Local and national experts will talk about health-care reform and other industry issues during an upcoming Community Leadership Briefing sponsored by Summa Health System.
The event will take place Nov. 1 at the Akron-Summit County Public Library’s downtown auditorium at 60 S. High St., Akron.
Paul Keckley, retired executive director from Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, will be the keynote speaker.
Keckley is a frequent health-industry contributor to news reports on CNN, Fox News, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
During the event, Summa President and Chief Executive Thomas J. Strauss also will reveal the amount of “community benefit” the health system provided in 2012. To keep their tax-exempt status, nonprofit hospitals report the free and reduced-cost care and other community services they provide.
Following the presentations, the speakers will participate in a panel discussion with Michael Connelly, president and chief executive of Catholic Health Partners, Ohio’s largest hospital system.
HealthSpan Partners, an auxiliary organization of Catholic Health Partners, recently acquired a 30 percent ownership stake in Summa for $250 million. Connelly’s participation in the panel discussion will be his first public appearance in Akron since the deal was finalized.
The discussion will be moderated by Carol McDaid, health-policy expert and co-founder and principal of Capital Decisions Inc., a bipartisan, full-service federal government relations firm.
Check-in and a continental breakfast will start at 8 a.m., with the presentations beginning at 8:30 a.m. Validated parking will be available in the AMPCO deck at the corner of South High and East Market streets.
The deadline to register for the free event is Friday.
For more information or to register, call Carrie Bertka at 330-375-6243.
Cheryl Powell can be reached at 330-996-3902 or email@example.com. Follow Powell on Twitter at twitter.com/abjcherylpowell.