Southeastern offers panel discussion on healthcare issues

Contact: Rene AbadiBruce Greenstein e
Date: October 16, 2012

      HAMMOND – The head of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals will highlight a discussion on current health issues to be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, as part of Southeastern Louisiana University's Homecoming Week celebration.

     Secretary Bruce Greenstein will be the guest speaker at the program to be held in the Student Union Theatre. Sponsored by Southeastern's College of Nursing and Health Sciences, the program will be of particular interest to nurses and other healthcare professionals. The program is free and open to the public, and a reception sponsored by North Oaks Health System will be held immediately following in the common area adjacent to the theatre.

     "The state of healthcare, both nationally and in Louisiana, is an area of considerable attention and debate," said Ann Carruth, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. "This is a great opportunity for area nurses and healthcare professionals to hear first-hand from one of the architects of healthcare in Louisiana."

     Carruth said the college is applying for approval to offer continuing education credits for attendance at the program.

     To RSVP for the program or for more information, contact the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at 985-549-3772.

     Greenstein was appointed secretary of DHH, the state's largest agency, in 2010 by Governor Bobby Jindal. He serves as the governor's chief health aide and is responsible for the development and execution of policies for the state's healthcare system, overseeing mental and public health, emergency preparedness, Medicaid, health information technology, and aging services.

     On the federal level, Greenstein served in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as associate regional administrator and director of waivers and demonstrations, where he oversaw state Medicaid programs and led the federal government's Medicaid state reform efforts. Prior to joining DHH, he served as the managing director of worldwide health for Microsoft Corp.

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