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Providence Resumes “Transforming Health Care” Event Series

September 13, 2016

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Missoula, MT—Providence Health & Services Western Montana will resume its popular monthly event series on September 20 with a panel discussion and Q&A on preventing, diagnosing and treating dementia.

Launched in Fall 2015, “Transforming Health Care” is a monthly event series designed to help members of the community navigate the increasingly complex world of health care. Each month highlights a different health care topic or trend that impacts Western Montanans. This year, Providence welcomes moderator William Marcus, well-known public media figure and host of the Montana PBS series, “Backroads of Montana.”

Free and open to the public, all talks will feature a cross-disciplinary panel of guests including physicians, scholars, community organizers, patients and local business leaders. After a brief panel discussion, audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions of the panelists.

The 2016-2017 season opens on September 20 with a panel entitled, “Dealing with Dementia,” featuring Sherry Reid, M.D. (Providence Medical Group Neurology Specialists), Michael Kavanaugh, Ph.D. (Director, Center for Structural and Functional Neuroscience, University of Montana), and Margo Voermans, a caregiver who has looked after a close friend suffering from dementia for more than a decade.

“Throughout our 143 years of service in Western Montana, Providence has remained committed to promoting community health,” said Jeff Fee, chief executive, Providence Health & Services Western Montana. “These educational forums provide an open, inviting opportunity for community members to dialogue with experts, get valuable information, and hopefully, gain confidence in how to manage their health and avoid preventable disease.”

Steve Hiro, M.D., chairman of the Community Ministry Board for Providence Health & Services Western Montana, commented, “We’ve been thrilled with the community’s response, and for the level of enthusiasm we’ve seen in these panels month after month. Today’s health care consumers understand that they’re expected to play a more active role in managing their way through our complex and multi-faceted system. We’re trying to equip them with the tools and information they need to do just that.”

Additional topics throughout the season will include immunizations, alternative care methods, depression, and others that have been selected based on audience feedback and requests during the 2015-2016 season.

All monthly events will take place on Tuesdays from 5:30-7 p.m. at Providence St. Patrick Hospital’s Broadway Building, Conference Center 1. Visit our online calendar for more information regarding topics and panelists.