Keynote Speakers

Be stimulated and inspired by healthcare leaders and experts during the keynote presentations. Keynote speakers will present their unique perspectives in healthcare.

Thursday, March 2, 2017 

Julie Ginn Moretz

Read an interview with Julie Ginn Moretz

Julie Ginn Moretz
Family Leader/Associate Vice Chancellor, Patient- and Family-Centered Care
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Inspired by her young son's battle with heart disease — multiple surgeries and a heart transplant — Julie Moretz has spent the better part of her career as a family leader passionate about improving healthcare. Moretz is the associate vice chancellor, patient- and family-centered care, at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock, Arkansas, and has overall leadership responsibility for developing clinical and academic programs related to patient- and family-centered care. Previously, she was director of special projects with the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care based in Bethesda, Maryland. She worked on a variety of projects to develop partnerships among healthcare professionals, patients and families.

Initially, Moretz was the inaugural chairman of the Family Advisory Council at the Medical College of Georgia and served on numerous hospital improvement committees, including the 10-member Planning and Design Steering Committee that oversaw the development of the award-winning, 150-bed, 220,000-square-foot children's hospital. She was then hired as director, family services development, to manage programs that supported adult and pediatric services. In this role, she designed patient and family engagement strategies to improve quality of care, managed patient/family advisory councils and developed the Family Faculty program to incorporate patient- and family-centered care concepts in medical education.

Moretz has presented throughout North America and led a faculty team to Saudi Arabia to share the concepts of patient- and family-centered care. As a proponent of patient-centered outcomes research, she serves on the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute's (PCORI) Advisory Panel on Patient Engagement.

She is a recipient of the Woman of Excellence in Health Care Award, the American Heart Association's Lifetime Achievement Award and, in 2015, was honored with the National Healthcare Industry Access Initiative "Make A Difference" Award. Moretz and her family were featured in the PBS "Remaking American Medicine" series, "Hand-in-Hand," where she was named a "Champion of Change." Moretz and her husband David have three children — Lee, Morgan and Daniel, forever 14.

Friday, March 3, 2017 


Read an interview with Donald J. Wheeler

Donald J. Wheeler
Statistical Process Controls, Inc.
SPC Press

Donald J. Wheeler is a consulting statistician who knew and worked with W. Edwards Deming for more than 20 years. From 1970 to 1982, Wheeler taught in the statistics department at the University of Tennessee, where he was an associate professor. Since then, he has conducted more than 1,100 seminars for more than 350 organizations in 17 countries on six continents. He is author or co-author of 34 books and more than 275 articles. He is a fellow of both the American Statistical Association and the American Society for Quality, and he was awarded the Deming Medal in 2010. Through his seminars, books and articles he has had a profound impact on companies and organizations around the world.