Join us for an exclusive experience featuring candid presentations developed for C-Suite level administrators by C-Suite level administrators, providing insights into the value of continued investment in robotic-assisted surgery.

C-Suite Executive Engagement Forum
June 8, 2018

Chicago, IL


Developed with the executive and administrative officers in mind, the C-Suite Executive Engagement Forum is an intensive exploration into the business of investing, building, maintaining and expanding a healthy robotics program.

Deep dive into:

  • Clinical, financial and economic indicators of a successful robotics program
  • Cost accounting and maximizing financial success
  • Expanding service area and gaining efficiencies

C-Suite only (CEO, COO, CFO, CMO, CNO, CCO, etc.)

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7:00 am 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 am 8:10 am

Welcome and Introductions
Jonathan Conta, Sr. Director, Marketing Programs | Intuitive

8:10 am 9:10 am

Navigating Your Facility Through a Post Obama Era of Mega Mergers
Len Kalm, Corporate VP, Payor Engagement, Hospital Corporation of America, Denver, CO

9:10 am 10:10 am

The Value of Continued Surgeon and Administration Collaboration
John Shull, VP Surgical Services | Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, MI
Donald Kim, MD, Robotic Director & Colorectal Surgeon | Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, MI

10:10 am 10:30 am Break
10:30 am 11:00 am

Operationalizing Quadruple Aim with a Minimally Invasive Surgery Program
Ken Hutchenrider, Jr. FACHE, CEO, Methodist Health System, Richardson, TX

11:00 am 11:30 am

The Value in Continual Investment in Your Overall Program: A Thoracic Surgeon's Perspective
Jacques Pierre Fontaine, MD, Thoracic Surgeon | Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL

11:30 am 12:15 pm

A Glimpse into the Why Behind the Technology
Sal Brogna, EVP & COO | Intuitive

12:15 pm 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm 2:30 pm

Choose Your Own Adventure: Healthcare Trends & Challenges
Len Kalm Corporate VP, Payor Engagement, Hospital Corporation of America, Denver, CO

2:30 pm 3:00 pm

The da Vinci Ecosystem and What It Means to You
Darla Hutton VP of Marketing, Intuitive

3:00 pm 3:10 pm

Closing Comments
Jonathan Conta, Sr. Director, Marketing Programs | Intuitive


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Sal Brogna

EVP & COO, Intuitive

Salvatore J. Brogna, “Sal” was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Intuitive Surgical in November 2017.  He previously served as Executive Vice President of Product Operations from June 2015.  Mr. Brogna joined Intuitive in October 1999 as a director in the product development organization and has held various leadership positions in engineering and product development throughout his 19 years with the company.  Prior to joining Intuitive, Mr. Brogna led design and development of complex robotic systems at Adept Technology, Genesis Automation and Unimation.  

He is a graduate of Clarkson University in New York where he earned a B.S. and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering.  Mr. Brogna has been granted seven (7) patents since 1990 with applications for five (5) additional patents in the automation, robotic and system control field.

Jacques Pierre Fontaine, MD

Thoracic Surgeon, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL

Dr. Fontaine received his medical degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and completed his general surgery residency at Boston University. In 2006, he graduated as chief resident in thoracic surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital – Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Fontaine began his thoracic surgery practice at University of Montreal but was then recruited to become part of the Department of Thoracic Surgery at Brown Medical School in Providence, RI. He was in charge of developing a thoracic surgery program at one of Brown University's teaching hospitals. In 2011, Dr. Fontaine joined Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL – the 3rd largest cancer center in the United States. He is an Associate Member of the Departments of Thoracic and GI Oncology as well as an Associate Professor at the University of South Florida.

