17 Sep Geisinger to Present “A Century of Transformation and Innovation” Centennial Symposia
DANVILLE, Pa., Sept. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Geisinger Health System presents “A Century of Transformation and Innovation” Centennial Symposia, Thursday and Friday, Sept. 24 and 25, on the Geisinger Medical Center campus.
The invitation-only, two-day event celebrates Geisinger’s history as a healthcare innovator and provides an opportunity to set a healthcare agenda for the future. The Symposia will focus on critical health topics and showcase industry experts, state and local leaders, and Geisinger care providers.
The nation’s leading voices on healthcare innovation will be keynote speakers on September 25. Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, surgeon, bestselling author and public health researcher, will discuss the impact that providing high-quality care has on patients. Donald M. Berwick, former administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and founding chief executive officer, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, will speak on provider and payment reform. Mark B. McClellan, MD, PhD, director of Health Care Innovation and Value Initiative at the Brookings Institution and former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and former U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner, will discuss value and patient care.
Geisinger President and CEO David Feinberg, MD, MBA, will provide the opening and closing remarks both days and will participate in a panel discussion on patient-focused healthcare on September 25. Susan Dentzer, senior policy advisor to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a former health correspondent on the “News Hour with Jim Lehrer” on PBS, will moderate panel discussions throughout the Symposia.
Glenn D. Steele, Jr., MD, PhD, chair of xG Health Solutions and former Geisinger president and CEO, will participate in the panel sessions and sign copies of his new book, “Reinventing Health Care: The Geisinger Health System 2001–2015,” both days.
The September 24 sessions will highlight how Geisinger has shaped healthcare in its first 100 years and how it will continue its innovative spirit moving forward. Speakers will include Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Karen Murphy, RN, PhD, as well as state lawmakers, university presidents and chamber of commerce leaders from throughout the region.
Events on September 25 will focus on the national healthcare landscape. In addition to the aforementioned industry leaders, Geisinger executives will deliver talks on meeting the nation’s evolving healthcare needs.
“Over the last 100 years, Geisinger has had a profound impact on the patients we serve by providing innovative, high-quality healthcare,” Dr. Feinberg said. “This event will allow us the opportunity to honor Geisinger’s legacy of serving the community while charting the future direction of the national healthcare landscape.”
About Geisinger Health System
Geisinger Health System is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for innovatively using the electronic health record and developing innovative care models such as ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®. As one of the nation’s largest rural health services organizations, Geisinger serves more than 3 million residents throughout 48 counties in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania. The physician-led system is composed of about 23,500 employees, including a 1,200-member multispecialty group practice, nine hospital campuses, two research centers and a 467,000-member health plan, all which leverage an estimated $8.9 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania economy. The health system and the health plan have repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a longstanding commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or follow the latest Geisinger news and more on Twitter and Facebook.
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