SOURCE: Medline Industries, Inc.

Medline Industries, Inc.

August 13, 2009 16:47 ET

Tom Daschle, Harvey Fineberg to Address U.S. Hospital Leaders on Improving Patient Care and Reducing Cost

Healthcare Leaders From 34 States Gather to Tackle Eliminating Hospital-Acquired Conditions, Reducing Cost

MUNDELEIN, IL--(Marketwire - August 13, 2009) -


What:   More than 100 chief medical officers and chief nursing officers
        from hospitals and health systems in 34 states will gather for a
        conference to discuss issues and solutions to improve patient
        safety, eliminate hospital-acquired conditions and reduce cost.
        Called Prevention Above All, the conference brings together these
        healthcare leaders to discuss real-life solutions to hospital-
        acquired conditions, including catheter-associated urinary tract
        infections, pressure ulcers and the newest discoveries in hand
        hygiene compliance.

Why:    There is compelling evidence that eliminating the preventable
        complications that today harm millions of patients could save
        billions of dollars in our healthcare system -- and improve the
        care of patients.

When:   August 17-18, 2009. Program starts at 8:15 a.m., Monday, August 17.

Where:  Ritz Carlton Hotel, Washington, DC, 1150 22nd Street, NW

Who:    Chief medical officers, chief nursing officers and healthcare
        quality executives from hospitals and health systems in 34 states.
        Speakers include:

        Tom Daschle, former Senate Majority Leader and author of
        "Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis."  He will
        discuss "Cost Effective Healthcare and Healthcare Reform."

        Harvey Fineberg, MD, PhD, president of the Institute of Medicine,
        will discuss "The Impact of Comparative Effectiveness Research."

        Trent Haywood, MD, JD, senior vice president and chief medical
        officer, VHA, Inc., will discuss "Social Practice: Improvement
        Through an Understanding of Clinical Context."

        Didier Pittet, MD, MS,  infection control program, University of
        Geneva Hospitals, Switzerland. He will discuss "Hand Hygiene
        Improvement Strategies."

        Caroline Fife, MD, Associate Professor, Dept of Anesthesiology,
        University of Texas Medical School.

        Kevin Yankowsky, JD, Partner, Health Law Litigation Group of
        Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP. Both Fife and Yankowsky will discuss
        "Legal Implications of Pressure Ulcers."

        To see the conference agenda and more detailed speaker information,
        please go online to:  http://www.medline.com/special/paa/forum

Contact: To attend the conference and/or arrange interviews, contact
         John Marks, 847-951-2542.

Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    John Marks
    Corporate Communications
    847-951-2542 (cell)