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When: Friday, May 6th
From 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM
Where: 641-715-3300, access code 485743#
Contact: Prucia Buscell
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Friday,  May 6, 2011
1-2 PM Eastern Time
641-715-3300, access code 485743#
Leading Change in Healthcare
Guests: Anthony Suchman, David Sluyter, and Penelope R Williamson

Leading Change in Healthcare: transforming organizations using complexity, positive psychology and relationship-centered care, is a new books that offers new ways of seeing and leading, and hope for positive change. The authors will discuss their book and their findings about complexity and organizational transformation. Anthony L. Suchman, MD, MA, FACP is a practicing physician and clinical professor of medicine at the University of Rochester. His work focuses on partnership process across all levels of healthcare.After earning his BA (psychology) and MD degrees at Cornell University, he completed a residency in Internal Medicine and fellowships in General Internal Medicine and Behavioral and Psychosocial Medicine at the University of Rochester.Dr. Suchman studied patient-clinician relationships, medical decision-making, physician satisfaction, and the spiritual dimensions of medical care.Through his teaching and writing (more than 85 articles and two books) he has become leading proponent of a partnership-based clinical approach known as Relationship-Centered Care.Dr. Suchman works with clinicians, administrators and board members in health care organizations in the US and internationally to advance the practice of Relationship-Centered Care. He chaired the board of the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare for 8 years and is active in Plexus Institute. David Sluyter is the former president and CEO and senior advisor for the Fetzer Institute, a nonprofit operating foundation with a mission of "fostering awareness of the power of love and forgiveness in the emerging global community." This mission rests on the conviction that efforts to address the world's critical issues must go beyond political, social, and economic strategies to their psychological and spiritual roots. Two themes that run through Dave's work over his fifteen years at the Institute are the role of social and emotional learning in K-12 education and the role of relationships in health care. He previously worked at Western Michigan University where he established and maintained interdisciplinary programs for people with severe and profound mental retardation and severe behavior problems. Dave received his doctorate in counseling psychology from Western Michigan University. His publications include journal articles, book chapters, and Emotional Development and Emotional Intelligence: Educational Implications. Penelope Rose Williamson, ScD, is an internationally recognized facilitator, educator and coach. She is a founding consultant of Relationship Centered Health Care, Associate Professor of Medicine, Part Time, at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a founding facilitator and advisor for the national Center for Courage and Renewal. She co-leads Courage to Lead, a leadership development and professional renewal retreat series for leaders in health care and other serving professions. Dr. Williamson co-founded and for its first five cohorts co-led Leading Organizations to Health (LOH), a 10-month institute for healthcare leaders who wish to create and sustain relational cultures in their organizations. She was founding Executive Vice President, American Academy on Communication and Healthcare, a national organization devoted to enhancing the doctor patient relationship through improved teaching, clinical skills and research; and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, University of Washington Medical School, Seattle. Dr. Williamson brings to her work an ecological worldview; belief in and attention to the inner life; expertise in the disciplines of Appreciative Inquiry, World Café, Open Space and Skilled Dialogue; and incorporation in the work of creative modalities including poetry, embodiment, movement, music and art. Above all she brings a belief in the capacity of individuals, groups and organizations to contribute to creating a better world.

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