NCHA 2019 Winter Meeting: ACHE Pre-Conference Session

February 19, 2019
2:00 PM - 6:15 PM
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Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley
4500 Marriott Drive
Raleigh, NC 27612
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What a turn out! 134 attendees across 4 locations. Thank you to all of our panelists, moderators, and chapter leaders and members from all 4 NC ACHE chapters for making this a memorable event and valuable educational and networking opportunity.





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  • Primary Location: Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley Hotel (4500 Marriott Drive, Raleigh, NC 27612)

  • Live Stream Location with Moderator: Hilton Garden Inn Jacksonville (1016 Jacksonville Parkway, Jacksonville, NC 28546); Erin Tallman, FACHE will be serving as our Jacksonville on-site moderator

  • Live Stream Location with Moderator: The Outer Banks Hospital (4800 S. Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959); Amy Montgomery, FACHE will be serving as our Nags Head on-site moderator

  • Live Stream Location with Moderator: Pfeiffer University (1515 Mockingbird Lane, Charlotte, NC 28209); Marque Macon, FACHE will be serving as our Charlotte on-site moderator


The North Carolina Chapters of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and the North Carolina Healthcare Association (NCHA) have partnered to bring you 2 panel discussions as an ACHE Pre-Conference Session in advance of the NCHA 2019 Winter Meeting.

Panel 1 – Leading through Mergers & Acquisitions

Panel 2 – Innovative Care Models in Times of Change

3.0 hours of ACHE Face-to-Face Education credits will be requested for this event.

Event Schedule:

1:30 - 2pm: Registration

2 - 2:15pm: Welcome & Regent Awards

2:15 - 3:45pm: Panel 1 - Leading through Mergers & Acquisitions

3:45 - 4:30pm: Networking Break (heavy hors d'oeuvres, beverage service)

4:30 - 6pm: Panel 2 - Innovative Care Models in Times of Change

6 - 6:15pm: Closing Remarks

For questions about this event please contact the Triangle Healthcare Executives' Forum of NC (THEF) at or Kathy Creech at


Panel 1: Leading through Mergers & Acquisitions

The only constant in life is change, and no industry has experienced more change and upheaval in recent years than the healthcare industry. Hospitals have been caught up in a sweeping trend of consolidation and there has been much debate about whether consolidation in the healthcare sector will help or hurt patients, with many arguing that fewer hospitals will result in higher prices and inferior care. Others argue the exact opposite. The forces driving change are varied, as are the approaches hospitals are taking to adapt. One of the clearest consequences of change is the recent surge in merger and acquisition activity. As a leader in the healthcare industry, executives must be prepared to lead their organization, their employees and community through this transition.


Dawne Peele, MBA, FACHE, Assistant Vice President of Ancillary Services & Executive Director Cancer Center, CarolinaEast Health System


Carol Lovin, MHSA, MN, Executive Vice President & System Chief of Staff at Atrium Health

John Jackson, MBA, President First Health Richmond Memorial Hospital

James Hoekstra, MD, FACEP, President, Wake Forest Baptist Health High Point Medical Center; Senior Vice President and Associate Dean, Clinical and Academic Network Development; Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine

Dana Weston, MHA, FACHE, President & CEO, UNC Rockingham Health Care


Panel 2: Innovative Care Models in Times of Change

The transition to new care delivery models and alternative payment models go hand-in-hand, and rely on effective payer-provider partnerships. This panel will explore the industry’s transition to value based care and discuss real world experience, successes and lessons learned.


Jody Fleming, Vice President, Strategic Partners, North Carolina Healthcare Association


Zeev Neuwirth, MD, MS, Senior Medical Director of Population Health, Atrium Health & Founder/Producer/Host of 'Creating a New Healthcare' Podcast Series

Troy Smith, MBA, Vice President, Healthcare Strategy and Payment Transformation at Blue Cross NC

Lisa P. Shock, MHS, PA-C, Vice President, Clinical Strategy & Operations, Value Based Services at Evolent

Mary F. Blackburn, RN, MSN, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President for Growth and Market Development at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital


Thank you to Novo Nordisk - Featured Sponsor for this Event.