2019 Schedule Overview

A schedule for the 2019 symposium is listed below. We hope you will join us at the beach in 2020 for another strong lineup of the best-of-the-best in health care. The 2020 agenda will be posted once it is finalized.


  • Leading Together: Tools for Career Success
    (Ballroom I)

    Pre-conference optional registration | 4 ACHE Qualified Education credits
    | Sponsored by UAB Women's Health Care Leadership Initiative

    *This pre-conference event is included with a full Symposium registration. It is also available for only $50 for those not attending the Symposium.

    2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

    Welcome and Get Acquainted
    Welcome: Christy Harris Lemak, PhD, Chair, UAB Department of Health Services Administration
    Welcome: Doris Reinhart, UAB MSHA Class 14

    2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Session 1: Work / Life Jenga: Balancing time or balancing identity?

    *Panel discussion followed by facilitated table discussions.

    Moderator: Kayce Dover Glover, President & CEO, HIM Connections, LLC

    Panelist: Karla Williamson, Director, Performance Improvement, Navigant Cymetrix
    Panelist: Lisa Warren, Chief Executive Officer, Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopedics David King, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, Imagen Technologies

    4:00 p.m. – 4:25 p.m.

    Connect and Interact with Participants

    4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

    Session 2: Difficult Conversations: Tackling the Hard Stuff (Pay, Isms, Promotions, etc.)

    *Panel discussion followed by facilitated table discussions.

    Moderator: Mary Temm, DSc, President, Temm and Associates, Inc.

    Panelist: Kimberly Payne, Associate Vice President, Ambulatory Care Services, UAB Medicine
    Panelist: Caroline Sarratt, Operations Administrator, Mayo Clinic
    Panelist: Kidada Hawkins, FACHE, Chief Operating Officer, Princeton Baptist Medical Center

    5:45 p.m.

    Closing Remarks
    Nan Priest
  • 7:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Ballroom III)

    Advisory Board Meetings & Lunch | Invitation Only

    • Health Care Management Advisory Board (Ballroom IV)
    • MSHA Advisory Board (Ballroom IX)
    • Graduate Programs in Health Informatics Advisory Board (Ballroom XII)
    • GPHA Board (Ballroom I)

    11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    Advisory and GPHA Boards Joint Luncheon (Ballroom XI)

    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Tour of Children's of Alabama new Benjamin Russell Hospital | Registration Required
    | Hosted by HOAR Construction
    *Meet in Hotel Sheraton lobby

    1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. (Ballroom III)

    OPENING KEYNOTE: Steve Jenkins, Senior Adviser, Sg2 | "Disruptive Healthcare"
    | Sponsored by Sound Physicians

    2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Ballroom III)

    “Simulations in Healthcare" (ACHE Session One) | 1.5 ACHE F2F Hours
    | Sponsored by Diversified Search | Presented by: Alabama Healthcare Executives Forum

    Moderator: Michelle Brown, PhD, MS, MLS (ASCP), Assistant Professor and Program Director, M.S. in Healthcare Simulation program, University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Panelist: Chad Epps, MD, CHSE, FSSH, Professor and Executive Director, College of Graduate Health Sciences Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
    Panelist: Nancy Tofil, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Medical Director Simulation Center, Division Director of Pediatric Critical Care, Children’s of Alabama
    Panelist: Judi Miller, MSN, RN, System Director of Education, Director of the Institute for Patient Safety and Medical Simulation, Baptist Health - Montgomery, Alabama

    4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. (Ballroom III)

    Blazer Talk “Say It In Seven” | Presentation Chair: Bryan Breland, DrPH | Faculty Presenters: TBD
    | Sponsored by Brasfield & Gorrie

    5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Exhibit Area)

    Welcome Reception: Sheraton Hotel | Sponsored by Doster Construction, Capital Growth Medvest, TRO Jung|Brannen - Architects

  • 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. (Ballroom IX)

    Breakfast and Opioid Simulation Workshop Panel - TBD
    Moderator: Michelle Brown | Program Director | UAB M.S. in Healthcare Simulation

    7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. (Ballroom I)


    8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. (Ballroom III)

    “Alternative Care Models" (ACHE Session 2) | 1.5 ACHE F2F Hours

    | Sponsored by Eagle Telemedicine | Presented by: ACHE of North Texas Chapter

    Moderator: Teresa Shufflebarger, Founder & CEO, Allegro Partners, LLC

    Panelist: Ross Armstrong, Senior Vice President, Lumeris
    Panelist: Guy Glorioso, Vice President, Atrium Health Medical Group
    Panelist: Tina Graham, Chief Operating Officer, Guideway Care
    Panelist: Samika Williams, Regional Vice President of Strategy, Encompass Home Health and Hospice

    10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

    Networking Break

    10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Ballroom XI)

    “Clinical Supply Chain" (ACHE Session 3) | 1.5 ACHE F2F Hours

    | Sponsored by Community Hospital Corporation | Presented by: South Florida Healthcare Executives Forum

