Healthcare Collaborative

About the Healthcare Collaborative

What is the Association Forum Healthcare Collaborative?

An interdisciplinary community of healthcare associations and stakeholders convened to identify pressing issues to address in common, opposed to individually.

Why Association Forum?

Association Forum is a membership organization for associations located in Chicago, IL. Chicago represents the largest concentration of healthcare and medical association in the world. We believe that a clear majority of all healthcare professionals and companies will be a powerful vehicle to affect change and influence over a dynamic and transformative future ahead for the industry. By working together, we are more likely to succeed.

Winter 2020 Healthcare Collaborative

Date: January 28, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM (CT) Reception immediately following
Location: American Dental Association, 211 E Chicago Ave, Chicago
Title: The Business of Quality in Healthcare Associations
Credit Hours: 3.5 CAE Hours

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  • 12:00 PM- Networking Lunch
  • 12:30 PM- Opening Remarks: Paul Pomerantz, CAE, CEO, American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • 12:45 PM- Keynote: Mark Chassin, MD, President and CEO, The Joint Commission, “Quality for Healthcare in the Next Decade”
  • 1:30 PM- Case Study: David Hoyt, MD President and CEO, American College of Surgeons – “Leading in Quality: How the ACS is Transforming Quality for the Surgical Patient”
  • 2:00 PM- Moderated Panel Discussion:
    • Thomas Arend, JD, CAE AAOS, Moderator
    • Mark Chassin, MD
    • David Hoyt, MD
    • Kathy O’Loughlin, DDS
  • 2:30 PM- Networking Break
  • 2:45 PM- Research: Edelman –“Trust in the Healthcare Sector”
  • 3:15 PM- Healthcare Association Executives Viewpoints:
    • Paul Pomertanz, CAE, American Society of Anesthesiologists, Moderator
    • Susan Robertson, CAE, Interim President and CEO, American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)
    • Nancy MacRae CAE, CEO, Emergency Nurses Association
    • Sherry Keramidas, Ph.D., CEO, AOTA
  • 3:45 PM- Closing Keynote: Dr. Hamed Abbazadegan, MD, Program Director, Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, “The Cosmic Transformation of Quality in Healthcare”
  • 4:30 PM- Key Discussion Highlights and Closing Remarks -Kathleen O’Loughlin, DDS, Executive Director, American Dental Association

Reception immediately following

Keynote Speaker
Mark R. Chassin, MD
, is president and chief executive officer of The Joint Commission. In this role, he oversees the activities of the nation’s leading accrediting body in health care.

Reception sponsored by
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Visit Seattle Meet & Greet

Coffee – we basically started that whole thing!

In conjunction with the Association Forum Healthcare Collaborative, Visit Seattle is sponsoring a Meet & Greet at the NEW Chicago Starbucks Roastery Reserve (the world’s largest Starbucks) from 10:30am-11:45am (flow basis) on January 28, 2020.

Visit Seattle Meet & Greet
January 28, 2020 from 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM (CT)
Chicago Starbucks Roastery Reserve
646 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
(Just a few blocks away from the American Dental Association)


Join us for a Starbucks beverage of your choice and treat from the bakery and learn about what’s brewing in Seattle! Tom Norwalk, President & CEO and Visit Seattle’s Midwest team will be there to greet you on the first floor by the main entrance. Each guest will also be entered into a drawing for a Starbucks Roastery gift basket.

We hope to see you there!


Organizations Who Have Attended

To date, 118 unique organizations have attended our Healthcare Collaboratives:

4Sight Health
Academy of General Dentistry
A-Cross Medicine Reviews
Alpha Business Images, LLC
American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
American Academy of Periodontology Foundation
American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
American Association of Diabetes Educators
American Association of Endodontists
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
American Association of Orthodontists
American Bar Association
American Board of Medical Specialties
American Brain Tumor Association
American College of Chest Physicians
American College of Healthcare Executives
American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
American College of Physicians
American College of Prosthodontists
American College of Surgeons
American Dental Assn
American Dental Association
American Dental Hygienists' Association
American Epilepsy Society
American Health Information Management Association
American Hospital Association
American Medical Association
American Medical Technologists
American Occupational Therapy Association
American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society
American Osteopathic Association
American Psychiatric Association
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
American Society for Healthcare Risk Management of the AHA
American Society of Anesthesiologists
American Society of Radiologic Technologists
American Society of Transplant Surgeons
American Student Dental Association
Arthroscopy Association of North America
ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership
Association Management Center
Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals
Association of Professional Chaplains
Balanced Growth
Bell Advisory Services
Center for International Credentials
Chicago Law Partners LLC
Choose Chicago
Congress Bookers Ltd.
Destination Cleveland
Destination DC
Destination Irvine
Destinations International
Emergency Nurses Association
Erie Family Health Center
Events Industry Council
Executive Director, Inc.
Exhibitor Education by WINH
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
High Performance Strategies
Illinois Psychiatric Society
Institute of Real Estate Management
International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management
International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
International Gynecological Cancer Society
International Panel Physicians Association
International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation
MB Moran, LLC
Meetings Today
Modern Healthcare
National Association for Healthcare Quality
National Association of Chain Drug Stores
National Board of Certification & Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists
National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators
National Commission on Correctional Health Care
National Health Council
NotBot Health
PA Consulting
Project Patient Care
Public Communications Inc. (PCI)
Quick Leonard Kieffer International
Rabinowitz & Associates
Radiological Society of North America
Rush University Hospital
Society for Vascular Surgery
Society of Actuaries Research Institute
Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists
The Avadawn Agency
The Joint Commission
The MetroHealth System
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix
Urgent Care Association (UCA)
ViMedicus, Inc.
Visit Anaheim
Visit Indy
Visit Phoenix
Visit San Antonio
Visit Seattle
Waldorf Astoria Chicago & Conrad Chicago

Healthcare Collaborative Advisory Committee


  • Thomas Arend, CAE- CEO, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Pat Blake- CEO, Heart Rhythms Society
  • Deborah Bowen, FACHE, CAE- President and CEO, American College of Healthcare Executives
  • Steven Collens- CEO, MATTER
  • Greg Heidrich- Executive Director, Society of Actuaries
  • Matt Hornberger, CAE, MBA- Executive Director, American Society for Healthcare Risk Management of the AHA
  • Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE- President and CEO, Association Forum
  • Laurie McGraw- Senior Vice President Health Solutions, American Medical Association
  • Stephanie Mercado, CAE- CEO/Executive Director, National Association for Healthcare Quality
  • Bob Moore, CAE- Executive Director, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
  • Randy Moore, CRNA, DNP, MBA- Chief Executive Officer, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
  • Kathy O’Loughlin, DMD- Executive Director, American Dental Association
  • Paul Pomerantz, FASAE, CAE- Chief Executive Officer, American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • Roger Quick- Founder and Vice Chairman, Quick Leonard Kieffer International
  • Lynne Thomas Gordon- Executive Director, American Association of Orthodontists
  • Dean Wilkerson- Executive Director, American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Rich Schuch, Ed.D- Sr. Director Education & Operations, American College of Chest Physicians
  • Terrence Sykes, MBA- Chief Development Officer, Emergency Nurses Association


  • Douglas O'Brien- Regional Director, US Department of Health and Human Services


  • Lorne Edwards, Vice President of Sales and Services, Visit Phoenix
  • Brad Kent, Senior Vice President, Visit Dallas
  • Tom Norwalk, President and CEO, Visit Seattle



Founding Partners



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Supporting Partners