2021 McKenna Virtual Lecture & Symposium “Lessons from the Pandemic” series announced

Feb. 3, 2021

The Lessons from the Pandemic: Building a Secure Health System 2021 McKenna Virtual Lecture & Symposium will be presented on Tuesday, March 9 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. MST, announced The McKenna Foundation. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the frailties of the U.S. healthcare system, while spurring unprecedented innovation and collaboration as healthcare delivery shifted to televisits, traditional competitors shared information and resources, and businesses large and small stepped up to produce critical supplies.  

The lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic are laying the foundation for healthcare institutions to ensure their ongoing ability to serve the needs of patients and communities, in times of both normalcy and crisis. The supporting strategic pillars of a resilient health system are its infrastructure, workforce, and supply chain/logistics.   

The 2021 McKenna Lecture features Denis Cortese, M.D., Emeritus President and CEO, Mayo Clinic and Director of the Center for Healthcare Delivery & Policy at ASU. Dr. Cortese will share the results of work he is leading as President of the Healthcare Transformation Institute with eight competing health systems in the Phoenix area. Multidisciplinary leaders from each of the health systems identified the strategic pillars and are collaborating to develop the critical capabilities required in each of the pillars.

This special series is presented at no-charge by the McKenna Foundation, Department of Supply Chain Management and CAPS Research, at Arizona State University. 

In addition to the McKenna Lecture & Symposium, attendees are invited to participate in additional post-lecture interactive topical sessions. Each session is designed to further advance each of the strategic pillars of a resilient health system addressed in the McKenna lecture. Each 90-minute session will begin at 1:00 p.m. MST on Thursdays, free of charge and open to the public, with findings published in a whitepaper. Topics will include: 

·         March 11: The Infrastructure and Facilities to support a Secure Future

·         March 18: Securing and Supporting the Healthcare Workforce

·         March 25: Matching Supply and Demand

·         April 1: A Systemic Approach to Collaboration (across pillars, organizations, public & private sectors) 

CAPS Research has the event and registration. 

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