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    Pacific President's First Forum of "Beyond Our Gates" Series to focus on Healthcare

    Jan 11, 2010

    University of the Pacific's leading health authorities will join forces with the top healthcare officials in the region to determine the most pressing healthcare needs in the Stockton area on Wednesday, Jan. 13.  

    The community forum, titled "Assisting with Community Solutions for Healthcare Issues," will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at the O'Conner Woods Retirement Community's West Hall, 3400 Wagner Heights Rd., in Stockton. It is free and open to the public. If space permits, free parking will be available. 

    This event will launch the "Beyond Our Gates... Into the Community" initiative announced by President Pamela A. Eibeck in December. It will be the first in a series of community forums hosted by Pacific, taking place throughout the spring.

    Health expert Don Wegmiller will be the keynote speaker. Wegmiller is former chairman of the American Hospital Association and current chairman emeritus of Integrated Healthcare Strategies - Healthcare Group. In August 2002, Wegmiller was named one of "Healthcare's 100 Most Powerful People" by Modern Healthcare, an industry leading news publication.

    Panelists will include regional medical, pharmacy and dental society representatives and hospital, health plan and public health administrators. University participants will come from Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Dentistry, Sport Sciences, Psychology, Music Therapy and the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. Panelists include: 

    • William J. Mitchell, director of San Joaquin County Public Health Services
    • Kenneth B. Cohen, CEO of San Joaquin General Hospital (HCNCC)
    • Dale Bishop, medical director of Health Plan of San Joaquin
    • Diane Vigil, executive director of Dameron Hospital Foundation
    • Donald J. Wiley, president of St. Joseph's Hospital (CHW)
    • Michael Rehbein, assistant physician-in-charge, Permanente Medical Group
    • Amy Scriven, president of San Joaquin Dental Society
    • Mike Steenburgh, executive director of San Joaquin Medical Society
    • Marisella Guerrero, president of San Joaquin Pharmacists Association

    The remaining forums for the "Beyond Our Gates" series will focus on the economy and the social safety net; energy and the environment; education; and arts and culture. One forum will take place each month through May.

    • February 10, 2010 - Partnering to Rebuild the Area's Economy: Supporting the Safety Net
    • March 3, 2010 - Exploring a Sustainable Future for Energy and the Environment
    • April 28, 2010 - Educating our Region's Future Citizens: Laying the K-16 Pipeline
    • May 19, 2010 - Nourishing our Spirits: Central Valley Arts and Culture

    Eibeck, who became Pacific's 24th president on July 1, 2009, has made community engagement one of her top priorities.

    The public will is welcome to attend all of the forums.  They may submit ideas and questions beforehand. In addition to local community leaders, business owners and residents, the forums will include regional and national experts to contribute to the discussions; as well as offer new ideas or examples of similar problems and university/community partnerships in other communities.

    Feedback from each meeting will be compiled into a report by a steering committee established for each event, and presented to the community in fall 2010. That report will recommend specific actions where the University and the community can effectively work together.

    Community members who would like to submit ideas and questions regarding the issues being discussed during the "Beyond Our Gates" series can do so by sending an e-mail of 2,500 words or less to beyondourgates@pacific.edu.

    For more information visit here or contact David Frederickson or Bob Benedetti at 209.946.7444.