Schedule of Events

Wednesday, Feb. 12 - Pre-Conference

8 a.m.-6 p.m.

2 p.m.-5 p.m.
Rural Health Care Workshop*

*Additional registration fee applies.

Thursday, Feb. 13 - Main Conference Day 1

7 a.m.-7 p.m

7-8 a.m.
Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

8-9:30 a.m.
Opening General Session

THA President and CEO Speech
Ted Shaw, president and CEO, Texas Hospital Association, Austin

Making Mental Health Essential Health
Patrick J. Kennedy, former US Representative, pioneer in mental health policy and advocacy, and co-founder, One Mind for Research, New Jersey

Since his earliest days in public service, Patrick J. Kennedy believed that mental health should be a national priority. After 16 years in Congress, and countless bills passed, one stands out among the rest for the impact it has on the lives of all Americans – the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. This bill ensures that mental health is treated on-par with physical health, breaking down decades-old practices in the health care system that kept those two areas separate from one another, often with dire consequences.
Patrick J. Kennedy will discuss why mental health is critical to the overall health and wellbeing of all Americans, why the healthcare system needs to adapt to better accommodate mental healthcare, the underlying public policy imperatives of parity, and why we need to invest in innovation. Kennedy will also discuss his own journey toward mental health and recovery, and how he sees the world today.

9:30-10:15 a.m.
Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall and Bite-Size Education Session

10:15-11:15 a.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions

11:20 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Earl M. Collier Award Luncheon
We encourage all attendees, sponsors, representatives and guests to join us as we celebrate one of health care’s leaders. Enjoy the luncheon’s ample networking time and delicious food as you mix and mingle with executives and hospitals leaders throughout the state. Help us honor the recipient of the Earl M. Collier award over great food with great company and fellowship.

THA Chairman Speech
Chris Durovich, CEO, Children's Health, Dallas

12:45-1:45 p.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions

1:45-2:30 p.m.
Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall and Bite-Size Education Session

2:30-3:30 p.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions

3:35-5 p.m.
General Session — Texas Legislative Update
John Hawkins, senior vice president of government relations, Texas Hospital Association, Austin

5-6:30 p.m.
THA Reception

Friday, Feb. 14 - Main Conference Day 2

7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

7:30-8:30 a.m.
Horace Cardwell ACHE Affiliates Breakfast*
*Invitation only
Heather J. Rohan FACHE, president, HCA TriStar Division, Brentwood, Tennessee and chair, American Hospital Association, Chicago

7:30-8:30 a.m.
Sunrise Refreshments, Coffee and Bite-sized Education Sessions

8:30-9:30 a.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions

9:30-10 a.m.
Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall

10-11:30 a.m.
Closing Brunch: Political Debate

Donna Brazile, political strategist, former chair of the Democratic National Committee, and author, Washington, D.C.; and Karl Rove, political strategist, and former deputy chief of staff and senior advisor to President George W. Bush, Austin

AHA Update

Melinda L. Estes, M.D., chair-elect, American Hospital Association, Chicago

11:30 p.m.