“Rural Can’t Wait—Making Change Work for Rural Nebraska” is the theme for this year’s Nebraska Rural Health Conference scheduled for Thursday and Friday, Sept. 17 and 18, at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Kearney.
The annual conference provides a forum to address rural health concerns and to develop and promote effective solutions at the local, state and national levels.
This year the conference will cover key issues ranging from national trends impacting rural health, such as workforce shortages, healthcare reform, health information technology, the medical home model, behavioral health reform and EMS to discovering the changing health delivery models currently in Nebraska.
One of this year’s keynote speakers is Mark Scott, who will share his story about leading a small, rural Oregon hospital’s successful attempt to profoundly change the way patients, their families, staff and employees experience healthcare.
It is the account of an extraordinary effort that led to a remarkable transformation of an entire organization. Their courage to be first has captured the attention of all the healthcare industry.
Scott and Leland Kaiser have just released “Courage to Be First.” This is the first book for each of them, but definitely not their first collaboration.
Scott was an original member of Lee’s CEO group, Knights of the Healthcare Roundtable. Each CEO was challenged by Lee to transform, not incrementally improve, some big part of their healthcare kingdom. He took that challenge seriously.
Another keynote speaker will be Alan Morgan, president of the National Rural Health Association. He will report on the latest from Washington D.C. on health care reform.
President Obama and Congress are developing a plan to provide affordable, accessible health care for all Americans that builds on the existing health care system and uses existing providers, doctors and plans to implement the plan.
What will this really mean for rural health? Morgan will help sort it all out.
Rural residents are more than welcome to attend the conference. For more information, go to the NeRHA Web site www.nebraskaruralhealth.org for the agenda and registration information.