MTMGMA 2024 Annual Conference

MTMGMA 2024 Annual Conference
April 15-17, 2024
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

Whether you are an office manager for a small private physician clinic or part of the C suite for a large hospital group, you play an important role in the balancing act that is medical group management.  Any given day could pull your focus in the direction of technology updates, regulatory changes, staffing shortages, and patient care efficiencies -  to just name a few!   

MTMGMA strives to support medical group practice professionals in their efforts to grow and improve for the organizations they represent.  

Our 2024 conference theme, Balancing Act – From Surviving to Thriving, speaks to the challenges facing healthcare administrators today. This year’s conference will be interactive and highlight industry knowledge and tools for professional development and growth. Speakers will touch on topics such as Value Based Leadership, Organizational Culture, and Emotional Intelligence. 

Our keynote speaker, Matt Jones, will present on how “Medical Management is a Marathon” and will also celebrate the 20 year anniversary of his bone marrow transplant during our conference. The entire conference agenda is focused on providing attendees with valuable resources to enhance daily medical practice management. Join Us!

Hotel Information

1500 Fairmont Road
Fairmont, MT 59711

Meet the Speakers!


Matt Jones

Medical Management is a Marathon

Embark on a transformative journey with a three-time cancer conqueror, Matt Jones, who completed marathons on every continent after relearning how to walk in his talk titled “Medical Group Management is a Marathon.” Explore parallels between healthcare challenges and life's resilience through Matt’s inspiring story and the lessons he learned. You will be inspired to navigate the marathon of medical group management to achieve greater excellence. Learn more about Matt:


Dave Nordel

Organizational Attitude & Closing the Gap

The presentation (storytelling) will be closing the 25 yard gap of the unknown - overcoming the fear of change and putting ourselves corporately and personally in the growth space so we can find our "next"as we strive to thrive!


Preethi Fernando

Mental Toughness | Regaining Our Tenacity, Resilience, Grit

Rising Above Disengagement, Toxicity, Burnout, Fatigue

As the CEO of Kelum, Preethi Fernando inspires people on emotional intelligence, trust building, and wellness topics. Her simple messages make deep connections with her audiences. She speaks at associations, corporations, and does consulting for city staff and private companies. She has published 14 books. Preethi is the CEO of Kelum, a training and consulting company. Learn more about Preethi here.


Dr. Lacy Bangert, DHA, FACMPE

Value Based Leadership

In the dynamic and ever-evolving landscape of healthcare, leadership plays a pivotal role in the success and sustainability of organizations. Value-Based Leadership Exploration is a powerful approach that empowers healthcare leaders to not only survive but thrive in the face of constant change and uncertainty. This presentation delves into the essence of value-based leadership in the context of healthcare, illustrating how it can serve as a compass for transformation and adaptation, leading organizations from survival mode to a state of flourishing.


Bryan Peterson PHR, SHRM-CP, Vice President, Human Resource Services

Organization Culture: Creating and Maintaining Your Ideal Workplace

Bryan Peterson has been with Associated Employers since 2007 and provides member services in the areas of organizational, business and staff development and training.  Bryan specializes in professional and staff development to include:  leadership and management development, personality assessments, communication, conflict management, team building, performance management, discipline and termination.  Staff development training services include: customer service, train-the-trainer, respect and business etiquette.

Bryan also provides member services in the area of regulatory and preventative training to include drug and alcohol testing reasonable suspicion for supervisors, harassment and discrimination prevention, and workplace violence prevention.  Business and organizational member services include executive coaching.

Prior to joining Associated Employers, Bryan worked in the financial institution industry and for a Fortune 500 company.  Responsibilities included operational management, managing teams of up to 200 employees, master training for district-wide staff development, and district executive recruiting.  Bryan has a B.S. degree in Business Administration from North Dakota State University, and his Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification.  He is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) on the local and national level and holds the SHRM-Certified Professional certification.


Jean Branscum 

Legislative Update

Jean has championed the mission of the Montana Medical Association, advocating for physicians and being an essential voice for their patients for the past 12 years.  As the CEO, she oversees administrative operations and member services ensuring alignment with strategic goals, supporting professional excellence and the advancement of medical science.  A significant portion of her time is devoted to leading advocacy efforts, having impactful influence on state and national regulatory and legislative proposals and bills that impact the practice of medicine or health of patients.  Highlights of her 12 years with the MMA include the launch of a Health Professional Leadership Effectiveness Program,  passage of prior authorization accountability legislation, serving as the lead in the establishment of the statewide health information exchange, and formation of the Montana Professional Health and Wellbeing Program. 

Prior to her current position, Jean was a state government employee for 20 years.  During that time, she was a Policy Advisor for Governors Marc Racicot and Judy Martz, Deputy Secretary of State under Brad Johnson, and Executive Director of the Board of Medical Examiners.                                                        

Conference Schedule Overview

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