HAP's Annual Leadership Summit

HAP's 2023 Leadership Summit will be held April 11 and 12
Hilton Harrisburg

Sponsorship Opportunities | Continuing Education | Registration Rates and Hotel Information

HAP’s 2023 Leadership Summit is where solutions begin. We’ve redesigned our flagship event to offer more innovative solution-focused programming to get you thinking, creating, and discovering more ways to meet your patient and community needs and advance a healthier Pennsylvania.

This year’s reimagined agenda features customized learning tracks, solution centers to help redefine your communication strategies and build your workforce, and new ways to interact with lawmakers and their staff. Our enhanced networking opportunities for you and your peers to connect, a sponsorship solution stage to showcase new and innovative products, and fireside chats.

With questions or more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact HAP Education Services.


April 11, 2023

9:30 a.m.  Registration

10:30 a.m.  Welcome, James Brexler, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Doylestown Health

10:35 a.m.  Advancing Health Care in Pennsylvania: Leadership Panel
Moderator: Joanne Kenen, Commonwealth Fund Journalist in-Residence, Core Faculty, Hopkins Business of Health Initiative, Assistant Lecturer, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

During this session, you'll get answers to questions on top issues affecting Pennsylvania's hospitals from a panel of HAP member leaders.

11:25 a.m.  Question and Answer Session with Joanne Kenen and Andy Carter
Joanne Kenen, Commonwealth Fund Journalist in-Residence, Core Faculty, Hopkins Business of Health Initiative, Assistant Lecturer, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Andy Carter, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania

11:35 a.m.  Networking and Solution Stage in Exhibit Area

Noon  Committee Meetings and Luncheons, Lunch on your own

1:15 p.m.  Part 1: Creating Communications Strategy: Effective Leadership, Perceptions, and Building Your Brand, Gerry Sandusky, Leadership Communications Coach
Effective communication is a mindset and a skill set of influence. Gerry Sandusky, Leadership Communication Coach, helps professionals quickly acclimate and communicate, whether it is in building your brand, changing the public perception of your hospital, storytelling, or creating an effective message that influences political change. This session is designed to help leaders and organizations develop and trust their ability to communicate a vision and a clear path to a desired outcome so others will trust and follow them.

2 p.m.  Part II: Creating Your Communication Strategy: Interactive Breakout Groups, Gerry Sandusky, Leadership Communications Coach and Facilitators

A. Storytelling
B. Building Your Hospitals Brand
C. Influencing Political Change
D. Changing Public Perception of Hospitals

2:45 p.m.  Networking Break and Visit Solutions Stage in Exhibit Area

3:05 p.m.  Tactical Solution Centers
These series of short, high-impact interactive learning sessions will help you solve Pennsylvania’s biggest health care challenges.

A. Leadership Solution Center, Topics include cost containment, the impact of payor models, and the intersection between quality and finance.
B. Clinical/Quality Solution Center, Topics include behavioral health, care delivery, community health and health equity.
C. Advocacy Center, Topics include HAP engagement, answers to your burning questions from a lobbyist, and solving for a public health challenge.

4:30 p.m.  Common Ground in Divided Government
There’s so much talk about political polarization. Democrats vs. Republicans. Executive Branch vs. Legislative Branch vs. Judicial Branch. House vs. Senate. What does it really mean on a day-to-day basis for the professionals who are behind the scenes and in the trenches? Hear from a diverse panel of influential staffers from Pennsylvania’s executive and legislative branches about how they work together and how we can help them be even more effective in developing successful policies to protect and bolster high-quality health care in every part of the commonwealth.

5:15 p.m.  Networking Reception

6:30 p.m.  Dinner, Achievement Awards Celebration, and Entertainment

8:15 p.m.  Fireside Chats

April 12, 2023

6:15 a.m.  Mindfulness and Meditation Session

7:30 a.m.  Networking Breakfast and Solutions Stage in Exhibit Area

8:30 a.m.  President's Remarks, Andy Carter, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania

9:20 a.m.  Tolerance during Financial Turbulence
It’s no secret that 2023 is anticipated to be a difficult year financially for health care providers. Staffing shortages, skyrocketing labor costs, continuing supply chain disruptions, inflation, rising interest rates, and volatile markets are pressuring both revenue and expenses. During this session, you’ll learn how to provide financial stability in the areas of workforce, volume and revenue, supplies and purchased services, and the physician enterprise.

10 a.m.  Networking Break and Solutions Stage in Exhibit Area

10:20 a.m. Reimagining the Workforce, Lisa Walden, Co-Founder, Good Company Consulting
Our industry's workforce has been through an unprecedented time of trauma and loss. We owe it to them to reimagine what's ahead and how to bring them through the healing process, to a better place. We are entering a new era of work, one where businesses win when leaders are compassionate, communication is empathetic, and people are prioritized. But that transformation, much like any kind of change, requires a great degree of intention and care. In this new reality, we must hire creatively thinking about how to find and hire top candidates, retain current staff, and build talent pipelines.

11 a.m. Creating Workforce Solutions: Interactive Breakout Groups

A. Creative Staffing and Retention
B. Building Talent Pipelines
C. Price Dynamics
D. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
E. Burnout

12:30 p.m.  Lunch and Speaker

2 p.m.  Adjourn

Sponsorship Opportunities

HAP is the leading statewide health care association in Pennsylvania providing advocacy, technical assistance, education, networking, and information to its members. Sponsorship of HAP’s Annual Leadership Summit places your organization front and center with decision makers from hospitals, health systems and other health care leaders across Pennsylvania. Be part of HAP’s flagship, most high profile event of the year! Sponsorship opportunities

For more information, contact HAP Education Services.

Continuing Education

ACHE Qualified Education Credit (non-ACHE)
HAP is authorized to award a pre-determined number of pre-approved ACHE qualified education credit (non-ACHE) for this program toward advancement, or recertification in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Credit Designation for Physicians
This program is pending approval for continuing medical education credits. (CME)

Credit Designation for Nurses
This program is pending approval for continuing nursing education (CNE).

Continuing Legal Education Credit
This program is pending approval for continuing legal education (CLE) credits. 


Leadership Summit registration fee includes program content, continuing education credit, and meal functions.

HAP Member Rate: $349 (until March 12)
HAP Associate Member Rate: $499
HAP Nonmember Rate: $699

Hotel Information

Hilton Harrisburg
One North Second Street Harrisburg, PA 17101
(717) 233-6000

HAP's Flagship Event of the Year

HAP’s flagship, most high profile event of the year provides quality networking and education for more than 150 hospital leaders, health care policymakers, elected officials, and peers. The one-and-one-half day conference blends coverage of trend updates with education and best practices, addressing the issues that matter most to hospitals.

A sell-out every year, the summit ensures direct access to executive staff of hospitals and health systems, including CEOs, COOs, CFOs, physician and nurse leaders, administrators, government relations officers, and trustees.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Sponsors may attend all educational sessions and have dedicated space at the welcome reception. Please contact HAP Education Services at (717) 561-5270 for information about sponsoring next year's event.