Prepare to Be Inspired by Keynotes at the Planetree International Conference on Patient-Centered Care

Prepare to be Inspired by Keynotes at the Planetree International Conference on Patient-Centered Care

Monday, October 12

Opening Keynote – “Beyond the Bedside”
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

In TED style format we will hear 3 presenters tell their powerful caregiver or patient story.

Sarah E. Kucharski Sarah Kucharski

Sarah is a Writer-in-Residence for Smart Patients, an online community in which patients and caregivers learn from one another about living with illness; Coordinator of ePatient Programs for the emerging technology and healthcare innovation conference Medicine X at Stanford University; and CEO/Chairman and Founder of FMD Chat, a nonprofit medical organization. Additionally, she serves on the Rare Disease Advisory Board for Collaborations Pharmaceuticals and Morehead Planetarium’s Alumni Council at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Alan Manning  Alan

Alan Manning is the Chief Operating Officer at Planetree, Inc In 2009, along with his wife, Mr. Manning co-founded a non-profit organization dedicated to providing resources to critically ill children, their families, and the people who are dedicated to caring for them. The genesis for Kisses from Katie came from Alan and his wife’s personal journey as caregivers to their first born daughter, Katie, who died from a congenital heart defect.  In 2015, Alan became the newest board member of the Connecticut Center for Patient Safety.

Adrianne Haslet-Davis Adrianne-2

Adrianne Haslet-Davis has survived the unimaginable bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon where she lost her left leg below the knee. She is quickly rising to meet her daily challenges head on with a unique perspective. Being a full time professional ballroom dancer at the peak of her career and former Fortune 500 corporate manager, she has had to learn an entirely new meaning to the word patience. In the wake of the marathon, she has become an inspiration through her positive attitude and infectious smile. She has recently returned to the dance floor and ready to take on the challenge of re learning head on.

Tuesday, October 13
9:00 AM

Laura Batz Townsend Laura-Townsend

Laura Batz Townsend and her family have turned heartbreak and loss into the promise of improved safety for hospital patients in San Antonio and across the country. Laura grew up in the medical community of San Antonio, with five physicians in her family. Laura entered the sports marketing and sports grant management field, where she has worked for 13 years. That family medical background combined with Laura’s organizational and development skills equipped her family to create the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation in the hope that others could avoid the family tragedy they experienced upon the untimely loss of their mother.

9:15 AM

Kevin Pho, MD Kevin Pho

Dr. Kevin Pho is a practicing, board-certified internal medicine physician, a national media commentator, co-author of the book, Establishing, Managing, and Protecting Your Online Reputation: A Social Media Guide for Physicians and Medical Practices and an acclaimed keynote speaker. Dr. Pho is the founder and editor of, where he also conceives and executes digital strategy, and directs technology infrastructure.
Over 1,000 authors contribute to front-line primary care doctors, surgeons, specialist physicians, nurses, medical students, policy experts and, of course, patients who need the medical profession to hear their voices. Founded in 2004, is a prominent social media platform with over 2 million monthly page views, over 100,000 subscribe on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and RSS, and is regularly cited by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today and CNN. Klout also named the web’s top social media influencer in health care and medicine.

1:30 PM

Jonathan Bush Jonathan Bush

Jonathan Bush is Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of athenahealth, Inc. He co-founded the Company in 1997 and took it public in 2007 in the most successful initial public offering that year. Today, athenahealth remains one of the health care information technology industry’s fastest growing companies.
Bush’s views on health care and the idea for athenahealth were born from failures with the earliest iteration of its business model. Bush co-founded and operated a birthing clinic with the idea of franchising a network of clinics that viewed pregnancy holistically. Bush would soon realize that his birthing clinic vision was challenged by his business’ own inability to track outstanding claims to insurers and get paid in a reasonable timeframe. This challenge would shape the formation of athenahealth as it is known today.

Bush is also the author of “Where Does it Hurt? An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Fixing Health Care”

Wednesday, October 14
3:00 PM

Diana Nyad Diana Nyad

Diana Nyad’s never give up speech discusses the process in which she achieved her lifetime goal and the importance of never giving up and persevering through difficult times. Nyad’s lifetime goal was to swim the 100 miles from Cuba to Florida at the age of 64. In her speech, the record setting long distance swimmer will share how she managed to achieve her lifetime goal, swimming in the most famous body of water in the world today that is laced with sharks and deadly jellyfish. The speech is on how she never gave up and kept on swimming until she reached the Florida shoreline.  Diana Nyad’s speech will also give the audience noteworthy advice on achieving your goals, saying that if one has a dream, there will inevitably be obstacles along the way, whether it be turmoil or heartache, but if one has faith and perseverance, one will find their way.

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