Daemen College Health Care Forum will focus on Impact of Affordable Care Act

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April 22, 2013



Contact: Mike Andrei

                Director-College Relations

                (716) 839-8472




Information: Michele Ratzel

                       Administrative Assistant, Office of the Dean

                       Daemen Division of Health

                       and Human Services

                       (716) 839-8554



Daemen College announced it will co-host a Forum on Health Care Reform, with a special focus on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on the health care professions. Daemen will hold the forum in partnership with the Western New York Consortium of Higher Education, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 14, in Wick Social Room on the Daemen campus, 4380 Main Street, Amherst, NY.


Daemen College President Dr. Gary A. Olson said:  “We are honored to have four of the State’s top experts on health care presenting their views on one of the most important issues facing the nation – the implementation of The Affordable Care Act.


“The Forum will focus on what the Act means for how physicians, physician’s assistants, nurses, physical therapists, and the other health care professionals will provide care to all of us in the years ahead.”   


Four of the Western New York region’s top health care experts will participate in the forum: Dennis R. Horrigan, President and CEO, Catholic Medical Partners; Roberta Rifkin, Vice President, Government Affairs, Independent Health; Dr. Gale Burstein, Commissioner, Erie County Department of Health; and Dr. Marilyn L. Dollinger, Associate Dean, Chair of the Undergraduate Program, Wegman’s School of Nursing, St. John Fisher College. 


“Health care legislation will impact how health care business models, delivery, and education are delivered,” said Dr. Ron Schenk, Dean of the Division of Health and Human Services at Daemen College.  “For health care students, faculty, and those in the ‘business of health care,’ this Forum is an excellent opportunity to obtain a glimpse into both the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”


Students and faculty at Daemen, and other colleges and universities represented by the WNY Consortium of Higher Education, will be admitted free of charge but must register on-line at http://daemenhealthcareforum.eventbrite.com.


A nominal $20 registration fee will be requested from members of the public at large. Those planning to participate in this important dialogue on the health care professions and The Affordable Care Act are encouraged to register on-line, at the same link.


For questions regarding this event, please contact Michele Ratzel, administrative assistant, Office of the Dean, Daemen College Division of Health and Human Services, (716) 839-8554, or mratzel@daemen.edu . Also, Bobby Mills, Special Assistant to the President of

Daemen College, (716) 566-7881, or email:  rmills@daemen.edu .

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