North America Healthcare Forum


18th/19th September, 2018

Aviva Stadium, Dublin


Join Enterprise Ireland for the exciting opportunity to connect with senior executives from leading North America healthcare groups at the inaugural North America Healthcare Forum.

This two-day event allows Enterprise Ireland clients to meet and learn from senior executives in healthcare systems and hospitals throughout the United States & Canada, including:

  • Adventist Health, Florida
  • Hamilton Health Sciences, Ontario
  • Lahey Health, Massachusetts
  • Northwell Health, New York
  • OSF Healthcare, Illinois
  • Partners' Health, Massachusetts
  • Sick Kids Hospital, Toronto
  • Southlake Regional Hospital, Ontario
Why attend?
  • Meet and network with over 30 C-Level Executives from North American hospital groups, responsible collectively for more than 30 million patients.
  • Hear healthcare decision-makers discuss the major clinical, operational and regulatory challenges affecting hospitals in the United States and Canada, and the opportunities they bring for innovation and technology.
  • Compare the similarities and differences in the Irish, Canadian and American health systems.
  • Learn from subject matter experts in areas such as healthcare investment, reimbursement and route-to-market strategy.
  • Hear first-hand from Irish companies who have successfully navigated the North American healthcare market.
  • Engage with Enterprise Ireland’s sectoral specialists from the US & Canada to give your business tailored advice on market entry.

Arden Krystal, CEO Southlake Regional Hospital

Arden Krystal, CEO Southlake Regional Hospital
Arden Krystal is the President and CEO of Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, Ontario. Southlake serves a population of almost 1.5 million people in York Region and Simcoe county, with regional cancer and cardiac programs and a full slate of services from surgery to mental health to children’s and women’s care.
Prior to her arrival at Southlake, Ms. Krystal held senior executive operations roles at two of the largest health authorities in British Columbia - the Fraser Health Authority and the Provincial Health Services Authority, with responsibilities spanning the full continuum of care, including public health, acute community, tertiary and quaternary research and academic organizations. Her portfolios also included responsibility for non-clinical services, such as quality, risk and human resources; and she has overseen, as clinical executive sponsor, major public-private partnership (P3) capital projects in the hospital sector.
Arden started her career as a registered nurse in medical and surgical oncology. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (hon) and a Master of Health Administration, both from the University of British Columbia, and completed the Managing Health Delivery certificate program at Harvard University.

Michael Dowling, President & CEO Northwell Health

Michael Dowling, President & CEO Northwell Health
Michael J. Dowling is president and chief executive officer of Northwell Health, which delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and a visionary approach to medical education highlighted by the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies.
Prior to becoming president and CEO in 2002, Mr. Dowling was the health system’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. Before joining Northwell Health in 1995, he was a senior vice president at Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
Mr. Dowling served in New York State government for 12 years, including seven years as state director of Health, Education and Human Services and deputy secretary to the governor. He was also commissioner of the New York State Department of Social Services.
Before his public service career, Mr. Dowling was a professor of social policy and assistant dean at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services, and director of the Fordham campus in Westchester County.
Mr. Dowling is chair of the Healthcare Institute and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences and the North American Board of the Smurfit School of Business at University College, Dublin, Ireland. He also serves as a board member of the Long Island Association. He is past chair and a current board member of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL), the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA), the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) and the League of Voluntary Hospitals of New York. Mr. Dowling was an instructor at the Center for Continuing Professional Education at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Mr. Dowling grew up in Limerick, Ireland. He earned his undergraduate degree from University College Cork (UCC), Ireland, and his master’s degree from Fordham University. He also has honorary doctorates from Queen's University Belfast, University College Dublin, Hofstra University, Dowling College and Fordham University.

Chris Coburn, Chief Innovation Officer, Partners HealthCare System and President of Partners HealthCare International

Chris Coburn is Chief Innovation Officer, Partners HealthCare System and President of Partners HealthCare International.
Mr. Coburn leads a team of more than 110 tasked with the worldwide commercial application of the unique capabilities and discoveries of Partners’ faculty and its 73,000 employees. His unit’s business development responsibilities include international consulting, innovation management, industry collaborations, investing, company creation, and licensing. 2016 commercialization revenue exceeded $118 million. His group guides more than $300 million reserved for investment in companies based on Partners developed technologies. Over 210 companies have been spun-off from Partners in the last decade. Provider strategy and operational consulting has been delivered to clients in nearly 20 countries during that time.
Prior to joining Partners, Mr. Coburn was the founding director of Cleveland Clinic Innovations and served for 13 years as its executive leader. During his tenure Cleveland Clinic spun off 57 companies that raised more than $700 million in equity financing. Cleveland Clinic had no technology-based spin-offs before Coburn’s arrival. He also implemented an innovation alliance network in which Cleveland Clinic directly supports technology commercialization for healthcare systems throughout the United States.
Mr. Coburn has been a member of numerous corporate and community boards including Explorys (acquired by IBM), Autonomic Technologies, and the U.S. Enrichment Corporation (NYSE:USU). He currently serves on the Boards of NEHI and the Museum of Science, Boston (Overseers). He is a former Vice President and General Manager of Battelle Memorial Institute.


