Cedar - 2024 CEO Council

2024 CEO Council

FEB 26-28 • Montage Palmetto Bluff, SC

Building a Resilient Healthcare Future

The CEO Council is an off-the record retreat that serves to foster an environment where health system CEOs are free to share best practices, tackle their shared challenges, and ideate around new opportunities to drive innovation and transformation within their organizations.

Building a Resilient Healthcare Future

The CEO Council is an off-the record retreat that serves to foster an environment where health system CEOs are free to share best practices, tackle their shared challenges, and ideate around new opportunities to drive innovation and transformation within their organizations.

Each unique CEO Council consists of 20-25 health systems CEOs who are strategically recruited to join this cohort of like-minded leaders. This event offers significant time for attendees to bond over small group discussion, dinners, and through a series of unique curated activities offered by the Cedar team, such as a round of golf on the May River Golf Course, or a private boat tour of the Palmetto Bluff Nature Conservancy. Spouses are welcome and encouraged to join.

To learn more about Cedar’s CEO Council click here to view a recap of our 2023 convening in Jackson Hole.


CEO Council Speakers

South Carolina

The Cedar CEO Council takes place at the Montage Palmetto Bluff, located just a short trip from both the Savannah/Hilton Head Island International airport (SAV) and Hilton Head Island Airport (HHH).


  • Day 1 • Monday, February 26

    3:00 p.m.
    Conference Registration

    4:00 p.m.
    CEO Council Welcome & Opening Keynote
    Peter Orszag • CEO, Lazard
    Florian Otto • Co-Founder and CEO, Cedar 

    5:00 p.m.
    Leadership Redefined: A Conversation on Health Equity,
    Trust and Transparency
    Omar Lateef • President & CEO, Rush University System for Health
    Seth Cohen • President, Cedar

    6:00 p.m.
    Break / Transportation

    6:30 p.m.

    7:30 p.m.
    Dinner •
    The Canoe Club
    Open to Spouses + Guests

    Day 1 • Monday, February 26
  • Day 2 • Tuesday, February 27

    7:00 a.m.
    Breakfast Available

    8:00 a.m.
    Intention and Empathy: A Survivor’s Prescription for Healthcare
    Parul Somani, Patient Advocate

    8:45 a.m.
    From Crisis to Confidence: Building a Resilient Healthcare Future
    Seth Cohen • President, Cedar 

    9:30 a.m.
    Health System Spotlight: AnMed
    William Kenley, CEO


    10:30 a.m.
    In Service of Humanity: A Fireside Chat with Governor David Beasley, Winner of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize

    11:30 a.m.
    Forging Equitable Futures: A Panel Discussion on Scaling Innovation in Health Access and Affordability
    Bill Gassen • CEO, Sanford Health
    Kulleni Gebreyes • Chief Health Equity Officer, Deloitte
    David Lubarsky • CEO, UC Davis Health
    Moderated by Prabhjot Singh • Peterson Health Technology Institute

    12:30 p.m.
    Lunch • The River House

    1:30 p.m.
    The Race Towards Regulation: What Healthcare CEOs Need to Know About Generative AI in 2024
    Dennis Chornenky • Founding Director, VALID AI
    Julie Yoo, General Partner • Andreessen Horowitz
    Susan Monarez • Ph.D., Deputy Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H)
    Moderated by Kinshuk Mishra • Chief Technology Officer, Cedar

    2:30 p.m.
    Curated Activities

    5:30 p.m.
    Transportation to Moreland Landing

    6:00 p.m.

    Day 2 • Tuesday, February 27
  • Day 3 • Wednesday, February 28

    8:00 a.m.
    Health System Spotlight: Allegheny Health Network
    Bruce Meyer • Market President for Western Pennsylvania, Highmark Health

    Keynote Remarks: Nicholas Kristof
    Sponsored by Allegheny Health Network
    Nicholas Kristof  •. Two-Time Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist & Author


    10:00 a.m.
    Health System Economics & Strategies for Sustainable Success
    Kevin Holloran • Fitch Ratings

    10:45 a.m.
    Healthcare Insights for 2024: Reading Indicators, Anticipating Shifts, and (Cautiously) Embracing Optimism
    Eric Larsen • President Emeritus, The Advisory Board 

    11:15 a.m.
    Closing Discussion
    Ryan McPherson • VP of Commercial Strategy, Cedar

    11:30 a.m.
    Event concludes

    Day 3 • Wednesday, February 28
Day 1 • Monday, February 26
Day 2 • Tuesday, February 27
Day 3 • Wednesday, February 28

Gain strategies to build organizations of the future:

Improving the patient financial experience can drastically improve overall financial conditions for health systems and significantly contribute to the bottom line. Sessions will focus on measuring and understanding the ROI of patient engagement initiatives.
Conference sessions will cover diverse topics including the macroeconomic environment, the impact of generative AI and in the healthcare space, navigating increased competition from disruptive market entrants, and lessons in leadership and change management.
Explore the emerging technology behind the connected healthcare financial ecosystem, bringing together providers, payers and financial institutions to enhance the patient financial experience and improve health system finances.


Jeff Alter

Sound Physicians

Peter Banko

Centura Health

David Berger

SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Bill Gassen

Sanford Health

Rafael Cartagena

North American Partners in Anesthesia

Sunny Eappen

The University of Vermont Health Network

Ngozi Ezike

Sinai Health System

Greg Feirn

LCMC Health

Michael Gentry

Kettering Health Network

Marc Gorelick

Children's Hospital & Clinics Of Minnesota

Kreg Gruber

Beacon Health System

Hollie Harris Phillips

Appalachian Regional Healthcare

Debbie Hayes

The Christ Hospital Health Network

Paul Hiltz

NCH Healthcare System

Loy Howard

Tanner Health System

Tom Jackiewicz

University of Chicago Medicine

Rob Jay

Scion Health

Dave Jevsevar


William Kenley

AnMed Health

Robert Krayn


Omar Lateef


Matt Logan

Self Regional Healthcare System

David Lubarsky

UC Davis Health

Mary Mannix

Augusta Health

Bruce Meyer

Allegheny Health Network

Andy Mueller


Janice Nevin

ChristianaCare Health System

Derek Newell

NextCare Urgent Care

Yogin Patel


Tushar Ramani

Wasif Rasheed


Cliff Robertson

Saint Francis Health System

Candice Saunders

Wellstar Health System

Vic Schmerbeck


Steve Shapiro

Keck Medicine of USC

Dan Woods

El Camino Hospital System

Michael Young

Temple University Health System


The CEO Council is invite only. Each CEO Council Retreat is made up of a strategically curated group of health system leaders.

There is no registration fee associated with this event. Cedar will cover the cost of the conference, meals, activities, lodging, and ground transportation for invited attendees.

Yes, and we highly recommend doing so. Spouses are welcome to join for receptions, dinners and all social events, including the curated activities scheduled on Day 2.

The conference begins on the afternoon of Monday, February 26. Guests are welcome to arrive early or stay late to take advantage of all the resort has to offer. Cedar can assist with securing discounted rates at the conference hotel, but the costs for additional nights will be the responsibility of the attendee. If you’d like to stay extra days we ask that you let us know as soon as possible so that we can ensure availability.

For those flying, we recommend flying into Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV), which is approximately 45 minutes away from the resort. Cedar will arrange for ground transportation to and from the resort and we will work with you to set that up once your flights are booked. For those that choose to drive, Cedar will cover your valet parking fees.

All of our guests will stay in one of the resort’s cottages. Each cottage has a king bed, conversation area in front of a fireplace, a bathroom with both a steam shower and a soaking tub, and a screened-in porch.

The Montage Palmetto Bluff is located on 20,000 acres of land and 32-miles of waterfront, so there is lots to explore! Hotel guests have access to bikes, tennis courts, bocce courts, kayaks, canoes, just to name a few options. Additionally, located at the resort is the 18-hole, Jack Nicklaus-designed, May River Golf Course. On Day 2 we will have a list of curated activities that attendees and their guests can choose from. Activity selections include a guided tour of a nature preserve, a boat tour, clay shooting, and more.

February in coastal South Carolina is typically dry, with highs in the high 60s/low 70s and low temperatures in the high 40s.

There is no formal dress code, however we recommend resort casual/business casual for sessions and meals. Our Tuesday night dinner will take place outside (weather permitting), so we recommend bringing some warm layers, and depending on what activities you plan to participate in you may want to bring attire specific to those activities. Please note the resort is a large property and some of our activities and meals take place in different buildings so we recommend bringing shoes you are comfortable walking in.

The Cedar CEO Council is fully off-the-record, so we will not broadcast or publish the conversations. The event is designed to be highly interactive and conversational, and as such we only offer in-person experience for attendees.