American Hospital Association’s Rich Umbdenstock to Headline January Connecticut Health Council Program

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The Connecticut Health Council, an association of health sector leaders who work together to promote Connecticut as a national center of health excellence and to improve health care and wellness, will kickoff 2014 by hosting "Health Care Reform and Hospital Performance Improvement: Understanding Challenges, Embracing Opportunities" with Rich Umbdenstock, FACHE, President and CEO of the American Hospital Association on Thursday, January 9th from 7:30-9:30a.m. at the Hartford Marriott Downtown, 200 Columbus Boulevard in Hartford.

The Connecticut Health Council, an association of health sector leaders who work together to promote Connecticut as a national center of health excellence and to improve health care and wellness, will kickoff 2014 by hosting "Health Care Reform and Hospital Performance Improvement: Understanding Challenges, Embracing Opportunities" with Rich Umbdenstock, FACHE, President and CEO of the American Hospital Association on Thursday, January 9th from 7:30-9:30a.m. at the Hartford Marriott Downtown, 200 Columbus Boulevard in Hartford.

“As we work to break down the boundaries in health care, forums like this are a great way to share ideas and perspectives,” said Umbdenstock.

Under Mr. Umbdenstock’s leadership, the AHA represents and serves more than 5,000 member hospitals, health systems and other health organizations, and 43,000 individual members. Key topics to be discussed during his presentation include how the AHA prepared for the health care debate, what hospitals are doing right now, and how they are changing so they can continue to meet the needs of the communities they serve.

“The hospital landscape in Connecticut and the rest of the country is changing rapidly,” said Oz Griebel, President and CEO of the MetroHartford Alliance, which provides the operational support for the Council. “We look forward to hearing Rich’s perspective on these changes and trends and how hospital performance is improving post-Affordable Care Act both locally and nationally.”

The Connecticut Health Council’s programming is designed to link the network of professionals across various components of the health sector, thereby increasing the number of people promoting the State’s significant inventory of health assets and resources.

"Health Care Reform and Hospital Performance Improvement: Understanding Challenges, Embracing Opportunities" is sponsored by Saint Francis Care with CT1 Media as the Media Sponsor.

Tickets for "The Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange" are $25/per person for Founding Partners and $50/per person for non-members. To learn more and to register, visit: http://www.cthealthcouncil.com.

About the Connecticut Health Council
The Connecticut Health Council, is an association of health sector leaders who work together to promote Connecticut as a premier center for the development of businesses, initiatives, and technology that improve health care and wellness both nationally and in the State. Representing health organizations from across the state, the Council strives to highlight the power of the state's health sector and support its continued growth and advancement. By fostering collaboration among health organizations and providing high-quality educational programming, the Connecticut Health Council will strengthen the connections between members of the sector and help showcase the health assets and resources across Connecticut. To learn more, visit: http://www.cthealthcouncil.com.

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