Annual Meeting

2017 CHA Annual Meeting

Connecticut Hospitals: Building a Healthier Connecticut

The Connecticut Hospital Association will welcome hospital CEOs, senior hospital administrators, physicians, and other key hospital and healthcare decision makers at its 99th Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.

The theme of this year’s meeting is Connecticut Hospitals: Building a Healthier Connecticut.  The theme reflects hospitals’ 2017 advocacy focus on building a healthier state – with healthier people, healthier communities, and a healthier economy that comes from a strong hospital and healthcare sector. 

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Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist and MSNBC analyst Eugene Robinson will deliver the keynote address.  Mr. Robinson is on the front lines of news coverage every day.  His twice-weekly column is syndicated in 145 newspapers across the nation.  In his three decades at The Washington Post, Mr. Robinson has been city hall reporter, city editor, foreign correspondent in Buenos Aires and London, foreign editor, and assistant managing editor in charge of the paper’s award winning Style section.  He has written books about race in Brazil and music in Cuba, covered a heavyweight championship fight, witnessed riots in Philadelphia and a murder trial in the deepest Amazon, sat with Presidents and Dictators and the Queen of England, trusted and parried with hair-proud politicians from sea to shining sea, handicapped three editions of American Idol, acquired fluent Spanish and passable Portuguese and even, thanks to his two sons, come to an uneasy truce with hip-hop culture.  

Mr. Robinson’s remarkable story-telling ability has won him wide acclaim, most notably as the winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for his commentary on the 2008 presidential race. 

With an innate ability to cut through the clutter and provide clarity on the day’s events, Mr. Robinson’s insights on the current political realities and the impact on healthcare are free of the usual inside-the-beltway jargon.  While media outlets may be tempted to churn out news served on a platter by candidates and companies, Mr. Robinson takes a step back not only to look at the big picture, but to focus on deeds—not just words.  Whether he’s assessing politicians, cliff-hanging events on Wall Street, or handicapping elections, he reminds us that politics may not be for the faint of heart but sure can be fun to watch.