The Changing Landscape of Healthcare... How Will It Affect Me?
On Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m., the Distinguished Speaker Series at St. Matthew’s Parish church in Bedford, NY, welcomes Joel Seligman, CEO and President of Northern Westchester Hospital. While the press has been focused on the controversies surrounding “Obamacare” and the Affordable Care Act, the bigger story may be the transformation already underway of the healthcare system. What are the changes sweeping the country and what are the factors driving these changes? What will our healthcare system look like in Westchester and the larger metropolitan area in the future?
Since 1998, NWH has been part of and under the control of the four-hospital Stellaris Health Network. However, in June 2013, the four hospitals felt that they needed to align with larger networks and chose to dissolve Stellaris. What choices now face NWH in this new landscape? Seligman will address what this all means for all of us, as consumers of health care… How can the goal of better quality of care delivered more efficiently best be attained? Is bigger better? If so, at what cost to access, personal choice and convenience?
Joel Seligman has dedicated his career to the healthcare industry, serving in numerous roles at The Mount Sinai Hospital and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center before assuming the leadership of NWH in 2001. He received his Bachelor of Science degree at Boston University and his Masters degrees in Business Administration and Public Health from Columbia University. During his tenure at Northern Westchester Hospital, Joel’s focus has been on clinical excellence, service quality and community outreach. This focus has resulted in NWH being selected as one of the first five Planetree Designated hospitals in the country in 2007, and recognition as a Planetree Re-Designated Hospital with Distinction in 2010 and 2013. Recently, NWH received Magnet Designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, making NWH the only Magnet Designated and Planetree Designated with Distinction Hospital in the country.
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