Recruiting, teaching physicians a top priority for Northwest Arkansas health leaders

About 150 leaders attend NWA Council’s health care summit

Posted: April 7, 2016 at 1:11 a.m.

Daniel Rahn (from left), University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences chancellor, speaks Wednesday during a discussion at Embassy Suites in Rogers about health care with Marcy Doderer, Arkansas Children’s Hospital president and CEO; Bill Bradley, Washington Regional Medical System president and CEO; Sharif Omar, Northwest Health System CEO; and Eric Pianalto, Mercy Northwest Arkansas president.

Addressing the shortage of medical workers is a top priority in strengthening Northwest Arkansas' health care economy.

Guests visit before a summit about health care Wednesday at Embassy Suites in Rogers.

Key points

The 150 attendees of the Northwest Arkansas Council’s Health Care Summit Wednesday broke

into four focus groups that evaluated three areas. Here are the key takeaways in each topic.

Workforce development

• Additional organized collaboration

• Education — talk to children about health care opportunities when they are younger to build a pipeline of talent

• Attraction and retention — don’t have health systems cannibalize each other; attract and retain own employees

Economic development

• Get more support for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Northwest

• More involvement in the political process and decisions

• Benchmark Northwest Arkansas against comparable regions

Community health

• Healthy community vs. health care focused — such prevention and exercise opportunities rather wait-and-treat

• Personal accountability

• Statewide electronic platform and information sharing

• Streamlining resources — reduce duplicity and gaps

Source: Staff report

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