need
Lolita Lopez, President & CEO, Westside Family Healthcare moderated the next panel on Creating the Health Care Workforce We Need featuring Lisa Maxwell, (ChristianaCare), Stephanie Green (Bayhealth), David I. Rappaport, (Nemours, A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children), and Omar Khan (Delaware Health Sciences Alliance).
Changing the Payer-Provider Perspective: Value Based Contracting in Delaware
Nanticoke Health Services SVP Tom Brown moderated an insightful panel on Changing the Payer-Provider Perspective: Value Based Contracting in Delaware, which included a discussion between Jennifer Schwartz, (ChristianaCare), Todd Graham (Highmark Health Options) and Emmilyn Lawson (AmeriHealth Caritas). 
Leading A Successful Multigenerational Organization (ACHE Panel)
Finally, Sharon Kurfuerst, Chief Operating Officer for ChristianaCare led an ACHE panel discussion on Leading a Successful Multigenerational Organization. Panelists Vinay Maheshwari (ChristianaCare), Lauren Brittingham (Bayhealth) and Tammy Brown (ChristianaCare), discussed how these differences can be effectively managed.
For pictures from the event, please visit DHA's facebook page: