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First-ever! AAPM&R Department Chairs Summit

Advancing Your Mission in an Increasingly Corporatized Environment

Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook, IL
October 2-3, 2020

Summit Directors

Steven Flanagan, MD, FAAPMR, New York University Langone Health, Rusk Rehabilitation, New York, NY
Rita Hamilton, DO, FAAPMR, Baylor Scott & White Rehab Institute for Rehabilitation, Dallas, TX


PM&R department chairs are a unique group of leaders in physiatry navigating a rapidly-evolving and increasingly complex environment.  This invite-only summit is intended to provide a private, collegial venue for this group to gather and discuss the challenges they are facing, as well as share strategies to address those challenges.  

The 2020 summit will focus on the business of medicine, and the challenges faced by department chairs to advance their mission and protect their staff in an increasingly corporatized health care system that is focused on the bottom line. The highly interactive format will include a mix of outside speakers, panel presentations, and small- and large- group discussions to explore the difficult and complex issues this group faces.

This is an opportunity to take some time and space with your fellow department chairs to discuss the difficult challenges you face and come away with practical, concrete ideas that you can bring back to your job immediately. An executive summary of themes and strategies will be provided to attendees following the summit. This activity has been approved for up to 9.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Target Audience

This summit is an invite-only event for PM&R department chairs and/or their equivalent PM&R division chiefs that report up through another department. 


At the conclusion of this summit, participants will be able to:

  • Identify current and emerging trends in the business of healthcare, and discuss the real and potential impact on their ability to run their PM&R Department.
  • Discuss the trend of corporate entities acquiring (or partially acquiring) institutions, and strategies for protecting your department.
  • Discuss strategies for incentivizing, rewarding, recruiting and retaining staff in an environment that is focused on the bottom line.
  • Identify methods for promoting faculty wellness in a challenging healthcare environment.
  • Implement new approaches to working with the C-Suite to balance mission with business priorities.
    Discuss methods for positioning and selling the value of PM&R in the broader vision of the health system.


Friday, October 2

Noon - 1 pm
  Lunch and Registration
1 pm - 1:20 pm
  Welcome and Introductions 
1:20 pm - 2:15 pm
  Keynote Speaker: Trends in the Business and Corporatization of
    Health Care and Their Impact on the Practice of Medicine
    Janis Orlowski, MD, MACP
    Chief Health Care Officer, Association of American Medical Colleges
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
  The Business and Corporatization of Health Care:
    A Moderated Discussion  
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm 
3:30 pm - 5 pm
  Private Corporations Buying Rehabilitation Hospitals:
    A Panel Discussion
    A panel of department chairs will be invited to share their experiences 
    with partnering or potentially being acquired by corporate institutions. 
6 pm - 7 pm
    Attendees are welcome to join a causal networking reception before dinner. 
7 pm - 9 pm
    A casual dinner will be provided on-site for attendees to continue
    their discussions from the afternoon. 

Saturday, October 3

8 am - 8:30 am
8:30 am - 8:45 am 
  Day 2: Welcome and Opening Comments
8:45 am - 9:30 am 
  Selling to Your C-Suite Part 1: A Panel's Perspective
    Three panelists representing the C-Suite level within Academic Medical 
    Centers will provide their perspective on how they define value in the 
    changing health care environment, and factors they consider when 
    determining priorities. 
9:30 am - 10:30 am
  Discussion with the C-Suite Panel
    Participants will have an opportunity to interact with the panelists to ask
    questions and dive deeper. 
10:30 am - 10:45 am 
10:45 am - 12:15 pm
  Selling to Your C-Suite Part 2: Small Group Discussions with
    Case Studies
    Attendees will break into small groups to apply learnings from the morning
    discussion into specific case examples. 
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm 
1:15 pm - 3:30 pm
  Recruiting, Rewarding, and Retaining Staff: Sharing Best Practices
    All attendees will be invited to share specific practices that have been
    effective (or ineffective) in their efforts to recruit, reward, and retain staff,
    as well as optimize clinician wellness and reduce burnout. 
3:30 pm - 4 pm
  Where Do We Go From Here?
4 pm


This is an invite-only event. For more information, please contact (847) 737-6000.



The Hyatt Lodge, a 20-minute drive from either Chicago airport, offers a private hideaway on acres of forest preserve, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness center and Olympic-sized pool. Convenient and affordable, this picturesque location is perfect for a weekend retreat.

The room rate is $149 plus taxes per night for rooms reserved prior to September 14th. To make your hotel reservations, please visit: