PA Chamber Healthcare Summit – Attendee Information

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Hilton Harrisburg

(Registration, Networking, and Continental Breakfast begin at 8:00 a.m.; Program begins at 9:00 a.m.)


Hilton Harrisburg
One N. 2nd St.
Harrisburg, PA 17101

Click here for directions.


All-day self-parkers can get parking tickets validated for the Walnut Street Garage at the Hilton’s front desk for $7. This will cover a maximum of 10 hours in the garage. No exits and re-entries are permitted. The 10 hours starts as soon as you pull your ticket from the garage kiosk in the morning.

After the 10 hours, there are two options: 
1. Leave the garage and re-enter to get a new ticket for a total of $14.00 (two $7.00 validations) for the day. 
2. Stay in the garage and pay the difference – go to Park Harrisburg for parking rates.

NOTE: To receive the discounted 10-hour rate, you must have your ticket validated at the Hilton. If you use a parking garage kiosk to pay, you will NOT receive the discounted rate. 

Hotel/Conference DIRECTIONS

Hotel entrances can be found on Second Street and through the Walnut Street Garage. The conference is on the Second Floor in the Pennsylvania Ballroom.


Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. in the Pennsylvania Ballroom lobby. Stop at the registration table to pick up your name badge upon your arrival.  


To access the conference agenda, click here.


Seating is open unless otherwise noted.


Continental Breakfast – 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Lunch – 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

*if you have any dietary restrictions not noted on your registration, please email Gretchen McDonel at
Broccolini Salad with Tomatoes, Red Onion, Pumpkin Seeds, Crumbled Bacon, and Dijon Vinaigrette, gf/df
Kale and Romaine with Cherry Tomatoes, Saved Parmesan, Croutons and Garlic Lemon Vinaigrette
Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad
Bourbon Chicken with Wild Rice, Scallion, Broccoli, gf/df
Seared Salmon with Snap Peas, Carrots, Soy Sauce, Sweet Chili Glaze, df
Whipped Potatoes
Maple Glazed Carrots
Assorted Rolls and Butter


Pennsylvania Ballroom
10:15 a.m. – Navigating Medical Malpractice: Insights into Pennsylvania’s Legal Landscape
This panel aims to provide valuable insights into the intricacies of medical malpractice law, its impact on healthcare delivery, and strategies for navigating the legal landscape effectively. Panelists will examine key aspects of Pennsylvania’s legal climate pertaining to medical malpractice and provide a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by healthcare providers, patients, and the legal community in addressing medical malpractice claims.

11:30 a.m. – Harnessing AI for Transformative Healthcare
The pharmaceutical industry is experiencing a profound transformation fueled by advancements in technology, changes in regulatory landscapes, and evolving patient needs. This panel will delve into the latest developments shaping the pharmaceutical sector and explore strategies for navigating this dynamic landscape.

Metropolitan Room
10:15 a.m. – Innovations in Pharmaceuticals: Navigating Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has emerged as a disruptive force in healthcare, promising revolutionary advancements in diagnosis, treatment, and patient care. This panel will explore the multifaceted impact of AI in healthcare.

11:30 a.m. – Empowering Tomorrow’s Healthcare Workforce: Strategies for Talent Development
As the healthcare landscape evolves with technological advancements and shifting patient needs, workforce development becomes increasingly paramount. This panel will focus on exploring strategies for empowering and upskilling the healthcare workforce to meet the challenges and opportunities of the future.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Exclusive Platinum Sponsor


Breakfast & Lunch Sponsor


Bronze Sponsors

Break Sponsor

WiFi Sponsor

PA Chamber Healthcare Summit


Healthcare is a leading priority for business leaders who want to ensure workforce retention and that their employees can perform at their best both physically and mentally. However, ongoing concerns about high costs, a pro-plaintiff legal climate, and rising medical malpractice claims create uncertainty. Our Healthcare Summit is designed to address your concerns and provide information about today’s healthcare-related topics! Join us for this great day of learning and discussions with lawmakers, healthcare professionals, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and more.


