HBA St. Louis Presents Healthcare Leadership Symposium | HBA

HBA St. Louis Presents Healthcare Leadership Symposium

The Past, Present and Future of Healthcare

On 29 May 2019, HBA St. Louis presented a Leadership Symposium to celebrate our 10-year anniversary and to learn from exceptional leaders on ways in which they both impact and influence healthcare leadership. More than 100 people attended this incredible event.

Laurie Cooke, HBA CEO, provided an amazing introduction and keynote address to the afternoon’s program by sharing how the HBA is such an intricate medium for advancing the career path and development of women in healthcare. “Bring the elevator back to bring others up” Laure Cooke stated, in reference to utilizing the organization for a collective progression of others. A great reminder to us all. 

The half-day session included a Past, Present and Future Healthcare Panel discussion featuring, past presidents and the chapter’s founding members. This insightful discussion focused on change and the importance of coaching teams through change.


One of the most far-reaching and exciting advancements in the healthcare industry is with digital health. Digital health holds the promise for radically changing the way we engage with patients, payors and providers and how we deliver healthcare. 

The panel discussion was dedicated to a better understanding of what digital health is (and isn’t), how it is being utilized across the healthcare landscape today and how this will affect the way we work in the future. This sharing of valuable wisdom can be seen on "Something Extra" podcast, which can be seen here.

Panel 1 Presenters:


As our healthcare industry moves away from fee-for-service and towards a system of value-based care, healthcare organizations and professionals are faced with a rotating door of changing payment requirements, systems and laws. It can be confusing, challenging and at times daunting to keep up. It's critical for executives across all areas of healthcare to have an understanding of where the industry is headed and how value-based care and payment reform may impact the industry and their organization.

Panel 2 Presenters:


The vast majority of factors that contribute to health and well-being are socioeconomic and behavioral in nature. The reality is that zip code is a better predictor of health than genetic code. And with over 20 percent of the adult population suffering from some type of mental illness, reform is essential. Psychiatric care has largely been isolated from mainstream healthcare, despite the dramatic increase in cost incurred by patients with depression as a comorbidity.

Integrating policies and programs across public health, social support services, education, employment and community development domains increases the prospect for improved health and overall well-being in our communities.

Panel 3 Presenters:

Thank you to our amazing event sponsors, presenters, volunteers and attendees for making this such a successful event.