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2022 ICAHN Annual Conference


November 10
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
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I-Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign, IL
1900 South First Street
Champaign, IL United States
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The 2022 ICAHN Annual Conference will be held in-person for one-day-only on Thursday, November 10 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the I-Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. First Street, Champaign, IL. The theme is "The Story of Rural Health: Community and You." No refunds of the registration fee will be given after Friday, October 27, 2022.


ICAHN member hospital staff interested in submitting nominations, can do so by clicking the following links:
'4 Under 40' Award Nomination
IMPACT Award Nomination
Community Project Nomination

All nominations must be submitted to ICAHN by September 15, 2022. For more information, contact Liz Swanson at lswanson@icahn.org.


Exhibit set-up is slated for Wednesday, November 9 from 2 to 8 p.m. in Heritage Hall of the I-Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign. Booth numbers and important conference information will be included in the conference booklet (when it is made available).

Those wishing to send items to the I-Hotel in advance of the event are asked to address their materials in the following manner: I-Hotel and Conference Center, ICAHN Annual Conference-November 10-Booth #__, 1900 S. First Street, Champaign, IL 61820. You are also responsible for the return of your items as this is not the hotel's responsibility.

Regarding parking: Hotel guests should arrive to the I-Hotel at 1900 S. First Street. Other guests should enter the Illinois Conference Center parking lot off St. Mary’s Road behind the hotel. Enter through the north doors of the East wing. Registration is just inside.

Please note: The I-Hotel and Conference Center has a room block reserved for this event: This link will be made available soon, but in the meantime, those wishing to make room reservations are asked to call 217.819.5000 (instead of booking online). Ask for reservations and offer either of the following codes: ICAHN22 or ICAHN2022. They cannot accept ICAHN or ICAHN Conference as the appropriate code. You must use one of the two options.

  • ICAHN is authorized to award 5.0 hours of pre-approved ACHE Qualified 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 ACHE Qualified Education credit should indicate their attendance when submitting application to the American College of Healthcare Executives for advancement or recertification. Criteria for successful completion include attendance at the entire event and submission of a completed evaluation form. The evaluation form will be emailed to you after the conference. You will receive your certificate after you complete the evaluation. For more information, contact Kathy Fauble kfauble@icahn.org or Liz Swanson lswanson@icahn.org.

The full agenda includes:

