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1/7/2013 Press Release
SVSU Health Care Conference to Share Practices for Improving Quality While Cutting Costs

For Immediate Release: January 7, 2013

Contact: J.J. Boehm, Director of Media Relations (989) 964-4055

SVSU Health Care Conference to Share Practices for Improving Quality While Cutting Costs

Saginaw Valley State University will host its fourth annual regional health care conference Friday, Jan. 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Ott Auditorium of SVSU’s Regional Education Center.

The program’s purpose is to share best practices and encourage dialogue related to health care in the Great Lakes Bay Region. This year’s theme is “Transformation for Excellence and Accountability.” Speakers will explore ways to enhance the quality, effectiveness and accountability of care across the continuum to improve the health of the population in the region. Pertinent issues will be addressed, noting regional, national and regulatory perspectives.

In her talk, “Getting Healthy Together,” Maureen Bisognano, president and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, will discuss what is needed at the patient, organization and community levels, to improve health outcomes and transform fragmented health systems to provide better care, better health and lower per capita costs.

Jeffrey Brenner, a family physician who has worked in Camden, N.J. — one of America’s poorest cities — will give a talk titled “Bending the Cost Curve.” In it he will explain how a coalition of health care providers redesigned health care delivery, targeting services to the most costly and complex patients and improving the quality, capacity, and accessibility of health care, all while cutting costs.

The conference is a continuing education opportunity for health care professionals as well as a forum for physicians, health care executives, hospital board members, and other community health leaders. The cost is $65 per person. The deadline to register is Wednesday, Jan. 16.

The conference will be simulcast at Central Michigan University’s College of Medicine Building, Auditorium Room 1404, at 1280 South East Campus Drive, Mt. Pleasant. Sponsors for the conference include The Dow Chemical Company, the Hospital Council of East Central Michigan, the Michigan Health Information Alliance, Inc., and SVSU’s Crystal M. Lange College of Health and Human Services.

For more information or to register, please contact the Hospital Council of East Central Michigan, at (989) 891-8810 or