HR Healthcare 2017

August 14-August 15, 2017

Hilton La Jolla, San Diego, CA

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People Strategy to Power Innovative Healthcare

07:30 AM - 08:30 AM Breakfast & Registration

08:30 AM - 08:50 AM Welcome Remarks & Ice Breaker

Zainab Hayat, Program Director, HR Healthcare 2017
Welcome to HR Healthcare! We are committed to providing you the most interactive two days of learning and networking with the best from healthcare HR. In the spirit of interactivity (and a little friendly competition): in your long careers as HR managers, what is the worst (and for the purposes of this ice breaker, BEST!) interview you have sat through? Share your wildest interview stories and we will have the audience vote a winner for a prize!


Zainab Hayat

Program Director
HR Healthcare 2017


Tom Tonkin

Principal, Change Management and Transformation Thought Leadership & Advisory Services
Cornerstone OnDemand

9:05 AM - 9:30 AM Keynote: Proactive Talent Acquisition: Impact of Challenging Times and New Job Seeking Technologies on Your Talent Acquisition Efforts

Sebastien Girard, Vice President & Chief Workforce Officer, Parkland Health & Hospital System
With the increased pressures of a transforming healthcare landscape, patient satisfaction, federal regulation, and difficult labor market, is your organizational leadership focused enough on future employment market trends and their impact on talent acquisition?

Short-term microeconomics landscape and its impact on your workforce and talent acquisition
New job seeking technologies and how they will impact the employment market
Using strategic workforce planning to support your organization and be fully prepared for future trends


Sebastien Girard

Vice President & Chief Workforce Officer
Parkland Health & Hospital System

9:30 AM - 10:10 AM Workshop: Put Them to the Test: Assessing Candidates for Your Patient Needs

Shawn Ray, System Director, Nursing Talent Acquisition, BJC Health System
Hiring the right fit for your patient needs makes the next steps of developing, engaging, and retaining your talent far easier.

Understand if someone is a good cultural fit for your organization
Identify where training and development gaps are
Provide the candidate with a better idea of the role


Shawn Ray

System Director, Nursing Talent Acquisition
BJC Health System
As talent pools shrink, what are organizations doing to look outside conventional pools and:

Making your hospital and its location an attractive offer to non-locals?
Investing in the green talent at your educational institution partnerships?
Nurturing employee referrals for quality candidates


John Espinoza

Chief Human Resources Officer
University Medical Center of Southern Nevada

Ovell Barbee

Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Spectrum Health System

Natasha Milatovich

Regional Vice President, Human Performance, AH Southern CA Region
Adventist Health System

11:00 AM - 11:40 AM Morning Refreshment Break in the HR Hub

11:40 AM - 12:05 PM Keynote: Good Samaritan Society: Our Transformational Journey

Jan Ritter, Vice President, Workforce, Good Samaritan Society
HR leaders have heard the word “transformation” enough to make their ears ring. Internally, transformations are seen as the bright shiny object that we all chase. Externally, the war for talent is very real making it necessary for HR to change the way it operates.
Jan Ritter will describe what moved Good Samaritan to embark on a transformational journey. She will share:
• The foundation that was critical to start the journey
• The challenges she and her team addressed on the way
• Learnings from the journey and how to implement them in the future
Leave this session with the tools to consider charting your own transformational journey at your organization!


Jan Ritter

Vice President, Workforce
Good Samaritan Society

12:05 PM - 12:25 PM Case Study Interactive: Building Better Leaders at the Veterans Health Administration

Martin Pellum, Director, Talent Assessment, Healthcare Leadership Talent Institute, Department of Veterans Affairs
Learn how the nation’s largest healthcare provider is assessing talent for effective leaders at the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Marty Pellum will discuss how his team build the Healthcare Leadership Talent Institute at the VHA and then will hear your efforts at your organizations! Discuss:

Implementing a talent management process at the VHA
Designing and implementing a pilot assessment process
Moving forward and making it enterprise wide


Martin Pellum

Director, Talent Assessment, Healthcare Leadership Talent Institute
Department of Veterans Affairs
In Healthcare the pressure for capable leadership in a high skills and intensity workplace is incredibly urgent. Join your colleagues to discuss how organizations are:
Providing opportunities for professional growth to keep employees stimulated
Emphasizing mentorship and coaching efforts
Getting non-Millennial leadership to understand changing learning & development methods and needs


Nancy Averwater

Vice President, Human Resources and CHRO
Baptist Memorial Health Care

Sharon Lawrence

Vice President, Human Resources
NorthShore University Health System

Doris Savron

Executive Dean, College of Health Professions
University of Phoenix

Eric Humphrey

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Froedtert Health

General Attendee Lunch

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Lunch & Networking

General Session

2:15 PM - 3:05 PM Workshop: Winning Fresh Talent from Your College Partnerships

Jackie Hunter, Executive/Physician Leadership Recruiter, Banner Health
Is your organization doing enough to standout from competition and get the right talent when recruiting on campus?

