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Wofford hosts Health Care Reform seminars

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2010-02-15

Four programs planned; U.S. Rep. Inglis to speak in April

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College will present a series of four seminars, beginning Tuesday, Feb. 16, centered on American Health Care Reform. U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis, R-S.C., will speak at the final program April 5.

All of the programs will be held from 7 to 8:15 p.m. in Leonard Auditorium in Main Building. They are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, Feb. 16
Dr. Robert Moss, professor of biology and health careers advisor, and Dr. Aikaterini Andrews, associate professor of economics, will introduce the American health care system. They will address such questions as: How does our health care system work, and what does it cost? How does it compare to others around the world? Why does it need to be reformed?

Wednesday, Feb. 24
Tracey Jackson, executive director of Piedmont Care, an HIV/AIDS prevention and advocacy non-profit organization in the Upstate, will discuss the challenges of providing care in the current system as well as the consequences of the lack of health care access and insurance. Dr. Robert Riehle, former chief medical officer at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare system, will present components of an optimal 21st century health care delivery system and describe new patient care models that will provide more appropriate, efficient and effective clinical care for all. Riehle is a health care consultant with special interest in health care policy reform tailored to improve care and control costs.

Thursday, Feb. 25
Dr. Robert Rainer, pathologist and former medical director of quality and clinical effectiveness at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, will discuss the changes required to achieve improved outcomes and long-term cost reduction in health care, focusing on the Institute of Medicines report on cross the quality chasm. Dr. Paul Catalana, assistant dean of medical education at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Greenville Campus and professor of clinical pediatrics also will participate. Moderator of the program will be Sarah Catalana (Wofford class of 2012).

Monday, April 5
U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis, R-S.C., will discuss the “best” system for America to look like and what changes are practical over the next decade, given political and financial realities.