2017 Annual Meeting

The most anticipated event of the year for many in the healthcare community, the MHA Annual Membership Meeting, is held on Mackinac Island each summer. Designed for the entire MHA family, the MHA Annual Membership Meeting provides the setting for healthcare leaders from across the state to learn, network and celebrate the accomplishments of Michigan hospitals.

The 2017 Annual Membership Meeting will focus on spearheading positive change in a time of disruption. Join us June 28-30 as we discuss the future of the ACA and Michigan leaders’ efforts to ensure continued access to benefits and safe, quality care for Michigan patients.

Event Overview

As the future of the ACA is discussed, the meaning of reform and the questions that arise must be considered. Michigan hospitals work every day to deliver quality care to the communities they serve, and the Annual Membership Meeting is your opportunity to collaborate and discuss innovative approaches to care.

“It literally is the one time where you have the entire hospital community for the state of Michigan in one place.

The event draws hundreds of healthcare executives from across the state to learn from each other and our speakers, who represent leaders from across the country.

We’ve just enjoyed it for many years, and it’s a great location, top-notch speakers and a great program.

The Annual Membership Meeting also features a unique combination of networking opportunities, professional development and fun for the whole family. From golf, to wine tours to a carnival, there is something for everyone during your time with us.

For me, this is more like coming to a family reunion than a business networking event.

See highlights from the 2016 Annual Membership meeting on Storify and in our photo album on Facebook. 

Schedule of Events

(Times are subject to change)

Wednesday, June 28

9 a.m.
     MHA Board of Trustees Meeting

10 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.
     Registration Welcome Area Open

3 - 4:30 p.m.
    Ice Cream Social

6 - 7 p.m.
    Cocktail Reception

6 - 10 p.m.
    Children’s Dinner and Parties (ages 3-14)

Thursday, June 29

7 - 8:15 a.m.
    ACHE Annual State Membership Meeting and Breakfast

7:30 - 11 a.m.
    Registration Welcome Area Open

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
    Spencer C. Johnson Health Policy Lecture

9 - 11:30 a.m.
    Children’s Programs (ages 3-14)

9:30 - 10:15 a.m.
     Call to Order: MHA House of Delegates (Members Only) and Awards Ceremony

9:30 - 11 a.m.
    Spouse/Guest Program

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
    General Session

11:30 a.m.
    Recess: MHA House of Delegates, Grand Buffet Luncheon

12:30 – 12:45 p.m.
     Links Fore Health Golf Tournament Begins (staggered start times)

1 - 2:30 p.m.
     Family Event

6 - 7 p.m.
     Cocktail Reception

6 - 10 p.m.
     Children’s Dinner and Parties (ages 3-14)

7 - 9 p.m.
     MHA Annual Banquet

9 - 10 p.m.
     Awards Reception

Friday, June 30

8:30 - 9:45 a.m.
    Government Relations Breakfast

10 - 10:15 a.m.
    Inaugural Remarks of the New Chair

10:15 - 11:15 a.m.
     Closing Session

11:15 a.m.

2017 Speakers

Redefining Boundaries
Spencer C. Johnson Health Policy Lecture • Thursday, June 29 • 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Glenn Steele, MD

The Geisinger Health System is widely cited by politicians, policymakers and health researchers as an outstanding example of a fully integrated health delivery model that provides better care while saving money. The system serves 3 million people of diverse ages, ethnicity and socioeconomic backgrounds who live in central, southcentral and northeastern Pennsylvania, and also in southern New Jersey at AtlantiCare. Over the years, Geisinger has instituted a flat fee for certain surgeries and procedures, including follow-up care; a physician-led and team-delivered approach to providing that care; and a sophisticated electronic health record system to coordinate care throughout its 12 hospital campuses and a 45-county network of primary care clinics.

