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September 26-27, 2023

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The 13th Annual People in Healthcare Summit will recognize the work of HR leaders and healthcare leadership that effectively implemented programs to keep the medical workers that we all rely on engaged to fight burnout, staffed crucial positions, and implemented performance management of both medical and non-medical support staff.


Join senior-level HR practitioners and Chief Nursing Officers within hospitals, clinics, and other patient care facilities as we discuss best practices in talent acquisition, engagement, performance management, employee development and unionization. Network with a group of your peers and get insight on the latest technology and processes to effectively manage talent.


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HR in the Recovery Room:
Facing Ongoing Workforce Challenges Post Pandemic

Healthcare providers face daunting human resources challenges. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic overwhelmed the sector, hospitals, clinics, medical practices, and other providers struggled with doctor and nurse shortages, declining employee retention rates, employee burnout, and steadily rising labor costs. If not fixed, these challenges can put patients’ health and even lives at risk, as well as the emotional well-being of employees and the financial integrity of healthcare systems.

HR professionals can help champion the strategic value of talent and create strategies that cultivate and care for talent in a more effective and comprehensive way, aligned with where the organization’s strategy plans to move. An HR department disconnected from broader business strategy is no longer viable in today’s highly competitive healthcare industry. Critical HR issues often involve multiple stakeholders across other areas and HR professionals are called to collaborate with these stakeholders to ensure all interests are considered in critical policies.

The healthcare industry faces unique challenges. A successful HR practitioner understands these challenges and looks for ways to overcome them. While health care human resource managers share many responsibilities with their counterparts in other sectors, they also address industry-specific issues: The role of human resources in healthcare calls for a specific skillset. The ability to communicate effectively, manage complex operations, think strategically, and make evidence-based decisions is critical for leaders in healthcare human resources management roles.

The 13th Annual People in Healthcare Summit is a unique learning and networking space where HR, recruiting and other practitioners engaged in workforce management come together to discuss their strategies to hire and retain talent while addressing external changes. The event will also feature our Front of the Front-Line Dinner and Award Gala where we will recognize the work of HR leaders caring for those who deliver care.

Topics will include:

  • The role of diversity and inclusion in effective care
  • Managing increasing worker demands and unionization
  • Employee engagement and its impact on the patient outcomes
  • Employer branding and managing the candidate experience
  • Executing a comprehensive retention strategy to minimize turnover
  • Creating an organizational culture that supports change
  • Attracting and engaging nurses
  • Promoting employee wellbeing and fighting burnout
  • Managing contingent workers


Sylvia Munguia Pittman
Chinese Hospital

Rosa Colon-Kolacko,
Former Chief DE&I Officer
Tufts Medicine

Amanda Cresswell
System Vice President Nursing Professional Development Magnet & Research

Carlos Fernandez
Director Talent Acquisition
Houston Methodist

Creslyn Foster
Spindletop Center

Cathy Fraser
Chief People Officer

Michele Johnson
Harmony Senior Services

Kimberly Galaviz
Chief Nursing Officer
Benchmark Human Services

Tonya Hampton
UCSD Health Systems and Sciences

John Henley
Chief Growth Officer
Talent Plus

Lori Knowles
Memorial Hermann

Thomas Nesteruk
SVP HR Shared Services

Gary Norris
Vice President, Client Services

Janie Petrosino
Partner Talent Transformation

Leah Silver
Carepath RX

Mark Smith
Group VP of Workforce Insights, Optimization and Staffing

Cara Williams
Cottage Health

Jim Hein
VP Recruitment Services
AMN Healthcare

Sarah Haase
RVP Strategic Talent Solutions
AMN Healthcare

Jocelyn McCanse
Senior Account Executive Healthcare
Universal Background Screening

Katie Burnett
Director Human Resources
Deaconess Health System

Cathy Knorzer
Chief Nursing Officer (retired)
 University Hospitals

Tracey Schiro
Oschner Health

Renee Mitchell
Chief Administrative Officer
Zing Health

Diane Psaras
VITAS Healthcare

Jeannie Virden
Central Health

Bill Roethke
Primary Care Commercial Recruitment Lead

Kristen Alvarez
Senior Talent Acquisition Consultant
Tampa General Hospital

Debbie Bolla
Editorial Director
HRO Today

Elliot Clark
HRO Today

Dawn Whitney

2023 People in Healthcare Awards

HRO Today has a long tradition of recognizing the work of HR executives at our HRO Today Forums. In keeping with that tradition, the 2023 People in Healthcare Summit will acknowledge the work of HR leaders and teams that kept the healthcare workers we rely on engaged and ready to improve patient outcomes. Award winners will be announced during an award gala dinner at the 2023 event.

Nominations for the 2023 edition of the People in Healthcare Awards have closed. If you have been offered an extension, please submit it by the date supplied.

2022 Winners

Large System Winner

Keyantee’ Davis
Chief Human Resource Officer
Trinity Health Michigan

Mid-Tier System Winner

Tonya Hampton
Chief People and Culture Officer
Hennepin Healthcare

Team of the Year Winner

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

2022 Leaders of Distinction

Mid-Tier System

Melissa Richards
Chief Human Resources Officer

Leah Silver
Chief Human Resources Officer

Kelsey Ross
HR Director
Connect Pediatrics

Large System

Jim White
Chief Culture Officer
Ignite Medical Resorts

Laurie Colasanti
Chief of Human Resources

Andrea Kwiatkowski
Executive Director
of Enterprise Clinical Talent Acquisition
CVS Health

Team of the Year

2-day Pass with access to awards dinner

2023 Sponsors

Award Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors

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