A health system in La Crosse, Wis., has achieved the rare double distinction of providing high-quality patient care at low costs because of an emphasis on coordinated care among providers, dedicated use of electronic medical records and close study of best practices at hospitals in that region, a top system official said this morning in Buffalo.
Dr. Michael J. Dolan, medical vice president of the Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, was the keynote speaker at a forum on the future of health care, held at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.
A group of panelists joined Dolan for an extended discussion on the potential for greater collaboration among Buffalo Niagara’s hospital systems and other issues of local interest.
The panelists were: Dr. Michael Cropp, president and CEO of Independent Health; Dr. Michael Edbauer, chief clinical officer of Catholic Health System; Dr. L. Nelson Hopkins, a neurosurgeon and CEO of The Jacobs Institute; Ronald Mornelli, senior vice president and chief network officer of BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York; and Daniel E. Porreca, executive director of HEALTHeLINK.
Larry Zielinski, a consultant and former hospital executive who teaches health care management at the University at Buffalo, served as moderator.
The conference, titled “New Models of Collaboration in Health Care: Preparing for the Future,” was presented by the Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel law firm, Lumsden McCormick accounting firm and the Medical Society of Erie County.