Breakthrough: Connect. Learn. Lead.

Breakthrough: Connect. Learn. Lead.

Feb. 27 & 28, 2020 | Grand Traverse Resort and Spa | Registration 

Breakthrough is an experience that inspires and mobilizes you to pursue real change. In 2020, healthcare executives, senior leaders and trustees will discuss healthcare transformation and the critical importance of health and well-being in achieving better outcomes and less cost.


Thursday, Feb. 27

Noon – 1 p.m.
Doors open & Registration

1 - 2 p.m.
Keynote session – A Survivor’s Guide to Trauma, presented by Shenandoah Chefalo

2 - 2:45 p.m.
The Complex Support Needs of Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorder

  • The role of trauma-informed care and its impact
  • Evidence-based interventions that reduce opioid addiction and abuse

2:45 - 3:15 p.m.

3:15 - 4 p.m.
The Emerging Movement for Healthier Communities

  • A Scheurer Thing: Better Health, Better Life
  • MidMichigan Health: Building Affinity within the Local Market

4 - 5 p.m.
Rock, Roll & Laugh Your Way to the Top, presented by Greg Schwem

5 p.m.

5 – 7 p.m.
Networking reception


Friday, Feb. 28

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Continental breakfast and MHA briefing

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Panel session and discussion
Healthcare in the Heartland: Transforming Rural Healthcare

  • Panelists include members of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, the Tennessee Hospital Association, and rural providers

10 - 10:30 a.m.

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Town Hall on Michigan’s Rural Healthcare Strategy

11:30 a.m.


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CEO Dinner

The CEO dinner allows CEOs the opportunity to informally discuss issues with Brian Peters, MHA CEO, and Sam R. Watson, senior vice president, MHA Field Engagement. Seating is limited and reservations will be secured on a first-come, first-served basis. The dinner will be held the evening prior to the conference, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 26, in the Aerie restaurant at the resort. Please RSVP no later than Feb. 12 to Erica Leyko at the MHA, indicating the CEO’s name and organization. Questions about the dinner can be directed to Erin Steward at the MHA.

Conference Specifics

MHA-member and Sponsor Registration Fees

On or before Jan. 31: $500 per person

After Jan. 31: $545 per person

Guest Fee: $75 per person

Registration and Confirmation: Registration is available online via the MHA Member Portal. Credit card payment is required to complete registration. Confirmation of your registration will be sent automatically via the MHA Member Portal. Contact Erica Leyko at (517) 323-3443 if you have not received confirmation or have any questions. 

Group Discount: Send a third member of your team to Breakthrough for free! For every two paid registrants from the same facility, a hospital may send a third team member at no cost (does not apply across hospitals in a system). If you are registering more than two people, please contact Erica Leyko at the MHA at (517) 323-3443.

Venue and Overnight Rooms: Lodging is available at a discounted rate at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa for this event. Overnight room rates of $124 for hotel guest rooms and $154 for tower guest rooms have been secured for MHA Breakthrough attendees (rooms are subject to state and local taxes and resort fee). Room rates can be honored before and after the conference, based on availability. Room reservations can be made on the resort's website. Enter code “MHA2020” on the “Book Here” button at the top of the homepage. You may also call (800) 968-7352 to make a reservation. Mention the code “MHA2020” to receive the discounted rate. After the cut-off date of Feb. 3, room reservations and rates will be confirmed based on availability.

Spouse/Guest Fee: Guests who are not employees, governing board members, or medical staff of registering organizations are welcome to attend the meeting and networking functions for $75.

Attendance Policy: Attendance at MHA Health Foundation conferences is open to MHA members, conference sponsors and invited guests only. Please contact Sam R. Watson, senior vice president, Field Engagement, with questions regarding membership. MHA name badges must be worn for admittance to all conference events. Breakthrough is funded entirely by registration fees and is not supported by MHA dues.

Cancellation Policy: Fifty percent of the registration fee will be credited to the card used for registration payment if notice is given by Feb. 18, 2020. No refund will be issued after this time. Registrants may send an alternate.

Winter Weather Policy: Very rarely has the MHA canceled a conference due to inclement weather, but severe weather conditions can prevent registrants from attending a conference. If the MHA conference is not canceled, it is our policy to offer a voucher worth 50 percent of the paid registration fee to those who submit a request in writing. The voucher can be used toward payment at a future MHA conference by the individual who could not attend.

Special Needs: If you have any special needs or concerns regarding program site access, dietary restrictions, or your participation in the program, call Erica Leyko at the MHA at (517) 323-3443. Inquiring in advance will enhance our ability to respond to your individual needs!

Conference Attire: Business casual dress is appropriate for the conference. Please dress in layers, as the room temperature may vary.

This event may be photographed, videotaped, or shared via social media or other promotional platforms. Your attendance will indicate your consent for the use of such images, video and written content about the event for educational and/or promotional purposes.

Register now for Breakthrough! Contact us for more information. 

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.


Platinum Sponsors

Alliance HNI logo

Coverys logo

MRPO - Helping Healthcare Get Better

Sound Physicians

Gold Sponsor

Novo Nordisk

Silver Sponsors


Kitch Attorneys & Counselors

Bronze Sponsor

MANA logo

MHA Service Corp

Thank you to our sponsors for their support of Breakthrough. Sponsorship opportunities are available until
Jan. 17, 2020. 

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