The 2014 AHA Annual Membership Meeting is an excellent opportunity for new and returning trustees to stay current on the latest in both health care and governance. You'll hear from noted experts and congressional leaders, and have the opportunity to voice your concerns with AHA staff.

There also are special educational opportunities tailored to the topics and skills trustees need most to help guide and shape their organizations. The AHA's Center for Healthcare Governance again will sponsor three educational sessions.

On Sunday afternoon, James E. Orlikoff, president, Orlikoff & Associates Inc., will outline the often-countervailing trends driving tumultuous change, and discuss merger mania and resulting changes in the field, and the implications for leaders.

On Monday morning, John R. Combes, M.D., president and chief operating officer of the Center for Healthcare Governance, will lead a discussion about the skills and capabilities you need to help your organization engage in transformational change. Trustees will discuss governance practices and issues to guide their organizations through the changing health care delivery and payment system.

Finally, on Tuesday morning, Lawrence Prybil, Norton Professor in Healthcare Leadership and associate dean, University of Kentucky College of Public Health, will moderate a panel to explore how three hospitals are leveraging the competencies and experiences of nurses to address the fiduciary and patient care challenges of a transforming health care system.

Throughout the four-day meeting, you'll also have numerous opportunities to meet and network with colleagues; for example, the Committee on Governance again will sponsor the Trustee Leadership Breakfast. This year we will be joined by Matthew Dowd, former chief strategist for the Bush-Cheney '04 presidential campaign and political contributor to ABC's "Good Morning America."

Early bird registration ends Friday, March 21, so register today at

Bina Eggensperger ( is COG chair and a trustee of Clark Fork Valley Hospital in Plains, Mont.