Effectively marketing your programs to the right talent
Working with colleges in identifying opportunities to understand what challenges can be met
Educating and attracting talent at earlier stages of academic careers


Jackie Hunter

Executive/Physician Leadership Recruiter
Banner Health

General Session

3:05 PM - 3:45 PM Case Study Interactive: Contingency Model for Nurse Staffing Solutions

Patrick Baker, Former VP Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer, West Chester Hospital, UC Health & retired LTCOL USAF
When Patrick Baker came to UC Health's West Chester Hospital as Chief Nursing Officer, he brought with him what the military taught him about contingency planning. Patrick will share West Chester Hospital's contingency nurse staffing model which was named a 2015 Success Story Award winner by Press Ganey, received Healthgrades’ Outstanding Patient Experience Awards from 2012-2017 and Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence in 2016 & 2017. Why? – because West Chester Hospital:
Eliminated short-term staffing!
Improved nurse retention through nurturing leadership and corss-departmental relationships
Improved clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction


Patrick Baker

Former VP Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer
West Chester Hospital, UC Health & retired LTCOL USAF

HR Innovators Network

2:15 PM - 3:05 PM Session 1: The New Evolution of Organizational Transformation

Dave Caspers, VP, Organizational Transformation & People Experience, Banner Health
Dave Caspers at Banner has been focused on retooling his organization with strategically transforming leadership to be supremely focused on mission and patient care. Join David for a discussion on:
Working in digitally disruptive environments
HR's ability in supporting organizational change
Digital learning and sophisticated succession planning


Dave Caspers

VP, Organizational Transformation & People Experience
Banner Health

HR Innovators Network

3:05 PM - 3:45 PM Session 2: The Ticking Time-Bomb of Employee Care: What Real Benefits are We Providing

Lilicia Bailey, Chief Human Resources Officer, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Promoting a culture of prioritizing both mental and physical wellness
Providing effective, enterprise-wide health services
Educating managers to spot employee needs


Lilicia Bailey

Chief Human Resources Officer
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

3:45 PM - 4:25 PM Afternoon Refreshment Break in the HR Hub

Join 10-15 of your peers and the roundtable leader to share your challenges and brainstorm solutions in front of mind topics. One hour, two topics: Dedicate 30 minutes to one topic and then rotate to tackle another topic.

1.Inside the Heads of Healthcare Job Seekers: Candidate Preferences and Motivators
Sara McCarville, Director, Healthcare Business Development,ManpowerGroup Solutions
Abbey Sprague, Director, Program Delivery, ManpowerGroup Solutions

2.Smoothing Compliance Concerns to Move Forward
Cherish Chong, Director, ESG Healthcare,ZeroChaos

3.The Future of Work: How HR, Employees and the C-Suite View Are Adapting to a Rapidly Changing Workplace in Healthcare
Denise LaForte, Partner, North American HR Transformation Leader, Mercer
Dan Lezotte, Principal, Workforce Strategy and Analytics, Mercer

4.Benchmarking Your Current Employees to Hire the Right Talent

To lead a roundtable, contact sponsorship manager Alex Brooks at or 646-200-7483.


Sara McCarville

Director, Healthcare Business Development
ManpowerGroup Solutions

Abbey Sprague

Director, Program Delivery
ManpowerGroup Solutions

Cherish Chong

Director, ESG Healthcare

Denise LaForte

Partner, North American HR Transformation Leader

Dan Lezotte

Principal, Workforce Strategy and Analytics

HR Innovators Network

4:25 PM - 5:25 PM Session 3: Wine & Learn: Topics du Jour Tasting

Take this hour to pick your colleagues’ brains on pressing topics of the day that we haven’t yet covered – with a glass of wine at hand!

To host this session, contact sponsorship manager Alex Brooks at or 646-200-7483.

5:25 PM - 6:25 PM HR Healthcare Fiesta

After your whirlwind day of people strategy discussions, you deserve a drink. Join your fellow attendees for some margaritas and Mexicali bites!

6:25 PM - 6:25 PM End of Day One