Celebrate 100 Years of Leading

June 26-28, 2019 | Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island | Registration

MHA 100 Years of Leading Healthcare

The Michigan Health & Hospital Association and its members are celebrating a century of service in 2019. While the MHA has stood side by side with hospitals since 1919 to improve health, healthcare itself has evolved. In the association’s early days, priorities were focused on aiding public health. In the 1950s, the MHA focused on advocacy, becoming the junkyard dog for funding and public policy. In the early 2000s, the MHA Keystone Center was a catalyst for safety and quality improvement. Today, the MHA does all these things and more, but what hasn’t changed is the commitment of the MHA and its members to improving people’s lives and their communities.

In the next 100 years, Michigan providers and the MHA will continue to be leaders in advancing the health of communities. What we learn and share at the MHA Annual Membership Meeting, and the actions we embrace, will help us be a lightning rod for change.

A special event will be held Wednesday evening to celebrate the last 100 years and how our members helped us become what we are today. The MHA team looks forward to commemorating the past and inspiring current and future generations of leaders!

Please join us in thanking the Centennial Celebration sponsors: 

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan logo Coverys logo
Grand Hotel logo Kitch Attorneys logo


Example of the 2019 Annual Meeting appDownload the Mobile App

With the MHA’s mobile app, you get real-time information on your smartphone or tablet. This service is sponsored by Priority Health. This timesaving and convenient tool can be accessed online or downloaded to mobile devices on the iTunes App Store and the Google App Store.

Thank You To Our Sponsors!

Circle of Honor

Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Care Network of Michigan Coverys Logo HPS logo
Novo Nordisk MHA Service Corp logo Michigan Professional Insurance Exchange


Platinum Sponsors

Coverys Logo MHA Service Corp logo
Michigan Professional Insurance Exchange  

Gold Sponsors

Advomas Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Care Network of Michigan Novo Nordisk

Schedule of Events

(Times are subject to change.)

Wednesday, June 26

9 a.m.
MHA Board of Trustees Meeting

10 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Registration Welcome Area Open

3 - 4:30 p.m.
Ice Cream Social

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Cocktail Reception

5:30 - 9 p.m.
Children’s Dinner and Parties (ages 5-14; please note new adjourn time)

9:30 - 10 p.m.
The MHA’s Centennial Celebration

Thursday, June 27

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 5-14)

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

1 - 3 p.m.
Family Event

6 - 7 p.m.
Cocktail Reception

6 - 9 p.m.
Children’s Dinner and Parties (ages 5-14; please note new adjourn time)

7 - 9 p.m.
MHA Annual Banquet

9 - 11 p.m.
Chairmen’s and Awards Reception

Friday, June 28

8:15 - 9 a.m.
General Session

9 - 9:15 a.m.
Inaugural Remarks of the New Chair

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
Closing Session

10:15 a.m.

2019 Speakers

Healthcare’s Digital Revolution: (Finally) A Time for Optimism
Spencer C. Johnson Health Policy Lecture • Thursday, June 27 • 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Robert WatcherHistory has shown that, while information technology ultimately reshapes every industry it touches, it doesn’t immediately deliver on its promised improvements in quality and productivity. This lag is known as the Productivity Paradox of IT. Healthcare leaders have witnessed our maddening version of the Productivity Paradox. Doctors and patients are no longer looking at each other and rates of physician burnout are skyrocketing due (in part) to technology burdens.

However, there is hope. Robert Wachter, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, will describe the process for reaching widespread digitization and realizing the massive potential of technology while ensuring that medicine is — and must remain — the most human of professions.

Unconventional Leadership
General Session • Thursday, June 27 • 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Nancy SchlichtingUnconventional leadership has aided Nancy Schlichting, former chief executive officer of Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, in turning around several organizations, winning the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award at Henry Ford, and creating a high-performing health system that is considered a model for organizations within healthcare and beyond. Unconventional leadership requires courage and willingness to commit to difficult change; but if embraced, it allows you to see tough situations for what they are and the right levers for making them better. Schlichting will share her path to becoming an innovator in a notoriously high-risk, fast-paced environment and convince you that, with the right vision, resiliency and tenacity, you can understand patients and colleagues at a much deeper level and continue to devise new and better models of healthcare.