How did Geisinger Health System achieve this remarkable success? Glenn Steele, MD, PhD, who served as president and chief executive officer at Geisinger Health System for nearly 15 years, will outline the passion and persistence that drove value and created excellence and explain how others can replicate its model for behavior and strategy

Healthcare: A Nation Divided, Many Challenges and No Simple Answers
General Session • Thursday, June 29 • 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Paul Keckley, PhDFor healthcare sector watchers, the hours-long confirmation hearing for Tom Price, MD, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services secretary, disclosed several themes likely to mark the new administration’s approach to its health policies, including each party contrasting the other’s message. The political debate surrounding the distinction between access and actual coverage, insurance affordability and subsidies, and increased versus reduced regulation will do little to help those who will be affected — providers, who were scarcely mentioned in the hearing; states, which will shoulder more of the responsibility for the new normal; and individuals newly insured through the Affordable Care Act, who are anxious.

Paul Keckley, PhD, managing editor of The Keckley Report, healthcare researcher and widely known industry expert, will discuss common themes emerging from the Republicans’ efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and outline congressional priorities relating to quality, affordability, access, value and cost.

The Buried Life: Six Steps to Crossing Anything off Your List
Closing Session • Friday, June 30 • 10:15 - 11:15 a.m.

Ben Nemtin

Like typical college students, Ben Nemtin and his friends Dave Lingwood, Duncan Penn and Jonnie Penn craved more excitement than what their daily lives offered. Unlike typical college students, the foursome committed to expanding outside of the monotony and to achieving items on their list of “100 things to do before you die,” including everything from riding a bull to helping to deliver a baby. Their quest also included helping a stranger with something on their list for every item the group accomplished. Since first venturing out in 2006 as The Buried Life, with a secondhand video camera and a rented RV, Nemtin and friends have inspired and helped people around the world to achieve their own goals.

What started out as a two-week journey to see how many items they could check off their list has become a popular TV show and an inspiring movement that encourages individuals to realize their dreams and help others in the process. With lessons learned from achieving his own goals and helping others with theirs, Nemtin will deliver a perspective that inspires you to dream big, accomplish objectives and identify ways to help others.

Spouse/Guest Program

Thursday, June 29 • 9:30 - 11 a.m.

Wine has been studied extensively over many years, resulting in impressive findings suggesting it may promote a longer lifespan, protect against certain cancers, improve mental health and provide benefits to the heart. If you are enthusiastic about wine, this program is for you! The Grand Hotel sommelier will discuss the basics of wine, introduce you to different varieties and help you identify your favorite; then you will blend your own bottle of wine to take with you. Class size is limited and registration will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

American College of Healthcare Executives Annual State Membership Meeting and Breakfast

Thursday, June 29 • 7 - 8:15 a.m.

Join American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) members and healthcare colleagues for an exclusive update from ACHE Gov. David Schreiner, FACHE. Schreiner will provide a brief overview of the dynamic healthcare environment, the ACHE’s strategic plan, how healthcare executives can lead and improve health for all, and examples of unique organizational journeys. You must be preregistered to attend this session. There is an additional fee. The MHA Health Foundation is authorized to award 1 hour of pre-approved Category II (non-ACHE) continuing education credit for this program toward advancement or recertification in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Participants in this program wishing to have the continuing education hours applied toward Category II credit should list their attendance when applying for advancement or recertification in ACHE.

Links Fore Health

Thursday, June 29 Link Fore Health

Proceeds from the Links Fore Health golf outing help underwrite the MHA Health Foundation and its Ludwig Community Benefit Award, which recognize the programs and services Michigan hospitals provide at low or no cost to improve the quality of health and life.

Learn About the Ludwig Award

Event Details:

  • Nine-hole scramble format
  • Staggered start times between 12:30 and 12:45 p.m.
  • Prizes in a variety of categories!
  • Back by popular demand — golf ball toss!

Children under age 18 must golf with a parent.

To register, complete the Links Fore Health portion of the registration form and include the outing fee with your registration materials. Register individually or in pairs, and we’ll assign you to a group of four. (Registration fee is less than market value and cannot be considered a charitable donation.)

Children’s Activities

June 28 - 29

Kids’ activities are designed to be age appropriate and are packed with entertainment, crafts, movies, food and fun!  Evening programs include a meal, activities, games and a movie. Day programs include activities and snacks.

