Annual Meeting

2014 CHA Annual Meeting

Connecticut Hospitals: Care We Can Count On

The Connecticut Hospital Association welcomed 600 hospital CEOs, senior hospital administrators, physicians, and other key hospital and healthcare decision makers to its 96th Annual Meeting, held June 18th at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.

Before handing the Board Chairman’s gavel to Bruce Cummings, President/CEO, Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, outgoing Board Chairman Susan Davis, EdD, RN, Board Member and Former President/CEO, St. Vincent's Health Services and President & CEO, Sacred Heart Health System (Florida), discussed what’s right in healthcare in Connecticut.

She reported that more than 10,000 hospital leaders, clinicians, and non-clinical staff have received high reliability training, and Connecticut hospitals and CHA were the winners of the prestigious Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award, which acknowledges Connecticut hospitals as a model of safety for the nation. Dr. Davis discussed hospitals’ demonstrated commitment to the health of our communities, to eliminating disparities and achieving health equity, and to furthering public policies that help Connecticut patients.

“With one voice and one vision, we will create the momentum needed to make significant strides in our advocacy work,” she said. “We are all in this together – to first and foremost provide safe, reliable care for our patients, to improve access and the health of our communities, to eliminate healthcare disparities and improve health equity, and to celebrate what’s right in healthcare in Connecticut well into the future.”

Bruce Cummings, President/CEO, Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, and Chairman of the CHA Board of Trustees, thanked Susan Davis for her visionary leadership and discussed his goals as Chairman: improving access and care for Connecticut veterans, expanded focus on best practice sharing through CHA, and engaging new voices to help carry hospitals’ message to Hartford and Washington.

After the business meeting, which also included the presentation of the Annual Meeting awards, guest speaker Quint Studer, founder of Studer Group,discussed the importance of leadership and what it takes to navigate the constantly changing healthcare environment, including the framework, principles, processes, and tactics that hardwire hospital performance excellence.

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