GBC president and CEO to speak at Mid Atlantic Medical Neighborhood Forum

Donald C. Fry, president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, will speak about corporate leadership in the emerging models for wellness and coordinated medical care at the Mid Atlantic Medical Neighborhood Forum on Friday, October 3, 2014 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor.

Fry speaks from experience.

The GBC is a private sector partner for the Healthiest Maryland Businesses, an initiative that works to foster employee health. The GBC helped recruit 125 companies to join the program.

In addition, this year the GBC partnered with the American Diabetes Association for its CEOs Stopping Diabetes initiative in an effort to demonstrate the effectiveness of CEO engagement and leadership in corporate wellness programs. Six CEOS pledged corporate leadership for their company’s wellness programs.

The GBC will have a team at the Step Out Baltimore: Walk to Stop Diabetes on Sunday, October 5 at the Canton Waterfront Park.

The forum, which is geared toward health care providers and business community leaders, among others, will include presentations by national experts from the National Committee for Quality Assurance, The Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative and community stakeholders who are working to shape the Medical Neighborhood.

Medical neighborhoods were established because of the Patient-Centered Medical Home, a model for providing medical services used by health care facilities and primary care providers with the patient’s needs at the center of the care delivery model.

The Patient-Centered Medical Home is meant to provide primary care providers with a comprehensive picture of a patient’s needs and the services they receive from other providers. The program calls for more provider-patient dialogue.

Developing medical neighborhoods requires the use of technology, such as adopting electronic health records, to unite area providers and facilities. Digitizing health records is being demanded and facilitated by health care reform mandates, providers and the business community.

The business community is vested in the health care of its employees because they offer health care packages in part to be competitive and attract employees and typically pay a large percentage of the premiums.

If you go:

When: Friday, October 3, 2014; 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, MD 20745

Cost: $199

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