National Summit: Building the Continuum Essential for Success in Post-Health Care Reform

Optional Activities—Thursday, February 2

To assist you with maximizing your experience at the National Summit, we have assembled a list of optional activities. The weather in Phoenix is typically nice, but it can also be a bit chilly, so please remember to bring a light jacket or sweater. February in Phoenix is considered “high season,” therefore it will benefit you to plan in advance for any activities you wish to include in your itinerary.

We are pleased to offer assistance with planning an activity for you and/or your guests for the Thursday, February 2, afternoon free time. If you would like to take advantage of this special service, please take a moment to indicate your preferences using the Optional Activities Preferences form. You can either e-mail to or fax to 763.537.9200. You can also register for activities onsite, but keep in mind availability may be limited.


J.W. Marriott Wildfire Golf Club  l  Faldo Championship Course  l  $139 per person (payable day of play)

Tee Times: 12:57 pm, 1:06 pm, 1:15 pm, 1:24 pm

J.W. Marriott Wildfire Golf Club touts two picturesque 18-hole courses, situated in the rugged Sonoran Desert, each with its own distinct personality, designed by two of golf’s greatest legends—Arnold Palmer and Nick Faldo.

The Palmer Signature Course offers scenic and expansive fairways allowing the ball to remain in play even on an errant shot. The Faldo Championship Course features generous fairways, large bent grass greens and tee boxes. Surrounding both courses are the majestic McDowell Mountains and century-old saguaro cacti, providing a spectacular setting for golfers.

The Faldo Championship Course, which plays up to 6,846 yards, sits on a 174-acre site and offers a slight variation from the typical desert-theme courses. It features generous fairways, large greens and tee boxes. The surrounding mountains and century-old saguaro cacti as well as 108 sand bunkers, reminiscent of the Australian sand belt courses, provide a spectacular setting.

In addition, Wildfire Golf Club features a complete practice facility, including an all-grass driving range, putting and chipping greens, a green-side practice bunker and state-of-the-art Global Positioning System (GPS) in each golf car.

In addition to the courses at J.W. Marriott, there are several courses located nearby. For additional golf courses and tee times check out or


We have scheduled tee times beginning at 12:57 p.m. on Thursday afternoon on the Faldo Course. Cost per person is $139. Golf clubs are available for rent and includes two sleeves of golf balls


If you would like to schedule additional tee times, you can contact the Wildfire Golf Club and ask for the National Summit/HDG discount of 15%.



Waste Management Phoenix Open  l  January 30-February 5, 2012  l  Daily General Admission $25 (purchase online or at TPC ticket booth)

Scottsdale Tournament Players Club (TPC Scottsdale)
17020 North Hayden Road
Scottsdale 85255

Phone: 602-870-0163   

Complimentary transportation will be provided and depart from the front of the hotel.

The Greatest Show on Grass, a.k.a. the Waste Management Phoenix Open, returns to the TPC Scottsdale, January 30 through February 5, 2012. The Waste Management Phoenix Open, annually sporting the largest crowds on the PGA Tour, has gained legendary status for being unlike any other golf tournament. 

It starts with unbelievable golf played by the likes of Kenny Perry, JB Holmes, Aaron Baddeley, Phil Mickelson, and Vijay Singh on the beautiful TPC Scottsdale and ends with the biggest galleries on Tour. 

While the actual Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament will be played Thursday—Sunday (February 2-5), there will still be plenty of things to see and do at the TPC Scottsdale all week long. Many of the PGA TOUR pros will play morning practice rounds on Monday and Tuesday of tournament week. There are also other special activities that will feature PGA TOUR professionals, including the R.S. Hoyt Jr. Family Foundation Dream Day and the CBS Outdoor Special Olympics Open on Tuesday and the ever-popular Silver Pro-Am on Wednesday.

On Saturday, February 4, the tournament is inviting everyone to participate in the second annual GREEN OUT. For every person who wears green on Saturday, February 4, the tournament host will donate ‘green’ to Arizona Clean & Beautiful—a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to preserving, maintaining and enhancing the beauty and environmental quality of Arizona. A Green Squad will be on hand to count all things green,

Visit the website for more information including a list of events and concerts throughout the week.



Revive Spa  l  To make an appointment call 480.293.3700  l  Prices dependent on service

The Revive Spa at J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge has 41 elegantly appointed treatment rooms, offering a diverse menu of spa experiences that incorporate beautiful, tranquil settings and indigenous flora and fauna into signature treatment where ancient rituals join force with cutting–edge techniques. The soothing Sonoran Desert setting of the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort serves as the ideal backdrop for Review Spa. The spa lobby’s two-story rotunda with a central water feature flows directly underneath the brilliant skylight two floors above. Water, being the main inspiration of the spa, has the power to strengthen, heal, and relax. Revive Spa has been recognized by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine readers as one of the Tope Resort Spas in the US.

In addition to spa and salon services, Revive also features a spacious indoor Health Club whose floor to ceiling windows slide open allowing the fresh Sonoran Desert air to invigorate your workout. With the latest in fitness equipment, fitness classes, and trainers, Revive's Health Club provides you the opportunity to strengthen your mind, body, and soul.

