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University of Miami Brings Together Hundreds to Share Ideas on the Business of Health Care at Global Business Forum

January 12, 2011
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University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala (top)
and School of Business Dean Barabara E. Kahn
welcome Forum participants.

Hundreds of business professionals have converged on the University of Miami for a major three-day conference featuring some of the world’s most prominent health care industry thought leaders. The University’s second Global Business Forum, “The Business of Health Care: Defining the Future,” kicked of Jan. 12 with the first of more than 30 panel discussions.

Organized by the University’s School of Business Administration, the Forum features six tracks on topics including economics and health care, aging, innovation, wellness and prevention, global health issues, and hospital design, technology and delivery systems of the future.

“This year’s event comes two years after we held our first Global Business Forum in 2009,” noted Barbara E. Kahn, the dean of the School of Business, in remarks at the welcome reception Wednesday evening. “For those of you who were here then, you will recall that we were at the height of the global economic crisis providing us with a unique and timely opportunity to tackle the challenges related to increased global connectivity. This year, as you know, we are focusing on the business of health care, and again, I think our timing is pretty good.”

The Forum’s keynote speakers include Kathleen Sebelius, the U.S. secretary of health and human services and Margaret Hamburg, MD, the commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration who spoke on Thursday morning. Other keynote speakers include Jeffrey R. Immelt, the chairman and CEO of General Electric, who will speak during the closing keynote session, and Arthur Agatston, MD, the author of The South Beach Diet, and James D. Forbes, global principal investments executive for Bank of America Merrill Lynch.


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A member of the audience poses a question to panelists during a session entitled "The Silver Mirror" - A Global Documentary Film Shedding New Light on Aging


“I want to welcome everybody to what promises to be the intellectual epicenter of the business of health care for the next several days,” said Donna E. Shalala, the president of the University of Miami, during the welcome reception.  “What universities do best is to bring people together—to explore pressing issues and to discover creative solutions.”

Among the nearly 150 panelists who will share insight during the Forum are top executives from some of the nation's leading health care organizations such as Cecil B. Wilson, MD, the president of the American Medical Association, Richard J. Umbdenstock, the president and CEO of the American Hospital Association, and Richard L. Clarke, the president and CEO of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, among many other industry leaders and experts.

The panel sessions have been organized by School’s and other units across the University of Miami campus. The Forum opened Wednesday with a panel, presented by the Lowe Art Museum, which explored how the visual arts can help health professionals enhance their observation and critical thinking skills. Also on Wednesday, the Arnold Center for Confluent Media Studies previewed a documentary shedding new light on aging, while the School of Architecture presented an exhibition and panel discussion on health care facility design.

     
VITAS

University students meet with VITAS CEO Tim O'Toole whose
firm funded scholarships for them to attend the Forum

The Forum's key sponsors include Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. You can follow the Forum conversation on Twitter by searching hash tag #GBF2011. Updates will also be posted here on the School of Business website throughout the Forum.

Global Business Forum 2011 Website

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