International experts to speak at health conference

The fourth Cayman Islands Healthcare Conference will take place on Thursday, Oct. 17 to 19 at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.

Among the speakers at this year’s conference, themed “Taking Care of Business: A Shared Approach to Workplace Wellness,” are Dr. James Merlino, associate chief of staff of Cleveland Clinic Health System and Dr. Ebi Awosika, president of Pinnacle Occupational Health Consulting, Employee Health Promotion Disease Prevention.

Dr. Merlino was at the event last year when he spoke on the topic “Patients First”, a presentations which was very well received.

“We are very grateful to Dr. Merlino for agreeing to participate in our national Healthcare Conference once again,” said Health Minister Osbourne Bodden. “He is a recognized world leader in the emerging field of patient experience and we anticipate that delegates will learn a great deal from his presentation this year.”

Giving some background to his topic this year, Dr. Merlino said that transforming society’s approach to the care of its citizens requires “a shift from sick care to well care.”

“Well care is the promotion of wellness,” he said, “and, within our collective health-care delivery ecosystem, the approach must include a paradigm shift focused on developing several key themes.”

These themes include the need to develop a sustainable system to reign in health-care costs, a redefinition of focus to healthy habits, personal responsibility and prevention.

He will also discuss the challenges of moving to a culture of wellness, focussing on national and international trends in health care and highlighting innovations that Cleveland Clinic has developed.

Dr. Merlino is a practicing staff colorectal surgeon in the Digestive Disease Institute and the founder and current president of the Association for Patient Experience.

Dr. Ebi Awosika presentation, “Achieving Comprehensive Worker Health: A Springboard for Enhanced National Health” will provide ways of promoting health, safety and productivity and preventing disease in the workforce.

“It will energize your readiness to take action,” she said. “The time to act is now. Your nation’s health depends on it.”

Mr. Bodden welcomed Dr. Awosika’s contribution to the conference. “Our topic this year focuses on improving health and wellness in the workplace and Dr. Awosika’s presentation therefore speaks at the very heart of what we are attempting to achieve. We therefore urge everyone to attend and enjoy what is set to be another first class Healthcare Conference,” he said.

The conference is free for delegates to attend and open to the public. Registration is open online www.healthcareconference.ky.

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