  • 7:30 - 8:25 a.m. - Breakfast and Exhibit Visits (Heritage Hall)
  • 8:30 - 8:35 a.m. - Welcome - Pat Schou, ICAHN Executive Director, and Paul Skowron, Board President (Chancellor Ballroom)
  • 8:35-9:30 a.m. - "The Trust Edge" - Presented by David Horsager, MA, CSP, CPAE, CEO of the Trust Edge Leadership Institute, Trust Expert in Residence at High Point University, and Wall Street Journal best-selling author (Chancellor Ballroom) - Sponsored by Ameren Illinois Energy Savings Program
    Without trust, leaders and organizations fail, but with trust leaders get followed, the trusted suppliers get bought from, and the trusted business outperforms the competition. Through industry-leading research, The Trust Outlooks® and first-hand experience working with high-performing organizations around the world, David reveals how top leaders and organizations drive business results to become the most trusted in their industry. Mr. Horsager has advised leaders and delivered life-changing presentations on six continents, with audiences ranging everywhere from FedEx, Toyota, MIT, and global governments to the New York Yankees and the Department of Homeland Security.
  • 9:30 - 9:45 a.m. - "4 Under 40" and IMPACT Winners are announced (Chancellor Ballroom)
    - Introduction and award presentation to "4 Under 40" Winners (Banner sponsored by Integritas Physician Services)
    - Introduction, award, and video presentation for IMPACT Winners
  • 9:45 - 10:30 a.m. - Leadership Strategies for Healthcare Executives: Building Healthier Communities and Achieving Health Equity Through Engagement of Community Health Workers (CHWs) - Presented by Dr. Kenneth Campbell, DBe, MPH, MBA, MA, BaSc, BaPsyc
    As workforce shortages and overuse of Emergency Departments continue to increase and be a challenge for many healthcare organizations, Dr. Campbell will focus on addressing the needs of high-risk and/or at-risk populations, social determinants of health, readmissions, expanding access, and leveraging new care delivery models to manage cost and improve affordability through the use of Community Health Workers (CHWs). His presentation will take you into a world with a CHW-focus and provide population health solutions to increase patient adherence, improve health and wellness, and reduce risk and health disparities in needed communities. Dr. Campbell has been instrumental in leading efforts to create the first Community Health Worker State Certification Program, with a reimbursement option so healthcare organizations can deliver more meaningful and measurable results to improve communities in need.
  • 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. - Break and Exhibit Visits (Heritage Hall)
  • 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. - STL Communications' Exhibit (Honors)
  • 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Break-Out Sessions
  • - "Trust 2.0" - Presented by David Horsager, MA, CSP, CPAE, CEO of the Trust Edge Leadership Institute, Trust Expert in Residence at High Point University, and Wall Street Journal best-selling author (Lincoln)
    Take trust to the next level by diving deeper into four more pillars in the framework and gain the strategic advantage of being a trusted leader. During this interactive session, David will share the process for leaders to increase engagement and earn the trust of those they lead. Learn strategies like the LAWS of Compassion and the six keys to motivation!
  • - "How to Lead Your Providers" - Presented by Don Harkey, CEO, Founder, People Centric Consulting Group (Chancellor)
    One of the most important and challenging relationships in healthcare is the relationship between administration and the providers. Don will offer insight on how to get providers engaged and happy. People Centric helps organizations and their leaders to become the best versions of themselves through systems that support the creation of a strong culture. Don has a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and spent 10 years working for Fortune 500 companies (Archer Daniel Midland and 3M) before taking the leap into the world of management consulting.
  • - "Supply Chain Disruptions and Related Inflation: What Can You Do?" - Presented by Kyle Walter and Jeff Lawrence, Envisage Law (Loyalty)
  • - "Cybersecurity in an Environment that Changes by the Minute" - Presented by Jeff Bills, CTO/Partner, Cloud Proven Networks (Alma Mater)
    A panel of experts from around the industry will discuss healthcare organizations' cybersecurity challenges and how to actively reduce risks. Find out what steps a hospital with limited resources can take to protect itself in a rapidly evolving world of cyberattacks. Discover how cybercriminals bypass your security measures and learn how to mitigate overlooked vulnerabilities effectively and economically.
  • - "Rural Health Fellowship and Project Development" - Presented by Kathy Fauble, Director, ICAHN Professional Education Services (Technology)
    This breakout session is for all new Fellows and mentors who are participating in the ICAHN Rural Health Fellowship. Fellows from previous cohorts are also invited to meet and greet the new class.  Discussion will focus on project and team development and how to use the resources provided through the Fellowship.
  • - "Beyond Bake Sales and Raffles: All the Secrets You Need to Know to Make a Thoughtful and Successful Gift Request" - Presented by Penny Echternach, Associate Vice President, Hillary Lyons Associates (Quad)
    Hospitals are in constant need of critical resources to offer excellence in facilities, services, and technology for their patients. Philanthropy provides a unique revenue stream to help provide exceptional care that would not otherwise be afforded. This session provides practical and simple solutions to enhance any hospital philanthropy program, whether brand-new or seasoned.
