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Leading the Transformation

The Future of Health Care Conference

Great Topics. Insightful Speakers. Impactful Learning.

Join your peers in the health care community on March 14 at the 2024 Future of Health Care Conference! Connect with industry thought leaders, exchange innovative ideas, confront shared challenges, and discover practical solutions for your organization.

Our lineup of speakers includes influential voices from HealthPartners, Mayo Clinic Health System, Sanford Health, Optum, 3M, and Best Buy Health. Each session is carefully crafted to address the evolving needs of the health care industry.

Be part of the conversation:

  • Addressing industry challenges: Discuss the challenges currently facing health care industry stakeholders today, particularly in the face of a changing marketplace and unprecedented financial difficulties.

  • Learning from leaders: Hear how health care leaders are navigating major obstacles, including workforce shortages, access bottlenecks, shifting policy landscapes, new industry entrants, and the potential of Artificial Intelligence to become a transformative force for change.

  • Exploring innovations: Learn about the latest industry innovations and technologies in health care, such as the emergence of AI. Gain new insights into the potential impact of these advancements throughout the industry.

Our annual conference is offered at a low registration cost to allow the maximum amount of health care leaders to attend. Invite your coworkers and gather your Health Care MBA alumni cohort to learn about trending topics in health care!

Hosted by the Opus College of Business Health Care MBA at the University of St. Thomas.

Event Details

Thursday, March 14
7:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

University of St. Thomas
St. Paul campus and virtual

Registration: $125

A continental breakfast, lunch, and parking are included with your registration.


Melissa Guertin

Health Care MBA Program Coordinator

Conference Agenda

The Future of Health Care Conference begins at 7 a.m. with registration, coffee, and continental breakfast. Our panel sessions and keynote speaker will run until 3:15 p.m. with time for breaks and lunch.

Full conference agenda with speaker bios

7:30-7:45 a.m.

Rob Vischer
President, University of St. Thomas

Laura Dunham
Dean, Opus College of Business

7:45-9 a.m.

It has been another challenging year for health care providers. In this roundtable, industry leaders discuss the threats and opportunities facing our regional health care systems while also exploring emerging strategies as health care leaders navigate an uncertain future.

Panel Speakers:

  • Andrea Walsh, President and CEO of HealthPartners
  • Luis Garcia, President of Sanford Clinic and Sanford World Clinic
  • Mike Phelps, President and CEO of Ridgeview Medical Center
  • Barbara Joers, President and CEO of Gillette Children's Specialty Health Care

9:15-10:45 a.m.

Today's health care industry stakeholders are trying to position themselves to thrive in the future health care environment. 3M has long provided the digital framework for much of today's national health policy. How will Solventum, 3M's new health care spinoff launching this year, fulfill its promise of “enabling better, smarter, safer health care to improve lives”?

The state faces a continuing series of challenges for its health care system and the Minnesota Department of Health is leading many of the strategies to successfully meet them. Some of these include: increasing health care costs, rural access to health care, continuing the state's successful response to Covid-19, and the growing challenge of maintaining an adequate health care workforce. How will MDH help Minnesota maintain its leadership as one of the healthiest states in the country?


  • Megan Carr, VP Regulatory and Payer Solutions at 3M Health Information Systems
  • Brooke Cunningham, Commissioner at Minnesota Department of Health

11:15-12:15 p.m.

Hospitals are experiencing significant delays in discharges due to a shortage of openings in post-acute care facilities, leading to financial strain on patients and their families. How can the health care system adapt to address this challenge?


  • Dean Eide, Vice Chair Administration at Mayo Clinic Health System
  • Mindy Stewart-Coffee, NVP, Palliative Care at Optum
  • Joel Theisen, CEO/Founder of Lifespark

1:15-2:15 p.m.

Our health care industry seems ripe for disruption, especially in the wake of Covid 19. But who will be able to play the role of the disruptor? Will they be able to overcome the challenges of disrupting established markets and bring their innovative ideas to fruition? Will AI live up to its potential as a disruptor's tool to revolutionize patient care delivery?


  • Rich Birhanzel, Senior Managing Director at Accenture
  • Matthew Versaggi, Senior Leader in the AI/health care space and former Optum Technology /UnitedHealthcare
  • Cory Shannon, Senior Director Product Offering and Strategy, Best Buy Health
  • Karen Scott, Health Plan Partnerships, Google

Moderator: Ryan Johnson, Shareholder at Fredrikson

2:15-3:15 p.m.

The Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission has been a national model for managing health care costs and Medicare has recently added this model as an option for utilization by other states. The potential for Minnesota participation will be a key question for the future of health care in this state.

Join us for an overview of the Maryland Cost Review Commission and learn about the challenges and opportunities of working in this environment.


Tom Kleinhanzel, the Chair of the Maryland Hospital Association and the CEO of Fredrick Health

Event Parking

Anderson Student Parking Facility is at the corner of Cretin and Grand Ave, St. Paul.

Follow signs to the 3rd or 4th floor to access complimentary parking for the conference. Other parking floors are fee-based.

Once you park, exit, and go to the crosswalk right outside the parking garage (Grand Avenue and Cretin Avenue). Cross Cretin Avenue and walk one block north to the Anderson Student Center on the northeast corner of Cretin Avenue and Summit Avenue. The Anderson Student Center will be located on your right. The conference is on the third floor of the Anderson Student Center.

A special thank you to our sponsors

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