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2022 Fall Symposium and Annual Meeting

With a tight labor market and issues with supply and demand, employers are in a crunch to figure out how to manage their budget and keep their people.  This event will include a keynote speaker discussing the current economic climate and its impacts on employers, with recommendations on what employers can do specific to healthcare.  A panel of independent healthcare providers will also discuss why they opted to deliver care outside traditional systems, the impact on cost, and why it’s important to them to provide a higher level of care and meet patients where they are.  And The Alliance will hold the annual business meeting to discuss how the cooperative performed over the last year and announce the 2022 Healthcare Transformation Award Winners. And don’t forget to join us for lunch and our networking cocktail reception!

Program Overview:

11:30am – 12:00pm Registration 
12:00pm – 1:00pm Networking Lunch   
1:00pm – 1:05pm

Welcome & Opening Remarks   

  • Cheryl DeMars, President and CEO – The Alliance
1:05pm – 2:10pm

Economic Outlook and Its Impact on Employers 

  • Steve Rick, Ph.D., Director and Chief Economist – CUNA Mutual Group  
2:10pm – 2:40pm

The Alliance State of the Company 

  • Cheryl DeMars, President and CEO – The Alliance  
  • Doug Benzine, Vice President of Finance and Operations – The Alliance 
  • Diana Clark, Board Chair – The Alliance  / Benefits Manager, Promega 
2:40pm – 3:00pm

Healthcare Transformation Award Ceremony 

3:00pm3:20pm Networking Coffee Break
3:20pm – 4:20pm

Panel Discussion 

  • Led by Melina Kambitsi, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Business Development and Strategic Marketing, The Alliance
  • Tom Henke, Sr. VP, Growth Officer – AkosMD
  • Sabina Singh, MD, VP and Chief Medical Officer, SC – Anovia Health
  • Wendy Molaska, MD, FAAFP – Family Medicine Physician and Owner Dedicated Family Care
  • Bridget Krueger, Chief Development Officer – DotCom Therapy, Inc.
  • Kate Grohall, VP of Value-based Solutions – Holista
4:20pm – 4:30pm Closing Comments and Adjourn 
4:30pm – 6:00pm Networking Cocktail Reception

This event has been approved for HRCI and SHRM CE Credits

The use of this official seal confirms that this Activity has met HR Certification Institute’s®(HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

The Alliance is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.

Keynote Speaker:

Steve Rick, Ph.D.
Director and Chief Economist – CUNA Mutual Group

Steve Rick is the chief economist for CUNA Mutual Group. Rick’s forecasts are the starting point for the strategic planning process and help create a clear understanding of the underlying trends and links between the general economy and the financial services industry.

Rick was previously the senior economist for CUNA’s Economics & Statistics Department for 22 years. In addition to his work at CUNA Mutual Group, he serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the University of Wisconsin Credit Union (UWCU), a $5 billion financial institution. Rick also holds a senior lecturer position with the Economics Department at the University of Wisconsin–Madison where he teaches banking and macroeconomics courses.

Panelists:

Tom Henke
Sr. VP, Growth Officer – AkosMD

Tom Henke is AkosMD’s Senior VP of Sales and an experienced health care executive with deep digital health care management and managed care experience.

He spent 20 years in managed care and spent 10 years as Senior VP, General Manager and Chief Innovation Officer at Medica Health Plans. In 2010 Tom left Medica to launch QuickCheck Health, an early virtual care startup. Later, he led national sales at both Amplifon, a managed care approach to hearing health care, and Medtronic Care Management Services, a leader in remote patient monitoring and chronic care management. In both organizations Tom was responsible for sales, account success in the payer, provider, and employer markets and the development of innovative, first-in-market, value-based offerings.

Tom is a frequent speaker on topics including consumer-based health care, digital health, care management, health care innovation and value-based care.

Sabina Singh, MD
VP and Chief Medical Officer, SC – Anovia Health

Dr. Sabina Singh is a board-certified Family Practice physician and VP and Chief Medical Officer, SC at Anovia Health who has served at Bellin Health in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Kaiser Permanente in Washington, DC, and Raleigh Family Medicine. Dr. Singh has been the President of the Bellin Medical Group, President of the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians, and served on the Bellin Hospital board of directors. She is an advocate for innovation in medical care and has been a past participant in several Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI) programs.

Wendy Molaska, MD, FAAFP
Family Medicine Physician and Owner Dedicated Family Care

Dr. Wendy Molaska is a board-certified Family Practice physician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She has over 20 years of Family Medicine experience.

Early in her career she served with the National Health Service Corp, providing full spectrum family medicine in rural Colorado and completed medical missions in multiple countries around the world.

In 2021 she opened her own Direct Primary Care Clinic, Dedicated Family Care. In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Molaska currently serves as the President of the Wisconsin Medical Society.

Bridget Krueger
Chief Development Officer – DotCom Therapy, Inc.

Bridget Krueger is Chief Development Officer with DotCom Therapy. DotCom Therapy is a pediatric therapy organization that provides virtual speech, occupational, and mental health services. Krueger has worked in Wisconsin her entire healthcare career and is focused on advocating for health access and equity not only in Wisconsin, but across the country.

She is a board-certified patient advocate, a registered radiation therapist, a certified professional compliance officer, and a certified professional medical auditor.

Kate Grohall
VP of Value-based Solutions – Holista

Kate Grohall has over 20 years of healthcare experience across all aspects of healthcare; provider, payer, and patient. Her most significant accomplishment, however, is starting Holista, an organization founded on the application of quality principles to the healthcare experience for all stakeholders. Since the company’s founding in 2019, Kate has served as Holista’s VP of Value-based Solutions. She is responsible for oversight, development and implementation of Value-Based HealthCare strategies, services, and products.

Prior to Holista, Kate served as a Value-Based Healthcare Product Executive for SKYGEN USA. She also held the position of VP of Employer Direct Services for Aurora Health Care’s North Region.

Grohall has been a keynote speaker for several state and national healthcare quality conferences and holds a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Quality from Marian University of Fond du Lac.

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