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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist to keynote ninth annual Health Care Symposium
Posted 07/09/2018 12:10PM
David Leonhardt

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and op-ed columnist David Leonhardt of the New York Times will deliver the keynote address during Misericordia University's ninth annual Health Care Symposium, "Patient-Centered Care: A Vision to Create Well-Being,'' on Friday, Sept. 21 beginning at 8 a.m. in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall.

The expanded symposium is free, but registration is required due to limited seating. The Pennsylvania Nurses Association also has approved the activity for 4.6 contact hours. The American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation has accredited the Pennsylvania Nurses Association as an approver of continuing nursing education.

To register, please visit Registration opens July 9.

The Health Care Symposium also features an art exhibit and presentation by Ted Meyer, a nationally recognized artist, curator and patient advocate who helps patients, students and medical professionals see the "positive in the worst life can offer,'' a lecture by Lucinda L. Maine, Ph.D., R.Ph., executive vice president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, and the inaugural presentation of the Excellence in Health Care Award.

The plenary session, "Putting Patients in the Center of Our Teams,'' with Dr. Maine is from 10:20-11:30 a.m. Meyer will make the presentation, "Scarred for Life: A Patient's Experience,'' from 1-1:45 p.m. Both presentations are in Lemmond Theater. Meyer also will speak during a gallery reception for his exhibition on Thursday, Sept. 20. The exhibition runs from 4:30-7 p.m. in the Catherine Evans McGowan Room of the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library, while his works of art also will be on display in Insalaco Hall during the symposium.

Kathy Soracco Magee '67

Alfred Casale, M.D., associate chief medical officer of Geisinger Northeast, will present alumna Kathy Soracco Magee, B.S.N., M.Ed., M.S.W., the co-founder and president of Operation Smile, with the Excellence in Health Care Award. A 1967 graduate of Misericordia, with a degree in nursing, the former nurse and clinical social worker founded the nonprofit in 1982 with her husband, William P. Magee, Jr., D.D.S., M.D.

Today, Magee serves as the full-time president of Operation Smile and is a lifetime member of the board of directors. Operation Smile is the largest children's volunteer charity in the world dedicated to treating facial deformities, such as cleft lips and cleft palates.

The Health Care Symposium's keynote speaker was awarded the biggest prize in U.S. journalism in 2011. Leonhardt received the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary "for his graceful penetration of America's complicated economic questions, from the federal budget deficit to health care reform,'' according to A graduate of Yale University with a Bachelor of Science degree in applied mathematics, he also served as the Washington bureau chief and economics columnist of the New York Times.

His work has been recognized with the 1998 Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism in the Business Journalism category from the Chicago Headline Club for a Business Week story he wrote about McDonald's. In 2003, he was part of a team of New York Times reporters whose coverage of corporate scandals was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The Gerald Loeb Award was presented to him in 2009 for the New York Times Magazine article, "Obamanomics.'' He also was a winner of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers Best in Business Journalism Contest for his New York Times columns in 2007 and 2009.

In addition to being an op-ed columnist for the New York Times, Leonhardt writes the daily e-mail newsletter, "Opinion Today." His prior assignment was leading a strategy group that helped Times leadership shape the future of the newsroom. He is also the founding editor of "The Upshot,'' a Times section that covers politics and policy. He also has worked for Business Week and The Washington Post. Leonhardt serves on the board of the American Academy of Political and Social Science and the jury for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.

The Misericordia University Health Care Advisory Council presents the annual Health Care Symposium. Members include Michael Amory, president, Amory Medical Associates and Amory Sleep Solutions; Ron Beer, chief administrative officer, Geisinger Northeast; Lori Beucler, M.S.N., R.N., B.C.-N.E., F.A.C.H.E., vice president and chief nursing officer, Susquehanna Health; Alfred Casale, M.D., associate chief medical officer, Geisinger Northeast; Cornelio Catena, chief executive officer, Wilkes-Barre General Hospital; Robert Cole, Ph.D., vice president systems improvement, Allied Services Integrated Health System; Mary Erwine, president, Erwine Home Health and Hospice, Inc.; Ted Epperly, M.D., president and chief executive officer, Family Medicine Residency of Idaho; Patricia Finan-Castellano, health care consultant; Michael Golden, health care professional; Brian Rinker, senior vice president-Northeastern Pennsylvania region, Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield; Conrad Schintz, health care executive; Deborah Vilegi-Payne, Ph.D., dean, health sciences, Luzerne County Community College; Eric Williams, health care professional; Paul Woelkers, president, Lackawanna Mobile X-Ray, and members of the Misericordia University faculty and administration.

Event sponsors include Allied Services Integrated Health System, Commonwealth Health, Erwine's Home Health and Hospice, Geisinger Health System, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Metz Culinary Management.

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