Doctors, nurses, administrators and health care professionals of all stripes will be filling the Little Rock Marriott this week for an annual gathering.
The Arkansas Hospital Association is hosting its annual meeting and trade show meeting, starting today and running through Friday, Oct. 5.
Registration will begin tomorrow at 9 a.m. in the Marriott lobby, and events will begin shortly thereafter. The first event will be a leadership workshop entitled “The Refreshing Leader” led by Kirk Wisler, which will be in Salon C from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Also on Wednesday, there will be a leadership luncheon, an Arkansas Health Executives Forum board meeting and an AHA board meeting with an AH nominating committee meeting. At the end of the day, there will be an AHA membership reception from 6-8 p.m.
One of the traditions of the AHA meeting is a health care reform breakfast, which will be held Thursday. Ken Kaufman will discuss legacy health care and how hospitals can adapt to disruption in the medical field.
Starting at 9:15 a.m., the AHA meeting will have its official opening session, followed by the keynote address.
Perhaps the biggest event during the AHA meeting will be the keynote address, which will be delivered by Carl Bernstein, one of the Washington Post reporters who broke the Watergate corruption story in the 1970s.
The AHA trade show will be held on Thursday from 1:15 to 4 p.m. at the Statehouse Convention Center in Governor’s Hall I-II. Over 100 exhibitors will be present at the trade shows to demonstrate services and products that health care systems can use.
An awards dinner will also be held Thursday evening. The AHA will hand out the Diamond Awards, which honor hospital public relations and marketing professionals, and the C. E. Melville Young Administrator of the Year Award. The recipient of the AHA’s highest honor, the A. Allen Weintraub Memorial Award, will also be recognized.
The 88thannual Arkansas Hospital Association will be held Wednesday, Oct. 3, through Friday, Oct. 5, at the Little Rock Marriott and Statehouse Convention Center.