Brenau forum puts local perspective on national health care reform

One of the most divisive and hotly contested issues in recent years, the upcoming changes in national health care laws, comes into sharp local focus on Thursday, March 15, as Brenau University convenes a panel of health care experts to provide their perspectives on recent and imminent changes and address myths, realities and unanswered questions about the impact of the reforms on patients´ lives.

The 6:30 p.m. program, titled “The Health of Your Health: The Impact of Health Reform,” will be  in the John W. Jacobs Jr. Business & Mass Communications Building at the corner of Academy and Green streets in Gainesville. It is free and open to the public.

Suzanne Erickson, associate dean of the College of Business & Mass Communication, convened the panel as a part of Brenau´s highly regarded program that leads to a Master of Business Administration degree in health care administration. The three panelists are Steve McNeilly, director of Northeast Georgia Health Partners; Dr. Amanda Cain, chief utilization officer for Northeast Georgia Medical Center; and Lynda Adams, R.N., B.S.N., director of performance improvement at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

“They represent a nice spectrum, having the insurance, doctor and the nurse who does training and management,” said Erickson. “They’re going to address that state of health care and what changes are in the pipe. I view it as being a really informative session.” For more information, contact the Brenau University College of Business & Mass Communication at 770-538-4700. 

Monday, March 12, 2012