Revive's Spa Bistro, featuring a dedicated Spa Chef, uncovers worldly flavors lost in today's everyday restaurants. Allow us to treat your palate to organic ingredients, herbs picked fresh from our garden, and flavor combinations sure to make you yearn for more. The Spa Bistro provides breakfast and lunch dining with fruit smoothies as well as beer and wine beverage options. The Bistro touts outdoor seating with views of the Sanctuary Pool, classic cabanas, towering palms, and offers cozy indoor seating.

Spa treatments are available at a specially negotiated 15% discount for National Summit attendees and guests from January 30-February 5. Please call 480.293.3700 to speak with a knowledgeable Spa Coordinator at Revive to make a reservation. Mention that you are with the National Summit/HDG to receive your 15% discount.


Complimentary transportation will be provided to Scottsdale Fashion Square/Old Town Scottsdale and Kierland Commons. The vans will leave from the front of the hotel.

Scottsdale Fashion Square offers a high-end shopping experience and is one of the top tourist destinations in Arizona, offering over 250 shops—Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York and Nordstrom, Gucci, Ferragamo, Cartier and Bottega Veneta, Jimmy Choo, Hugo Boss and Juicy Couture, Puma, H&M and Aeropostale.

Old Town Scottsdale gives guests a taste of the West with local shops and Native American artwork.

Kierland Commons is a unique, upscale Main Street lifestyle center that artfully blends retail shopping, dining, and entertainment with urban residential living. Enjoy 70 high-end specialty retailers that include a distinctive selection of national retail choices, such as Anthropologie, BCBG Max Azria, Chico's, Crate & Barrel, Sur La Table, Smith & Hawken, Restoration Hardware, Tommy Bahama and Z Gallerie.

Other nearby shopping locations includes Desert Ridge Marketplace and City North, both within walking distance.


Complimentary transportation will be provided to Piestewa Peak and McDowell Mountain. The vans will leave from the front of the hotel.

Join us for a guided afternoon hike to either Piestewa Peak or McDowell Mountain.

Piestewa Peak (Squaw Peak): The 2,608 foot Piestewa Peak is one of the most popular hiking venues, where over a half a million people hike its Summit Trail every year. The elevation of Piestewa is the second highest peak in Phoenix. The lower portions of the trail are easy to moderate. The upper portions become steeper and much more difficult. It is 1.2 miles to the summit with an elevation gain of 1,200 feet.

McDowell Mountain: Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve is like no other place in the Valley. It is home to stunning geography, lush cacti forests, and diverse wildlife. It features award-winning trails and facilities. The Preserve, stretches across 17,000 scenic acres of Scottsdale. The Preserve encompasses the McDowell Mountains, where recent discoveries are causing geologists to rethink how this region formed and evolved. New trails and amenities are bringing Scottsdale’s “mountains of discovery” closer to residents and visitors. Check them out! 


Segway Tour

Segway of Scottsdale  l  Desert Ridge Discovery Tour  l  $60 per person (payable day of tour)

2:00 pm or 4:00 pm - Limited to 15 riders per session

Discover the beauty of the Arizona desert while riding the Segway in the heart of Scottsdale, at the J.W. Marriott resort! The Segway is the world's only self-balancing personal transporter and gets up to 450 MPG! Take the Desert Ridge Discovery Tour and learn how to ride the awesome Segway PT on the grounds of the J.W. Marriott resort and off the grounds at the beautiful new shopping center City North were we stop to allow you a chance to get a coffee or a drink from the yogurt shop.

We use all new Segway PT's with LeanSteer Technology (the handlebar tilts left and right in response to your body's natural inclination to lean into the direction you want to travel). Riding a Segway has never been so easy and interactive! The experience of doing our Segway Tour at J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge will be something new, fun, exciting, and futuristic - go fast, go slow, go anywhere. This is not the transportation of tomorrow; it's the transportation of today.

*Important Notes: Each of our tours begins with a 30-minute orientation session. We will practice on the Segways until everyone feels comfortable and is ready to discover all that Desert Ridge has to offer! Segway riders need to be at least 16 and over 100 lbs.


Rainbow Ryders  l  Sunset Hot Air Balloon Ride  l  $155 per person (payable day of ride)

(Includes transportation, champagne toast, and light hors d’oeuvres)

Complimentary transportation to the launch site will be provided by Rainbow Ryders. The vans will leave from the front of the hotel. Watch and take pictures as the flight crew brings the balloons to life. Gently soar through the heavens for about an hour as the pilot shows you local points of interest, shares balloon history, and their unique enthusiasts’ perspective. Upon landing, the flight gear will be loaded and the flight team will provide light hors d’oeuvres. Raise your glass with the pilot to share the traditional balloonist champagne toast; receive a commemorative champagne glass, flight pine, and certificate to mark the occasion.

Specializing in hot air balloon rides year round, Rainbow Ryders is THE authorized hot air balloon company for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.®