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Misericordia University’s 10th Annual Health Care Symposium Focuses on Health and Wellness in a Patient-Centered Model

Dr. Paul Grundy                               Joseph E. Ravenell, M.D.

Misericordia University’s 10th annual Health Care Symposium focuses on health and wellness in a patient-centered model

Expert speakers to address health care transformation and being a leader and influencer at Oct. 18 event

DALLAS TWP., Pa. –  Paul Grundy, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.O.E.M., F.A.C.P.M., the “godfather” of the patient-centered medical home movement and chief transformation officer at Innovaccer, will deliver the keynote address during Misericordia University’s 10th annual Health Care Symposium, “The Patient-Centered Model: Health and Wellness Achieved,” on Friday, Oct. 18 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall.

The expanded symposium is free, but registration is required due to limited seating. The Pennsylvania Nurses Association also has approved the activity for contact hours. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation has accredited the Pennsylvania Nurses Association as an approver of continuing nursing education.

To register, please visit www.misericordia.edu/healthevent. The program is presented by the Misericordia University Health Care Advisory Council and is made possible by sponsors Allied Integrated Health System, Commonwealth Health System, Erwine’s Home Health and Hospice, Geisinger, Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield, UPMC and Metz Culinary Management.

Dr. Grundy, the founding president of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, will make the presentation, “Trusted Healer: The Foundation of Health Care Transformation.’’ A member of the National Academy of Medicine, he was the chief medical officer of the Healthcare Life Sciences division and the global director of health care transformation for IBM prior to joining Innovaccer, a San Francisco, California-based health care data platform company. In addition, Dr. Grundy was a senior diplomat with the rank of minister-counselor for the U.S. Department of State.

A globally respected health care convener, storyteller and visionary, Dr. Grundy holds numerous international honorary titles and has received many awards. The United Kingdom’s National Association of Primary Care made him an honorary lifetime member. He is an ambassador for Healthcare Denmark and was the first international member of the Irish National Association of General Practice. In 2012, the National Committee for Quality Assurance presented him with the National Quality Award. Dr. Grundy received the prestigious Barbara Starfield Primary Care Leadership Award in 2016. He also has co-authored several books of international repute such as “Lost and Found: A Consumer’s Guide to Healthcare” and “Provider-Led Population Health Management: Key Strategies for Healthcare in the Cognitive Era.”

Immediately following his presentation, Dr. Grundy will hold a book sale and signing for the new book, “Trusted Healers: Dr. Paul Grundy and the Global Healthcare Quest.’’ Written by Dan Pelino and Bud Ramey, the authors take readers on a “journey to understand societal change, leadership, and our shared healthcare future’’ through the voices of Dr. Grundy and others who are recognized as “powerful healthcare visionaries from around the world, according to a review of the book.

During the plenary session of the symposium, Joseph E. Ravenell, M.D., M.S., associate professor of population health and medicine at New York University’s School of Medicine and a core member of the Center for Healthful Behavior Change, will present, “Everyone is a Leader and Influencer,’’ in which he address how people and communities can take responsibility for their own health and well-being.

One of the inaugural fellows of the American Society of Hypertension, Dr. Ravenell is a board-certified internist and hypertension specialist who has led a number of trials funded by the National Institutes of Health to improve cardiovascular disease and cancer prevention among diverse populations.

The Misericordia University Health Care Advisory Council, composed of regional health care leaders, also will name the recipient of the second annual “Excellence in Health Care’’ Award, which is given to an alumnus of Misericordia who has made significant and profound achievements in the field of health care.

For more information about Misericordia University, please call 570-674-6400 or visit www.misericordia.edu. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 56 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 edition of Best Colleges. The Princeton Review recognizes MU as a 2019 Best Northeastern College and Money Magazine includes Misericordia in its 2018-19 “Best Colleges” list.