The 2015 Healthcare Day entitled “Current Healthcare Issues and Opportunities” began at the Moorings Park Center for Healthy Living with two excellent presentations overviewing the national, state and local healthcare landscapes.

Building on that foundation, the program’s focus shifted to senior care and the review of two patient case studies.  GNL was again able to attract exceptional local and national healthcare experts to present every portion of the program and to engage the class in planned interactive discussions. The speakers were asked to review one another’s presentations in advance and were effective in building upon earlier information presented to insure a coordinated learning experience.

In the afternoon at Naples Community Hospital (NCH) Downtown Campus, the CEO of the Florida Hospital Association, who was a morning presenter, moderated a panel with the CEOs of Lee Memorial Health System and NCH entitled “Macro Trends Impacting Healthcare Delivery in Florida and Throughout the Country” followed by a very active class discussion.

To expose the class to additional community healthcare organizations and  volunteer opportunities, a “Speed Interactive Discussions,” technique was used in which small groups of class members spent 15 minutes at each of 5 tables staffed by healthcare representatives who described the work of their organizations, listed volunteer opportunities and responded to questions.

The final portion of the program was a “Health Fair” in which the class had access to cold beverages, popcorn and snacks while they visited, at their own pace, with seven additional local organizations whose representatives staffed booths and provided written information on their organizations and volunteer opportunities.

[Joe Zaccagnino, Class XVIII]