Issue 20, May 13, 2022
America faces daunting and complex healthcare challenges that include and go beyond the current pandemic. In myriad ways, innovative healthcare companies are developing solutions to improve access to care, battle disease, strengthen population health, and meet the needs of underserved communities. This newsletter will offer examples of Healthcare Leadership Council members answering the call.
thINc360: The Healthcare Innovation Congress
The Healthcare Innovation Congress brings together executives across all sectors of healthcare to discuss pressing issues facing the industry and strategies to accelerate innovation and transformation. Join peers and identify ways to truly make an impact on an individual's health and well-being, close care gaps, contain rising healthcare costs, and move towards value-based care.
May 22-25, 2022
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HLC Webinar: The Healthcare Workforce Pipeline
Healthcare workforce shortages present both an urgent and immediate dilemma as well as a serious long-term challenge. We need wide-ranging public and private sector solutions that address barriers to filling these critical positions. The healthcare industry has invested in developing a generation of future health professions and built pathways to a plethora of career choices. Experts will discuss the successes they have achieved as well as the important workforce gaps that remain.
Meharry Medical College
June 8, 2:00-3:00p.m. ET
Meharry Medical College Acting to Address Disparities in Organ Transplants
Meharry Medical College, a Healthcare Leadership Council member, is joining other historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and prominent health organizations to increase the number of African-American organ donors and reduce transplant disparities in Black communities. Johns Hopkins researchers have found, for example, that racial and ethnic disparities in kidney transplants have worsened over the past 20 years.
The coalition of educational institutions and health organizations will address this challenge through a series of community outreach and education sessions and career development opportunities for students at HBCU nursing, public health, public policy, and healthcare administration programs.
James E.K. Hildreth, president and CEO of Meharry Medical College said, "At the heart of all this is the profound disparity in transplants that are performed on African-Americans versus whites in our country, and it's a long-standing problem and issue."
Innovative Care at Texas Health Saves Woman's Life
A woman suffering from a lemon-sized tumor on her kidneys and two episodes of cardiac arrest had her life saved by coordinated care and innovative interventions at Texas Health Resources hospitals in north Texas.
Stephanie May was suffering from extraordinarily high blood sugar and an inability to hold food down when x-rays discovered the tumor above her kidneys. Upon arrival at Texas Health Dallas for additional testing, she went into cardiac arrest twice and subsequently saw her kidneys and heart begin to fail as well as deterioration in her lung and brain functions. Doctors used one of the world's smallest heart pumps to improve her cardiac function. They then performed a procedure involving the use of a thin lighted tube attached to a video camera to enable the removal of the tumor. Six months after her health crisis, Ms. May was back at work.
Deborah Willard, Texas Health Resources Clinical Outcomes Service Line director said the key to success in cases like this is well-established coordination between Texas Health hospitals and hospital departments. She said, "We'll continue to apply that cohesion to give critical patients just like Mrs. May the best chance to make it home to their families."