Week nine at Chautauqua launches its first-ever Health Care Forum

CHAUTAUQUA- Chautauqua will present a total of 25 lectures during Week Nine concerning “Health Care: Reform and Innovation” with the launch of a three-year initiative focusing on health care that offers Chautauquans an opportunity never before experienced on the grounds.

“We’ve significantly increased the level of engagement by adding 15 additional lectures throughout the course of the week,” said George Murphy, vice president and chief marketing officer at Chautauqua Institution. “These lectures are in smaller venues that will encourage more dialogue and questions and answers.”

In addition to the Institution’s traditional morning and afternoon lecture platform, these 15 special programs will feature leading health care providers, clinicians and insurers in conversation with Chautauquans.

Chautauqua’s 2013 Health Care Forum will include an early morning presentation at 8:30 a.m., an hour-long lunchtime program beginning at 12:30 p.m., and an afternoon session that follows the Interfaith Lecture Series. Subjects will include “The Doctor-Patient Contract,” “Curing Alzheimer’s,” “Integrative Medicine,” and a town hall discussion on end-of-life issues led by the Institute of Medicine.

For more information and to see a complete calendar of Chautauqua’s 2013 Health Care Forum please visit, chqhealthcare.com.

Morning Lectures

Harvey V. Fineberg, president of the nonpartisan Institute of Medicine, will open and introduce the week on Monday with an overview of what reforms will mean for all American health care system stakeholders.

New York-Presbyterian Hospital CEO Steven J. Corwin speaks Tuesday specifically on hospital administration and innovation on the provider side.

Richard J. Gilfillan, former director of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, will speak on Wednesday about the state and future of health care and innovations to make health care costs scalable.

Thursday’s lecture features Christine K. Cassel, president and CEO of the National Quality Forum and former president and CEO of the American Board of Internal Medicine, on demographic health and health care disparities, and the setting of national priorities for achieving better outcomes and value for our health care dollar.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation senior health policy adviser Susan Dentzer, also a “PBS NewsHour” analyst on health issues, speaks Friday on the cost of health care and the tremendous changes in sight.

Interfaith Lectures

This week’s lectures focus on Faith, Hope and Healing and will explore existential questions that point to practical physical results.

Dr. Timothy Johnson, former chief medical editor for ABC News and one of the nation’s leading medical communicators of health care information, will begin the Interfaith Lecture week on Monday, Aug. 19. Most recently he is the author of a book on health care reform titled The Truth about Getting Sick in America, which will be the topic of his presentation.

Richard B. Fratianne, director emeritus of the Comprehensive Burn Care Center at MetroHealth Medical Center and professor of surgery at Case Western Reserve University, will deliver the address on Tuesday titled “Burn Scars are Forever; Healing Comes from Within.” Dr. Fratianne, or “Dr. Frat” as he prefers, developed the T.E.A.M. (Together Each Accomplishes More) approach to patient care. He also authored a book titled “From Cinders to Butterflies: A Spiritual Journey to Healing” that describes his philosophy of burn care.

Stephen M. Sagar, a radiation oncologist and professor of oncology at McMaster University in Canada, presents “Was There Ever a Soul in Medicine? – Spiritual Malaise in Modern Healthcare” on Wednesday. A native of Great Britain, he completed his graduate boot camp medical training in London, and negotiated institutional assault courses in Canada. Dr. Sagar is on the faculty of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, Washington D.C. His interests include integrating processes for patient care and health outcomes, mind-body medicine and evidence-based complementary therapies.

Christina Puchalski, a pioneer and leader in the movement to integrate spirituality into healthcare in both the clinical setting and in medical education, will speak Thursday. As founder and director of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWish), and Professor of Medicine at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., she continues to break new ground in the understanding and integration of spiritual care in a broad spectrum of healthcare environments. Dr. Puchalski’s work in the field of spirituality and medicine encompasses the clinical, the academic and the pastoral application of her research and insights.

On Friday, ordained minister and dramatist Rev. Al Staggs will close the week in the Hall of Philosophy for a fun and meaningful climax to end the season with “Laughter for Life: the Spiritual, Emotional, and Physical Benefits of Humor.” His Laughter for Life program focuses on the spiritual, emotional and physical benefits of humor and features his numerous comedic impersonations.

The presenting sponsor for Week Nine is LECOM. As one of the largest and most progressive medical colleges in the nation, LECOM offers a unique, affordable and innovative education osteopathic medicine, pharmacy and dental medicine.

The supporting sponsor is Independent Health.

Morning lectures are held in the Amphitheater weekdays at 10:45 a.m. Interfaith Lectures are held in the Hall of Philosophy weekdays at 2 p.m. Afternoon lecture themes often complement the themes of the 10:45 a.m. lectures but capture a different angle of vision.

Day tickets are available for purchase at the Main Gate Welcome Center Ticket Office on the day of your visit. Morning tickets grant visitors access to the grounds from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $20. Afternoon tickets grant access from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. for $13. Combined morning/afternoon passes (7 a.m. to 8 p.m.) are $33. For additional ticketing information, visit www.chqtickets.com/ or call 716-357-6250.

Chautauqua Institution is a summer community located in southwestern New York State on Chautauqua Lake. It offers a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship, educational programs, and recreational activities. Each summer the Institution hosts over 2,200 events and 100,000 guests. For more information please visit, www.ciweb.org.