Click here for more information about sponsorship opportunities for the PA Chamber Healthcare Summit.  If you have any questions please contact PA Chamber Events and Engagement Executive Jennifer O’Donnell at or 717.720.5557.


Click here to view full agenda.

Time & Place

Wednesday, May 22, 2024
8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Hilton Harrisburg
One N. 2nd Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101


Members: $250
Non-members: $325


Featured Keynotes

Valerie A. Arkoosh, MD, MPH, was appointed to lead the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services by Governor Josh Shapiro on January 17, 2023. She completed the nomination process and took office as Secretary on June 29, 2023.

Prior to this role, Secretary Arkoosh served on the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners since January 2015, when she was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Commission. Arkoosh won election to a full four-year term in November 2015 and served as Commission Vice Chair until her election as Commission Chair in November 2016. She was the first woman ever to serve in this role. Arkoosh was re-elected in November 2019 and unanimously chosen by her colleagues to again serve as Chair in January 2020. Montgomery County is the third most populous county in Pennsylvania with over 856,000 residents. The three-member Board of Commissioners oversees a budget of more than $500 million and directs more than 2,800 employees charged with administering and overseeing county functions, including human services. 

Kevin Stevens graduated from Silver Lake Regional High School in Kingston, MA where he captained the hockey, football and baseball teams. Kevin was invited to try out for both the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies. He admitted he “couldn’t hit the curve ball”, so he decided to pursue hockey.

Kevin received a full hockey scholarship to Boston College where he was a two-time All American and captain of the BC Eagles team. In 1983, he was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings, and his rights would be traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins shortly thereafter. With big dreams of making it to the NHL, Kevin smartly elected to finish his degree at BC in the event he “may have to get a real job”. Kevin graduated from BC in 1987.

From there Kevin represented the U.S. National Hockey Team at the 1987 World Championships and was a member of the 1988 US Hockey Team at the Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada.

He then went on to play for the Pittsburgh Penguins where he became one of the top left wingers and power forwards in the National Hockey League.

In Game 3 of the Prince of Wales Conference final versus Boston Bruins, May 21, 1993, Kevin became only the 25th player in NHL history to score 3 goals in a single period. He had a hat trick in the first period and would go on to score another goal before the end of the game. Penguins swept the Bruins in that series and subsequently swept the Chicago Blackhawks to win their 2nd straight Stanley Cup. 

One year later, on May 14th, 1993, the Penguins were playing the NY Islanders in game 7 of the Patrick Division Finals. Early in the first period, Kevin skated hard and checked Islanders defenseman Rich Pilon, but hit Pilon’s visor with so much force that it knocked Kevin unconscious. Kevin landed face first on the ice; having been knocked out, he was unable to soften the blow when he landed. Kevin shattered most of the bones in his face and required extensive reconstructive surgery. Doctors cut an incision below his hairline from ear to ear, which was later closed with over 140 stitches, peeled back his skin and reassembled the bones in Kevin’s face with the use of 9 metal plates.

This is where the real journey begins…

Program highlights

Navigating Medical Malpractice: Insights into Pennsylvania’s Legal Landscape
Chad Goebel, Shareholder and Co-Chair, Healthcare Litigation, Saxton & Stump
Mary Ellen Nepps, Senior Counsel, University of Pennsylvania, Office of General Counsel
Robin Snyder, Director, Health Care Department, Marshall Dennehy
Curt Schroder – Moderator, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Coalition for Civil Justice Reform

Innovations in Pharmaceuticals: Navigating Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities
Julian Ritchey, Head, Sanofi US Vaccines Public Affairs and Patient Advocacy, Sanofi
Elyse Munoz, Director, Research and Insights, Thought Leadership, IQVIA
Charise Richard, Sr. Director, State Policy, PhRMA
Neal Lesher – Moderator, Director of Government Affairs, PA Chamber of Business and Industry

