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At the Future of Staffing Virtual Briefing, healthcare executives will convene to discuss forward-looking solutions to staffing challenges related to clinician shortages, burnout and the recent Great Resignation.


Industry leaders and solution providers will share insights and strategies to improve recruitment, retention and engagement; ensure manageable workloads; and utilize staff more efficiently.


Healthcare leaders can attend this one-day virtual event at no cost. Registrants get the benefit of attending the “live” event as well as access to the recording for up to 90 days.


All times are listed in Central Time Zone

Agenda subject to change

9:00 - 9:05 AM

Opening Comments from the Publisher

Fawn Lopez, Publisher. Modern Healthcare and Vice President, Crain Communications

9:05 - 9:35 AM

Opening Keynote

Built for Breakthroughs: Staffing Strategies From Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia


Madeline Bell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
Calvin U. Allen, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
Paula Agosto, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)

While it’s tempting to continue to dwell on the staffing challenges facing our industry, it’s time for action. Join Madeline Bell, president and chief executive officer of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), as she holds a panel discussion on initiatives CHOP is leading to recruit, retain and develop top talent. Madeline will interview Calvin Allen, executive vice president and chief human resources officer, and Paula Agosto, senior vice president and chief nursing officer, to provide both an enterprise-wide and a frontline view of CHOP’s innovative approach to pediatric healthcare staffing, which is centered on the idea that having a motivated, safe and healthy workforce is key to advancing the hospital’s mission.

9:35 - 10:35 AM

Social Equity Opportunities for Solving Healthcare Staffing Shortages


Aamer Mumtaz, Senior Vice President, Growth and Operations, ShiftMed

Craig Ahrens, Co-Founder, Center for Health Workforce Innovation and Technology
John Ceelen, Senior Vice President, Finance, Banner Health

The pandemic exposed vulnerabilities in the healthcare industry. Two years and over a million deaths later, frontline staff continue to bear the brunt of the crisis, resulting in burnout and significant disruption to many hospitals and other healthcare systems. A workforce marketplace ecosystem focused on flexibility, retention and engagement is the solution to this problem. It offers a path away from staffing agencies and traveler contract dependency to a balanced, stable, cost-efficient ecosystem enabled by marketplace technology. Reliance on legacy travel nursing models was an expensive short-term fix, but it does not mean that we cast aside the notion of a contracted workforce, as long as it is cost-efficient and balanced with full-time resources in an ecosystem.

10:35 - 11:35 AM

COVID Forced Us to Rethink Staffing: Here's What We Learned


Elaina Hall, Chief Quality Officer, SnapNurse
Jeff Richards, Interim Chief Executive Officer, SnapNurse

The mismatch of supply and demand for nurses was growing steadily prior to the pandemic. When COVID-19 hit, that mismatch became exponential with many nurses leaving the bedside, retiring early or dropping out of the workforce due to burnout. The #1 cited reason is a desire for flexibility and more control over their work schedule. In this session, experts will discuss how flexibility is best addressed by using a technology platform to improve management of internal and external float pools, while enabling facilities to fill their empty shifts.

11:35 AM - 12:30 PM

Solutions to Address Staffing Challenges and the Workforce of the Future


Steve Eck, Senior Content Strategist, Modern Healthcare


Tony Briningstool, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, American Physician Partners

Michael Foster, Executive Vice President, Staffing Operations, SCP Health

Daniel Siegel, Chief Executive Officer, Synergy Health Partners

Larry Punteney, Regional Vice President, Business Development Managed Services, AMN Healthcare

Acquiring and retaining a robust workforce has always been a costly challenge for health systems, but the pandemic further exacerbated the issue. Shortages of nurses and other essential frontline caregivers are still making headlines. At the same time, burnout and exhaustion are at sky-high levels among clinicians, impacting patient outcomes and retention rates. In this panel, industry experts will share strategies for attracting the coveted frontline caregivers to their organizations, addressing burnout among and tackling retention challenges.

