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Providence Announces New Monthly Event Series

October 06, 2015

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Series launches October 20

Missoula, MT—Providence Health & Services Western Montana is excited to launch a new monthly event series in Missoula to help members of the community navigate the increasingly complex world of health care.

Each event will focus on a different health care topic or trend taking shape at the regional or national level, and the work of Providence Health & Services Western Montana. Topics slated for the coming months include patient-centered medical homes, palliative care and women’s health. 

Free and open to the public, all talks will feature a panel of special guests including physicians, patients and other business leaders. After a brief panel discussion, audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions of the panelists. All talks will be moderated by Sally Mauk, News Director Emeritus of Montana Public Radio.

The series kicks off on Oct. 20 with a panel entitled, “Transforming Health Care.” Panelists will discuss some of today’s top health care trends – digitization of medical records, patient engagement, disease prevention, insurance expansion, among others – and how they might transform the future of care in Western Montana.

“As part of our mission to build healthier communities, together, we wanted to establish regular opportunities for the people of Western Montana to access information on the prevailing topics of our time,” said Jeff Fee, chief executive, Providence Health & Services Western Montana. “We’re hoping that attendees walk away from these events with a better understanding of the issues and the confidence to make more informed choices for themselves and their family members.”

Martin Burke, chairman of the Community Ministry Board for Providence Health & Services Western Montana, commented, “The health care of the future is not just about being there for patients when they’re sick, but being there when they’re healthy. Our Board is pleased to work with the leaders at Providence Western Montana in developing and presenting a program that educates, inspires and empowers people to take charge of their health.”

Moderator Sally Mauk adds, “Today’s patients are being asked to play a bigger role in managing their own care. From researching the right providers, to investigating treatment solutions, to understanding the latest government policies, it’s easy to feel intimidated by the multifaceted and nuanced issues that impact us all. This series will help equip the health care consumer with the tools and information they need to find their way.”

All events will take place on Tuesdays from 5-6:30 p.m. at Providence St. Patrick Hospital’s Broadway Building, Conference Center 1.

For more information regarding monthly topics and panelists, visit montana.providence.org