Memorial recognized as leader in Diabetes Prevention and Population Health at recent conference

Memorial recognized as leader in Diabetes Prevention and Population Health at recent conference

By Lori Gibbons, Diabetes Education Coordinator000LoriG

Recently a co-worker and I had the opportunity to attend the 2015 HealthShare Symposium in Aventura, Florida. 400 other hospital systems congregated to share marketing ideas about the importance of information transparency to consumers, physicians and hospitals and its potential impact on engagement, alignment, volume and outcomes. As a client of Healthgrades, they invited us to be a part of this conference.

I was asked to participate in a poster session for the diabetes prevention program. The session provided a face to face meeting with many of the attendees in which they were able to ask questions and learn about a wide range of critical topics and best practices. I had many individuals come up and ask about our prevention program and how to go about implementing this at their hospital. Some of the questions asked were about cost savings for the hospital and how prevention is less expensive than treating the actual disease along with costs associated with running a program such as this. Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital was represented as a leader in diabetes prevention and population health even though we were one of the smaller hospitals attending the conference.

It was a wonderful experience and I felt proud to represent Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital.

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