Dr. Fontaine has a keen interest in mesothelioma, lung and esophageal cancers. He is the Section Head of the Mesothelioma Research and Treatment Center. He has developed an expertise in robotic surgery and is the Program Director for Moffitt’s Robotic Thoracic Fellowship Program. Together with Dr. Eric Toloza, he has built a center of excellence in robotic surgery. According to Intuitive data, Moffitt Cancer Center was the busiest robotic thoracic program in the United States in 2014 and 2015.

Len Kalm

Corporate VP, Payor Engagement, Hospital Corporation of America, Nashville, TN

Leonard Kalm is Corporate Vice President of Payer Engagement for HCA’s Continental and Mountain Divisions as well as Oklahoma and Texas. In this position, Mr. Kalm is responsible for all of HCA’s commercial managed care activities for multiple hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and ancillary services for approximately half of the company, directing pricing and strategic initiatives for $10 billion in revenue. Prior to joining HCA, Mr. Kalm spent 14 years on the payer side in various positions including President of Qual Med Colorado and New Mexico, President of Foundation Health of Colorado, President of Foundation Health Medical Services’ 300 Physician Medical Group and Vice President of Foundation Health Services’ CHAMPUS Program. He has a Master’s degree in Hospital Administration from Yale University and a Bachelor’s degree from U.C. Berkley.

Donald Kim, MD

Robotic Director & Colorectal Surgeon, Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, MI


John Shull

VP Surgical Services, Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, MI

John Shull is the Vice President of Operations for Spectrum Health, overseeing the teams who maintain the smooth, efficient and safe operation of 60+ inpatient and ambulatory operating room environments, as well as Respiratory, Endoscopy and Anesthesiology Support. Mr. Shull brings to this role significant operational experience in process improvement, analysis, quality, safety and team development. He joined Spectrum Health in 2014 to lead the system-wide supply chain function with responsibility over sourcing, contracts, materials management and logistics.

Prior to joining Spectrum Health, Mr. Shull held the position of Vice President, Chief Procurement Officer at Steelcase (global leader in office environments) in Grand Rapids, Michigan with global responsibility for both direct and indirect procurement activities. He joined Steelcase in 1995 and progressively held the positions of Plant Controller, Category Controller, Director of Corporate Strategy and Sales Director for Pricing & Contracts and Vice President, Global Operations Finance.

Mr. Shull earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Michigan State University and his MBA with a concentration in Operations Management from Western Michigan University.

Ken Hutchenrider

CEO, Methodist Health System, Richardson, TX

Kenneth Hutchenrider, Jr., FACHE joined Methodist Richardson Medical Center as President in July 2010. He has more than 25 years of executive experience with a result-oriented record of substantially increasing financial stability and strengthening team management to build a tradition of providing the best care possible to the communities served.

During his tenure, Mr. Hutchenrider administered the assimilation of the hospital into the Methodist Health System, as well as the development of a $120M replacement hospital and its subsequent and ongoing expansions. Additional accomplishments include the establishment of a new wound care center, recruitment and stabilization of the NICU physician group, development of the da Vinci surgical program, and the successful recruitment/employment of new medical staff members. Under his direction, Methodist Richardson has received accreditations as a Chest Pain Center, a Stroke Center, and achieved nursing Pathway to Excellence.

Prior to July 2010, Mr. Hutchenrider served as the Chief Executive Officer of Galesburg Cottage Hospital, in Galesburg, Illinois. There, he successfully and effectively managed all facets of the 173-bed acute care facility, including a skilled nursing unit, inpatient psychiatric unit, a joint venture outpatient therapy unit, and a joint venture dialysis unit. Previously in his career, he served in executive roles including Chief Executive Officer of the Terre Haute Regional Hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas.

Mr. Hutchenrider started his career in a clinical position as a Paramedic Shift Supervisor in Pasadena, Texas. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University and a Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of Houston, Clear Lake. Mr. Hutchenrider has received many accolades, including the American Heart Association SOAR Award, the Community Health System Outstanding Achievement Award, and Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is actively involved in the community and currently serves as the Director of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce.

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