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Three Rivers Health Co-Hosts Symposium

May 30, 2008 by WLKM News Room 

“It was really done very well.” These were the words of Matt Chambers, President & CEO of Three Rivers Health, as he reported yesterday (May 29th) to the Three Rivers Health Authority Board on the first ever Relationship Centered Care symposium, an event staged on May 14th in the Lawrence Education Center at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.  The symposium – titled “Good Relationships = Best Outcomes” – was co-hosted by Three Rivers Health, Borgess and Bronson Methodist Hospital.   According to Chambers, “This is the first time that Borgess and Bronson have worked together to co-sponsor an educational event.”  Chambers said Three Rivers Health was well-represented, both in terms of presenters and participants.  He and Nancy Buscher, Vice President of Patient Care Services, were presenters and “over 30 people” from Three Rivers Health attended.  Additionally, Chambers reported that, “Three Rivers Health took the lead in getting this off the ground, providing both planning and implementation resources over the last 18 months.” National speakers were featured including Dr. Anthony Suchman of the University of Rochester, described as “The Father of Relationship Centered Care,” and Mary Koloroutis, co-author of Relationship-Based Care:  A Model for Transforming Practice. Chambers said the symposium attracted around 220 people, including “close to 60 physicians.”

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