Agenda - Day 1 - September 18, 2018
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
8:00amArrival & Registration
8:30am - 8:45amWelcome

Jonathan Healy - Broadcaster and Journalist

Kevin Sherry, Executive Director, Global Business Development, Enterprise Ireland

08:45am - 9.00amMinisterial Address

Pat Breen T.D.

Minister for State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection

9:00am - 10:00amChallenges of the Day

C-level executives from health systems across the US and Canada reflect on the major healthcare challenges of the day, as well as the operational ‘pain-points’ they face in their individual organisations. What steps are these leaders taking to harness technology and innovation for the advancement of healthcare delivery?

Moderator - Dave Shanahan - Board Member, Enterprise Ireland


  • Michelle Conger, Chief Strategy Officer, OSF Healthcare
  • Brian Donley, CEO, Cleveland Clinic UK
  • Arden Krystal, CEO Southlake Regional Hospital
  • Rob MacIasac, CEO & President, Hamilton Health Sciences
  • David Longworth, Interim CEO, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center
10:00am - 10:30amHealth Innovation in Ireland

Overview of Ireland’s health innovation eco-system and Enterprise Ireland’s role in supporting the commercialization and growth of world-class healthcare technologies.

Deirdre Glenn – Director, Lifesciences & Food Commercialization and Manager of Lifesciences Sector Market Department, Enterprise Ireland

10:30am - 10:50amCoffee Break
11:50am - 11:30amNavigating the Maze: Perspectives on Health Insurance and Reimbursement

Global healthcare costs, due in part to aging populations, increasing prevalence of chronic conditions and rising obesity levels, are at an all-time high and increasing at an unsustainable pace. This puts pressure on healthcare providers to pursue reimbursement strategies that deliver the most value for their patients.

Focused on the United States, this session will shed light on the current trends in health insurance and healthcare reimbursement, offering valuable insight for innovators seeking to make a difference in the system.

L.E.K. is a global strategy consulting firm with clients and presence in the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. With decades of hands-on expertise with payers, providers and other constituents, LEK works closely with senior executives in healthcare organisations across the globe to diagnose issues and develop and implement performance improvement plans.

  • Kevin Grabenstatter, Managing Director Healthcare Services, LEK Consulting
  • Tom Rekart, Executive in Residence, LEK Consulting
  • Bill Frack, Managing Director and Partner, Healthcare Services, LEK Consulting
11:30am - 12:30pmHealthcare: Embracing Deep Technology

Healthcare is frequently criticized for lagging behind other industries in its adoption of new and novel technologies. With the dawn of the deep technology era, how can providers harness the benefits of AI and blockchain in improving patient outcomes, all the while combatting the challenges posed by cybersecurity and data privacy?

Moderator: Martin Kelly and Chandana Fotzgerald, Health XL

  • 15 mins fireside interview with Chris Coburn, Partners Healthcare, followed by panel discussion.

Panel Participants

  • Iris Berman, VP Telehealth Services, Northwell Health
  • Ron Johnson, Chief Information Officer, Eastern Health
  • Robyn Muzeka, Technology Innovation Lead, Adventist
12:30pm - 1:30pmLunch
1:30pm - 2:30pmAn Irish Perspective: Adding Value to North American Health Systems

Representatives of successful Enterprise Ireland companies discuss best practices and pitfalls when navigating the US & Canadian healthcare markets. This session will offer valuable insights for other companies looking towards North America, and presents an opportunity for providers to see how ‘the other side’ thinks.

Moderator: Linda Moulton - Chief Operating Officer, Village Health Work

  • Aoife Ni Mhuiri, CEO, Salaso
  • Dr. Frank Dolphin, Chairman, RelateCare
  • Noel O’Hanlon, CEO, Genesis Automation
  • Eileen Duffy, Associate Director, Aerogen
  • Mark McCloskey, President & Founder, Oneview
2:30pm - 3:00pmNorthwell Health, Keynote

Michael Dowling, CEO & President of Northwell Health, describes his vision of healthcare provision and how Northwell’s partnership with Enterprise Ireland gives their innovation agenda a competitive advantage.

