2013 CHA Annual Meeting
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
3:30 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.
Aqua Turf Club, Southington, CT
Connecticut Hospitals: Caring for People, Serving Our Communities
On June 25, 2013, the Connecticut Hospital Association welcomed nearly 700 hospital CEOs, senior hospital administrators, physicians, and other key hospital and healthcare decision makers to its 95th Annual Meeting, held at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.
This year's theme, Connecticut Hospitals: Caring for People, Serving Our Communities, reflected the message that Connecticut’s hospitals will continue to play a leadership role in transforming healthcare, while ensuring the safety net remains viable through a focus on safe, accessible, affordable, patient-centered care for all. Board Chairman Susan Davis, EdD, RN, President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Vincent’s Health Services, discussed how the extraordinary work of hospitals in the past year in the areas of patient safety, community health, and diversity and health equity has kept a singular focus on patients. She reiterated hospitals’ commitment to visionary leadership through the current state budget challenges, the national transformation in healthcare, and beyond.
Leadership was also the theme of the keynote address, delivered by presidential historian Michael Beschloss. Mr. Beschloss discussed presidents throughout American history and the qualities of a great leader, which include the ability to make tough decisions and get people to embrace them.
“When we live in a time like this,” he said, “when there is dysfunction and people are looking to leadership, that’s the time when you need leaders with expertise, passion, and commitment to the public good. In the past, when we have thought that we’re finished – that’s when greatness comes out.”
CHA gratefully acknowledges the generous Annual Meeting sponsorship of our Platinum Sponsor, Credit Suisse.