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

4Sight Health
Academy of General Dentistry
ADA Business Innovation Group
American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Association of Endodontists
American Brain Tumor Association
American College of Healthcare Executives
American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
American College of Prosthodontists
American Dental Association
American Dental Hygienists’ Association
American Epilepsy Society
American Hospital Association
American Medical Association
American Medical Technologists (AMT)
American Nurses Association of Illinois
American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
American Society for Healthcare Risk Management of the AHA
American Society of Anesthesiologists
American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
American Society of Radiologic Technologists
American Venous Forum
Arthroscopy Assn of North America
Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education
Association Forum
Association Management Center
Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals
Association of Professional Chaplains
Center for International Credentials
Choose Chicago
Community Behavioral Healthcare Association of Illinois
Content & Marketing Director
Emergency Nurses Association
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
Illinois Psychiatric Society (this should replace what’s currently listed – Illinois Psychiatry Society)
Illinois Psychiatry Society
Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing
Institute of Real Estate Management
International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Kellen Company
National Association for Healthcare Quality
National Association of Concessioniares
National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators
National Commission on Correctional Health Care
National Health Council
North Carolina Medicaid
Oral Health America
Project Patient Care
Public Communications Inc
Quick Leonard Kieffer International
Radiological Society of North America
RK Advisory
Society of Actuaries
Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists
Society of Gynecologic Oncology
US Department of Health & Human Services
Visit Anaheim
Visit Baltimore
Visit Dallas
Visit Phoenix
Visit San Antonio
Visit Seattle

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