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A Message From Your President
Dear NESHS Colleagues,

This year, summer feels like it won't end, but I am not complaining! I know everyone isn't a fan, but one of the many reasons I love the warm weather is the amount of time spent with family, friends and colleagues. It's just easier to get together.

I recently returned from the annual Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development (SHSMD) conference in Chicago. I am proud to say that a number of NESHS members were presenters - Barbara Durdy, Karen Goyette and Todd Herrmann. The time spent with colleagues was tremendously valuable, whether a quick chat between sessions, a visit at a sponsor's booth, dinner with NESHS members or an architectural boat tour down the Chicago River. Sometimes we talked about work, but often we did not.

It takes time to build a network of meaningful connections, a go-to list of colleagues that can be called upon for advice or encouragement. Networking can also be tough and uncomfortable, because cultivating these relationships does not come naturally to all of us. But over time these strangers become colleagues, and many of these colleagues become dear friends. NESHS is a great place to develop these valuable connections.

With that in mind, I hope to see you at our October 21st Fall Conference in Framingham, Massachusetts with the theme "Are We There Yet? Navigating Our Way From Volume to Value." We will discuss no-regret strategies that can be deployed despite the uncertainly in our marketplace. It will be a great opportunity to learn and network before the cold weather hits!

At the Fall Conference we will also recognize our 2016 Strategist of the Year. We are pleased to announce that this year's recipient is Gail Costa, Senior Vice President for Strategy and System Development, and Chief Strategy Officer for Care New England Health System. Please join us to celebrate Gail's significant contributions to her colleagues, her organization, our field, and NESHS. Registration is open at www.neshs.org/registration_form.asp.


Susan Fahmy
President, New England Society for Healthcare Strategy

PS: As always, I would love to hear from you. Please e-mail me at sfahmy@mgh.harvard.edu or call me at (617) 643-8496. I am always up for a cup of coffee (even if it isn't eighty degrees and sunny)!
Fall Conference
Are We There Yet? Navigating our Way From Volume to Value

Friday, October 21, 2016
Sheraton Framingham Hotel
1657 Worcester Road | Framingham, MA

"What a looooong strange trip it's been...." and we're not there yet. But where are we in the volume-to-value journey? Our Fall Conference will try to give us a set of reference points that will help us make good decisions in anticipation of change, while maintaining our ability to succeed today. This is one of the most challenging trips we will make in our health system's history. Our speakers assert there are some "no-regrets" decisions to make even in this environment.

We're excited to welcome Jeff Goldsmith, renowned health futurist, who will provide his view of whether we're truly moving from volume to value, and what elements will define a value-driven system. We'll hear from Atrius Health's Bob Calway about their journey as a physician organization, and Tom Policelli of Minuteman Health about a health plan's perspective. Finally Caroline Piselli from PwC will provide insight into how clinically integrated networks are evolving and their regulatory implications.

Join us in Framingham for this important and valuable day. We look forward to catching up with you and hearing your stories as well! We need to learn from each other now, more than ever.

NESHS Members: $125 
Non-Members: $175
Students: $25
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Webinars are held the 3rd Thursday of the month September - June.

October 20, 2016
8:30 - 9:30 AM
Transitioning Rural Healthcare: Crossing the Shaky Bridge and Strategies for Success

Virtual Institute
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  • Archived audio, video and PowerPoint files of past webinars
  • Archived PowerPoint files and videos of past conferences
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The Future of Facilities: Challenges, Opportunities and Planning Tools for the Next Decade (9/15/16)

Financial Evaluation of Single-Patient ICU Rooms - Comparison of Additional Expenses with Cost Savings from Reductions in Nosocomial Infections (6/16/16)

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Member News
Thank you to those who have renewed their membership recently and welcome to our new members who have joined NESHS in the last couple of months. 
Terri Ahern, Cape Cod Healthcare, Inc.
Linda Battaglini, Emerson Hospital
James Blazar, Hartford Healthcare
Jill Boardman, E4H MorrisSwitzer Environments for Health
Cheryl Bourbon, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital
Vicki Brown, Joslin Diabetes Center
Lynn Budlong
Gayle Capozzalo, Yale New Haven Health System
Margaret Carr, South Shore Mental Health
Suzanna Clark, Tufts Medical Center
Michael Connelly, Prolera, LLC
Gail Costa, Care New England Health System
Billie-Jo Dearmin, University of Vermont Medical Center
Michaela Donnelly, Hartford Healthcare
Evan Dressel, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital
Barbara Durdy, Hartford HealthCare
Janette Edwards, Hartford HealthCare
Christine Gallery, Emerson Hospital
Jessica Gelinas, Lifespan
Karen Goyette, Hartford HealthCare
Russ Gross, Lifespan
Michelle Hanson, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital
Theresa Harris, SPA/Steffian Bradley Architects
Meaghan Heusler, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital
Alethea Hill, University of Vermont Medical Center
Jeff Hughes, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital
Ron Hunt, University of Vermont Medical Center
Tony James, Massachusetts General Hospital
Kati Jock, Univ. of VT Health Network, Champlain Valley Phys. Hospital
Nicole Keefe, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital
Amira Khablein, SPA/Steffian Bradley Architects
Cynthia Khan, Northwell Health
Kevin Lavery, University of Vermont Medical Center
Kate Leeson, Massachusetts General Hospital
Joanna Lemieux, University of Vermont Medical Center
Sean Lyons, Kindred Healthcare
Kristen Massimine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Alison McDonough, Healthgrades
Matt McKennan, Yale New Haven Health System
Dorothy Peckham, Lifespan
Evelyn Pratt Hoar, University of Vermont Medical Center
Amy Richards, Yale New Haven Health System
Susan Richards, Massachusetts General Hospital
Diana Scalise, University of Vermont Medical Center
Eveline Schaffer-Shekhman, Hartford HealthCare
James Shimer, Hartford HealthCare
Alexander Speredelozzi, Care New England Health System
Zachary Sullivan, University of Vermont Medical Center
Kellie Sullivan, Care New England Health System
Kaitlyn Tentis, Univ. of VT Health Network, Champlain Valley Phys. Hospital
Susan Thompson, Lifespan
Stephany Valente, Care New England Health System
Mark Whitney, Exeter Health Resources, Inc.
Teresa Wilson, SPA/Steffian Bradley Architects
Roberta Young, SPA/Steffian Bradley Architects
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Donna Powell
NESHS Administrator