  • 12:00 - 1:00 pm - Buffet Lunch and Exhibit Visits (Heritage Hall)
  • 1:00 - 1:45 p.m. - Break-Out Sessions
  • - "Care Coordination to Reduce Rehospitalizations" - Presented by Cheryl Adams, Sparta Community Hospital (Alma Mater)Creating a plan for transitioning a patient through the different levels of care will assist in reducing rehospitalizations and ED visits, thus impacting your hospital's stance in value-based purchasing. Utilizing home health transition is one way to make this happen. With 43 years of clinical nursing and healthcare executive experience, Cheryl discusses that all home health clinicians have the ability provide consistent care and support patients through personalized experiences. "I learned early on that we have the power to be a lifeline for patients in more ways than I could have imagined. Patients depend on us, and I can't think of a better place to fulfill the purpose of what got me into nursing in the first place: caring for people."
  • - "Adding New Service Lines to CAH Facilities" - Presented by Jim Easter, Founding Principal, Easter Healthcare Consulting, and Ada Bair, CEO, Memorial Hospital (Chancellor)
    Many communities are expanding their acute care service lines by adding programs that are complementary to changing market demands. The graying of America and the shifts in rural communities have challenged our hospitals to seek new service delivery programs. One of the growing needs is the delivery of oncology services, which can be offered at numerous levels of delivery. This presentation looks at options for adding oncology intervention, diagnosis, treatment, and post-treatment services. Early intervention, ambulatory care and short stay services, medical, infusion, and radiation therapy, and spiritual care will also be addressed.
  • - "StorySLAM: What is Your Rural Health Story" - Presented by multiple storytellers from our hospital membership, moderated by Liz Swanson, Assistant Director, Professional Education Services (Lincoln)
    ICAHN is hosting its first-ever "Story Slam," and we want you to be a part of it! Those interested in applying are asked to REGISTER HERE. A "Story Slam" is a live story-telling event where tellers or "slammers" have five minutes each to tell a true, personal story inspired by a selected theme. We are seeking nominations from individuals working in critical access hospitals who would be willing to tell their rural health stories. The story could be about your first job in rural health, patient care, or what may have inspired you to stay in rural health. These are just suggestions. The topics could be truly endless.
  • "Medicare Cost Report and Reimbursement" - Presented by Kevin Wellen, Director Reimbursement, CliftonLarsonAllen (Technology)
    This presentation will focus on the latest changes in Medicare cost reporting and how those changes may impact your critical access or small, rural hospital. Participants will be able to take these topics back to their facility to understand the operational and financial implications of these issues and why they are paramount to your financial success. We will also focus on the latest trends in Medicare and other hot topic reimbursement tips to provide ICAHN members with workable knowledge they can use to positively impact their facilities.
  • 2:00 - 2:15 p.m. - Announcement of the Community Project Award, President's Award, and Special Partner Awards (Chancellor Ballroom) - Video presentations
  • 2:15  - 3:10 p.m. -  "A View from the Hill: Rural Health Policy Updates" - Presented by Carrie Cochran-McClain, Chief Policy Officer, National Rural Health Association (Chancellor Ballroom)
    The National Rural Health Association will provide information on the state of healthcare in rural America from a policy standpoint. Participants will hear about the initiatives NRHA is focusing on to impact the provision of rural health, as well as have an opportunity provide input on future policy directions. Carrie is the head lobbyist for NRHA and is responsible for driving the policy agenda for rural health. She has more than 20 years of experience working in federal health policy development, including leadership roles at Health Management Associates, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.
  • 3:15 - 4:15 p.m. -  "Going Beyond Employee Engagement: Exploring Culture in the Future of Work" - Presented by Dr. Brad Shuck, Author, Tenured Professor at the University of Louisville, and Co-Founder of OrgVitals (Chancellor Ballroom)
    Few ideas have generated more excitement in recent years than employee engagement. Everyone wants more of it, yet, results often vary widely. What seems to be missing from the conversation is an understanding of the science behind engagement, as well as a deeper understanding around how the practice of engagement is so deeply connected to outcomes that matter every day, including belonging and purpose. Using the latest decision-science, you will learn to lean into and focus on uncovering the psychology of engagement in this session. Dr. Brad Shuck is an internationally recognized thought leader in the areas of employee engagement, leadership, and organizational culture. He holds four US Copyrights and one pending trademark for his research-driven, intellectual property on employee engagement and culture management. He work has been featured in Forbes, The Washington Post, and Time Magazine.
  • 4:15 p.m. - Final Prize Drawing ($200 first prize, $100 second prize, and $50 third prize) and Closing