Champlain College HealthCare Leadership Summit Offers Providers a ‘Think Tank’ Experience for Next-Step Solutions

HealthCare Leadership Summit 2014

UPDATE: 4/21/14:  The Healthcare Leadership Summit has been postponed and will be rescheduled for May 2015. To get the latest updates on the conference, please visit

Now that the Affordable Care Act has been signed into law, 2014 is shaping up to be a transformative one in the evolution of how Americans deliver, consume and pay for healthcare. To address those changes and begin looking at next steps, Champlain College is hosting the HealthCare Leadership Summit 2014 on May 5-7.

Organizers say this will be a collaborative experience designed to generate meaningful conversations among medical practitioners, service providers, business owners and patient advocates. Participants will deepen their understanding of the complex and changing landscape of healthcare by sharing unique perspectives and creative ideas.

Howard DeanDr. Howard Dean — a six-term Vermont Governor from 1991-2003; former presidential candidate in 2004; and the Democratic National Committee Chairman from 2005-2009 — is the keynote speaker on Monday evening's opening session. Dean currently works as an independent consultant focusing on the areas of health care, early childhood development, alternative energy and the expansion of grassroots politics around the world. He serves as a CNBC contributor and is the founder of Democracy for America.

The conference attendees are expected to include medical center executives, physician/administrators, private practice physicians, representatives from the fields of holistic medicine, legislative policy-makers, patient and wellness advocates, business owners, human resource specialists, insurance and information system professionals, healthcare industry vendors and service providers.

The Summit will look at next steps in the healthcare debate such as: "How can we navigate the challenges we face at the intersection of quality, cost, access, payment models, information systems and — ultimately — the patient experience?" Organizers promise the Summit will feature a range of thought leaders chosen to introduce diverse and stimulating ideas to and provide opportunities to focus on practical outcomes for attendees, whatever their role in the healthcare system may be.

The conference is also part of the Champlain College Master of Science in Health Care Administration online graduate program's residency requirement. The program, directed by Michael D. Zemany, gives graduate students the opportunities to spend time on campus, meet faculty and build connections with other graduate students and leaders in the field.

John Henning Schumann

The general session address on Tuesday will be from Dr. John Henning Schumann, the Gussman/Adelson Chair in Internal Medicine at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine where he is also Vice Chair for Education and Residency Program Director. He authors the blog Glass Hospital and is a frequent contributor to NPR's Shots.

"We'll leverage the ‘wisdom of the crowd' by conducting creative and collaborative strategy sessions, working in teams to help address challenges and to identify opportunities participants can pursue when they return to work," explained Peter Straube, strategic events producer for Champlain College.

"Our primary focus will be on facilitating meaningful discussions to identify issues, implications, opportunities and workable solutions for all attendees. To ensure a highly-interactive conference experience, a limited number of registrations are available," he noted.

Among the topics to be discussed at HealthCare Summit 2014:

  • Optimizing relationships between providers, payers and purchasers
  • High-value healthcare: increased quality and affordability
  • New delivery models: cross-industry partnerships
  • Physician/hospital collaboration and integration
  • ACOs at one year: Accountable care and new payment and coordination methodologies
  • Population health improvement strategies: risk management, coordinated care, patient-centered medical homes
  • Role of IT in patient outcomes and operational efficiencies
  • Leveraging big data
  • Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative and its impact
  • Supply chain and materials management impacts upon operations
  • Team-based delivery strategies
  • Workforce considerations: inter-generational strategies

Champlain College's HealthCare Leadership Summit 2014 is supported by Fletcher Allen Health Care and the Champlain College Center for Professional and Executive Development.


Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit