Healthcare Collaborative

Upcoming Event

Sustainability and Leadership During Uncertain Times

November 1 | 8 a.m.–12 p.m. CT

Disruptions in healthcare have now become endemic. From a once in a lifetime enduring pandemic, and economic uncertainty, to political and cultural divide, workforce shortage issues coupled with disruption in healthcare require leadership attention, strategies, and action.

Through participation in this program you’ll learn:

  • How to lead in a world where competing pressure points each require attention
  • How to provide direction in a time of seemingly endless disruption and crises

Registration is now closed.

Members: $75 / Non-Members: $99


Event Schedule 
November 1
8–9 a.m. Registration & Networking Breakfast
9–9:10 a.m. Welcome & Introductory Remarks
Artesha Moore, FASAE, CAE, President & CEO, Association Forum;

Laurie McGraw, Healthcare Collaborative Co-Chair, Board Member, and Venture Advisor for Augmedix, MedAvail, OhMD, and HLM Ventures
9:15–9:45 a.m. Keynote Address with Q&A
Disruption is the Igniter of Transformation

Mary Grealy, President, Healthcare Leadership Council
Look at how the U.S. healthcare system's most difficult challenges can be the springboards for beneficial change. Attendees will come away with an understanding of initiatives in critical fields like disaster preparedness and health equity and the critical importance of visionary leadership and private-public collaboration.
10:10 –10:40 a.m. Fireside Chat
Physician Leadership in Uncertain Times

Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld, President-Elect, AMA, and Laurie McGraw, Healthcare Collaborative Co-Chair
Dr. Ehrenfeld will explore the current and future state of the U.S. Health Care System, what patients and physicians need in the post-pandemic era, and highlight what’s at stake as AI and new technologies promise to radically transform care delivery.
11:00–11:15 a.m. Break
11:20–11:55 a.m. Board Governance 
Working Effectively with Your Board During Challenging Times

Pam Knecht, President & CEO, ACCORD Limited
During periods of uncertainty and transformation, it is critical that the board and its executives function as partners while respecting the governance-management distinction. Participants in this interactive session will explore common governance challenges and opportunities such as boardroom dynamics, board composition, and board involvement in the strategy.

Learner Outcomes:
  1. How to foster a healthy board culture and an effective relationship with staff.
  2. How to increase the likelihood that the board has the right skills, competencies, diversity, and perspectives to provide oversight in complex times.
  3. How to improve the board’s ability to engage in strategic and innovative discussions.
11:55 a.m.–12 noon Closing Remarks
Linda Caradine-Poinsett, PhD, MJ, MBA, Healthcare Collaborative Co-Chair

Registration is now closed. 

Members: $75 / Non-Members: $99

Event Details
November 1
8 a.m.–12 p.m. CT
AHIMA Headquarters
233 N. Michigan Ave, 21st Floor 
Chicago, IL 60601

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About the Speakers

Laurie McGraw

Laurie McGraw
Senior Vice President, Health Solutions, and President, AMA Innovations, Healthcare Collaborative Co-Chair

C-level trend-shaper at the intersection of technology and healthcare, Laurie McGraw leads executives, investors, founders , and Boards in propelling the future of healthcare through innovation across the sector. Laurie currently leads the American Medical Association (AMA) in simultaneous roles. As Senior Vice President of Health Solutions, she drives the unit that provides AMA’s data solutions used for innovation and standard-setting across the entire healthcare industry. As the leader of the AMA’s innovation arm, she convenes leaders from Silicon Valley and across the nation to foster cross-industry innovation that will drive the future of medicine and improve the health of the nation.   

Recently appointed as Executive Advisor to HLM Venture Partners, tapped to evaluate, advise and recommend growth and investment strategies for the firm’s portfolio companies. In tandem with her leadership at the AMA, McGraw has served on numerous advisory committees and advisory/board roles. She was named one of Crain’s Notable Women Executives for 2020 and to the Forbes Technology Council in 2021. A longtime advocate for women, she launched and hosts the Inspiring Women with Laurie McGraw podcast to provide insights for women seeking to make a positive impact in the world. McGraw is a graduate of Brown University, where she earned an Sc.B. in cognitive science. She is also a passionate outdoor enthusiast who served on the Yellowstone Park Foundation’s Advisory Board for many years. She currently resides in Colorado.  

Linda Caradine-Poinsett

Linda Caradine-Poinsett, PhD, MJ, MBA
CEO and Executive Vice President, IREM® (Institute of Real Estate Management), Healthcare Collaborative Co-Chair

Linda Caradine-Poinsett, PhD, MJ, MBA is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of IREM. She leads a team of dynamic association professional dedicated to serving almost 20,000 individual IREM members and more than 550 member firms across
the U.S. and around the world.

Linda has more than 20 years of leadership experience in association management and non-profit organizations. She is a results-oriented servant leader who takes an inclusive, team-based approach to achieving organizational objectives. Prior to joining IREM, Linda
served as the CEO for the American College of Prosthodontists and American College of Prosthodontists Education Foundation. She’s also held leadership positions at the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, College of American Pathologists, Boys & Girls
Clubs of America, American Bar Association, and Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists.

Caradine-Poinsett holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership, an M.J. with an emphasis in Health Law, an M.B.A. with an emphasis in Finance, and a B.S. in Healthcare Administration. Linda was recognized with a Women of Excellence Award from the Chicago Defender (2021); REACH Award from National Louis University (2018); and a Women in Business Entrepreneur Award (Chicago). She also volunteers as a Board Member
with A Silver Lining Foundation and as an Advisory Board Member for Southside Help Center.

Mary Grealy

Mary Grealy
President, Healthcare Leadership Council

Mary Grealy is president of the Healthcare Leadership Council, a coalition of chief executives of the nation’s leading healthcare companies and organizations. The HLC advocates consumer-centered health care reform, emphasizing the value of private sector innovation. It is the only health policy advocacy group that represents all sectors of the healthcare industry. She was appointed to the position in August 1999. She previously served as Washington Counsel for the American Hospital Association and was Chief Operating Officer and Executive Counsel for the Federation of American Hospitals.

Ms. Grealy has an extensive background in healthcare policy. She has led important initiatives on the uninsured, improving patient safety and quality, protecting the privacy of patient medical information, and reforming the medical liability laws. She testifies frequently before Congress and federal regulatory agencies.  

Ms. Grealy has a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a law degree from Duquesne University. She served on the Board of Directors of TEAMHealth, one of the largest providers of outsourced physician staffing solutions for hospitals in the United States, and the Board of Directors of Duquesne University. She is Immediate Past Chair of the David A. Winston Health Policy Fellowship. She serves on the board of the Women Business Leaders, the March of Dimes Public Policy Council, and the Susan G. Komen Public Policy Advisory Board. She is also a member of the American Health Lawyers Association. She is a frequent public speaker on health issues and has been ranked many times by Modern Healthcare as one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare and has been named to Modern Healthcare’s list of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare.

Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld
President-Elect, AMA

Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH, was elected president-elect of the American Medical Association in June 2022. He is a senior associate dean, a tenured professor of anesthesiology, and director of the “Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment” at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He was elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees in 2014.

Dr. Ehrenfeld divides his time among clinical practice, teaching, research and directing a $560-million statewide health philanthropy. He also has an appointment as an adjunct professor of anesthesiology and health policy at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and as an adjunct professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. Dr. Ehrenfeld is a consultant to the World Health Organization Digital Health Technical Advisory Group and previously served as co-chair of the Navy Surgeon General’s Taskforce on Personalized and Digital Medicine and as a special advisor to the 20th U.S. Surgeon General.

In addition to his work with the AMA, Dr. Ehrenfeld has served on the governing boards of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Resident Component, the Massachusetts Medical Society, and the Illinois State Medical Society. He also served as a speaker of the house of delegates of the Massachusetts Medical Society for six years.

Dr. Ehrenfeld’s research, which focuses on understanding how information technology can improve surgical safety and patient outcomes, has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Defense, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, and the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research. He currently serves on the National Academy of Medicine’s Health Policy Fellowships and Leadership Programs Advisory Committee.

His work has led to publication of more than 275 peer-reviewed manuscripts. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Medical Systems and has co-authored 22 clinical textbooks that have been translated into multiple languages. Dr. Ehrenfeld has received numerous awards for his research and is a recipient of several prestigious teaching awards.

For the past two decades, Dr. Ehrenfeld has advocated on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) individuals. In 2018, in recognition of his outstanding research contributions, he received the inaugural Sexual and Gender Minority Research Investigator Award from the director of the NIH.

Born in Wilmington, Del., Dr. Ehrenfeld is a graduate of Phillips Academy, Haverford College, the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed an internship in internal medicine, a residency in anesthesiology and a research informatics fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Board-certified in both anesthesiology and clinical informatics, Dr. Ehrenfeld is a fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the American Medical Informatics Association.

A combat veteran who deployed to Afghanistan during both Operation Enduring Freedom and Resolute Support Mission, Dr. Ehrenfeld, for his work in capturing and supporting the lives of LGBTQ+ people, was recognized in 2015 with a White House News Photographers Association award and, in 2016, with an Emmy nomination. Dr. Ehrenfeld and his husband, Judd Taback, have a son, Ethan.

Pamela Knecht

Pamela R. Knecht, President and CEO of ACCORD LIMITED, has provided consulting services to a wide range of industries and organizations over her 40-year career. During the last 26 years, she has focused on assisting the boards and CEOs of physician groups, not-for-profit hospitals, health systems, health plans and associations across the country with strategic planning; board education; governance assessment, restructuring and development; and merger/affiliation facilitation.

Pam works closely with her clients to custom-design and facilitate processes and events that enable sponsors, board members, physician leaders and senior-level executives to clarify their mission, vision, and goals. In addition, she helps them to develop their organizations, their teams, and themselves to support implementation of their strategic plans and governance structures to enhance their efficiency and effectiveness.

Pam is a frequent speaker and facilitator at retreats as well as at local, regional, and national health care conferences. She is a faculty member for The Governance Institute, iProtean, governWell, and numerous state hospital associations. She was also a faculty member of the American Hospital Association's former Center for Healthcare Governance. In 2007, she was selected by The Governance Institute as a Governance Advisor for their hospital and health system members.

Pam has authored over 75 articles for AHA’s Trustee Magazine, AHA’s Great Boards, The Governance Institute’s Board Room Press, and ACHE’s Healthcare Executive. Her publications address various aspects of strategic planning and board effectiveness including structure, composition, and functioning.

Prior to joining ACCORD LIMITED Pam was a consultant for an executive education and organization development firm that served the Fortune 200. Pam and her colleagues helped CEOs and their direct reports to understand the strategic challenges facing their industry and organization over the next five to ten years. During the previous ten years, Pam consulted within the computer and telecommunications industries where her clients included not-for-profit, for profit, privately held, and publicly traded organizations.

Ms. Knecht is a graduate of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and is a member of the Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development and the American College of Healthcare Executives.


Healthcare Collaborative Advisory Committee

Name Title Organization
Thomas Arend, CAE CEO American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Deborah Bowen, FACHE, CAE President and CEO American College of Healthcare Executives
Linda Caradine-Poinsett, PhD, MBA, MJ, Co-Chair CEO Institute of Real Estate Management
Steven Collens CEO MATTER
Laura M. Downes, CAE CEO Arthroscopy Association of North America
Matthew D'Uva, FASAE, CAE CEO American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Wylecia Wiggs Harris CEO American Health Information Management Association
Greg Heidrich CEO Society of Actuaries
Matt Hornberger, CAE, MBA CEO Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists
Laurie McGraw, Co-Chair Board Member and Venture Advisor  Augmedix, MedAvail, OhMD and HLM Ventures
Stephanie Mercado, CAE CEO/Executive Director National Association for Healthcare Quality
Bob Moore, CAE Executive Director American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
Paul Pomerantz, CAE, FASAE Chief Executive Officer American Society of Anesthesiologists
Mary Post Chief Executive Officer American Academy of Neurology
Roger Quick Founder and Vice Chairman Quick Leonard Kieffer International
Rich Schuch, Ed.D Sr. Director Education & Operations American College of Chest Physicians
Terrence Sykes, MBA Chief Development Officer Emergency Nurses Association
Rich Waters, MBA VP Marketing & Communications American Board of Medical Specialties