Inforum Industry Groups bring together content experts and practitioners to collaborate on industry issues and share best and next practices

Inforum's HealthcareNEXT industry group is for Inforum members who want to stay ahead of health care's next curve. The group is focused on sharing knowledge, increasing understanding of key health care issues, and offering unique professional development and relationship-building opportunities for health care providers and health plans, the payer community, educators, consultants, attorneys and other experts who routinely work in health care.

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HealthcareNEXT Steering Committee

Gloria Brooks, HealthcareNEXT Co-Chair
VP, Chief Strategy Officer

Hospice of Michigan

Susan Hawkins, HealthcareNEXT Co-Chair

SVP, Quality & Patient Safety and Chief Quality Officer
Detroit Medical Center

Joan Budden

President and CEO
Priority Health

Maureen D'Agostino

VP, System Performance Excellence

Executive Director Center for Exceptional Families
Beaumont Health

Shon Dwyer

Acting Executive Director for University Hospitals

Senior Associate Director for Operations & Clinical Services

Chief Administrative Officer for Surgical Services
University of Michigan Hospitals & Health Centers

Rose Glenn
SVP and Chief Marketing Officer

Henry Ford Health System

Lori Mouton
VP, Marketing, Communications & Community Relations

Children’s Hospital of Michigan

Connie O'Malley
VP, Chief Operating Officer

Beaumont Health - Troy

Joanne Robinson
VP, Integration & Planning

Trinity Senior Living Communities

Luanne Thomas-Ewald
Regional VP, Business Development

Detroit Medical Center

VP, Business Development

Children’s Hospital of Michigan

Mary Ann Tournoux
SVP, Chief Marketing Officer

Health Alliance Plan

Mary Zuckerman

St. John Providence Physician Network



NEXT Event

March 9

HealthcareNEXT Workshop: Experience Design Thinking

How can a bold creative problem solving process transform your organization?

Design Thinking enables people to build skills for innovating, including the
ability to think creatively, work collaboratively with others, and implement
innovations. It provides a structured process for addressing challenges in all
aspects of our lives.

Join your Inforum HealthcareNEXT colleagues for a morning of learning -- and
doing–- as you experience an immersive, rapid cycle activity that touches on all
areas of the design thinking process. You will not only learn what design
thinking is, you will leave inspired to take action in your own organization.

Our guide will be Deborah Parizek, Executive Director of Henry Ford Learning Institute, a champion of design thinking’s role in changing how we think and learn, and a frequent presenter who provides actionable information with real life applications as she shares HFLI’s evolving model of success with schools, communities and businesses around the world.  Click here to read Deborah's full bio.

Event Details
Date: Wednesday, March 9
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Place: American Center, 27777 Franklin Rd. Southfield, MI 48034
Cost: Inforum Member - $20; Guest (non-member) - $30
(includes program and continental breakfast) 



Thank You To Our Generous Sponsors




PAST Events

DEC 9 - Book Launch: Unconventional Leadership by HFHS CEO Nancy Schlichting

In her just-published book, Unconventional Leadership, Henry Ford Health System CEO Nancy Schlichting reveals what it takes to succeed and how courage played a big role in both her personal and professional life.


Join us for a one-of-a-kind evening with the author to hear stories from her remarkable journey first-hand. Get to know this fascinating leader who pursues the unexpected and enables others to reach their full potential.

Each guest will receive a copy of the book that describes a leadership paradigm that will motivate, inspire, and drive new thinking in today's disruptive business environment.


A copy of Nancy’s book, Unconventional Leadership, is included with each ticket. Nancy will be available to sign copies of her book immediately following the program.



Immediately following her remarks, Nancy will be joined on stage by Linda Forte, Comerica SVP of Business Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer and Henry Ford Health System Board of Trustees, to continue the conversation. Click here for Linda's full bio.


Event Details
Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Place: Gem Theatre, 333 Madison Avenue, Detroit 48226

Tickets: $50 Inforum members (main floor seating); $65 Inforum members (VIP reception and balcony seating); $70 Non-Members (main floor seating); $85 Non-Members (VIP reception and balcony seating). All tickets include a copy of the book Unconventional Leadership.

OCT. 1 - HealthcareNEXT: Consumerism and the Patient Pocketbook

A patient's perspective on health care options is rapidly changing with a greater demand to understand health care's value proposition. With the advent of high deductible plans, increased transparency of service, access, quality and price, health care is being driven by patients as consumers more than ever before.

The power of choice is causing disruption in how health care is accessed and delivered, especially as patients are increasingly responsible and accountable for their health care expenses.

This panel discussion will explore the evolving role of the patient as a consumer and the implications of these changes for the industry, through the lenses of population health, patient empowerment and accountability, and behavior change.

Click here to view moderator and panelist bio's.
Event Details
Date: Thursday, October 1, 2015
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Place: Henry Ford Health System, Gilmour Center, One Ford Place, Detroit 48202
Cost: Inforum Member - $20; Guest (non-member) - $30
(includes program and continental breakfast) 

Thank You To Our Generous Host


July 28 - Risk-Taking Strategies for the Professional Battlefield

The very notion of risk-taking is often considered in negative terms. But what if you viewed taking risks differently?  Could intelligent risk-taking be the path to professional success?
Join Laura Byars, vice president, Human Performance, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan for a fascinating look on the importance of risk-taking strategies for careers in healthcare.
Laura will share insights from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s own strategy on intelligent risk-taking and will continue the conversation with a dynamic panel of experienced and successful risk-takers in healthcare. Click here for Laura's full bio.

Sheilah P. Clay
President and CEO
Neighborhood Service Organization
Lisa Mason
Vice President, Cost Quality
Greater Detroit Area Health Council
Jean Meyer
President and CEO
St. John Providence Health System

Click here for Jean's full bio.

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Time: 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Place: St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, 27351 Dequindre Rd., Madison Heights, 48071
Cost: Inforum Member - $20; Non-member - $30

(includes program and continental breakfast)

MCACHE  Credit 

This local program was developed collaboratively with Inforum HealthcareNEXT and the Midwest Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives. The American College of Healthcare Executives has awarded 1.5 ACHE Face to Face Education credit hours to the program.  To receive credit, your name MUST appear on the sign-in sheet.

Thank You To Our Generous Host



Upcoming Events

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