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Featured Speakers

David Entwistle
President & CEO Stanford Healthcare

David is a recognized health care thought leader on hospital quality improvement, digital health innovation, and sustainability in health care.

We'll end the opening general session on a high note.

Aaron Benward’s Nashville Unplugged: the story behind the song

Nashville Unplugged features host and platinum selling artist and songwriter, Aaron Benward, along with multi-hit and award winning songwriter, Danny Myrick, and Hall of Fame songwriter, Jeffrey Steele.  Hear the story behind how the music came to be, direct from the songwriters themselves, then watch them perform live! It’s an all-acoustic show that gives the audience the pleasure of an intimate and highly interactive experience with the music they love and the songwriters behind each one.

Roberta L. Schwartz
Executive Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer Houston Methodist Hospital

Featuring: The presentation of the 2023 Norman Borlaug Humanitarian Award Winner


Roberta Schwartz, PhD., MHS, executive vice president and chief innovation officer of Houston Methodist Hospital is the closing speaker at this year’s Vizient Connections Summit.  Dr. Schwartz is responsible for overseeing all operations at the 924-bed hospital. In her role as chief innovation officer, she is responsible for advancing and expanding Houston Methodist’s digital innovation platforms, including telemedicine, artificial intelligence and big data. Houston Methodist is recognized by many national organizations for quality, safety and employee and patient satisfaction. 

Each year Vizient provides the Norman Borlaug Humanitarian Award – a $50,000 grant to a nonprofit organization that exhibits extraordinary behavior in helping others and is making a difference in the world.  Join us as we present the award to this year’s winner at the closing general session.

We hope you are able to join us.

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