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September 14, 2023

The 2023 Health Care Conference will closely examine our evolving health care landscape on both the state and national levels. We invite you to collaborate on solutions to expand access, improve quality, lower costs, as well as build a workforce for North Carolina’s health care infrastructure that will help secure our state’s competitive advantage.

A must-attend for members in the health care industry, as well as key stakeholders in business, government, and non-profit sectors who want to learn about and shape the future of health care for our state.  

Topics will include use of artificial intelligence (AI) in health care, value-based care, well-being and mental health practices, and more. Join us on September 14th for this critical discussion!  


Presented By
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Thursday, September 14
8:30 amRegistration and Networking
9:00 amWelcome Remarks

Gary Salamido, President and CEO, NC Chamber

9:15 amThe Role of Artificial Intelligence in Health Care: Possibilities and Future

Leaders in the health care and technology sectors will explore the role artificial intelligence (AI) plays to help drive innovation, speed up care delivery, and drive-up access and outcomes while decreasing costs.

  • Dr. Ranjit Kumble, Vice President, Data Science Solutions & Initiatives, Pfizer Digital
  • Michael Martine, Director, Asset Engineering, IBM Corporation
  • Corey Mercy, Head of Delivery Excellence, Health and Human Services, Google
  • Dr. Anuradha Rao-Patel, Associate Vice-President, Senior Medical Director Government Markets, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
  • Moderator: Jon Brown, Division Chief Information Officer, HCA Healthcare
10:00 amNetworking Break
10:30 amThe Case for Association Health Plans

North Carolina is well-positioned to drive change to ensure job creators statewide have access to options to offer economic health care to their employees. This session will take a deep dive into Association Health Plans (AHP), review the benefits particularly for small businesses, present key trends and elements of a recent multi-state analysis, and share success stories from other states in the nation.

11:15 amNC Workforce for Health Discussion

North Carolina will need 17,500 more nurses over the next 10 years to keep up with the state’s aging and growing population. Hear an update on the work the NC Chamber Foundation is doing to tackle the state’s health workforce shortages, including partnerships, and utilizing the Talent Pipeline Management® framework to engage local partners in employer-led collaboratives that will help inform workforce development solutions.

  • Natalie English, President & Chief Executive Officer, Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
  • Adam Sholar, President & Chief Executive Officer, North Carolina Health Care Facilities Association
  • Hugh Tilson, Jr., JD, MPH, Director, North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (NC AHEC)
  • Moderator: Vincent Ginski, Director, Workforce Competitiveness, NC Chamber Foundation
12:00 pmLunch
12:45 pmValue-Based Care: Decelerating Costs and Improving Outcomes

The direct impact of health care costs on business growth and the overall economy of North Carolina is undeniable. Improving health outcomes and making costs predictable and affordable for businesses while keeping employees as healthy as possible is imperative if we are to remain a top state for business while competing in today’s global economy. Gain insight as our panelists discuss real-life business scenarios of their health care benefits.

  • Sarah Henderson, Senior Benefits & Compensation Manager, The Biltmore Company
  • Kayt Leonard, Global Principal, Health Care and Life Sciences Strategic Advisor, SAS Global Health Care and Life Science Practice
  • Dr. Dev Sangvai, President, Duke Regional Hospital and Vice President for Population Health Management, Duke University Health System
  • Moderator: Robert Shaw, Partner, Smith Anderson
1:30 pmWorking Together to Create Healthier Communities

Join us for this interactive session with health care leaders to learn how and where collaborating can yield benefits and value for employees, businesses, and our communities.

2:15 pmNetworking Break
2:30 pmWell-Being and Mental Health Practices

The pandemic has exacerbated the existing mental health crisis and employers are continuing to experience the impacts on their employees. How has access to mental health solutions evolved since COVID-19? In what ways have organizations adapted their benefits? And how is telehealth and telemedicine shaping the landscape? Get answers to these questions and more in this session.

  • Kody Kinsley, Secretary, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
3:00 pmClosing Remarks