    Moderator: Thomas McWilliams, Senior Director Strategic Sourcing at UAB Medicine

    Panelist: John Romer, Chief Financial Officer- Continental/ Far West/ Mountain Divisions HealthTrust Purchasing Group (HCA)
    Panelist: Ragan Manning, Senior Director of Resource Utilization in the Supply Chain at the University of Alabama Hospital
    Panelist: Karen Barrow, Associate Director, BRG | Prism Healthcare Panelist: Nick Burgess, Corporate Director, Supply Chain, CHC Community Hospitals

    10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Ballroom I)

    "Hospital Acquired Conditions" (ACHE Session 4) | 1.5 ACHE F2F Hours
    | Sponsored by CSuite Solutions | Presented by: Mississippi Healthcare Executives

    Moderator: Ruben Martinez-Raposo, M.E, MSHA, Syntelli Solutions

    Panelist: John Baddley, MD, Professor UAB Medicine and Chief, Infectious Diseases Section, Birmingham VA Medical Center
    Panelist: Alan Craig, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Baptist Health System Princeton Hospital
    Panelist: Cristie Upshaw Travis, CEO, Memphis Business Group on Health; Vice Chair, The Leapfrog Group

    12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    Networking Break

    12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Ballroom III)

    Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Chuck Stokes, President and CEO, Memorial Hermann | "Organizational Sustainability in the Journey from Fee-For-Service to Value-Based Care"
    | Sponsored by Guideway Care
    UAB Alumni Updates During Luncheon

    2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Ballroom XI)

    "Transitions of Care" (ACHE Session 5) | 1.5 ACHE F2F Hours
    | Sponsored by GMC Healthcare | Presented by: Arkansas Healthcare Executives Forum

    Moderator: Jamie Tinker Wade, Director of Outpatient Rehabilitation Services and Community Partnerships, UAB Medicine

    Panelist: Greg Johnson, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Sound Hospital Medicine
    Panelist: Brian Spraberry, Chief Administrative Officer, UAB Medicine
    Panelist: Barbara Stripling, Administrator, AHC Millennium

    2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Ballroom I)

    "Clinical and Professional Staff: Recruitment, Retention, Resilience" (ACHE Session 6) | 1.5 ACHE F2F Hours
    | Sponsored by WittKiefer | Presented by: Georgia Association of Healthcare Executives

    Moderator: Angela Henry, MBA, FACHE, Vice President - Jackson Physician Leadership, Jackson Physician Search

    Panelist: Troy Thibodeaux, FACHE, Regional President, Sound Physicians
    Panelist: David Rogers, MD, Chief Wellness Officer and Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs & Professional Development, UAB Medicine
    Panelist: Lisa Jasper, DNP, FACHE, Director of Advance Practitioners, Piedmont Healthcare
    Panelist: Terri Poe, DNP, RN, NE-BC, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President, UAB Hospital

    3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Exhibit Area)

    Student Poster Presentation & Networking

    4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Ballroom III)

    L.R. (Rush) Jordan Distinguished Lecture

    "Provider-Sponsored Health Plans: Is the Risk Worth the Reward?"

    | Sponsored by Lumeris
    Speaker: Cathy K. Eddy, Founder and Former President, Health Plan Alliance
    Speaker: Debbie Zimmerman, Chief Medical Officer, Lumeris

    5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (Exhibit Area)

    U.S. News and World Report #1 Celebration Kickoff

    6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (Topgolf Birmingham)

    #1 Celebration at Topgolf Birmingham | Sponsored by: HOAR Construction

    9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

    #1 Celebration After Party at Birmingham District Brewing

  • 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. (The Forum J-K)

    Breakfast and Roundtable Discussions
    | Sponsored by: WittKieffer

    Discussion Chair: Amanda Dorsey, Assistant Professor, UAB Graduate Programs in Health Informatics

    8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

    Networking Break

    8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. (The Forum)

    “Behavioral Healthcare" (ACHE Session 7) | 1.5 ACHE F2F Hours

    | Sponsored by CardConnect Partners | Presented by: ACHE of Central Florida

    Moderator: Cristie Upshaw Travis, CEO, Memphis Business Group on Health; Vice Chair, The Leapfrog Group

    Panelist: Arthur Willis, Section Chief of Training, Alabama Fire College and Paramedic
    Panelist: Bruce Burns, M.D., Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine, Princeton Baptist Medical Center
    Panelist: Mark Wilkerson, M.D., Corporate Medical Director, Bradford Health Services

    10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (The Forum J-K)

    Networking Break

    10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (The Forum)

    “Leadership Leading with the Heart and Mind" (ACHE Session 8) | 1.5 ACHE F2F Hours
    | Joint Session with Baldrige CEO Roundtables | Presented by: ACHE of North Florida Chapter

    Panelist: Callie Andrews, Senior Vice President and President, WellStar Cobb Hospital

    Panelist: Owen Bailey, Chief Executive Officer, Senior Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs, USA Health

    Panelist: Cynthia Barginere, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Rush University Hospital




    Attendees can earn up to 9 ACHE F2F Credits.