Accountable Communities Conference

Tree ImageSouthwestern Vermont Health Care, with program support from the Vermont Health Care Innovation Project, is delighted to present a regional health care conference on building accountable communities in this era of health care reform. Please join us on September 20th at the Grand Summit Resort Hotel and Conference Center at Mount Snow, VT, for an exciting day of learning and networking. A welcome reception at the resort is planned for the evening of September 19th at Harriman’s Restaurant.

Our informative program features Mary D. Naylor, PhD, FAAN, RN, the Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology and Director of the New Courtland Center for Transitions and Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. For the past two decades, Dr. Naylor has led an interdisciplinary program of research designed to improve the quality of care, decrease unnecessary hospitalizations and reduce health care costs for vulnerable community-based older adults. Plenary presentations will be made by Kevin C. Stone, BA, MBA, Project Specialist for Accountable Care Organization Development and Regional Services at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and Heidi A. Klein, MSPH, Public Health Director of Planning and Health Care Quality for the Vermont Department of Health.



6 – 8 p.m.
Welcome Networking Reception
Harriman’s Restaurant at Grand Summit Resort


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Registration & Review of Poster Presentations
Somerset Lobby and East

7:30 to 8:45 a.m. 
Continental Breakfast 
Somerset Lobby and East

8:30 am to 8:45 am
Welcome and Opening Remarks from Thomas A. Dee, FACHE President and CEO, Southwestern Vermont Health Care Corporation
Somerset Central and West

Mary Naylor Photo8:45 to 10 a.m.
Keynote Presentation: The Relationship of Transitional Care to Population Health & System Redesign
By Mary Naylor, PhD, FAAN, RN; Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology; Director, New Courtland Center for Transitions & Health; Univ. of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Somerset Central and West

10 to 10:20 a.m. 
Break: Opportunity for networking and review of poster presentations
Somerset Ballroom

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 
Interest Table Discussions Divided by Topic
Raponda Rooms & Deerfield North

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
Luncheon and Q&A Session with Dr. Mary Naylor
Somerset East, Central and North

Kevin Stoneb12:30 to 1:30 p.m. 
First Plenary Session: Financial Implications of Accountable Care Organizations
Kevin Stone, BA, MBA; Senior Consultant and Principal, Helms & Company; Project Specialist for Accountable Care Organization Development and Regional Services, Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Somerset Central and West

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Panel Presentation: ACO Success Stories
Moderator: Gay Landstrom, PhD, RN, NEA-BC; Executive Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Interim Chief Executive Officer of Mount Ascutney Hospital
Somerset Ballroom

2:30 to 2:45 p.m.
Brief Break: Opportunity for networking and review of poster presentations
Somerset Ballroom

Heidi Klein portrait 20162:45 to 3:45 p.m.
Second Plenary Session: Integrating Population Health and Prevention in Health Care Reform: Vermont’s Exploration of Accountable Communities for Health
Heidi Klein, MSPH; Public Health Director of Planning and Health Care Quality for the Vermont Department of Health
Somerset Central and West

3:45 to 4 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Somerset Central and West

More Conference Information


  • Early bird registration online (before August 21): $175 per person

  • Advance registration online (August 22 – September 16): $225 per person.

  • Onsite registration (after September 16): $249 per person

  • To register by mail print the form and mail to:
    Southwestern Vermont Health Care, Attn: Beth Dillard,
    100 Hospital Drive, Bennington, VT 05201.

    Registrations may be paid by check or credit card. Please make checks payable to SVHC.

Credit Hours

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Education Department is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Vermont State Nurses Association's Committee on Education, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. To receive credit for each session, conference participants will need to attend the entire session and complete an evaluation. This conference is approved for 4.25 nursing credit hours. It may take up to two months to receive your certificate for your CEUs.


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Hotel Arrangements

gshlogoThe Grand Summit Resort Hotel and Conference Center at Mount Snow will be the location for this conference.

Mailing Address: 89 Grand Summit Way
West Dover, VT 05356 

For Google Maps or GPS Navigation: Mt. Snow Main Entrance
394 Route 100
West Dover, VT 05356

A block of rooms is reserved at a special conference rate of $109 per room per night, plus 18% for tax and service fees. The block will be available until August 21, or until the blocked rooms are filled, at which time reservations will be subject to space and rate availability. To make your reservations and receive the conference rate, call 800-817-0764 and refer to the Southwestern Vermont Health Care group. Reservations for lodging must be made directly with the hotel.