Nearly 150 regional business professionals gathered on Tuesday at The Merion in Cinnaminson, New Jersey for the Chamber’s “Regional Spotlight: Successful Healthcare Partnerships” program. The program, which is part of the four-part Regional Spotlight series, highlighted the successful healthcare partnerships throughout the region that are encouraging doctors and hospitals to collaborate more closely to improve patient care and stay committed to health and medical research in the region.

The event featured a Yorn-enabled panel discussion with leading healthcare professionals, including Stephen M. Greenberg, President and Chair, Corporate and Health Care Practice Groups, Flaster/Greenberg PC;  John J. Lynch III, President and CEO, Main Line Health; Kathleen S. Matt, Dean, College of Health Sciences, University of Delaware; Executive Director, Delaware Health Sciences Alliance; and Richard P. Miller, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer, Virtua. The panel was moderated by Tracey Matisak, WHYY.

Healthcare is a leading industry in the Greater Philadelphia region. As the world’s fifth largest economy, Greater Philadelphia employs 280,000 workers in health occupations and has 12,235 health establishments, 324 of which are hospitals. In addition, eight of the region’s top employers are hospitals and healthcare systems. The panelists explored some of the top healthcare partnerships in the region and how they are improving the wellbeing of our citizens and contributing to the regional economy.

The panelists also addressed healthcare reform, agreeing that if healthcare costs are to change, the delivery model must first change. “We need to change patient expectations,” said Lynch. “You may not always need to go to the hospital to be treated.” Instead, Miller noted, there are technologies available that allow doctors and nurses to view patients virtually and obtain their blood pressure, heart beat and other vitals. This, Miller added, is more cost efficient than keeping the patient in the hospital for the same tests. Less frivolous lawsuits and patient accountability must also change for healthcare to improve, the panelists argued. Lynch added, “We, as patients, must decide that we want to be more preventative. We need to be held accountable for our behaviors.”  Despite these obstacles, the panelists remained optimistic about the future of healthcare in Greater Philadelphia.

View photos from the event here.

The next Regional Spotlight program will be held on February 10 in Newark, DE and will focus on growing innovative ideas into leading products.