PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Friday, October 30, 2015, Virtua presented its second Healthcare Collaborations Summit, "Transforming Healthcare Outside of Healthcare," in partnership with The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Held at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, the summit focused on the role of innovation and partnership among healthcare providers.
The summit attracted more than 250 healthcare professionals from ten states to advance the dialogue around partnerships and to foster healthcare collaborations that achieve new solutions while increasing quality, reducing costs and improving care delivery.
Featuring a keynote address by noted Harvard Business School Professor Michael E. Porter and lunchtime "Town Hall Federal Outlook" moderated by Stan Collender of Forbes, "Transforming Healthcare Outside of Healthcare" sparked conversation among healthcare leaders from around the country – including business, industry and government representatives – energizing all participants toward a roadmap for the years ahead.
"At Virtua, within and beyond our hospital walls, we've been creating new models for providing care that are cost-effective and closer to where patients work and live," said Richard P. Miller, Virtua president and CEO. "After all, it's collaboration that helps improve coordination, communication, quality and safety – factors that, when combined, help patients be well, get well and stay well."
"The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has a long history of collaboration – with other health institutions, policy-makers, industry, donors, community members and our patient families," said Madeline Bell, president and CEO of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "Those of us who attended the Healthcare Collaborations Summit believe that the answers to the complex questions facing healthcare in 2015 and beyond will come from collaboration. CHOP looks forward to future collaborations with Virtua and all of our partners that build upon a model of offering the right care, at the right time, in the right place for families across the region."
Concurrent workshop session topics included digital medicine, accountable care, community partnerships and state innovations in chronic disease. A special session, "CEO Collaborations: Ecosystems of Health Partnerships," brought together Madeline Bell, Rich Miller, Troyen Brennan, MD (CVS Health), Stephen Klasko, MD, MBA (Thomas Jefferson University/Jefferson Health), Ralph Muller (University of Pennsylvania Health System) and Janice Nevin, MD (Christiana Care Health System) to discuss the value of healthcare partnerships in today's ever-evolving healthcare industry.
As one of New Jersey's largest health systems, Virtua helps people be well, get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services. Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, two ambulatory care centers, three fitness centers, three acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with 287 physicians plus 87 additional practitioners, urgent care centers, 11 ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers more than 8,000 babies a year. Virtua also provides employment and wellness services to 1,700 businesses and corporations. An innovator in clinical and information technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its ground-breaking partnerships with GE Healthcare, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Penn Medicine. Virtua employs more than 8,700 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley every year since 2007. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit www.virtua.org or www.virtuabroadcastnetwork.org.
About The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1855 as the nation's first pediatric hospital. Through its long-standing commitment to providing exceptional patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare professionals and pioneering major research initiatives, Children's Hospital has fostered many discoveries that have benefited children worldwide. Its pediatric research program is among the largest in the country. In addition, its unique family-centered care and public service programs have brought the 535-bed hospital recognition as a leading advocate for children and adolescents. For more information, visit http://www.chop.edu.
Peggy Leone, APR, MA
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
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