12:30 - 12:45 PM

Afternoon Break

12:45 - 1:05 PM

Afternoon Keynote: Cedars-Sinai Strategies to Recruit, Engage, and Retain Quality Nurses

Anita Girard, DNP, Chief Nursing Officer, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

As the Nurse job market changes and evolves, Hospitals need to be ready to meet the needs of this growing and diverse workforce. Chief Nursing Officer & Vice President, Dr. Anita Girard, shares the varied and specific strategies employed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to recruit, retain, and engage Nurses through recent years. She discusses the vision behind revamping Nursing Shared Governance into a new Nursing Shared Leadership Council which creates a space for Clinical and Management Accountabilities to converge ultimately leading to shared decision-making, trust and engagement throughout the Nursing workforce. Dr. Girard also highlights key recruitment and retention activities that emphasize culture, compensation, community, and safety at Cedars-Sinai.

1:05 - 1:30 PM

Overcoming Nurse Turnover: How Untapped Local Talent Can Help Increase Retention in an Ever-Challenging Labor Market


Amanda Duke, Chief Growth Officer, CareRev
Deborah Visconi, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bergen New Bridge Medical Center


Nurses today are struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Between a workforce nearing retirement and increased levels of burnout, facilities need to act now before too many nurses succumb to the strain of the current healthcare system. By creating a local, per diem pipeline, healthcare facilities can help alleviate many of the issues that create burnout and shortages. Key takeaways from the session will be:

• Understand the needs of modern nurses and how their deserved demands impact the labor market.

• Discover how to best support nursing professionals to circumvent high turnover and increase retention rates.

• Learn how technology-enabled workforce solutions have evolved the business of healthcare staffing.

1:30 - 2:25 PM

Kick Down the Door: Accelerating Solutions to Clinician Burnout


Stef Simmons, MD, Vice President, Clinician Engagement, Envision Physician Services

Tricia Brady, MD, Senior Vice President and Regional Chief Clinical Officer, Anesthesia, Envision Physician Services
Travis Mellon, DO, Associate Site Director, Wellness Champion Program Director and West Operating Group Lead Coach, Envision Physician Services

Studies indicate that at any one time, around 50% of clinicians are experiencing burnout. Clinician burnout isn’t a novel issue. However, it is one that recent events, including the nation’s COVID-19 response, have thrust into the spotlight. We know that burnout affects care quality, impacts the relationship between clinicians and patients and makes care less accessible by reducing the pool of active clinicians. We also know that burnout is a systems issue—one which will take interventions at all levels to address. Hear from three leaders at Envision Physician Services about the problem as they see it and what leaders across the nation can do to accelerate the implementation of known solutions and the development of new ones.

2:25 - 2:50 PM

The Talent Tipping Point: Why Healthcare's Future Depends on Collaboration and Flexibility 


Angie Stewart, Content Strategist, Modern Healthcare and Digital Health Business & Technology
Bart Valdez, Chief Executive Officer, Ingenovis Health

Clinicians are leaving the healthcare field in droves, while hospitals and health systems evaluate what the new normal means after two-plus years battling COVID-19. This "fireside chat"-style session will explore approaches to help retain current healthcare professionals and attract new talent to the field, while prioritizing strategies to combat burnout and ensure mental wellness is always top of mind.

2:50 - 3:10 PM

Closing Keynote: The Critical Role of Well-Being and Equity to Enhance Tomorrow’s Workforce

Jonathan Perlin, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Joint Commission

The staffing shortage can be thought of as a three-way collision pitting the interests of the patient, the community and healthcare workers against each other. Patients deserve safe, high-quality care; communities need a full range of health services; and healthcare workers deserve a healthy work environment. Now is the time to advance from the “Triple Aim” of healthcare (health, care and cost) to the “Quintuple Aim” of healthcare, which adds the health and well-being of care providers and equity to the framework.

3:10 - 3:15 PM

Closing Comments from the Publisher

Fawn Lopez, Publisher. Modern Healthcare and Vice President, Crain Communications

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