Join Us July 16-18, Amelia Island, Fla.

Keynote Speaker Steve Pemberton

Steve Pemberton’s powerful story is about defying the seemingly insurmountable odds of the path of the unchosen. Orphaned into foster care, he is abandoned and betrayed by the very individuals entrusted with his care. Yet these challenges only fuel his desire to become what he never had and in so doing find success as a trail-blazing corporate executive, enlightened people leader, visionary youth advocate and acclaimed speaker. His critically acclaimed memoir, A Chance in the World, recounts his triumphant life journey and drive to become a man of resilience, determination and vision. Now a major motion picture, A Chance in the World further amplifies Steve’s highly motivational messages: Believe in your dreams, rise above obstacles, create opportunities for others, and most of all, persevere.

Meeting Registration

Registration Fees: $595 for members and $195 for guests.

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Hotel Reservations

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
4750 Amelia Island Pkwy

Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Hotel Room Rates: $289/night

(Hotel reservations are available after you've registered for the conference.)

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Reservation Deadline: June 27th

Due to heavy summer activity, we recommend that you make your reservations as soon as possible. The reservation deadline is June 27th. After this date, rooms will be sold on a space- and rate-available basis.

Schedule at a Glance

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Monday, July 16, 2018


3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.       Registration


6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.       Cocktail Reception


Tuesday, July 17, 2018


7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.     Registration


8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.       Breakfast Session

Engaging Physicians in a Shared Quality Agenda

Shari Welch, M.D. FACEP, FACHE


9:30 a.m-9:45 a.m.        Break


9:45 a.m.-10:30 a.m.     Opening Remarks, Awards & Recognition


10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.   Educational Session

Healthcare MegaTrends: Major Changes & Tipping Points

Paul Keckley, PhD


11:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.   Break


11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.   Educational Session

A Hospital's Role in Community Health – Diabetes Prevention and Management

Moderated by Ellis "Mac" Knight, MD, MBA Senior VP and CMO,

Coker Group

Featuring Floyd Health System and Tanner Medical Center


12:45 p.m.-2:00 p.m.     Lunch Program

Renee Ellmers, HHS


7:00 p.m.-8:45 p.m.       Dinner & Entertainment 

Sea, Salt and Sand


Wednesday, July 18, 2018


7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.     Registration


8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.       Prayer Breakfast

Servant Leadership

Rob Followell


9:30 a.m-9:45 a.m.        Break


9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m.     Closing Keynote 

A Chance in the World

Steve Pemberton


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