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Lenoir-Rhyne To Host Healthcare Symposium

Mon Sep 17 2012

HICKORY, N.C. — Lenoir-Rhyne University in conjunction with the Northwest Area Health Education Center presents the Lenoir-Rhyne Symposium on the Future of Healthcare. The event will be held on Wednesday, October 17th at the Belk Centrum on campus from 8:30 am-4:30pm.

Targeted at physicians, nurse practitioners, and others in the healthcare field, the symposium aims to expose participants to issues that need to be considered when they are positioning themselves for the changes that will be occurring throughout the healthcare field.

The morning session will focus on the policy and practice issues associated with providing healthcare as reform begins to take shape. Speakers presenting at this session include Alan Feezor, Senior Policy Analyst at the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Marcelletta Miles, Vice President of Clinical Operations at Access Care, and Doug Urland, Director of Catawba County Public Health.

The afternoon session will focus on the business model of delivering healthcare services and present methods for ensuing success in the emerging world of healthcare. Speakers presenting at this session include Tony Rose, CEO of Catawba Valley Medical Center, Richard Ellis, COO of Frye Regional Medical Center, and a speaker from Carolina Healthcare Systems.

The symposium is open to any healthcare professional looking to understand and prepare for the changes that will be made to the healthcare system in the next 5-10 years. Registration fees for the symposium are $100 per person, with a group rate of $90 per person for groups of five or more. Lunch will be included in this fee.

Additional information and registration details can be found online at

Full Schedule of Symposium:

Morning Session: The Practice of Healthcare Delivery in the New Paradigm

  • 8:30 – 9:15 Alan Feezor, Senior Policy Analyst, NC Department of Health and Human Services speaking on North Carolina’s response to the Affordable Healthcare Act and implications for private practice
  • 9:15 – 10:00 Marcelletta Miles, Vice President of Clinical Operations, Access Care, speaking on Care Management in a Medical Home Model
  • 10:00 – 10:15 Break
  • 10:15 – 11:00 Doug Urland, Director Catawba County Public Health, speaking on local implications of healthcare reform and preparing for the future of service delivery
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Panel discussion, Q and A
  • 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch (provided)


Afternoon Session: Business Models to Ensure Success in the New System

  • 1:00 – 1:45 Tony Rose, CEO, Catawba Valley Medical Center, speaking on the private non-profit response to healthcare reform
  • 1:45 – 2:30 Richard Ellis, COO, Frye Regional Medical Center, speaking on how to make the system work in a for-profit model of care
  • 2:30 – 2:45 Break
  • 2:45 – 3:30 Speaker from Carolina Healthcare Systems, speaking on a regional approach to care in the new system
  • 3:30 – 4:30 Panel discussion, Q and A
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