Children's Hospital Hosts Annual Meeting of the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions

Healthcare leaders to address the changing face of pediatric medicine.

Healthcare leaders to address the changing face of pediatric medicine.

Seattle: Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center is hosting this year’s Annual Meeting of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI). Under the theme, “The Many Faces of Partnerships,” the Annual Meeting will explore the diversity and complexity of children’s hospitals’ partnerships in technology, research, customer satisfaction and philanthropy. The meeting, which will be held September 29 – October 2 at the Westin Hotel in Seattle, is expected to draw 450 attendees from across North America.

Before the meeting officially begins, members are invited to attend discipline-specific forums, categorized for hospital trustees, medical leaders and patient care executives, that will provide the opportunity to meet with colleagues to discuss common issues of concern. Forum topics will discuss the collaborative model of patient-clinician relationships in cancer care, the role of the trustee in ethics and the changing face of pediatric care.

“We are proud and delighted to host our distinguished NACHRI guests,” says Treuman Katz, president and CEO of Children’s. “Seattle is a destination location in many ways, including excellence in pediatric medicine and cutting edge research. As the Northwest’s regional pediatric referral center, we are pleased to have the opportunity to share our vibrant city with our colleagues.”

Meeting highlights include sponsored breakfasts and luncheons, concurrent general sessions, member sessions and plenary sessions presented by nationally renowned health care leaders. The plenary sessions include:

“The Many Faces of Partnerships”: Leanne Kaiser Carlson, MSHA, futurist, will provide a futuristic overview of changes shaping health care and explore the many faces of partnerships in research, technology, philanthropy and customer relations.

“Child Healthscan 2003”: The Child Healthscan 2003 report, prepared by Russell Coile, Jr., editor of “Russ Coile’s Health Trends,” is designed to provide members with strategic advice about leading trends, threats and opportunities in child health care for the next three to five years by incorporating the latest industry research and expert opinions.

The closing session will feature Dr. David Satcher, 16th Surgeon General of the United States. A long-standing educator and leader in the public health arena, Satcher will provide insight into the importance of community partnerships and the role children’s hospitals should play in improving the health of all of America’s children.

Speakers and presentations by Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center include:

  • The Changing Face of Pediatric Care: Ian Glass, M.D., director of clinical genetics; Phillip Chance, M.D., division chief of genetics and development
  • The Pediatric Palliative Care Project: Providers, Health Plans and Families in Partnership:
    Ross M. Hays, M.D., director of palliative care services and associate director, department of rehabilitation medicine
  • Pediatric Research Partnerships-Two Innovative Approaches: Erik M. Lausund, director, office of research administration
  • Developing Effective and Innovative Strategic Partnerships to Enhance Regional Market Presence: Sanford M. Melzer, M.D., M.B.A., vice president, regional & ambulatory services

In addition, seven of the forty poster presentations at the conference will feature a variety of initiatives at Children’s, such as telemedicine, family-centered care, children with special health care needs, child advocacy and facility design.

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