For more than 35 years, we have hosted 4,000+ healthcare leaders from around the world. CEOs, CNOs, CIOs, CFOs and other healthcare executives return every summer for this exclusive, intensive, yet relaxed gathering. You, and your management team, can exchange ideas with top decision makers; you can discuss best practices with those who have made a difference; you can discover innovative ways to improve your organization; and you can earn face-to-face ACHE credit hours.

"Connecting for Better Health" - November 6 - 8, 2019 - The Sheraton Birmingham Hotel

This year's theme is supported by a "Who's Who" of health care delivering keynotes or moderating and serving on panels. Click here to see our agenda and the full timeline for the three-day event.

ACHE Face-To-Face Credit Hours

As in the past, we will work with our partnering ACHE Chapters and will offer ACHE Face-to-Face Credit Hours so attendees can achieve and maintain their status in the American College of Healthcare Executives. We are scheduled to provide access to 9 hours of ACHE F2F credit this year.


This year’s Symposium changes the city (Birmingham) and changes the dates (Nov. 6-8), but keeps the same affordable pricing.

  • UAB Faculty Discount: Full conference only $550. One-day conference only $450.
  • Group Discount: Purchase four registrations, you receive a fifth registration at no charge.
  • Students: Only $150 for confirmed students.
  • Pre-Conference Workshop: Leading Together - Tools for Career Success, only $50, requires separate registration.

Wednesday Keynote Speaker: Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins Mr. Jenkins, a Senior Advisor with Sg2, he contributes in the areas of strategy and growth, which he previously led as senior vice president. He is an expert on health policy and the economy's impact on health care trends. He advises Sg2's clients on a broad array of strategic issues and provides editorial direction for the firm's intelligence and analytics. The topic of his keynote is "Disruptive Healthcare".

Thursday Keynote Speaker: Chuck Stokes

Chuck Stokes Mr. Stokes, member of UAB MSHA Class 17 and 2017 chair of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), joined Memorial Hermann Health System in 2008 as Chief Operating Officer and was named President and CEO of the System in June 2017. Prior to that, he served as President of North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Mr. Stokes’ leadership led both Memorial Hermann and North Mississippi to win the exclusive national Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award. The topic of his keynote is "Organizational Sustainability in the Journey from Fee-For-Service to Value-Based Care".

Thursday L.R. (Rush) Jordan Distinguished Lecture: Cathy K. Eddy and Debbie Zimmerman

Cathy Eddy Ms. Eddy is founder and former President of the Health Plan Alliance.

She is a current member of the Board of Trustees for both Health First Health Plan and the Health First Health System in Rockledge, Fla.

She serves on the advisory boards of Women Business Leaders and DST Healthcare and served on the Health Industry Council Board in Dallas

Cathy Eddy Dr. Zimmerman is the Chief Medical Officer at Lumeris where she is responsible for clients’ clinical initiatives as well as clinical content and analytics in the Lumeris Accountable Delivery System Platform (ADSP)®.

In her current role for the health plan, she is responsible for clinical quality, medical and pharmacy management and physician practice transformation.

The topic of their lecture is "Provider-Sponsored Health Plans: Is the Risk Worth the Reward?"

Friday C-Suite Panel: "Leadership Leading with the Heart and Mind"

Callie Andrews
Callie Andrews
Owen Bailey
Owen Bailey
Cynthia Barginere
Cynthia Barginere

Our three expert panelists are: Callie Andrews, Senior Vice President and President, WellStar Cobb Hospital; Owen Bailey, Chief Executive Officer, Senior Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs, USA Health; and Cynthia Barginere, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Rush University Hospital


We have two options for your stay in the Magic City: The Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, host of the Symposium, and The Westin, located next door. Each Marriott property has a block of discounted rooms available for attendees - the Sheraton is $112/night and the Westin is $162/night. These discounted rates are only good through October 15, 2019.