SOURCE: GetWellNetwork


April 11, 2011 09:00 ET

Drs. Jerod Loeb and David Nash to Anchor Sessions at GetWellNetwork Annual User Conference

Speakers Will Challenge Attendees to Think in New Ways About the Role of Patient Engagement in Health Care Delivery

BETHESDA, MD--(Marketwire - Apr 11, 2011) - GetWellNetwork, Inc. today announced that health care leaders, Jerod Loeb, PhD and David B. Nash, MD, MBA will speak at the company's fourth annual GetConnected conference, being held from May 2-4, 2011 at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. In addition, Emmy-award winning journalist Ms. Anne Ryder will give a special address based on her own experiences as a reporter and patient.

Dr. Loeb, Executive Vice President of The Joint Commission's Division of Healthcare Division of Quality Evaluation, will deliver a keynote session titled "Measuring Health Care Quality: Teaching an Old Dogma New Tricks." Attendees will hear about The Joint Commission's views and direction regarding patient-centered care and in particular, the importance and relevance of patient and family engagement in assuring quality patient care in hospitals.

New to this year's GetConnected conference is a C-level panel discussion moderated by Dr. Nash, sought-after for his expertise and leadership in the development and implementation of health care policies and, their impact on health care quality and safety. He is the founding dean of the Jefferson School of Population Health at Thomas Jefferson University. The panel discussion will explore the daily challenges and successes hospital executives are experiencing with patient engagement strategies using interactive patient care systems.

Panelists will include:

  • Monica Reed, MD, Administrator and Chief Executive Officer, Florida Hospital Celebration Health, Celebration, FL
  • Barbara Hertzler, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital, Pontiac, MI
  • Patrick J Cawley, MD, MBA, FHM, FACP, Executive Medical Director Medical University of South Carolina Medical Center, Charleston, SC
  • Barbara Summers, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Head, Division of Nursing, The University of Texas, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
  • Russ Branzell, Chief Information Officer and Vice President, Poudre Valley Health System, Fort Collins, CO

Additionally, Ms. Anne Ryder will speak to attendees about the powerful lessons she learned from in-person interviews with Mother Theresa while working with her in Calcutta. Ms. Ryder will also share her own patient experience in the hospital and the personal relationships she developed with three remarkable nurses.

For information about how to participate as a sponsor of GetConnected 2011, please contact Tony Cook,

About GetWellNetwork

GetWellNetwork, Inc. entertains, educates, and empowers patients throughout the patient journey using the bedside TV in the hospital, mobile devices, Web or Cable TV at home. This patient-centered approach improves both satisfaction and outcomes for patients and hospitals. Additionally, the company extends the value of existing IT investments by integrating seamlessly to leading HIT systems including Cerner, McKesson, Epic, Meditech, GE and Siemens.

GetWellNetwork was also recognized by KLAS® as the leader in the new Interactive Patient Systems category and exclusively endorsed by the American Hospital Association. More information about GetWellNetwork can be found at

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