Chief Executive Officer, Johns Hopkins Medicine International to Keynote at 10th Annual World Health Care Congress

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World Congress is pleased to announce Steven Thompson, Chief Executive Officer of John Hopkins Medicine International and Senior Vice President, Johns Hopkins Medicine to keynote on ‘Meet the Global Challenges of Developing Sustainable, Affordable Health Care Systems’ at the 10th Annual World Health Care Congress taking place April 8-10, 2013 in Washington, DC.

The keynote will take place on Monday, April 8th 2013 and joining Mr. Thompson on the keynote panel are; Dr. Jason Cheah, Chief Executive Officer, Agency for Integrated Care, and Muhammad Yunus, Winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, Founder Grameen Bank and Grameen Health.

This highly interactive discussion, moderated by, T.R. Reid a correspondent for NPR, PBS, and The Washington Post, will convene government and private sector thought leaders to:

  • Discuss strategies to contain the cost of delivering health care amid rising demand
  • Develop resilient funding models sustainable over the long-term
  • Explore mechanisms to improve the efficiency and productivity of health care delivery
  • Analyze the shift of health systems from a sickness to a wellness focus to reduce downstream health costs
  • Learn from international health systems
  • Understand the global role of technology in enabling the delivery of sustainable health care

For additional information on all the keynotes at the conference, please visit

Speaker Biographies:

Steven Thompson is responsible for the coordination and oversight of the planning, integration and growth of Johns Hopkins Medicine’s clinical enterprise. This includes the faculty clinical practice, the Johns Hopkins Health System (consisting of four hospitals; Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, a network of 25 statewide suburban community practices and 230 physicians that handles more than 540,000 patient appointments annually; Johns Hopkins Home Care Group, for which Hopkins health care givers provide adults and children with more than 35,000 home visits annually in central Maryland), and the Ambulatory Development Group. Mr. Thompson also oversees the management of Johns Hopkins Medicine’s external clinical business relationships, as well as the marketing programs that support the clinical enterprise. In addition, Mr. Thompson is vice chair of the board of directors of Johns Hopkins Medicine International (JHMI), which is responsible for all the international activities of Johns Hopkins Medicine. JHMI establishes internal programs and businesses that are consistent with and support the Johns Hopkins mission to maintain excellence in clinical care, research and teaching.

Dr. Jason Cheah worked for 8 years in the Ministry of Health Singapore, dealing with a variety of health policy and planning, health regulation and accreditation issues. He then spent a year in the private sector as the Assistant General Manager and then Acting General Manager of Gleneagles Hospital. In 2000, Dr Cheah returned to the public sector and started the Clinical Project Management and Planning Office in the National Healthcare Group (NHG). Dr Cheah was appointed as Chief Projects Officer (CPO) and also concurrently as Director of Clinical Services at Alexandra Hospital. In Nov 2005, Dr Cheah was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the National Healthcare Group Polyclinics (NHGP). Dr Cheah was appointed in July 2009 by the Ministry of Health Singapore as CEO of a new National Agency for Integrated Care (AIC). This Agency is charged with integrating care for the numerous patients with chronic medical conditions across the continuum from acute hospitals to community hospitals, nursing homes and home care. Dr Cheah remains active in teaching in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine in the Yong Loo Lin (YLL) School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. He was the Chair of the Organizing Committee of the 1st Asian Conference on Integrated Care held in Singapore in February 2011.Also he has been a Member of the International Journal of Integrated Care (IJIC) Editorial Board since March 2011.

Professor Muhammad Yunus established the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh in 1983, fueled by the belief that credit is a fundamental human right. His objective was to help poor people escape from poverty by providing loans on terms suitable to them and by teaching them a few sound financial principles so they could help themselves. Professor Yunus is the recipient of numerous international awards for his ideas and endeavors, including the Mohamed Shabdeen Award for Science (1993), Sri Lanka; Humanitarian Award (1993), CARE, USA; World Food Prize (1994), World Food Prize Foundation, USA; Independence Day Award (1987), Bangladesh's highest award; King Hussein Humanitarian Leadership Award (2000), King Hussien Foundation, Jordan; Volvo Environment Prize (2003), Volvo Environment Prize Foundation, Sweden; Nikkei Asia Prize for Regional Growth (2004), Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Japan; Franklin D. Roosevelt Freedom Award (2006), Roosevelt Institute of The Netherlands; and the Seoul Peace Prize (2006), Seoul Peace Prize Cultural Foundation, Seoul, Korea. He is a member of the board of the United Nations Foundation.

To view a list of all speakers to date, please visit

About the 10th Anniversary World Health Care Congress
The 10th Annual World Health Care Congress is committed to improving global health care by convening business, political, and academic health care leaders to actively share information and work together to improve the overall quality and cost of health delivery in the US and throughout the world.

WHCC is where decisions are made, deals are drawn up, strategies are planned and ideas become reality. Having a seat at the table has never been more important, and the WHCC provides the most influential, interactive and transactional table in health care.

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