2020 Focus on Healthcare
General Session • Friday, June 28 • 8:15 - 9 a.m. • (replacing the government relations breakfast)

Ron FournierRon Fournier is the former publisher and editor of Crain’s Detroit Business and now serves as president at Truscott Rossman, Lansing. Fournier began his career in Arkansas, covering then-governor Bill Clinton before moving to Washington in 1993, where he covered the White House and national politics for The Associated Press during the administrations of Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Fournier co-wrote the New York Times best-seller “Applebee’s America.” Fournier will discuss expectations for the 2020 election cycle, Michigan’s position as a battleground state and the role healthcare will play in the debate.

Making Peace with Life as Part of Dying
Closing Session • Friday, June 28 • 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Lucy KalanithiPaul Kalanithi, MD, author of When Breath Becomes Air, was a promising neurosurgeon, nearing the end of his residency training at Stanford University, when he learned of his terminal lung cancer and faced the question of how to make his remaining time as meaningful as possible. His wife, Lucy Kalanithi, MD, was his steadfast partner in this difficult process. Lucy said Paul wrote When Breath Becomes Air as a way of being an active participant in his illness, to reflect on his experience and to leave behind something of lasting value.

When a beloved spouse dies, we confront profound questions and mundane matters, which Dr. Lucy Kalanithi faces with both with grace and insight. This session will be a surprisingly hopeful — joyful — conversation about love and death.

Annual Meeting Activities

All spouses and guests must pay the registration fee to attend these events.

Fireworks over the Grand HotelThe MHA’s Centennial Celebration
Wednesday, June 26 • 9:30 - 10 p.m.

In 2019, the MHA is celebrating 100 years of leadership, advocacy, education, communication, and quality and safety improvement with our members, partners and communities. To commemorate the occasion, the MHA is hosting a centennial celebration on the front porch of the Grand Hotel. The celebration includes refreshments and a special program recognizing our accomplishments, the people who’ve led them, and our promise to continue to lead the way to healthier communities in the next 100 years. Children are welcome to celebrate in casual attire, while adults join in cocktail attire.

Annual Meeting Ice Cream socialIce Cream Social
Wednesday, June 26 • 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Join us on the front porch of the Grand Hotel from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday for this delicious treat in a setting enjoyed by generations old and young.

Cocktail Receptions

The cocktail receptions on the Grand Hotel’s famous front porch are a wonderful way to discuss relevant healthcare issues with colleagues and spend time with friends and family. The reception will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, an earlier time to accommodate the MHA Centennial Celebration at 9:30 p.m., and from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The Chairmen’s and Awards reception inside the hotel following the MHA annual banquet is a chance to honor the MHA Special Recognition and Meritorious Service Award winners and the outgoing and incoming MHA Board of Trustees chairs. The reception is from 9 to 11 p.m.

Spouse/Guest Program
Thursday, June 27 • 9:30 - 11 a.m.

Your phone is ringing, your boss wants to talk to you and your partner wants to know what’s for dinner. Stress and anxiety are everywhere. If they’re getting the best of you, you might want to hit the mat at this yoga class. Yoga is a mind-body practice that combines physical poses, controlled breathing, and meditation or relaxation. It is considered one of many types of complementary and integrative health approaches that may help you achieve peacefulness and manage stress and anxiety. The class is instructor-led and is for both new and more advanced yogis. Mats and refreshments will be provided. Class size is limited and registrations will be taken on first-come, first-served basis.

Annual Meeting outdoor family eventFamily Event
Thursday, June 27 • 1 - 3 p.m.

In celebration of the MHA’s 100 Year Anniversary, the family event will include more activities to entertain adults and children alike. An incredible lineup of games and inflatables continues to be a favorite for the children; in addition, this year includes a photo booth, a caricaturist, airbrush tattoos and more! An obstacle course and a favorite — the bungee jump — provide plenty of exercise. There’s something at the MHA family event for everyone!

Please note that the Links Fore Health golf outing will not be held this year due to activities surrounding the MHA’s 100 Year Anniversary.

American College of Healthcare Executives Annual State Membership Meeting and Breakfast

Thursday, June 27 • 7 - 8:15 a.m.

Join American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) members and healthcare colleagues to learn about ACHE’s journey of innovation. David A. Olson, FACHE, chief strategy officer, Froedtert Health, and immediate past chairman of ACHE, will discuss how ACHE is transforming itself to be the very best home for professional development, networking and career acceleration. 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.

