National Partnership for Women & Families

Dr. Don Berwick, Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, To Meet with Health Care Providers, Patients and Consumer Advocates at Ohio Campaign for Better Care Roundtable Wednesday

Media Advisory
Washington, D.C. — August 8, 2011 —

On Wednesday, August 10 at noon, Dr. Don Berwick — the head of the agency responsible for Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which together provide care to nearly one in three Americans — will be in Cincinnati to talk with patients, consumer advocates and health care providers about a new initiative to promote safer care by reducing hospital acquired infections and unnecessary hospital readmissions. The national and Ohio Campaigns for Better Care are sponsoring the event, which will be at:

Noon Wednesday, August 10
Cintas Center — Xavier University
James and Caroline Duff Banquet Center, Banquet Room 1
1624 Herald Avenue, Cincinnati

In addition to Dr. Berwick, speakers at the Roundtable will include:

  • Christine Bechtel, Campaign for Better Care

  • Cathy Levine, JD, Executive Director, UHCAN Ohio and leader of the Ohio Campaign for Better Care

  • Gloria Smith, a cancer survivor who will share a personal story

  • Karen Meyers, MBA/JD, MEd, CPCU, CLU, FLMI, CSSC, Attorney-Advocate-Adjunct, Past Chair Family Advisory Council, The Christ Hospital

  • Colleen O’Toole, PhD, President, Greater Cincinnati Health Council

  • Laura Trice, MD, FACP, AGSF, CMD, Medical Director, TriHealth Seniors’ Health: SeniorLink and GEROS Medical Group

  • Ken Wilson, Director of Program Operations, Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio

The Campaign for Better Care aims to ensure that the reformed health care system provides the comprehensive, coordinated, patient- and family-centered care that older adults and individuals with multiple health problems need. It is advocating for better ways of delivering care including effective care coordination, transition management, medication reconciliation, support for patients and their family caregivers, and care that is culturally and linguistically appropriate.

The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at

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