First-ever Chautauqua Health Care Forum featured in final week of 2013 Season

Chautauqua will present a total of 25 lectures during Week Nine geared toward “Health Care: Reform and Innovation” with the launch of a three-year initiative focusing on health care that offers Chautauquans an opportunity never before experienced on the grounds.

“We’ve significantly increased the level of engagement by adding 15 additional lectures throughout the course of the week,” said George Murphy, vice president and chief marketing officer at Chautauqua Institution.

“These lectures are in smaller venues that will encourage more dialogue and Q-and-A,” Murphy said.

In addition to the Institution’s traditional morning and afternoon lecture platform, these 15 special programs will feature leading health care providers, clinicians and insurers in conversation with Chautauquans.

Chautauqua’s 2013 Health Care Forum will include an early morning presentation at 8:30 a.m., an hourlong lunchtime program beginning at 12:30 p.m., and an afternoon session that follows the Interfaith Lecture Series. Subjects will include “The Doctor-Patient Contract,” “Curing Alzheimer’s,” “Integrative Medicine,” and a town hall discussion on end-of-life issues led by the Institute of Medicine.

For more information and to see a complete calendar of Chautauqua’s 2013 Health Care Forum please visit

On the morning lecture platform, Harvey V. Fineberg, president of the nonpartisan Institute of Medicine, will open and introduce the week on Monday with an overview of what reforms will mean for all American health care system stakeholders.

New York-Presbyterian Hospital CEO Steven J. Corwin speaks Tuesday specifically on hospital administration and innovation on the provider side.

Richard J. Gilfillan, former director of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, will speak on Wednesday about the state and future of health care and innovations to make lower health care costs scalable.

Thursday’s lecture features Christine K. Cassel, president and CEO of the National Quality Forum and former president and CEO of the American Board of Internal Medicine, on demographic health and health care disparities, and the setting of national priorities for achieving better outcomes and value for our health care dollar.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation senior health policy adviser Susan Dentzer, also a “PBS NewsHour” analyst on health issues, speaks Friday on the cost of health care and the tremendous changes in sight.

This week’s Interfaith Lectures focus on “Faith, Hope and Healing” and will explore existential questions that point to practical physical results.

Timothy Johnson, former chief medical editor for ABC News and one of the nation’s leading medical communicators of health care information, will begin the week on Monday.

Tuesday’s program features Richard B. Fratianne, director emeritus of the Comprehensive Burn Care Center at MetroHealth Medical Center and professor of surgery at Case Western Reserve University, who will deliver an address titled “Burn Scars are Forever; Healing Comes from Within.”

Stephen M. Sagar, a radiation oncologist and professor of oncology at McMaster University in Canada, presents “Was There Ever a Soul in Medicine? — Spiritual Malaise in Modern Healthcare” on Wednesday.

On Thursday, Christina Puchalski, founder and director of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWish)  and a pioneer and leader in the movement to integrate spirituality into health care in both the clinical setting and in medical education, will speak Thursday.

On Friday, ordained minister and dramatist Rev. Al Staggs will close the week in the Hall of Philosophy for a fun and meaningful climax to end the season with “Laughter for Life: the Spiritual, Emotional, and Physical Benefits of Humor.”

The presenting sponsor for Week Nine is Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. As one of the largest and most progressive medical colleges in the nation, LECOM offers a unique, affordable and innovative education osteopathic medicine, pharmacy and dental medicine.

The supporting sponsor is Independent Health.

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