2018 HQI Conference Discount Deadline, Sept. 28
Fifth Annual HQI Conference held in Huntington Beach, CA

The 2018 Hospital Quality Institute Conference, to take place Oct. 28-30, will help hospital staff, health care providers, students and residents achieve increasing levels of performance through a culture of respect and professionalism. Attendees will learn strategies and take home tools for achieving reliable care and delivering value to each patient, each time and in each community. Featuring interactive learning and networking opportunities, the conference also offers half-off registration to students, medical residents and patient family advisors. In addition, groups of four can receive one free registration by calling (916) 552-7600.  Register online by Sept. 28 at 9:00 p.m. PDT to receive the discounted tuition. Tuition increases by $100 after the deadline.

The Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa is the conference’s host hotel. Reservations can be made online or by calling (877) 313-6645. To receive the discounted rate, reserve by Oct. 8 and mention the 2018 Hospital Quality Institute Conference. The hotel’s discounted room rate is $259 +$10 resort fee per night.

Conference faculty include:

  • Allison Massari, having journeyed to the extremes of human endurance, will provide a voice for the power of resolute kindness and perseverance, and tools for courage, compassion, and resilience in the face of challenges.
  • Vivek Murthy, MD, physician, public health advocate, entrepreneur and one of the youngest Surgeon Generals in US history, will address social determinants of health and the future of healthcare.
  • Jim Bagian, MD, PE, physician, engineer, former NASA astronaut, and director of the Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety at the University of Michigan, who will share how to apply human factors engineering principles to make healthcare safer, more effective, and efficient.
  • Yvonne Cagle, MD, family physician, retired U.S. Air Force colonel, one of the first African-American women selected for NASA’s astronaut program, and consulting professor at Stanford University’s Department of Cardiovascular Medicine and Department of Electrical Engineering, will serve on panel with Dr. Bagian. 
  • Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, MD, PhD, who leads the UCSF Cardiovascular Disease Policy Model group, will share her work on racial, ethnic, and income differences in manifestations of chronic disease and effective clinical, public health, and policy interventions aimed at prevention.
  • Shelly Buck, DNP, MBA, RN, Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nurse Executive at WellSpan Health, who will discuss her recent experience orchestrating cultural and patient care transformation at Bon Secours Health System in Baltimore.  
  • Arjun Srinivasan, MD, infectious disease physician, captain in the US Public Health Service and associate director for Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will share how to champion antibiotic stewardship.
  • Maurice Garcia, MD, MAS, program director of Transgender Surgery and Health Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, who will describe patient strategies to optimize patient satisfaction, safety, and cultural competence of the care environment by identifying common potential pitfalls in the care environment for the LGBTQ community and identify examples of resources available to providers.
  • Stephen Kingsmore, MD, DSc, president and chief operating officer of the Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine, who will share how his team is implementing pediatric genomic medicine on an unprecedented scale. Time magazine ranked his rapid genome diagnosis one of the top 10 medical breakthroughs of 2012.
  • Donna Smith, MD, medical director at Virginia Mason Medical Center, Hannah Snyder, MD, at UCSF and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Mark Vrahas, MD, orthopedics chair at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, who will share compassionate communication techniques, treatment support for hospitalized patients with opioid use disorder and using virtual reality as a tool to offer alternative interventions.