Breakfast Forum Confronts Shortages in Healthcare Work Force

In the next few years, 20 percent of physicians plan on retiring and other health professionals will face shortages

Oregon Health Forum takes a serious look at the work force shortages facing the healthcare industry hosting a panel of legislators, hospital leaders and academicians on Thursday, March 22.

The event gets underway with a breakfast buffet at 7 a.m . followed by a panel discussion that wraps up at 9 a.m. at the Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 SW Salmon in Portland. A free parking lot is adjacent.

Are legislators willing to invest resources to recruit new professionals and retain the state's current providers? Is a team-based approach to delivering medicine the way to go? What role should academic institutions play? How does industry fit in? And is enough attention being focused on under-served populations in both urban and rural settings?

Panelists include:

  • Ann Barr-Gillespie, PhD, DPT, Vice Provost and Executive Dean, Pacific University for the College of Health Professions
  • Jana Britton, MPA, Executive Director, Oregon Center for Nursing
  • Lesley Ogden, MD, FACEP, CEO, Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital
  • Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, MD (D-District 17)
  • Robert Duehmig, Deputy Director, Oregon Office of Rural Health, OHSU, will moderate.

If you're interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Diane Lund-Muzikant at diane@oregonhealthforum.org.

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