International Healthcare Leadership Conference Comes to Texas Medical Center, Oct. 19-22

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The South East Texas Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives will host the International Conference on Healthcare Leadership in Houston for hospital and health system administrators and physician leaders.

Speakers are coming from as far away as France, Ivory Coast and China, and from coast to coast in the U.S. to share health care strategies. Patch Adams, M.D., will give the keynote on Monday at 8:00 a.m.

The Second International Conference on Healthcare Leadership will convene at the Texas Medical Center in Houston from Sunday, Oct. 19 through Wednesday, Oct. 22, presented by the South East Texas Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and the chapter’s Educational Foundation. Speakers are coming from as far away as France, Ivory Coast and China, and from coast to coast in the U.S. The opening keynote address, The Joy of Caring, will be given on Monday at 8:00 a.m. by Patch Adams, M.D., whose humanitarian work was popularized in the movie starring Robin Williams.

The International Healthcare Leadership Conference focuses on strategies for both public and private hospital leaders, including administrators and physicians, to manage effectively in the midst of rapid change. The three-day conference features expert panel sessions on topics such as the Affordable Care Act, healthcare disparities, effective leadership, global health care, high-reliability organizations, and collaboration opportunities. The exhibition hall will be open throughout the conference featuring information from conference sponsors.

The conference kicks off on Sunday with a networking session from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Educational sessions run from 9:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, and 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday.
Keynote luncheon speakers include: Florence Patenotte, PR and General Affairs director of the French Association of Hospital Executives, speaking on the Ungovernable Public Hospital on Monday; Arthur Garson, Jr., M.D., director of the Health Policy Institute at the Texas Medical Center, speaking on Diverse Populations and Healthcare Workforce Needs on Tuesday; and David C. Pate, M.D., CEO of St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, Idaho, speaking on Lessons in Leadership on Wednesday.

The conference will take place on the Texas Medical Center campus in the Rice Bioscience Research Collaborative Center, Main and University Streets, Houston, where on-site registration opens at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19 and continues on Monday, beginning at 7:00 a.m. Online registration has been extended through midnight Sunday at Registration for members of the ACHE is $495 and includes 12 hours of Face-2-Face Category 1 CEUs; non-member cost is $595. Student associate ACHE members may register for $295 and non-ACHE member students for $375.

Conference hosts are Michelle Riley-Brown, chapter president and president of Texas Children’s Hospital-West Campus, and Todd Caliva, president of the foundation and CEO of the West Houston Medical Center, an HCA hospital.

ACHE - South East Texas Chapter ( is one of the largest ACHE-affiliated chapters in the U.S., representing some 2,800 members, professional affiliates and health care administration graduate students from 29 counties in Texas. Its affiliated Educational Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) corporation, was incorporated in 2012 to support the educational needs of its regional members, and as a public charity, to perpetuate the Foundation's activities through contributions from the general public, local and regional health care systems, hospitals, and various vendors that are committed to improving the future delivery of health care. While the Foundation is an independent affiliate of the South East Texas Chapter of ACHE, it is not affiliated, in any way, with The American College of Healthcare Executives, an international professional society of more than 40,000 healthcare executives whose mission is "to advance their members and healthcare management excellence.”

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