Joins with Gwinnett Chamber’s General Membership Meeting to present keynote panel

Partnership Gwinnett hosted its Inaugural Healthcare Summit today in conjunction with the Gwinnett Chamber’s November General Membership Meeting.  Held at the Gwinnett Chamber, the event focused on relevant issues including the Healthcare Reform Act and its impact on Gwinnett companies and the healthcare opportunities both gained and lost in the community.

The event kicked off with the session, “Healthcare Reform – What is it? What does it mean to my business?”, led by William S. Custer, Director for Center for Health Services Research for Georgia State University. Custer provided information on the nationwide healthcare reforms, both currently in place and anticipated over the next few years, and their impact on Gwinnett residents and employers.

“The Affordable Care Act has already affected Gwinnett’s employers and the most profound changes are due to take effect January 1, 2014,” stated Custer. “With the results of the election no longer in question, Georgia companies will need to understand the impact the law and the implications of upcoming state and Federal decisions for them and their employees.”

The second session, “Healthcare in Gwinnett – Issues, Opportunities and Challenges”, featured panelists Connie Russell, District Program Director for the Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Departments and Mark Mullin, Director of Planning for Gwinnett Medical Center. The two presented an overview of the state of healthcare in Gwinnett County and focused on the resources, opportunities and issues facing the industry and community.

The Summit’s keynote address, Healthcare as an Engine of Growth, featured a roundtable discussion during the Gwinnett Chamber’s November General Membership Meeting. Panelists included Kim Ryan, CEO of Eastside Medical; Philip R. Wolfe, CEO of Gwinnett Medical Center; and Dan Styf, Vice President of Regional Strategy for Kaiser Permanente. Moderating the panel was 2012 Gwinnett Chamber Board Chairman and President of E2E Resources, Raymer Sale.

“Gwinnett’s strong healthcare industry is a key component of the County’s overall stability and attractiveness for businesses and families alike,” said Raymer Sale, President, E2E Resources. “As the Gwinnett Chamber brings all aspects of the community together, it was great to hear from area healthcare leaders as they gave an update on how this vital industry will continue to be a driver for economic growth in the community.”

One of Gwinnett’s target industries and a key focus of Partnership Gwinnett, Health Sciences and Services involve the delivery and administration of healthcare, health research and innovations, and the translation of these innovations into startup companies.  The Summit centered on this first component and the opportunities facing the area’s healthcare suppliers as they seek to better serve Gwinnett’s residents.

“The potential for development and improvement of healthcare services in our community presents companies with the opportunity for economic growth by supplying the needs of Gwinnett’s expanding population,” stated Nick Masino, Senior Vice President, Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett. “Partnership Gwinnett’s efforts seek to enrich the community’s healthcare offerings and support businesses that contribute to this vital industry.”

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