April 5th, 2013

Next month, Great River Health Systems will present a health-care summit about health-care reform and the workplace. The half-day summit is scheduled Thursday, May 16, at the Pzazz! Convention and Event Center, 3001 Winegard Dr., Burlington, Iowa. Attendees may choose to attend a morning or afternoon session.


The purpose of the summit is to explain the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and explore how the act and other health-care reform initiatives affect businesses and their employees. The summit is geared for small- and medium-sized businesses. Key decision makers at these businesses who would find the summit beneficial include:

·         Business owners

·         Company presidents and CEOs

·         Employee benefits and health coordinators

·         Human resources professionals


The summit’s keynote speaker is Steve Flood, Senior Vice President and Shareholder at Holmes Murphy and Associates. Flood will provide a summary of health-care reform’s impact on businesses, and how to use programs to improve employee health and reduce employer costs.


Other speakers and their topics are:

  • Michael AbouAssaly, M.D., board-certified family practice physician, Burlington Area Family Practice Center – Disease Prevention Recommendations
  • Denise Baker, Ph.D., Director of Organizational Development, Winegard Company –

Case Study: Creating a Healthful Workplace

  • Michael Bousselot, Policy Adviser, Office of the Governor for the State of Iowa – The State Government’s View of Health Care in Iowa 

Both sessions will close with question-and-answer roundtables with the speakers and administrative representatives from Great River Health Systems.


A vendor display also will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Vendors include:

  • Great River Diabetes Education
  • Great River Diagnostic Imaging (cardiac CT scoring scan)
  • Great River Health Fitness
  • Great River Healthy Living Clinic
  • Great River Sleep Disorders Center


The Health-care Summit cost, which includes a healthful lunch from the Edgewater Grille, is $75 per person by Friday, May 10, and $100 after. Same-day registration is accepted.


Those interested in registering may do so at https://secure.getmeregistered.com/GreatRiverHealthSummit. For more information, visit Great River Health Systems’ website at www.greatrivermedical.org/events, or contact Melissa Jones, Great River Business Development, at 319-768-3489 or mjones@grhs.net.