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MHA Symposium to take place April 12: Dr. Daniel Salinas to present keynote address

Students in the masters of healthcare administration (MHA) program have teamed up with Associate Professor and MHA Program Director James Stephens, D.H.A., to host the fourth annual MHA Symposium on April 12. The Symposium is free and open to the public.

Each year, the group brings in a nationally-known and respected speaker in the healthcare field to present to an audience of about 200 people. This year, Dr. Daniel Salinas, M.D., chief medical officer for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, will share his lecture, “Healthcare value is in the eye of the beholder.”

“The two important issues in healthcare and public health right now are patient safety and value reimbursement,” said Stephens. “I would encourage all students and faculty to come out to listen to Dr. Salinas. His lecture topic is of great interest in the country right now, and he’s a top expert in the country. Gaining knowledge first-hand from a leading expert in this area is a unique opportunity to take advantage of.”

Dr. Salinas is a well-known pediatrician and physician leader in the state. He has served as regional vice president and national medical director for WellPoint Inc., as well as vice president and medical director for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia.

The MHA Symposium is funded in part by East Georgia Regional Medical Hospital and the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health. It will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Nessmith-Lane Conference Center, room 1915.

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