Center for Healthcare Education Inaugural Year Lecture Series

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 All lectures take place at the Center for Healthcare Education, 4000 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 

April 2018

A Dialogue on Compassion: The Lived Experience

  • A Dialogue on Compassion: The Lived Experience SpeakersDominic Vachon, Director of the Ruth M. Hillebrand Center for Compassionate Care at the University of Notre Dame
  • Jean Watson, Distinguished Professor of Nursing and Dean Emerita at the University of Colorado Denver
  • Michael W. Higgins, Distinguished Professor of Catholic Thought at Sacred Heart University

Wednesday, April 18

Dominic Vachon, Ph.D., is the director of is the director of the Ruth M. Hillenbrand Center for Compassionate Care in Medicine in the College of Science at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to his position as director, Vachon was the director of Behavioral Medicine and Caring Science Training at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center’s Family Residency Program. He has been training physician residents in the areas of patient-physician communication and professionalism and is also a practicing psychologist specializing in neurofeedback therapy.

Jean Watson, Ph.D., is a distinguished professor and dean emerita at the University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing Anschutz Medical Center. There she held the nation’s first endowed chair in caring science for 16 years. Additionally, Watson is the founder of the original Center for Human Caring in Colorado and is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She is also the founder and director of non-profit foundation Watson Caring Science Institute.

Michael W. Higgins, Ph.D., is a distinguished professor of Catholic thought at SHU. He previously held the positions of president and vice chancellor at Saint Thomas University, where he was also a professor of English and religious studies. Higgins came to SHU in 2010 as a visiting senior executive in residence. The Canadian educator, writer and journalist has assisted the University in a variety of roles.

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Advanced Care Planning: Words Matter

Ann SpenardAnn Spenard, DNP, RN-BC, Principal and Vice President at Qualidigm
Wednesday, April 11

Ann Spenard, DNP, RN-BC, is a principal and vice president at Qualidigm, a company focused on improving the quality, safety and cost-effectiveness of health care through transformational change. As a long term care and geriatrics specialist, Dr. Spenard will talk about the importance of engaging in discussions of end of life care with those who matter.

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March 2018

Digital Transformation in Healthcare: Leveraging Technology and the Internet of Things to Empower Health

Lisa Stump, Yale New Haven Health SystemLisa Stump, Interim CIO/VP of Yale New Haven Health System
Monday, March 12

Lisa Stump is a 1991 graduate of the University of Connecticut School Of Pharmacy and a 1993 graduate of The Ohio State University, where she earned a Master’s degree in Hospital Pharmacy Administration. In 1993, Mrs. Stump also completed a 2-year pharmacy residency training program accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Mrs. Stump was recognized by the New Haven Business Times in 2003 as a recipient of the Forty Under 40 Award and completed Six Sigma Leadership Green Belt Training in 2002. She is the co-author of numerous peer-reviewed publications and has been the recipient of several awards for leadership and quality in healthcare, including the Best Practices in Hospital Pharmacy Management Award in 1999 from the American Society of Health System Pharmacists, the Abbott Pharmaceuticals Health System Quality Award in 2000, the Meritorious Achievement Award from the CT Society of Health-System Pharmacists in 2001, the 2005 John D. Thompson Award for Excellence in Healthcare, the Voluntary Hospitals of America (VHA) Leadership Award for Supply Chain Management in 2005, and in 2009 was installed as a Fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

In 2010 she was awarded the College of Health Information Management Executives (CHiME) CIO Bootcamp Women’s Scholarship. Mrs. Stump has held a series of management and leadership positions beginning at Grant Medical Center, Columbus Ohio in 1993 and moved to Yale-New Haven Hospital in 1996 in the position, Clinical Coordinator, Drug Use Policy. She served as the Director of Pharmacy Services at Yale-New Haven Hospital from 2000 until 2008 when she assumed the position of Administrative Director, Clinical Informatics.

Currently, she is Vice President at Yale New Haven Health System responsible for the implementation of Epic™ EMR and Revenue Cycle applications at the Yale New Haven Health System Hospitals, Northeast Medical Group practices, The Yale Medical Group faculty practices, and affiliated community practices. She resides in Southington, CT with her husband and three children.

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November 2017

The Future of Healthcare (DNP Colloquium)

John Murphy, CEO of WCHNDr. John Murphy, CEO, WCHN
Friday, November 10

As president and CEO of the Western Connecticut Health Network, John Murphy, M.D., works with clinical leadership and community physicians to establish collaborative care delivery models that have improved patient outcomes, lowered costs and grown the Network’s physician portfolio. Murphy establishes the vision, strategy and key priorities for the Network, ensuring their realization by overseeing the direction for clinical development, new program offerings and system expansion.

Is Value-Based Care Working?

Dr. Rohit Bhalla, Stamford HealthDr. Rohit Bhalla, Vice President Quality and Chief Quality Officer of Stamford Health
Tuesday, November 7

Dr. Rohit Bhalla received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the Boston University School of Medicine six-year BA/MD program, and a Master of Public Health degree from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Dr. Bhalla completed two residencies; at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Internal Medicine, and at the New York City Department of Health in Public Health / General Preventive Medicine. He is Board Certified in both specialties.

He joined Stamford Health in 2012. In his current role, he is responsible for oversight of quality, patient safety, care management, hospitalist, and palliative care programs. Prior to this, Dr. Bhalla served as Chief Quality Officer at Montefiore Medical Center. 

Dr. Bhalla serves in a number of capacities to develop health policies and programs to improve care for populations. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Connecticut Hospital Association and on the Quality Council of the Connecticut State Innovation Model Program. Dr. Bhalla currently serves as Chair of the Greater New York Hospital Association/United Hospital Fund Clinical Quality Fellowship Training Program, and previously served as Chair of the Greater New York Hospital Association Quality and Outcomes Research Committee. He is presently a member of the Sacred Heart University PAS Program Advisory Committee.

Dr. Bhalla is Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He has published several papers in the areas of quality improvement and health policy, serves as a member of the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Medical Quality, and has received public and private funding for research initiatives in the arenas of patient safety, healthcare improvement, and healthcare disparities.

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October 2017

What Value-Based Care Looks Like at the Community Level

Daryl Richard, Vice President, Corporate Communications, United Healthcare
Monday, October 23

The shift to a value-based healthcare system promotes a team approach to patient care and improves quality, lowering costs and enhancing the coordination of people's care. It is also redefining relationships between care providers and insurers at the community level, bringing the two closer together in the name of a better patient experience.

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Night Call: Embracing Compassion and Hope in a Troubled World

Robert J. Wicks, Psychologist, Author, Spiritual Mentor and Professor, Emeritus, of Pastoral Counseling at Loyola University in  MarylandRobert J. Wicks, Psychologist, Author, Spiritual Mentor and Professor, Emeritus, of Pastoral Counseling at Loyola University in Maryland
Wednesday, October 4

Share in the “quiet lessons” that helping and healing professionals are taught on discovering new strength within life’s whirlwinds.

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