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U of M School of Public Health Will Honor Four "Champions" at April 2 Luncheon

Contact: Gabrielle Maxey

March 21, 2014 - Dr. Paul Batalden, a prominent expert on healthcare improvement, will be the keynote speaker at the University of Memphis School of Public Health 2014 Awards Luncheon. The event will be held Wednesday, April 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the University Center River Room.

The School will recognize four individuals with the Public Health Champion Award: Doug McGowen, director of the Memphis Innovation Delivery Team; Ed Rafalski, senior vice president, Strategic Planning and Marketing, for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare; William Tuttle, vice president, Planning Memphis Metro Market, for Baptist Memorial Health Care; and Memphis Mayor A C Wharton.

The luncheon is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. To make reservations, contact Lisa Krull at The deadline to RSVP is March 28.
Batalden is professor emeritus of pediatrics, community and family medicine and the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College and guest professor of quality improvement and leadership at Jönköping University in Sweden.

He teaches about the leadership of improvement of health care quality, safety and value at Dartmouth, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the Jönköping Academy for the Improvement of Health and Welfare in Sweden. Batalden also chairs the Improvement Science Development Group of The Health Foundation in London and the Leadership Preventive Medicine Residency Advisory Committee at Dartmouth.

He currently is interested in the multiple knowledge systems and disciplines that inform the improvement of health and health care.


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