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Ascension Health, HCA, North Shore-LIJ Health System, and Lightspeed Research -The Foresight Group announce the formation of The Healthcare Consortium
Date:10/15/2009

Ascension Health, HCA, North Shore-LIJ Health System, and Lightspeed Research -The Foresight Group announce the formation of The Healthcare Consortium. The mission of the Consortium is to serve as a resource for human capital thought leadership in the healthcare workplace to better serve patients and communities.

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) October 15, 2009 -- Ascension Health, HCA, North Shore-LIJ Health System, and Lightspeed Research -The Foresight Group are pleased to announce the formation of The Healthcare Consortium. The mission of the Consortium is to serve as a resource for human capital thought leadership in the healthcare workplace to better serve patients and communities. The Healthcare Consortium brings together colleagues from hospitals of different sizes and areas of focus to share their interests and experiences and to learn what organizations are doing to improve the healthcare workplace. The Consortium has four focus areas: benchmarking, best practices, education and networking.

The Healthcare Consortium is extending an invitation to interested healthcare organizations to join us at the first annual dinner meeting. Organizations that have a minimum of 1000 employees and have either The Joint Commission or Det Norske Veritas accreditations are welcome to attend. The dinner will be held on November 2, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. This date coincides with the ASHHRA Conference in Chicago. The dinner meeting begins with a welcome reception followed by Jane Lewis, HCA, presenting an overview of the Consortium including how and why the Consortium was formed. Alan Cooper, from North Shore-LIJ Health System, is the keynote speaker, and his presentation is titled, "From Avatars to Twitter: Engaging the Gamer Generation". The evening will wrap up with Marcia Silverberg, from Ascension Health, discussing the Consortium's goals and objectives, survey benchmark items, future educational webinars and networking opportunities. The evening promises to be a terrific opportunity to learn more about becoming a member of The Healthcare Consortium.

For more information or to secure a reservation, please call 847-726-4040 extension 241 or visit The Healthcare Consortium website.

ABOUT THE FOUNDING MEMBERS
Ascension Health is transforming healthcare by providing the highest quality care to all, with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable. Ascension Health, which provided $926 million in care of persons who are poor and community benefit last year, is the nation's largest Catholic and non profit health system. Mission-focused Health Ministries consist of 107,000 associates serving in more than 500 locations in 19 states and the District of Columbia.    

HCA is the nation's leading provider of healthcare services, composed of locally managed facilities that include 163 hospitals and 112 outpatient centers in 20 states and England.

The North Shore-LIJ Health System is the nation's third-largest, non profit, secular health system, with 14 hospitals in the New York metropolitan area, 18 long-term-care facilities, five home care agencies, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and a hospice care network. In addition, North Shore-LIJ is partnering with Hofstra University to develop a new medical school.

Lightspeed Research-The Foresight Group is a global leader in employee research and survey consulting providing survey services since 1994. Foresight's healthcare benchmark data in the past 12 months includes 380,000 respondents and over 1,200 healthcare locations including more than 550 hospitals and more than 600 healthcare facilities that include ambulatory, surgery, imaging, SNF/LTC, rehab, hospice, home health and psychological care.


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