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

Feb. 22, 2021

The Lessons from the Pandemic: Building a Secure Health System 2021 McKenna Virtual Lecture & Symposiumwill 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

From ICU backlogs to the changing location for healthcare delivery, the pandemic has highlighted numerous infrastructure and facilities issues to address to strengthen the security and resiliency of our nation’s healthcare system.  These issues are critical for both emergency preparedness and to support the move to a more patient-centered, value-based healthcare system. 

March 18: Securing and Supporting the Healthcare Workforce

The length and the severity of the pandemic has taken a toll on our nation’s healthcare workforce, from front line clinicians to those providing critical support, e.g., infection prevention, supply chain, facilities and maintenance.  How can we address the very real and immediate physical, emotional and mental health issues of the workforce, while putting in place long-term measures to create healthier and more satisfactory work environments. 

March 25: Matching supply and demand

Critical supply shortages during the pandemic have underscored the need for end-to-end supply chain visibility to ensure adequate supplies are available when and where they are needed.  Collaboration with clinicians across the care continuum is also critical to sourcing the most appropriate products based on clinical evidence to meet specific patient needs.  

April 1:  A systemic approach to collaboration across the pillars (e.g., between functions, organizations, and the public and private sectors)

The first three sessions focused on each of the strategic pillars for health system security individually.  This session looks at the pillars holistically and how we can achieve them in concert vs. in silos.   

CAPS Research has the event and registration  

More COVID-19 coverage HERE.