Health Forum and the American Hospital Association
July 13-15, 2006
Hilton San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Phone: 800-821-2039

Quality Improvement: A Leadership and Performance Imperative

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA -- HEALTHCARE UPDATE NEWS SERVICE(TM) -- APRIL 18, 2006: The 2006 Leadership Summit is a annual management conference hosted by the American Hospital Association and Health Forum. It will attract more than 1,400 hospital and health care executives who want to explore the strategic business issues facing health care organizations. The focus of this year's Summit is on the leadership and performance actions required to achieve measurable quality improvement. Along with recognized keynote speakers, the Summit will feature six educational tracks that address the critical facets and drivers of quality.

Six Leadership Tracks
  • The Leadership and Governance Commitment to Quality
  • Quality as a Business and Financial Strategy
  • Advancing Patient-Centered Care
  • Engaging Clinicians in Quality Improvement
  • Creating the Systems and Culture for Quality
  • Information Technology for Performance Improvement

Among the highlights of the Summit are the award ceremonies that recognize and congratulate the most active and committed executives, project teams and organizations in the field. National awards such as The TRUST Award, the Circle of Life Awards, the Most Wired Awards, the AHA NOVA Awards, and others will be presented.


The Summit is for health care executives and leaders who have the desire, will and authority to lead their organizations to strategic and operational excellence. Attendees come from hospitals, health systems and allied health care provider organizations. They also come from the academic community, businesses that serve the health care market, consulting companies, and financial and legal firms that serve health care institutions. Past attendees have included:

  • C-title executives
  • Governing board members
  • Senior administrators
  • Department executives
  • Clinical department heads
  • Quality improvement leaders
  • Consultants
  • Business owners and senior excecutives
  • Attorneys
  • Payor company executives
  • Medical Group Practice executives

Carolyn M. Clancy, MD
Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Jim Collins
Author of Built to Last, Good to Great and Good to Great and the Social Sectors: Why Business Thinking is Not the Answer

James Conway
Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Senior Consultant, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Board Chair, Health Care Dimensions Hospice

David Gergen
Professor and Director, Center for Public Leadership, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and Editor-at-Large, U.S. News & World Report

Malcolm Gladwell
Author of best-selling titles: Blink and The Tipping Point

George C. Halvorson
Chairman and CEO, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals

Steve Mayfield
Senior Vice President, AHA Quality and Performance Improvement; Director, The AHA Quality Center

David B. Nash, MD, MBA
Dr. Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon Professor of Health Policy and Chairman, Department of Health Policy, Jefferson Medical College

Ann Rhoades
President, PeopleInk; former Vice President of the People Department for Southwest Airlines and former Executive Vice President of People for JetBlue Airways


Thursday, July 13, 2006
9:00 am - 6:00 pm Summit Registration
2:00 - 3:45 pm Summit Begins/ Opening Keynote
3:45 - 4:00 pm Break
4:00 - 5:15 pm Breakout Sessions
5:15 - 6:45 pm Welcoming Reception
Friday, July 14, 2006
7:00 am - 6:00 pm Summit Registration
7:00 - 8:15 am Continental breakfast
7:15 - 8:15 am Sunrise Sessions
8:30 - 10:00 am Keynote Presentation
10:00 - 10:30 am Break
10:30 am - 12:00 pm Keynote Presentation
12:00 - 2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 - 3:15 pm Breakout Sessions
3:15 - 3:45 pm Break
3:45 - 5:15 pm Keynote Presentation
6:15 - 8:15 pm Summit Gala Reception
Saturday, July 15, 2006
6:45 - 8:00 am Continental breakfast
7:00 - 8:00 am Sunrise Sessions
8:00 - 9:30 am Keynote Presentation
9:30 - 9:45 am Break
9:45 - 11:00 am Breakout sessions
11:00 am Summit closes
12:30 - 3:30 pm Post-Summit ACHE Executive Education Workshop


Price: $995
Registration Website:
Questions: 805-677-4296