Florida State University Healthcare Business Summit calls for industry to take bold action

Florida State University Healthcare Business Summit calls for industry to take bold action

Florida Blue is a sponsor of the event, which is part of Florida State University’s growing focus on health care in academic programs, research and investments.

In remarks to attendees at the Turnbull Florida Convention Center, Florida State University President Richard McCullough noted that the Florida Legislature has provided $125 million in funding to collaborate on projects Partner Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare to establish academic health center on campus. The facility will be the centerpiece of FSU Health, a university initiative to reshape health care delivery in North Florida.

McCullough noted that FSU Health is also partnering with St. Joe’s to build a health care facility in Panama City Beach.

“These are bold and ambitious plans that will help transform Florida State University as we seek to increase our research spending and world-class research to discover the cutting edge of new technologies that can help people live longer healthy lives,” he explain. “I like the term ‘health span.’ … The idea is that everyone wants to live as long as possible, but what you really want to do is live as long as possible.”

FSU President Richard McCullough, Florida Blue CEO Pat Geraghty and FSU College of Business Dean Michael Hartline at the FSU Healthcare Business Summit.  (School of Business)
FSU President Richard McCullough, Florida Blue CEO Pat Geraghty and FSU College of Business Dean Michael Hartline at the FSU Healthcare Business Summit. (School of Business)

Stacey Patterson, vice president for research at Florida State University, told attendees that through effective partnerships, “I think we can have a positive impact on (a term used by President McCullough), ‘health span. and have a measurable impact on health care access in Florida.”

To do this, she said, all key players must develop “a cohesive leadership team committed to solving real problems.” We need to identify the most pressing questions… We need to expand our research capabilities and expertise within and beyond the clinical community. “

Summit moderator Michael Hartline, dean of Florida State University’s College of Business, highlighted new university programs focused on health care. These include an MBA in Healthcare Management, which prepares students for the business-related aspects of the healthcare industry. In the School of Nursing, administrators added a doctorate in administrative health systems nursing practice, as well as a research-focused doctoral degree, he said. in nursing.

Hartline noted that 10 FSU colleges collaborated with the College of Business to plan the event. About 18 companies and organizations provided sponsorship or support.

Hartline called the summit “an ambitious and highly interdisciplinary effort to address the industry’s most pressing workforce, policy, financial and technology issues as health care becomes an increasingly pressing component of our society and university programs and curricula part.”

Florida State University Healthcare Business Summit calls for industry to take bold action
More than 200 business and organizational leaders packed the crowd to hear FSU College of Business Dean Michael Hartline speak at the inaugural FSU Healthcare Business Summit. (School of Business)

Four panels of experts from the business, academic, nonprofit and healthcare industries, including FSU alumni, discussed pressing topics including pediatric care; elder care; end-of-life care; organizational costs; staffing shortages, especially among nursing staff; Worker stress and burnout, especially from the COVID-19 pandemic; Recruiting health care workers in rural communities; Legislative efforts to invest in health care; The impact of the uninsured on hospitals and health care providers; Providing services to uninsured and underserved communities; achievements in innovation and technology; and the promises, issues, and potential ethical pitfalls of artificial intelligence.

“Ultimately, this conference is about human flourishing, healthy aging and our children,” Florida Hospital Association President Mary Mayhew said during a panel on public policy, regulatory and legislative insights. “We have to look at where life begins This continuum to the end of life and understand: Does this continuum meet our expectations?”

Mayhew, like others, echoed the theme of keynote speaker Geraghty, who joined Florida Blue in 2011 and led the company’s evolution from a health insurance company into a portfolio of health solutions companies focused on health care transformation. Florida Blue, the largest subsidiary of GuideWell Mutual Holding Corp., invests in communities and projects that address affordability issues and serves as a nonprofit organization with a mission to “ensure that as many people as possible have access to high-quality, affordable Affordable and fair care.”

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