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Forum Speaker Series: “National Trends Impacting Healthcare in Salem”

WHEN: Monday, March 4, 2024, 11:30am – 1:00pm
WHERE: Salem Convention Center

SPEAKER: Dr. John Combes

In March, our Forum Speaker Series welcomes Dr. John Combes, a national expert in healthcare trends, to illuminate important changes in the national healthcare business landscape and how those changes may impact Salem-Area businesses.

About Our Speaker:

Dr. Combes writes and speaks frequently on healthcare governance, physician issues, quality, and best practices around healthcare leadership. His specialty areas of expertise include Medical Quality, Healthcare Governance, Physician Leadership, Clinical Integration, Patient Safety, and Palliative Care. Dr. Combes is responsible for leading all external and internal communications, social media, public and media relations, as well as policy development, regulatory, and legislative relationships for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). He serves as a member of the ACGME Executive Leadership Team.

Dr. Combes is the retired Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of the American Hospital Association (AHA) and is a past president of the Center for Healthcare Governance, an AHA-affiliated organization. Dr. Combes was a Visiting Scholar for graduate medical education (GME) and institutional integration, physician well-being, and healthcare governance in the clinical learning environment. Dr. Combes has served in senior leadership positions in multiple healthcare systems. He received his medical degree from Cornell University in New York and received his post-graduate training from Boston City Hospital. He is certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine and has Management Certification from the American College of Physician Executives. Dr. Combs presently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees for Salem Health, located in Salem, Oregon.


2023-2024 Forum Speaker Series Schedule:


Monday, September 11, 2023 – Superintendent Andrea Castaneda, Salem-Keizer Public Schools

Monday, October 16, 2023 – The Cannery Project on Historic Front Street, featuring developer Trent Michels & real estate broker Jordan Truitt

Monday, November 13, 2023 – A Path to Healthy Forests in Oregon

Monday, December 11, 2023 – Emerging Leaders Panel: How to Maximize the Effectiveness of Our Emerging Leaders Workforce

Monday, January 8, 2024 – The State of Business in Oregon & The Year Ahead with Governor Tina Kotek

Monday, February 12, 2024 – Representing Oregon on Capitol Hill: Andrea Salinas Shares Insights and Perspective

Monday, March 4, 2024 – National Trends Impacting Healthcare in Salem with Dr. John Combes

Monday, April 8, 2024 – Salem City Council Candidates Debate

Monday, May 13, 2024 – David Hugo Anderson, CEO of Northwest Natural

Monday, June 10, 2024, 11:30am – 1:30pm – Business of the Year Awards & Leadership Salem Graduation

All Forum Luncheons begin at 11:30am



Watch Our Most Recent Forum Speaker Series Event Here:

On February 12, 2024, United States Congresswoman (Oregon’s 6th District) Andrea Salinas spoke to the Salem business community at our Forum Speaker Series luncheon, where she shared her perspective and insights as one of our state’s representatives in the nation’s capital.

Following a keynote address with updates on some of her recent activity and work in Washington, Congresswoman Salinas sat down for a conversation with Salem Chamber Board President Alan Rasmussen, which covered a wide range of key topics and issues from both the federal and state levels. The conversation touched on government spending and foreign aid, homelessness and the addiction crisis in Oregon, Measure 110 reform, forest land management, immigration at the southern U.S. border, how Congresswoman Salinas is working across the political aisle in DC on behalf of Oregonians, and more.

We thank Congresswoman Salinas and her staff for sharing this time to engage with us, and all the members of our business community who came to hear from her.

We’d also like to thank the Salem Convention Center for providing the venue and meal, and Allied Video Productions and Capital Community Media for their help with producing this event.

Finally, a huge thanks goes to Capitol Auto Group for serving as this month’s Forum Sponsor and to Hagan Hamilton Insurance Solutions for being our Presenting Sponsor for the entire 2023-2024 Forum Speaker Series season.


About the Series

Hear from business and community leaders who inform and inspire, and network with key decision-makers within our community at the Forum Speaker Series luncheons. Featured speakers cover a wide variety of topics designed to build awareness, foster understanding, and spark conversation in the community. The nine-month series runs from September through June.

The Forum Speaker Series’ purpose is to deliver content, at times through controversial speakers, intended to spark conversation in Salem. The inclusion of these speakers does not imply Chamber endorsement or recommendation of any person, political party, idea, or previous action by these individuals.

The views and opinions expressed in any Forum event do not necessarily state or reflect those of the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce. The Salem Chamber serves as a host for relevant conversations in town and in the state, and you can be part of these conversations by attending the Forum Speaker Series.

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