Health Connect South Annual Conference

September 26, 8:00am, EDT - 3:00pm, EDT

Georgia Aquarium

Atlanta, GA


Join us for the 6th Annual Health Connect South on September 26, 2019!

Health Connect South is a unique forum that creates collaborations and partnerships to advance health. The 6th annual event will be our largest face to face meeting with over 600 health leaders from across the region. The health topics covered are broad to create interdisciplinary partnerships but also specific in order to tackle current health challenges. This is the platform for health leaders to come hear and talk about "the new" in health, the current challenges, and possible solutions.


Key Note Speaker Dan Heath - New York Times best selling Author and Senior Fellow Duke University


Views From the Top: Leading Successful Strategic Partnerships

Dr Ninfa Saunders, FACHE – CEO, Navicent Health System

Candice L. Sanders, FACHE - CEO & President, Wellstar Health System

Cathy Cox, JD – Dean, Mercer University School of Law


Rural Health: Leading Innovations and Better Outcomes

Jean Sumner, MD – Dean, Mercer University School of Medicine

Jacob Warren, PhD, MBA - Director, Center for Rural Health and Health Disparities

Keisha Callins, MD, MPH - Chair and Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Medicine, Mercer University School of Medicine


Healthcare Investment Trends: Accelerating Health Horizons

Kenneth Saffold – Director, BlackRock

Eller Mallchok - Managing Director, Jumpstart Foundry

Ben Scruggs, PhD – Associate, Hatteras Venture Partners

Bob Crutchfield, Moderator


5 Keys to Collaboration and Partnership Success

Duane Barnes - President & Head, US Operations UCB, Inc


The Brain: Researching the Next Frontier

Vince Calhoun, PhD - Founding director of the Center for Translational Research in Neuroimaging and Data Science, Georgia State University


Genomics: How Partnerships are Transforming the Future of Healthcare

Devin Absher, PhD -Faculty Investigator, Director of Genomic Health, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology

Laura Grill, CEO - East Alabama Medical Center

Jim Weyhemyer, PhD - Vice President for Research, Auburn University


Managing Innovation: Near Term Goals and the Pipeline for Long Term Success

Lee Barnes - Senior Vice President, Global R&D and Clinical Affairs, Avanos Medical


Pediatric Cancer: The American Cancer Society's Perspectives and Progress

Gary Reedy, MD – CEO, American Cancer Society


Pediatric Cancer: How Partnering Together Changed the Prognosis of Possible

Kathleen Ruddy – CEO, St. Baldricks

Sharon Byers - Chief Development, Marketing and Communications Officer, American Cancer Society

Don Mueller – CEO, Children's Hospital at Erlanger


Disruptive Innovations in Healthcare Delivery: (Qualified ACHE Face-to-Face Credit 1.5 hours)

Sonja McLendon - Chief of Operational Excellence, NGHS

Ben Isgur - Leader, Health Research Institute at PwC

Lee Philip - Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Guidewell

David Widmann – President & CEO Konica Minolta

Sepi Browning - GAHIMSS


Stroke Care: Creating an Epicenter of Excellence

Michael Frankel, MD – Director, Marcus Stroke & Neuroscience Center Grady Memorial Hospital

Diane Foster, RN, BSN, MBA - Vice President, Quality & Systems Improvement, Greater Southeast Affiliate American Heart Association

Carol Fleming, BSN, RN, CCRN - Clinical Outreach Director, Marcus Stroke Network

Deborah Camp, RN, MHA - Stroke Program Manager, Piedmont Newnan Hospital

Fred Sanfilippo, MD - Medical Director and Trustee, The Marcus Foundation, Inc.


Philanthropy, Partnerships & Progress: Leading Community Change

Gary Nelson – President, Healthcare GA Foundation

Bobbi Cleveland - Executive Director, Tull Charitable Foundation

Alicia Philip- President, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Milton Little - President & CEO, United Way of Greater Atlanta


Mental Health: How We Solve the Mental Health Crisis in the US and Around the World

Eve Byrd – Director, Carter Center Mental Health Program

Anita Sharpe - Bureau Chief & Editor at Large, Bloomberg News