House of Delegates Meeting Materials

The MHA House of Delegates will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, June 27 during the 2019 MHA Annual Membership Meeting. Meeting materials are available below and on the MHA Events mobile meeting app. 


2018 Proceedings

Nominations Slate

Proposed Bylaws Amendment

Amended and Restated Bylaws

Children's Activities

Annual Meeting children's activitiesWednesday and Thursday, June 26 and 27

When the end of June closes in, kids begin to daydream about what adventures are in store at the MHA Annual Meeting. But no matter if the event is laissez faire or hyper-active, the most important part is to get back on Mackinac Island, connect with old friends and make new ones, and have fun! The kids’ activities are designed to be age appropriate and are packed with activities, food and fun! Evening programs include a meal and activities. Please note changes to the age groups for children’s activities and the new adjourn time of 9 p.m. Day programs include activities and snacks.

Children’s Schedule and Activity

Age group Wednesday 5:30 - 9 p.m. Thursday 9 - 11:30 a.m. Thursday 6 - 9 p.m.
5-6 years Arts and crafts Outdoor games Arts and crafts
7-14 years Foot golf and visit to Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor Mini Medical School and science experiments Pool party



Preregistration for the full meeting and all activities in which children wish to participate is encouraged. To preregister, complete Step 3 of the registration form included with this brochure or online. 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 5-14 are appropriate for participation in the MHA children’s programs.

Baby-sitting Services

Baby-sitting arrangements for children who are not enrolled in the annual meeting children’s programs or are under the age of five can be made directly with the hotel as far ahead as possible to ensure availability of a sitter. There are per-child fees for this service.

Hotel Reservations


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 10 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 27.
  • The regular adult rate applies when children occupy a room by themselves.
  • When sharing a room with two guests paying the full rate, additional people ages 10-17 are $65 daily per person, and those 18 and older are $149 daily per person.
  • 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 24. 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.

Travel and On-site Details

Spouse/Guest Information

All spouses and guests must pay the registration fee to receive a nametag that permits entrance to receptions and events. This fee also includes attendance at 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.

Ferry Service

A special discount is available for the guests of the MHA to Mackinac Island via Shepler’s Ferry, the MHA’s preferred ferry service for the MHA Annual Membership Meeting. Attendees can enjoy the special price of $19 per adult and $10 per child for round-trip tickets only.

Online Promotions Code: MHA2019. For more information, contact Shepler’s Ferry at (800) 828-6157.

Overnight parking must be arranged upon arrival. All options are self-parking.

Mackinaw City (556 E. Central Ave., Mackinaw City, MI 48701): 

  • Day parking: Free
  • Standard Parking: $5/night (off-site, with free ground transportation to and from the dock)
  • Premium Parking: $25/night (on-site at the dock) 

St. Ignace (601 N. State St., St. Ignace, MI 49781): 

  • Day Parking: Free
  • Standard Parking: $5/night (on-site at the dock)


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 or the Centennial Celebration on Wednesday.


If you have questions about the 2019 MHA Annual Membership Meeting, email the MHA at annualmeeting@mha.org or call (888) 413-2118. Questions on room reservations for the meeting should be submitted to the Grand Hotel.


The MHA Annual Membership Meeting is a private membership meeting. Attendance is open to MHA members, meeting sponsors and invited guests of the MHA. Please contact Our Field Engagement office with questions regarding membership.

You can register for the MHA Annual Membership Meeting online via the MHA Member Portal. All registration materials and appropriate fees must be returned to the MHA on or before May 24. Credit card payment is required when registering online. For more information and assistance, contact us

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.

Thanks to Our Sponsors!

The generous and continued support of our corporate sponsors makes the MHA Annual Membership Meeting a valuable and productive event for both your personal and professional life. We’d like to thank these sponsors in advance of the meeting for generously responding to our request for support.


Anesthesia Associates of Ann Arbor

Behavioral Health Professionals

Delta Medical Systems

Hall Render logo

Honigman logo

HPS logo

Mindseeker logo

MPRO Helping Health Care Get Better

Priority Health


Apollo MD

Bodman Attorneys & Counselors


Michigan Association of Nurse Anesthetits


PNC Healthcare

Schumacher Clinical Partners

Sound Physicians


Additional sponsorship opportunities for the 2019 MHA Annual Membership Meeting are available through May 10. The MHA is also accepting sponsorship for the 100 Year Anniversary Centennial Celebration.

Learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

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