Health For Life Community Forum: Kansas City, MO

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The AHA, Kansas Hospital Association and Missouri Hospital Association today hosted a national dialogue on health care reform in Overland Park, KS. More than 150 business, health care, government and consumer representatives participated in the event, the fourth of five national discussions to be held on the Health for Life reform guidelines developed by the AHA with stakeholder groups. Attendees at the event, which drew media coverage from National Public Radio and Fox News, included U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore (D-KS). John Bluford, president and CEO of Truman Medical Centers and an AHA trustee, said, “Health for Life is not a dictated plan, but a framework to guide the discussion. True reform will not happen without the work of all those that have an interest in keeping the nation healthy.”

Forum panelists:

  • John Bluford, president and CEO of Truman Medical Centers and an AHA Board of Trustees
  • Bill Bruning, president and CEO of the Mid-America Coalition on Health Care
  • Steve Wilkinson, president and CEO of Menorah Medical Center and chair of the Kansas City Metropolitan Healthcare Council
  • Julie Quirin, president and CEO of Saint Luke’s South Hospital and chair-elect of KCMHC
  • Douglas Henley, executive vice president of the American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Barrett Hatches, president and CEO of Swope Health Services
  • Tom Bowser, president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City
  • Helen Connors of the University of Kansas Medical Center
  • Brad Cloverdyke of American Century Investments

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