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Governor’s Health Care Summit set for tomorrow

Governor Phil Bryant speaks at the Families First Initiative Summit. Photo by News Mississippi

Tomorrow, the Governor’s Health Care Economic Development Summit will take place in Mississippi’s capital city.

Dr. Barbara McAneny, president of the American Medical Association, will be the keynote speaker for the summit. Prior to Dr. McAneny’s remarks, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson will address via video the Summit’s attendees, which include providers, health care industry leaders and stakeholders.

Secretary Carson was originally scheduled to attend the summit, but a Cabinet meeting with President Donald Trump scheduled for Thursday prohibited him from traveling to Jackson from Washington.

While Governor Bryant was looking forward to Dr. Carson’s attendance, he appreciates his commitment to the event, and he’s looking forward to  Dr. McAneny’s remarks.

“I’m delighted that Dr. McAneny is serving as keynote speaker,” Gov. Bryant said. “While we understand a Cabinet meeting with the President takes precedence for Secretary Carson, we are grateful he will take the time to address the Summit via video. Secretary Carson is a medical pioneer and supports our efforts to turn health care into an economic driver.”

Barbara L. McAneny, MD, a renowned oncologist from Albuquerque, New Mexico, is the president of the American Medical Association. Her one-year term as president began in June 2018.

“It is an honor to have someone with Dr. McAneny’s credentials speak at the Governor’s Health Care Summit,” said Dr. Clay Hays, Jr., Chair of the Mississippi Healthcare Solutions Institute and Chair of the Mississippi State Medical Association. “She brings a unique perspective as president of the American Medical Association and I am excited to hear her presentation.”

A highly respected leader in her home state and nationally, Dr. McAneny is a practicing physician, successful businesswoman, and co-founder and CEO of a multi-disciplinary oncology practice, New Mexico Oncology Hematology Consultants Ltd. She also built and manages the New Mexico Cancer Center, which provides comprehensive outpatient medical and radiation oncology care and imaging in underserved communities across New Mexico.

The summit will piggyback off of a study conducted by the Mississippi Healthcare Solutions Institute which aimed to identify the leading factors in sustained success in healthcare and how that can tie in with economic growth. The findings of the MHSI’s study showed several areas that can contribute to Mississippi’s success. 

Workforce Development

A healthy, productive population enhances the prospects of business attraction, retention and growth.

Quality of Life

Accessible, affordable healthcare improves the lives of Mississippians and provides a better quality of place because of availability of quality services, as well as jobs and opportunities from all the facets of the healthcare system.

Business Sustainability

Healthier workers will reduce lost time due to illness and will increase productivity, improving Mississippi’s competitiveness, growth and sustainability.

Creation of Economic Wealth

Growth of a statewide healthcare industry cluster and collaboration across this economic sector will contribute jobs and encourage wealth creations.

The organization was created in 2012, and in a statement on the summit’s website, the Governor said that the state is already moving in the right direction. 

“We are already succeeding,” Governor Bryant said. “Mississippi is pioneering a health care clustering concept that is attracting new medical investment and development throughout the state, and twelve Mississippi communities have developed master plans that include targeting medical investment as a major component for economic growth.”

Mississippi hospitals account for 5.7% of all state-wide employment, with a total economic impact of $5.8 billion. On an individual level, the site states that each doctor creates an economic impact of $2 million in his or her community.

Co-hosting the event are the Office of Governor Phil Bryant, Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi Business Group on Health, Mississippi Development Authority and the Mississippi State Medical Association.

A full schedule of tomorrow’s events can be seen below:

Governor’s Health Care Summit Agenda:
7:30 am – Registration

8:15 am – Welcome and Introductions

Dr. Clay Hays, Jr.

Governor Bryant

9:00 am – Morning Sessions
Economic Development Discussion- Darin Buelow-Deloitte Consulting LLP

Collaborative Workforce/ Workforce Readiness Panel-Dr. James Turner- Moderator

Dr. James Young – Cleveland Clinic

Joe Ochipinti – United Healthcare

Kim Hoover – UMMC

10:30 – Break

10:45 – Morning Session
Employer Panel – Murray Harber-Moderator

Edmond Hughes – Ingalls Shipbuilding

Billy Sims – Southern Farm Bureau

Jim Brown – Trustmark

12:15 pm – Lunch
Invocation by Sister Dorothea Sondgeroth

Presentation of Economic Impact Study by Donna Arduin

Video Message – Dr. Ben Carson

Keynote – Dr. Barbara McAneny – President of the American Medical Association

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