Age group Wednesday 6 - 10 p.m. Thursday 9 - 11:30 a.m. Thursday 6 - 10 p.m.
Children’s Schedule and Activity
3-6 years Arts & crafts Outdoor games Moana party
7-10 years Pool party Fort Mackinac activities LED video wall games on the lawn
11-14 years LED Video wall games on the lawn Fort Mackinac activities Pool party



Children must be registered for the full meeting and all activities in which they wish to participate. Preregister online or with the form included with this brochure. If children are not registered prior to arrival on the Island, they may do so in the Welcome Area in the Grand Hotel on Wednesday and Thursday.

Note to parents: Dinner and refreshments are included with all evening events. Children not staying in the Grand Hotel must purchase a dinner ticket at the hotel’s front desk. Children ages 3-14 are appropriate for participation in the MHA children’s programs.

Travel and Onsite Details

Annual Meeting App

With the MHA’s mobile meeting app, you can get real-time information on your smart phone or tablet. This service is sponsored by the Michigan Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

2017 Annual Meeting App

Spouse/Guest Fee

Spouses and guests of paid registrants are invited to attend any or all of the general sessions. Guests include children ages 18 and older and others who are not employees, governing board members or medical staff of registering organizations.

All spouses and guests must pay the registration fee. You must be preregistered for the guest program.

Ferry Service

A special discount is available for the guest of the MHA to Mackinac Island via Shepler’s Ferry, the MHA’s preferred ferry service for the MHA Annual Meeting. Special Price of $19 per adult and $10 per child for round trip ticket only. Online Promotion Code: MHA2017.  Free Daily and Overnight parking is available. For more information, visit Shepler’s Ferry online or call (800) 828-6157.

The Mackinaw City Dock is located at 556 E. Central Avenue, Mackinaw City, MI 49701


Casual dress is encouraged during the day, with business or semiformal attire reserved for after 6 p.m. Children may be in casual dress if attending the MHA children’s programs.

Join the Conversation

Whether you are attending in-person or not, you can take part in the crucial conversations happening at the MHA Annual Membership Meeting among healthcare leaders in Michigan and beyond! Join or follow the conversation on social media using the hashtag #MHAannual. Be sure to also follow the MHA on social media for regular updates on MHA initiatives, meetings and conferences, as well as health policy updates, hospital stories and other health news.

Hotel Reservations

The MHA will not send a lodging form until a paid registration for the MHA Annual Membership Meeting is received and processed.

Important information about your lodging request:

  • A separate form must be submitted for each requested room. 
  • There will be no additional charge for children under 18 years of age who stay in the same room with their parents.
  • This includes breakfast and dinner each day of the stay, as well as the Grand Luncheon Buffet Thursday, June 29.
  • The regular adult rate applies when children occupy a room by themselves.
  • Additional people aged 18 and older are only $139 daily per person when sharing a room with two guests paying the full rate.
  • Accommodations are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, based on membership status. Delegates from Type I organizations receive first priority.
  • If you request more than one room, your request will be assigned based on availability.
  • All accommodations are in the Grand Hotel until the room block is filled.
  • There is no guarantee of lodging in the Grand Hotel.
  • Phone reservations will not be accepted.
  • In accordance with Michigan law, the Grand Hotel is a nonsmoking property.
  • All confirmations will be sent to you via U.S. mail from the Grand Hotel. Be sure to complete all address information on the form.
  • To reserve accommodations for this meeting, complete the hotel reservation form and return it to the Grand Hotel. All hotel reservations must be returned on or before May 26. Confirmation of lodging will be sent after June 1. Questions regarding room reservations for the annual meeting should be submitted to the Grand Hotel.
  • In the event the MHA room block at the Grand Hotel is exhausted, the MHA will assist registrants with accommodations at downtown Mackinac Island hotels that have contracted with the MHA and are able to accommodate the lodging requests
This event may be photographed and/or videotaped. Your attendance will indicate your consent for the use of such photographs or videotapes for educational and/or promotional purposes.

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