3.00pm - 3:20pmCoffee Break
3:20pm - 4:30pmSourcing, Procuring and Adopting Innovation

How do health systems identify problems and find ways of solving them? Discussion of the spectrum that comprises of internal innovation and R&D, right through to external ‘off-the-shelf’ procurement.

Moderator: Dr Alice Kirby, Healthcare Innovation Expert

Panel 1) In-house Innovation and The Value of Partnerships: A blended approach?

  • Donna Drummond, Managing Director, True North Enterprises and SVP, Northwell Health
  • Rick Wassel, SVP Innovation and Partnering, Adventist Health Florida
  • Ted Scott, Vice President Research & Chief Innovation Officer, Hamilton Health Sciences

Panel 2) Supply Chain Excellence

Senior procurement and supply chain executives give their view on the nuts and bolts of healthcare procurement, and how it should align with broader supply chain goals.

  • Curtis Lancaster, VP Supply Chain, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical
  • Stathis Antoniades, COO Lahey Health
  • Phyllis McCready, VP & Chief Procurement Officer, Northwell Health
4:30pm - 4:45pmMinisterial Address/Day 1 Close

Heather Humphries T.D.

Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation

4:45pm - 6:30pmNetworking Reception, Aviva Stadium
Free Evening
Agenda - Day 2 - September 19, 2018
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
8:00am - 8:30amArrival and Networking
8:30am - 8:40amEnteprise Ireland Welcome

Joe Meaney, Divisional Manager, Industrial, Life Sciences & Consumer Products, Enterprise Ireland

8:40am - 1.00pmInternational Health System Best Practice Discussions
8:40am - 9.15am

'Stay Left, Shift Left - A digital health innovation agenda for Ireland, and beyond.’

Martin Curley, Chief Information Officer, Health Service Executive

09:15am - 10.00am

Panel: System-Wide Connectivity & Patient Engagement

Moderator: Pat O’ Mahony – CEO, Clinical Research Development Ireland

  • Dr Sarah Muttitt, Chief Information Officer and VP of Information Management and Technology, The Hospital for Sick Children
  • Mary Day, CEO Ireland East Hospital Group TBC
  • Bert Chancellor, Executive Director – IS Business, Loma Linda University
10.00am - 10:30amCoffee Break
10:30am - 11:00amKeynote US: Peter O’ Neill, Executive Director, Cleveland Clinic Innovations
11:00am - 11.45amPanel: Instilling a Culture of Innovation in Healthcare

Moderator: Colman Casey – CEO, Health Innovation Hub Ireland

  • David Diamond, CEO, Eastern Health
  • Colette Cowan, CEO, University of Limerick Hospital Group
  • Becky Buchen, VP Performance Development, OSF Healthcare
11:45am - 01.00pmPanel: Persuing Value-Based Innovation

Moderator: Simon Samaha

  • Robert Bull, VP Finance, Technology, Innovation, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Information Officer, Southlake Regional Health Centre
  • Anderson Chuck, Senior Program Officer, Financial Planning, Alberta Health Services
  • Stephen Demers, Senior Vice President, Ambulatory and Clinical Services, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center
  • Lyndon Edward, SVP Adult Hospital Services, Loma Linda University Health
1:00pm - 1:15pmClosing Remarks

Deirdre Glenn, Director, Lifesciences & Food Commercialisation and Lifesciences Sector Manager, Enterprise Ireland

1.15pm - 2:00pmLunch
2.00pm - 4:30pmStructured one-to-one meetings with EI clients
4:30pm - 5:00pmGuided tour of Aviva Stadium, international guests


Payment & Registration
  • The participation fee is €100 plus 23% VAT (€123.00) per delegate for Enterprise Ireland clients, and €150 plus 23% VAT (€184.50) for non-Enterprise Ireland clients.
  • Your place is not secure until full payment has been received.
  • Full payment is required by credit card during registration.
  • If you have difficulty paying by credit card, please contact our Accounts Receivable department at +353 1 727 2368.
  • Closing date for registration is Friday, September 7th.
Cancellation Policy
  • Cancellations should be submitted in writing to John Shiel at
  • Cancellations received two weeks or more before the event will be refunded.
  • Cancellations received less than two weeks before the event will be charged the full fee (€100 for Enterprise Ireland clients, €150 for non-Enterprise Ireland clients).
  • If you cannot attend, you may nominate a substitute to attend on your behalf.
Please Note
  • Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
  • One to one meetings with Enterprise Ireland clients will be facilitated where possible, at the discretion of buyers. Where a meeting request is made by a visiting hospital, participants will be advised in advance.
  • Dress code is business attire.