GRENADA, Nov. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, St. George's University announced the creation of the President's Advisory Board, which will offer strategic counsel to SGU President Dr. G. Richard Olds.
"We are thrilled to convene this exceptional and diverse group of advisers as we look to sustain St. George's tradition of excellence in medical education," said Olds. "Our new Advisory Board will help us understand what we can do to better meet the needs of the U.S. healthcare system."
The Board is comprised of six experts from a range of professions in the medical field:
- Dr. John Heydt, Chief Academic Officer of California-based Borrego Health, the 12th largest Federally Qualified Health Center in the U.S.
- Chip Kahn, President and CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals
- Sister Carol Keehan, President and CEO of the Catholic Health Association of the United States
- William Petasnick, former CEO of Wisconsin-based Froedtert Health and former Chair of the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees
- Dr. Patrick Quinlan, retiring CEO of Ochsner International, a division of New Orleans-based Ochsner Health System
- Donna Thompson, CEO of Access Community Health Network, one of the largest Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers in the country
The Board will advise SGU on how best to allocate its resources in order to tackle the shortage of physicians, especially primary care doctors, in the United States, and how to encourage more graduates to practice in underserved areas. These two related objectives are at the core of St. George's educational mission. Already, SGU is the largest provider of new doctors to the U.S. healthcare system.
"The members of our new President's Advisory Board have decades of experience delivering health care to patients," said Dr. Olds. "All of us at SGU will benefit from that experience, as we consider how to most effectively educate the physician workforce of the future."
About St. George's University:
St. George's University is a center of international education, drawing students and faculty from 140 countries to the island of Grenada, in the West Indies, to its programs in medicine, veterinary medicine, public health, science, and business. St. George's is affiliated with educational institutions worldwide, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Ireland. The University's over 17,000 graduates include physicians, veterinarians, scientists, and public health and business professionals across the world. The University programs are accredited and approved by many governing authorities and repeatedly recognized as the best in the region. For more information, visit www.sgu.edu.
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