Canada’s healthcare CEOs meet to address key issues in health today: less hospital crowding through better community care

Montreal, February 14, 2012 — Diagnoses like heart disease, some cancers, and even HIV that were once considered a death sentence are now chronic conditions. Today, three quarters of people over 65 years has at least one chronic condition; one in four lives with at least three chronic conditions and our hospitals are overloaded. How can we take charge of our health systems and keep patients in the community for better care? What are some of the alternative models of care to avoid unnecessary hospitalization? What are the advances in shifting care into the community? Questions like these will be up for discussion when more than 150 of Canada’s most influential healthcare decision-makers gather at an invitation-only event at the Hotel Omni Mont-Royal in Montreal on Wednesday, February 15 for the sixth annual CEO Forum Driving Innovation: Reinventing Ambulatory and Community Care.

Emergency room overcrowding, lack of hospital beds for surgeries and chronic diseases are costly factors affecting Canadian health systems. Better ambulatory and community care is an important solution. The CEO Forum will feature national and international speakers who will explore options and opportunities we have to address more efficient and effective use of our resources in the better interest of patient s and ultimately of all Canadians.

DATE: Wednesday, February 15, 2012
TIME: 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (sessions outlined below)
PLACE: Hotel Omni Mont-Royal, 1050 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal


The CEO Forum 2012 includes the following sessions:

8:25 a.m. Building New Models for Complex Care
- The Honourable Yves Bolduc, Minister of Health and Social Services, Quebec (video)
8:50 a.m. Primary Healthcare: Taking Charge of Chronic Disease Management
- Alain Larouche, President, Groupe conseil santé Concerto, QC
9:10 a.m. Accountable Care Organizations
- Adalsteinn (Steini) D. Brown, Chair in Public Health Policy, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, ON
- Robert Howard, President and Chief Executive Officer, St. Michael’s Hospital, ON
10:30 a.m. Breakthroughs for Patients with Complex Needs
- David Levine, President and Chief Executive Officer, Montreal Regional Health and Social Services Agency, QC
- Irfan Dhalla, Physician, Department of Medicine, St. Michael’s Hospital, ON
- John Sloan, Family Physician, HomeVIVE, Vancouver Coastal Health, Clinical Professor, Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia, BC
- Tammy O’Rourke, Clinical Lead NP, Belleville Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic, ON
12:10 p.m. Award Presentation: Excellence through Evidence
Recipient - Dr. Leslie Levin, Head of Health Quality Ontario’s Medical Advisory Secretariat
1:00 p.m. Revolutions in Ambulatory and Community Care
- Ann Colbourne, Director, General Internal Medicine, University of Alberta Hospital, AB
- Dante Morra, Medical Director, Centre for Innovation in Complex Care, ON
- Nigel Murray, President and Chief Executive Officer, Fraser Health Authority, BC
- Shirlee Sharkey, President and Chief Executive Officer, Saint Elizabeth Health Care, ON
- Kaveh G. Shojania, Editor-in-Chief, BMJ Quality & Safety
2:45 p.m. Integrated Delivery Systems: Implementing the Value Framework
- Thomas H. Lee, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, US

The Full Program for the CEO Forum 2012 is available here.

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