Center for Health & Medical Affairs

Center for Health & Medical Affairs

The Changing Roles of Physicians and Nurses

Thursday, June 23, 5:15 PM
UST Minneapolis Campus

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The MN Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Center for Health & Medical Affairs at the University of St. Thomas’ Opus College of Business present:

The Changing Roles of Physicians and Nurses

Although the focus of health care reform has been on the restructuring and expansion of the health insurance system, a more significant change is occurring in the delivery of care. The need to reorganize care delivery to provide higher quality service at lower costs requires changes in the roles of all health care providers, but most intensely for doctors and nurses.

Some of these new organizational approaches include the health care home, bundled payments for inpatient care, the Accountable Care Organization and its requirement for effective chronic disease management and an overarching focus on improved health and preventive care. All of these new structures require enhanced teamwork, increased communication and new methods for patient engagement.

Many have stated that “culture will trump strategy every time.” How can leaders help ensure that the beliefs, behaviors and decision making patterns—the culture—of their organizations will support these new, team-focused strategies? This panel presentation will provide an overview of how the new environment is driving change in roles and culture, the obstacles to change and examples of what the future may hold.


  • Joe Bianco, MD, Director of the Department of Primary Care, Essentia Health
  • Blanche Ebert, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Nephrology, Essentia Health
  • Mark Matthias, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Associate Administrator for Medical Staff Resources, Rice Memorial Hospital
  • Wendy Ulferts, RN, Chief Nursing Officer and Associate Administrator for Care Management, Rice Memorial Hospital

Thursday, June 23, 2011
5:15-6 p.m.  Networking Reception
6-7:30 p.m.  Panel Presentation

Who Should Attend?
This presentation is designed to be useful to a broad range of health care leaders, including executives, managers, physicians, nurses, students and professionals in all areas of health care.

Cost: Free

For more information, please contact the Center for Health and Medical Affairs at (651) 962-4245 or

Event Details:
Thursday, June 23, 5:15 PM

University of St. Thomas
Opus College of Business
46 11th Street South
Schulze Hall Auditorium
Minneapolis, MN 55403

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