Abington to host public discussion on state of health care in America

Health care in America is fraught with layers of ethical, legal and practical concerns. The presidential candidates have made it a central issue of the election and decisions made today will have a direct and lasting effect for years to come. Attempts at reform, escalating costs, dissatisfaction with the system and equal access to services are among the many challenges that make this a vital issue for our times.

Penn State Abington is inviting the public to "Penn State Examines: The State of Health Care in America" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the Lares Building; a free dinner will be offered at 6 p.m. A panel of successful health care professionals will explore the issue from multiple perspectives and answer questions from the audience. The panelists' experience, along with their professional insights, will help others navigate this complex topic.

Richard L. Jones Jr., former chief executive officer of Abington Memorial Hospital and Health Care Executive in Residence at Penn State Abington, will moderate the panel. Jones is a Lifetime Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

The panelists include:
-- Valerie Arkoosh, president, National Physicians Alliance and professor of clinical anesthesiology and clinical obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
-- Stephen Hynes, president, MRO Corp.
-- R. Scott Post, vice president, corporate and association affairs, Independence Blue Cross
-- Martin B. Rosen, executive vice president, chief marketing officer and co-founder, Health Advocate
-- Michael Yudell, public health blogger for The Philadelphia Inquirer and associate professor, Drexel University School of Public Health

Registration is required at www.abington.psu.edu/examines-healthcare.