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MHA’s 99th Annual Virtual Convention

Nov. 3-5, 2021  |  Online
Harnessing Change


Wednesday, Nov. 3

8:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Human Resources Education Sessions (Open to everyone) Learn more

Healthcare Associates Credit Union

9 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. MONL Annual Meeting and Conference — “Inspiring Nurse Leaders”(MONL members only) Learn more


10 – 11 a.m. Greater Heartland HFMA (HFMA members only) — Post-COVID Environment: Reexamining Strategies in a Changing Environment

This session will focus on the transition through the pandemic, key lessons learned and emerging themes health care providers are experiencing and should be aware of: consumerism, Biden administration influence on health care and strategy for alternative payment models.

11 a.m. to noon FRA Participants Meeting


Thursday, Nov. 4

7:30 – 8 a.m. Registration for main sessions/Partner engagement
8 – 8:10 a.m. Opening announcements — Jon Doolittle
8:10 – 8:13 a.m. APS logo
8:13 – 9 a.m.


Composing Your World

Why do some people just play notes they are handed while others write new music in the world? In his captivating presentation, violinist Kai Kight will tackle this question, perform original music and share the inspiring story of how he became an innovative composer in a field of conformity. This session will leave you feeling inspired to take your future into your own hands and bring your unique ideas forward.

Kai Kight
Kai Kight

Classical Violinist Turned Innovator, Composer & Entrepreneur

9 – 9:05 a.m. Announcements

9:05 – 10 a.m.


The Great Reassessment | What COVID-19 Will Mean for the World Now and in the Future

Whether the pandemic ends before Christmas or continues well into 2022, it cannot be understated how much it will have changed the world. From the way we’re now trying to continue our business operations, to the social realization of who and what are truly essential and valuable, to how we will relate to each other in the future, 2020 will be seen as the year that every previously held assumption was thrown up into the air. The challenge is to understand how it might land, what we can control, what we will have to wait for, and how to position ourselves to recover and prosper in the future.

World-renowned futurist and thought leader, Ben Hammersley, will address each of these subjects: the likely scenarios for a post-COVID-19 world, the things we can do today and in the upcoming months to prepare for it, and the skills and knowledge we can begin developing today to truly flourish.

Ben Hammersley
Ben Hammersley

International Strategic Forecaster, Contributing Editor to WIRED Magazine, Host of Netflix and BBC Television Series

10 – 10:45 a.m. Missouri Health Care Reactor Panel
Darren Bass, MSPT, DPT
President of Cox Monett Hospital and System Vice-President of the Community Hospital Group
Rural Panelist:
Angy Littrell, MBA, CPA
President & Chief Executive Officer, Fitzgibbon Hospital
Workforce Panelist:
Janelle Lee, MSN, R.N.
Vice President Human Resources and Organizational Development, Mosaic Health System
Telehealth Panelist:
Ashok Palagiri, M.D.
Vice President, Mercy Virtual Inpatient Services
Health Equity Panelist:
Jason Q. Purnell, Ph.D., MPH
Vice President, Community Health, BJC HealthCare
10:45 – 11 a.m. Presentation of the Visionary Leadership Award
Presentation of the Aim for Excellence Awards
Announcements, audience/partner engagement


11 – 11:45 a.m.


Using the Science of EQ to Stress-Proof You

Whether at work or at home, there is no doubt that Emotional Intelligence (EQ) has been one of the most heavily tested skills of 2021. Never has it been as important to demonstrate, and yet ― in the face of constant uncertainty, working virtually and on the heels of a global pandemic ― never has it been as difficult to practice, especially when feeling mentally and emotionally exhausted. Ross is going to help you change that.

Ross has studied stress and the influence of emotions on performance, leadership and burnout for more than a decade. Her research shows that EQ not only helps buffer stress, but also it instills a sense of vitality by amplifying one’s experience and expertise, helping people make good decisions in demanding situations, and creating the confidence to adapt to uncertainty. Perhaps most importantly, EQ is key to building strong connections to help you manage your energy both at work and at home.

Sara Ross
Sara Ross

Founder & Chief Vitality Officer at BrainAMPED, Emotional Intelligence & Leadership Speaker

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Announcements


Friday, Nov. 5

7:15 – 7:30 a.m. Registration for Annual Business Meeting
7:30 – 8 a.m. Annual Business Meeting — Todd Ahrens (member hospital CEOs only)
7:45 – 8:15 a.m. Registration for main sessions
Partner/audience engagement
8:15 – 8:20 a.m. Opening announcements

Healthcare Services Group

8:20 – 8:50 a.m. Executive Update — Jon Doolittle
8:50 – 9 a.m. Presentation of the Trustee Awards
Announcements, audience/partner engagement

9 – 9:50 a.m.


Under Construction: Rebuilding Hospital Culture with DEI in Mind

Renovating a structure that’s already standing remains more difficult than building from the ground up. Dr. Jenkins helps hospitals and companies stare down the challenges of changing corporate culture. He provides a blueprint toward rebuilding corporate culture, anchoring equitable engagement and decision-making. Dr. Jenkins helps plan, promote and preserve data-driven Diversity, Equity & Inclusion best practices. This powerful keynote converts DEI from corporate responsibility to corporate revenue.

Dr. Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins
Dr. Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins

Historian, Sociologist and Social Epidemiologist; One of America’s Emerging Voices on DEI

9:50 – 10:10 a.m. Presentation of the Distinguished Service Award

10:10 – 11:10 a.m.

BKD CPAs & Advisors


Why Health Care Leadership Matters

In health care, we lead and manage in a world of the perpetual whitewater of change. But effective change only can occur when leaders at every level of the organization, including clinicians at the bedside, understand not only the “how” but also the “why” guiding leadership. This inspirational talk gives practical examples of how leadership can give your organization a substantial and sustainable competitive advantage.

Dr. Thom Mayer, M.D., FACEP, FAAP, FACHE
Dr. Thom Mayer, M.D., FACEP, FAAP, FACHE

Medical Director for NFL Players Association, Disaster Leadership for the Pentagon on 9/11

11:10 – 11:30 a.m. MHA Board Chair remarks, 100th Anniversary announcement & closing — Todd Ahrens
11:30 a.m. to noon

12:30 – 2 p.m. Health Equity Committee Meeting (committee members only)
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