SW Florida’s NCH Healthcare and Lee Memorial Health Systems Take Center Stage at Lifestyle Medicine Healthcare Transformation Summit

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The American College of Lifestyle Medicine announced today that leaders from NCH Healthcare and Lee Memorial Health System, along with Midland Memorial Health out of Midland, Texas, will be showcased during the October 23, 2016 Healthcare Transformation Summit at the Naples Grande Resort in Naples, Florida.

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Healthy lifestyle choices which cross generations, cultures, and all socio-economic milieu will help everyone live longer, happier, and healthier lives. Lifestyle medicine is an important part of this journey for everyone.

When it comes to health system transformation, something special is happening in Southwest Florida, where two of the three hospitals slated to be featured at the 2nd annual Healthcare Transformation Summit are located. Leaders from both NCH Healthcare System and Lee Memorial Health System will present during the October 23 summit. The event is an extension of the CME accredited Lifestyle Medicine 2016, the annual conference of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine(ACLM), set for October 23 – 26 at the Naples Grande Resort in Naples, Florida.

ACLM, in conjunction with Healthways, produced the inaugural Healthcare Transformation Summit in 2016, the driving force being that 80% or more of our nation’s healthcare spending is tied to the treatment of conditions rooted in poor lifestyle choices—chronic disease that is preventable, treatable and, often, reversible. The Summit serves as a showcase for select systems and leaders that are on the cutting edge of healthcare transformation.

Scott Kashman, chief administrator officer for Lee Memorial’s Cape Coral Hospital, one of the summit’s featured presenters, says, “The American College of Lifestyle Medicine's annual conference provides the venue for healthcare providers and leaders to come together and spread our shared vision.” Adding, “Our philosophy is to start small, impact locally, spread regionally, influence internationally, and this is what ACLM is helping us to do.”

“In searching for a host city for this year’s conference, we narrowed our search to only those communities that have embraced The Blue Zones Project®,” said ACLM President David Katz, MD, MPH. “It’s the Blue Zones around the world that serve as glowing examples of what’s possible. Blue Zones populations live long and health-filled lives, where there is a high quality of life until the end of life—communities where people are loving the food that loves them back and are simply using lifestyle, available to old and young alike, as the best medicine.”

“The Blues Zones Project of Southwest Florida, and currently twenty-six other like-minded communities, are changing the way hundreds of thousands people live by making the healthy choice the easy choice,” said NCH Healthcare System President and CEO Allen Weiss, MD, who will be presenting during the summit. “Healthy lifestyle choices which cross generations, cultures, and all socio-economic milieu will help everyone live longer, happier, and healthier lives. Lifestyle medicine is an important part of this journey for everyone.”

ABOUT THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF LIFESTYLE MEDICINE AND THE HEALTHCARE TRANSFORMATION SUMMIT:
ACLM is the professional medical association for those dedicated to the advancement and clinical practice of Lifestyle Medicine as the foundation of a transformed and sustainable healthcare system. More than a professional association, ACLM is a galvanizing force for change. ACLM addresses the need for quality education and certification, supporting its members in their individual practices and in their collective desire to domestically and globally promote Lifestyle Medicine as the first treatment option, as opposed to a first option of treating symptoms and consequences with expensive, ever increasing quantities of pills and procedures. ACLM members are united in their desire to identify and eradicate the cause of disease. Join today at http://www.LifestyleMedicine.org. Learn more about Lifestyle Medicine 2016 and the 2nd annual Healthcare Transformation Summit at http://www.LifestyleMedicine2016.org.

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