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Upcoming Webinar: Partnering in Pandemic Times
Partnering in Pandemic Times

October 6, 2020 | 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Pacific/2:00–3:00 p.m. Eastern
Important update regarding continuing education credits: Each person who wishes to receive a CE certificate for participating in this Webinar must register individually rather than as part of a group, must log in to the Webinar using their name, and must remain logged into the Webinar for the entire duration of the one-hour program.

Health systems across the nation are being forced to evolve to confront the extreme financial toll exacted upon them by the COVID-19 pandemic. For many, it is driving the urgency to find a partner for long-term survival. For others, it’s an opportunity to accelerate the pursuit of smart strategic partnerships to build a thriving future.

This crisis has made clear the unique, emotional position healthcare providers hold in their communities at the intersection of community health, business, and politics. Few things are as important—or political—for healthcare organizations than a transaction or major partnership. Lasting success hinges on aligning stakeholders through the event. Success also depends on knowing your options in today’s environment and being ready for the heightened scrutiny you can expect in due diligence. Add to the list, assessing your alignment strategies with community physicians—and the cost of not pursuing them.

This Webinar will discuss key considerations for boards and leaders of hospitals and health systems in the COVID era as they look to partner for scale and stability.

Learning objectives: After the Webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Describe why and how the COVID-19 pandemic is driving the urgency for healthcare organizations to find partners.
  • Define critical aspects of stakeholder alignment throughout a major partnership transaction, including strategic communications strategies for managing community perception, physician and employee engagement, elected and regulatory stakeholders, and more.
  • List the variety of partnership options in today’s environment, along with the new challenges presented to closing transactions.
  • Identify the risks of pursuing vs. not pursuing partnership opportunities.
This 60-minute program will include a live question/answer session.
Meet our presenters


David C. Pate, M.D., J.D.
Former CEO
St. Luke’s Health System (Idaho)

Veteran healthcare leader David C. Pate, M.D., J.D., is an accomplished internist, lawyer, and health system executive who brings sharp insight and a 360-degree perspective to his clients through his Of-Counsel role at Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock. Dr. Pate is the immediate past President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, Idaho. During his tenure, the eight-hospital system was consistently recognized for improvements in care quality and outcomes. It is routinely recognized as an emerging health system of note as the transformation of healthcare in America continues.


Michael Ramey

Michael provides transaction advisory services, strategic planning, business valuation, fair market value compensation analysis, and related consulting services for hospitals, healthcare systems, physician practices, and healthcare information technology companies for purposes of facilitating mergers and acquisitions, performing due diligence, acquiring physician services, and pursuing joint ventures. His primary areas of expertise are in transaction support, due diligence, valuation, financial analysis, and post-merger integration.


Isaac Squyres
Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock

A seasoned strategic communications and public affairs advisor, Isaac Squyres brings to his clients more than 20 years of experience guiding senior executives and organizations through high-stakes challenges, periods of dynamic change and significant moments of opportunity. He has worked with hospitals and health systems of virtually every size to achieve some of their most important objectives, including the formation of Idaho’s first health system (St. Luke’s Health System), and the largest provider system in South Carolina. He founded and managed Squyres Strategic Communications before joining Jarrard Inc.

Continuing Education Credits




Joint Accreditation
In support of improving patient care, The Governance Institute, a service of National Research Corporation, is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 1 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.

The Governance Institute designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


By attending this Webinar offered by The Governance Institute, a service of National Research Corporation, participants may earn up to 1 ACHE Qualified Education Hours toward initial certification or recertification of the Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) designation.


The Governance Institute, a service of National Research Corporation, is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its Web site:

Program level: Overview • No advanced preparation required

Field of Study: Business Management and Organization

Maximum potential CPE credits: 1