Harnessing AI for Transformative Healthcare
Dawei Liu, Global AI Lead, Olympus Corporation of the Americas
Dr. Morgan Jeffries, Neurohospitalist & Associate Medical Director for AI, Geisinger Health System
Karen Odash, Associate, Fisher & Phillips, LLP
Seon Rockwell, Managing Director Health Transformation Leader, Deloitte
Neal Lesher – Moderator, Director of Government Affairs, PA Chamber of Business and Industry

Empowering Tomorrow’s Healthcare Workforce: Strategies for Talent Development and Innovation
 Laurie Badzek, Dean and Professor, Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing at Penn State
Nicole Stallings, President and CEO, Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania
Heather Major, Executive Director, Independence Blue Cross Foundation
Lauren Holubec, Sr. Vice President, Business and Workforce Development, Emerge Education

Perspectives on Behavioral Health: Advancing Equity, Access, and Resilience
James Kinville, Senior Director, EAP, Workpartners
Andrew Stocker, Mid-Atlantic Vice President, Regional & Small Business Solutions, MetLife
Dr. Kenneth Rogers, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Behavioral Health, Wellspan
Dr. Anil Singh SVP, Executive Medical Director, Population and Curated Health, Highmark Health
Alex Halper – Moderator, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs, PA Chamber of Business and Industry

Click here to view the agenda

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Exclusive Platinum Sponsor


Breakfast & Lunch Sponsor


Bronze Sponsors

Break Sponsor

WiFi Sponsor

Why Self-Insurance is Right For Your Company

Do you have 20 or more employees participating in your health plan? Empower your business to take control of rising health care costs! Join PA Chamber Insurance (PCI) in partnership with Benecon for a FREE, no-commitment informational webinar to learn about money-saving solutions available through the PCI Benefits Consortium.

The PCI Benefits Consortium is an increasingly popular alternative for small and mid-size companies with 20 or more enrolled employees to manage healthcare costs, increase cash flow advantages, provide risk protection, gain financial control and implement optional wellness initiatives.


Paula Beleck, Senior Benefit Sales Consultant, PA Chamber Insurance (PCI) joins Jamie Burgess, CSFS, Sales Director, Benecon, to cover the basics and benefits of self-insuring including:

     •  How self-insuring could be a viable option for your company’s healthcare needs

     •  How the PCI Benefits Consortium can lower your costs now and in future years

     •  How to realize cost savings through claims review/management and elimination of premium taxes and excessive expense charges

     •  How to capitalize on Employee Health and Well-Being

Following the presentation, participants will have an opportunity to engage in Q&A with the speakers.

Time & Place

Wednesday, September 20, 2023
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Platform: Zoom

Price: FREE



Jamie Burgess, CSFS, is a Sales Director for Benecon. Jamie works with consultants and clients to find health care solutions via self-funded consortium programs.

Paula Beleck is a Senior Benefits Sales Consultant with PA Chamber Insurance. She’s been working with PA Chamber Insurance majority of her 21 years in the employee benefits space. She is passionate about working with employers of all sizes to be creative when consulting and strategizing their employee benefits platform.


2023 Health & Wellness Summit


Are you looking to attract and retain talent in your company, and plan for a bright future with an approach to your and your employees’ overall wellness? Then you won’t want to miss PA Chamber Insurance’s inaugural Health and Wellness Summit!

Join us from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 11 at the Harrisburg Hilton for this exciting day of networking and information sharing. Studies show that today’s job seekers want companies to offer holistic benefits packages where their mental and physical health is paramount, and we’ll give you the tools you need to take your business to the next level!


Click here for information and pricing regarding valuable sponsorship opportunities that are available for the PCI Health & Wellness Summit. To learn more, please contact Events and Engagement Executive Jennifer O’Donnell at or 717.720.5557.


Time & Place

Thursday, May 11, 2023
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Hilton Harrisburg
One N. 2nd Steet
Harrisburg. PA


Members: $250
Non-Members: $325


EVENT Sponsors