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IOM President to speak at Schwartz Center Consensus Meeting Nov. 8
Date:11/6/2012

Boston, MA (November 6, 2012) Institute of Medicine President Harvey Fineberg, MD, PhD, will give the plenary address at a consensus meeting in Boston November 8-9 being convened by the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare to develop recommendations on health system reforms and public and professional education initiatives to make compassionate care a national priority. His topic will be system properties that support compassionate care.

The IOM is the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences and provides unbiased and authoritative advice on health and healthcare issues to decision makers and the public. Its reports, including To Err is Human and The Quality Chasm, are widely credited with having spurred significant quality and safety improvements in the U.S. healthcare system.

The meeting is being held as part of the Schwartz Center's National Consensus Project on Compassionate Healthcare, a far-reaching initiative to make compassionate care a national healthcare priority. The plenary session will take place on Thursday, November 8, from 12:30-2 at the Boston Convention Center and will be open to the press. Schwartz Center Medical Director Beth Lown, MD, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and internist at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, will introduce Dr. Fineberg.

The session will be attended by 65 healthcare providers, patients, educators, researchers and policymakers from across the country, including representatives from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the HHS Office of Health Reform, the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care, and Geisinger Health System, among many others.

According to Dr. Lown, "The nation's health and the effectiveness of our healthcare system depend to a large extent on the quality of the relationships and communicati
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Contact: Petra Langer
petralanger@comcast.net
781-640-0086
The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare
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