Local State of Reform event attracts 300-plus


Senator Nathan Johnson (l to r), Charles Smith, Christian Puff and W. Stephen Love.

State of Reform made it’s first-ever appearance in North Texas yesterday attracting more than 300 attendees to its Health Policy Conference at the Irving Convention Center.

The day-long event convened leaders from across 12 different silos including health plans, hospitals, provider groups, state agency leaders, elected officials, mental health, pharma, health IT, professional services, HR/employee benefits, public health, and local government. The idea was to bring together perspectives and opinions from across the broadest scope of Texas’ healthcare sector.

The conference opened with one-on-one conversations with Dr. Fred Cerise, CEO of Parkland health & Hospital System; Fred Schuster, regional director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

An afternoon panel detailing “The Future of Texas Health Care” included Senator Nathan Johnson; Charles Smith, the former commissioner of Texas Health and Human Services; and Christian Puff, an attorney at Hall Render. DFW Hospital Council (DFWHC) President/CEO W. Stephen Love served as moderator.

DJ Wilson, president/CEO of State of Reform served as host throughout the day.

DFWHC was a sponsor of the event, with a convening panel including Love; Joel Ballew, vice president government and community affairs, Texas Health Resources; Larry James, CEO of City Square; Ken Malcomson, president/CEO of the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce; Frank McStay, senior policy advisor of Baylor Scott & White Health; and Cristal Retana, manager of community and government relations at Children’s Health.

More than 20 educational sessions were held with 60 speakers participating.

Charles Smith (left) and W. Stephen Love.

W. Stephen Love (left) and DJ Wilson.