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2019 ANNUAL MEETING PATTULLO LECTURER
Wednesday, June 12, 1:00 - 2:15 PM


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Secretary, Louisiana Department of Health


AUPHA is pleased to announce the 2019 Pattullo Lecturer, Rebekah E. Gee, MD, MPH. Dr. Rebekah Gee is the Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health, the state’s largest agency with a budget of $14 billion. Her oversight responsibilities include public health and other direct service programs for citizens in need such as behavioral health, developmental disabilities, aging and adult services, emergency preparedness, and the Medicaid program. Under Dr. Gee’s leadership, over 480,000 Louisianans are newly insured under Louisiana’s Medicaid Expansion, and for the first time, many are receiving much needed primary and preventive health care.

Dr. Gee is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist and brings a caregivers’ perspective to the people she serves. She is also a trained policy expert who has served in numerous state and national policy roles and in 2017 she was elected to the National Academy of Medicine. Prior to her role as Secretary, Dr. Gee served as the director for the Birth Outcomes Initiative where she led the charge to decrease infant mortality and prematurity statewide – an effort that in part led to a 25% reduction in infant mortality, an 85% drop in elective deliveries before 39 weeks and a 10% drop in NICU admissions statewide.

She is the mother of five energetic children and lives in New Orleans where she continues to see patients.


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2019 ANNUAL MEETING PRACTITIONER PANEL AND BREAKFAST
FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 8:15 – 9:30 AM


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Takeisha Davis, MD, MPH

Chief Executive Officer
New Orleans East Hospital
New Orleans, Louisiana

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Fernando O. Rivera, MBA, FACHE
Director
Southeast Louisiana Veterans Healthcare System
New Orleans, Louisiana

 
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Michael Hulefeld, MHSA
Executive Vice President and
 Chief Operating Officer
Ochsner Health System
Jefferson, Louisiana



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2019 ANNUAL MEETING CLOSING FORUM SPEAKER
Friday, June 14, 3:15 - 4:30 PM


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President and CEO, Federation of American Hospitals


Charles N. (Chip) Kahn, III, is the President and CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals, the national advocacy organization for investor-owned hospitals. Mr. Kahn’s extensive health policy expertise, outstanding leadership abilities, lengthy Capitol Hill experience, and proven campaign and communications skills make him one of Washington, DC’s most effective and accomplished trade association executives. 

Mr. Kahn continues to be highlighted as one of the most influential individuals in the field. Notable highlights include Fortune magazine, for three consecutive years, naming the former Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA), under Mr. Kahn’s leadership, as the nation’s most influential insurance trade association. Becker’s Hospital Review also included Mr. Kahn on its “50 Most Powerful People in Healthcare” list for 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009. In addition, Mr. Kahn is one of only three health care leaders who have appeared on Modern Healthcare magazine’s annual “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” list (formerly the “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare” list). They also credited him with helping shape health care policy and said he is at the “forefront of change.” 


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