In This Issue
Robert E. Byrd, FACHE
Alamance Regional Medical Center
Christine L. Sternjacob
Novant Health – Triad Region
Paul A. Jeffrey
Wesley Long Community Hospital – Moses Cone Health System
Pamela M. Sinclair, FACHE
High Point Regional Health System
Samuel B. Seifert
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
Annual Dinner Meeting Held November 12, 2009|
by Bob Byrd, FACHE
The 2009 Annual Dinner Meeting/Program of the Triad Healthcare Executive Forum was held on Thursday, November 12, at the Grandover Resort and Conference Center in Greensboro, NC. The evening began at 5:30 p.m. with approximately 40 minutes of networking over cocktails, beer, wine, and soft drinks in a large, comfortable meeting room provided by the Grandover. A total of 50 persons were in attendance, the largest number of attendees at a THEF program over the past couple of years.
A delicious meal followed. The menu consisted of a spinach salad with walnut and bacon dressing, breast of chicken with Dijon mustard and panko crumb crust with tarragon cream sauce, rice, vegetables, and a wonderful dessert of “individual peanut butter and chocolate blast.” This detail is mentioned only to entice those who didn’t attend this year’s dinner to seriously think about attending next year’s.
During dinner, Pam Sinclair, FACHE, our THEF director who coordinated the chapter’s 2009 scholarship program, introduced two of the three scholarship award winners who were able to be in attendance as guests of THEF. They were Kristy Holt, Moses Cone Health System, who was accompanied by her husband, Joe, and Tracey Grayzer, Alamance Regional Medical Center, who was accompanied by her husband, Austin Gwin. The third winner, who was not able to attend, was Kathy Morrison, Women’s Hospital, Moses Cone Health System. All three winners are MHA students at Pfeiffer University.
Tom Stukes, who heads the health law practice of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, then provided a very timely and informative update on legal developments over the past year that effect health care. Some of the areas Mr. Stukes covered were on protected information (HITECH ACT, Red Flag Rule), IRS scrutiny of tax-exempt hospitals (executive compensation survey, new Form 990 filing requirements), disruptive physicians (The Joint Commission proposed standard MS.01.01.01), Stark law and fraud and abuse (“stand in the shoes” regulation, definition of “entity”, on-call pay, P4P gain sharing arrangements, hospital executive fine for improper payment to physicians), patient safety legislation, and a current “Qui tam” law suit regarding employed physician compensation. Tom’s health law update has become somewhat of an annual tradition for THEF that has been very useful for healthcare executives. Whether it’s legislative law, regulatory law, or case law, the legal landscape is constantly changing.
Following Mr. Stukes’ excellent presentation and a question and answer session, there was a brief business meeting at which the members present elected unanimously, by acclimation, the following officers and directors:
President – Paul A. Jeffrey, Vice President/Administrator, Wesley Long Community Hospital, Moses Cone Health System
President-Elect – Pamela M. Sinclair, FACHE, Vice President Ancillary Services, High Point Regional Health System
Secretary-Treasurer - Samuel B. Seifert, Business Administrator, Department of Anesthesiology, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
Director – Christine L. Sternjacob, Implementation Specialist IV, Novant Medical Group
Director – Wendy Hick, RN, BSN, MSN, Clinical Practice Manager for Cardiology, Forsyth Medical Center
Director (Immediate Past President) – Robert E. Byrd, FACHE, Senior Vice President, Alamance Regional Medical Center
Congratulations are in order for your new leadership team.
At the conclusion of the evening, Paul Jeffrey presented Bob Byrd a plaque of appreciation for his term as president and the years he has served on the board of directors of THEF. All in all, it was a very nice evening of socializing and networking, good food and drink, and relevant education (and a little business thrown in).