Alternate Sites National Meeting & ExpoUpdate

Dear Premier Alternate Site Programs Family,

Each year, one of the highlights for Premier Alternate Site programs is the time spent interacting with our members, Sponsors, suppliers, and staff at our National Meeting and Expo. This year, we were particularly excited to launch a newly expanded and inclusive Premier Alternate Site Programs National Meeting and Expo to reflect the growing prominence of our program.

This year, however, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented our industry with unprecedented challenges. With that in mind, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our in-person 2020 Premier Alternate Site Programs National Meeting and Expo, originally scheduled to take place at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix this October.

Please be assured we do not take this decision lightly. We recently polled our members, Sponsors, and suppliers, and found that almost two-thirds could not commit to attending this year’s meeting due to COVID-19 related concerns and travel restrictions. Between our concern for the welfare of our attendees and the increasing difficulty of holding an in-person meeting—taking into consideration travel bans, social distancing mandates, restrictions on the size of gatherings, and the uncertainty of the virus’s progression this fall—we feel an obligation to cancel.

Even though we are unable to meet in person, we still want to bring everyone together this fall. To that end, we are exploring options for presenting the 2020 Premier Alternate Site Programs National Meeting and Expo as a virtual event. We are committed to working with our members, Sponsors, and suppliers to deliver an impactful, interactive, and valuable experience this October. More details will follow later this summer, and will also be posted here.

We appreciate your support in past years and your excitement to participate in our expanded meeting, which is why I am happy to announce we will reconnect face to face at the 2021 Premier Alternate Site Programs National Meeting and Expo, taking place at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, October 17 – 20, 2021.

For those of you on the front line, your dedication to protect our most vulnerable citizens during this difficult period is an inspiration, and we are honored to support you as you continue your fight against COVID-19. Thank you for your understanding, and best wishes for the health and safety of all our members, Sponsors, and suppliers.

Sincerely,

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John P. Sganga,
Senior Vice President, Alternate SitePrograms

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