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NESHS Fall Conference – How Do You Get It Done?

October 20, 2022 @ 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

How Do You Get It Done?

Implementing Strategy When Operational Uncertainty and Challenges Persist

– Keynote –

David Storto – Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy & Growth Officer, Tufts Medicine

– Speakers –

Jeff Kilpatrick – Principal, The Innova Group

Wendy Weitzner – Partner, The Innova Group

Tanya Zucconi – Interim Chief Operating Officer, Stealth Behavioral health startup

Learn how healthcare leaders are driving change and executing strategy when staffing at all levels, including the C-suite, is full of vacancies, teams are stretched thin, and day-to-day operational challenges dominate.

Our speakers will offer their perspectives and tips to ensure future focused work gets done and plans are implemented. They will highlight the skills and techniques health care executives can leverage to execute your organization’s strategy during unpredictable and resource constrained times.

We’ll also be holding our annual meeting and awarding our Healthcare Strategist of the Year. Don’t miss this day of learning, networking, and celebrating!


In-person conference with lots of networking time and each speaker will include an interactive exercise.


8:15 a.m. Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:50 a.m. Welcome


9:00 a.m. – Keynote: David Storto

Addressing Today’s Major Challenges While Continuing to Plan for Future Success

David Storto will share how Wellforce transitioned from its history as a holding company to Tufts Medicine as an integrated, lower cost operating company that is committed to consumerism, value-based care and a pluralistic physician network. David will also discuss how his prior experience as a hospital executive has helped to inform and define his distinctive role as a Chief Strategy Officer. He’ll discuss lessons learned and specifically address:

  • Striking a leadership balance between being the provocateur and using a combination of relationship management, authenticity and other levers to move system-wide strategy forward.
  • Redeploying communications and strategic planning resources internally to address immediate needs to improve performance.
  • How the organization evolved its rebrand to Tufts Medicine and developed its current Mission, Vision and Values.


10:15 a.m. – Networking Break – Visit our Sponsor Tables


10:45 a.m. – Wendy Weitzner & Jeff Kilpatrick  

Executing Strategy in Times of Operational Uncertainty 


Sometimes it seems that strategy and operations are competing for organizational attention, but in fact a good strategy focuses the organization and enables decisive execution. This presentation will discuss approaches for creating implementable strategic plans and will share findings from interviews with healthcare strategists across the country on how they are implementing strategy during these times of operational uncertainty. 


12:00 p.m. – Lunch  


1:00 p.m. – NESHS Annual Business Meeting 


1:15 p.m. – NESHS Healthcare Strategist of the Year Award Presentation 


1:30 p.m. – Tanya Zucconi

Skill Building – Strategic Communication, Project Management, and Finding Comfort Amidst Chaos

Getting it Done, or How Do You Get It Done, is today’s theme. This presentation will anchor a response to that question in strategic communication and project management, describing and differentiating them from other forms of communication and frameworks for organizing work. Zucconi will draw on examples from her healthcare career and illustrate how chaos can be productive and grounding.

  2:30 p.m. – Closing Remarks

DoubleTree by Hilton
5400 Computer Drive | Westborough, MA 01581

NESHS Members: $175
Non-members: $220
Student Members: $25 (Must be a full-time student in a healthcare program.)

Questions?  Contact admin@neshs.org


October 20, 2022
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
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DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton, 5400 Computer Drive, Westborough, MA
Westborough, MA United States + Google Map