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2017 Healthcare Leadership Conference, Friday, October 13, 2017



There is no “I” in TEAM: Navigating Toward a Culture of Cooperation and Accountability

3 hours of ACHE-approved CE credits  |  Proceeds benefit Health Administration Scholarships


Healthcare is the ultimate team sport. Medical care, patient education, counseling, and facility and equipment operation all rely on teams to create a prosperous healthcare system. Successful teams have agreed upon performance goals and hold each member mutually accountable for achieving those goals. Successful teams have members who trust each other’s motives, work to develop sustainable relationships, and foster communication. Mindfulness is one strategy that team members can develop and utilize to maintain positive working relationships. Mindfulness helps team members to maintain the clarity, awareness and emotional intelligence needed to develop a culture of cooperation and accountability within their organization.

THE ROBERT S. & MARILYN C. CURTIS KEYNOTE ADDRESS: “The Conference Catalyst,” Thom Singer, CSP


Mindful Leadership: Leading with Heart and Mind for Healthcare Leaders [89]

The use of mindful practices like meditation, introspection, and journaling have been shown to contribute to the success of leading organizations. Mindful practices support personal and professional growth by enabling leaders to gain focus, clarity, creativity, and compassion qualities which allow leaders to face the myriad demands and struggles of everyday work life. Healthcare leaders, in particular, deal with challenges and pressures that are unique to the healthcare climate. Practicing mindfulness can help healthcare executives more effectively deal with these challenges by teaching them how to approach each situation with focus and clarity to make important decisions, how to be creative and innovative in their approach to healthcare leadership, and how to be compassionate with others in times of turmoil.

Moderator: Sundar Balasubramanian, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, MUSC

Panelist: Beth Firebaugh, Strategic Communications Specialist, Benefitfocus

Panelist: Emilie Keene, Operations Executive, Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge

Panelist: Dana Mitchel, Nutrition Manager, Lowcountry Food Bank

Panelist: Sachin Patel, MSc, Research Instructor, Director of Technology Applications Center for Healthful Lifestyles (TACHL), MUSC


Managing for Morale – Effective Management Techniques to Retain Your Staff [3]

Staff retention continues to be a top priority for most healthcare executives. High rates of turnover and burnout coupled with staffing shortages make recruitment and retention increasingly important to healthcare systems. Managing an all-inclusive employee retention program can play a pivotal role in both gaining interest and sustaining employees, as well as reducing turnover and its related costs. Companies can employ active strategic retention plans to maintain employee satisfaction and focus, and to keep their employees productive and motivated. An organization's productivity and overall performance is dependent on its workforce, and by managing morale, healthcare executives can improve employee retention.

Moderator: Darrick Paul, MBA, MHA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Chief People Officer, MUSC Health

Panelist: Nicole Berard, Director of Talent, BoomTown

Panelist: Andrew Siddoway, MBA, MSL, Organizational Development Consultant, University of Utah Hospitals & Clinics

Panelist: Sandy Stoll, Licensed Health Care Administrator, Franke at Seaside


3:00 PM - 5:00 PM.  Light hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served.


Founders Hall at Charles Towne Landing Historic State Park, 1500 Old Towne Road
Charleston, SC 29407. 



General - $375

MUSC Alumni/Employee - $300

Student (ID Verification) - $75


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Please contact Leslie Anderson at 843-792-1042 or email for more information.







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