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Learn Why Harvard Medical School’s Center for Primary Care is interested in Southcentral Foundation’s Nuka System of Care during Thursday keynote


International and national health care professionals convene for Southcentral Foundation’s 4th Annual Conference

WHAT:            Southcentral Foundation (SCF), a 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient, is sharing its story of health care innovation at its 4th annual Nuka System of Care Conference. Health care representatives from Singapore, New Zealand, Scotland, Canada, and all over the U.S. are in Anchorage to learn from SCF.

WHEN:            Thursday, June 19 & Friday, June 20, 2014

WHERE:         Southcentral Foundation, Gathering Room, SCF Administration Building (4501 Diplomacy Drive)

WHY:              The Nuka System of Care, a best practices model for health care delivery, has received national and international attention for its successes in health outcomes, operational efficiencies, and customer and employee satisfaction. SCF’s ability to do more with less has caught the attention of groups around the world.

“Health care is a pressing topic everywhere,” said SCF President/CEO Katherine Gottlieb. “Over the past decade, we have received an increasing number of requests from organizations around the world to visit us and learn more about our continuing journey with the Nuka System of Care.

The Nuka System of Care includes organizational strategies and processes; medical, behavioral, dental and traditional practices; and supporting infrastructure that work together – in relationship – to support wellness.

WHO:              Highlights for media include:

Thursday, June 19

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.            Tours of the Anchorage Native Primary Care Center

3:45-4:45 p.m.                        Keynote by Dr. Russ Phillips, Director, Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care

Location: Gathering Room, Southcentral Foundation Administration Building, 4501 Diplomacy Dr.

Russell S. Phillips, M.D., is Director of the Center for Primary Care at Harvard Medical School and the William Applebaum Professor of Medicine and Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine. He is a devoted primary care general internist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where he cares for 300 patients, many of whom he has known for more than 20 years. He has been recognized for his excellence in mentorship by the HMS Barger Award and the William Silen Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award. He led the Harvard General Medicine Fellowship Program for nearly 15 years, and the Harvard Research Fellowship Program in Integrative Medical Therapies for 12 years. He also led efforts to develop a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) within a teaching hospital, and serves on the Massachusetts Coordinating Council on the PCMH.

Friday, June 20

12:30 p.m.                              Tours of the Anchorage Native Primary Care Center (Learn about intentional redesign of primary care)

3:45-4:45 p.m.                        Closing Plenary Session with SCF President/CEO Katherine Gottlieb

Location: Gathering Room, Southcentral Foundation Administration Building, 4501 Diplomacy Dr.

                              Additional Interview Opportunities either day:

  • Dr. Somava Stout, Vice President of Patient Centered Medical Home Development, Cambridge Health Alliance. As Medical Director at the Cambridge Health Alliance Revere Family Health Center, Dr. Stout helped create a community health center that has achieved NCQA Level 3 recognition and has been highlighted as a national “best practice” for patient-centered medical home transformation. She serves as co-director for the Primary Care Innovation Fellowship at Harvard Medical School and is a national speaker on the patient-centered medical home model.

After Southcentral Foundation leadership presented at Harvard and Cambridge, Dr. Stout shared, ““In the three days you were here, you inspired us, challenged us, stretched us, and helped us get to a whole different level of understanding both about what we should be about and how we should be with one another. You showed us what it means to be leaders of an organization that is truly driven by an enduring mission, vision, key concepts and operational principles, and how you have grown your staff and each other to serve your customer-owners and community. You held a mirror to us in a way that helped us see things we were not even aware of, individually and organizationally. Finally, you created a palpable vision about what being about the improvement of the health of a population really looks like. Several people described your visit as a spiritual experience, about regeneration.”

  • Dr. Katherine Gottlieb, President/CEO of Southcentral Foundation

For more information on SCF’s Nuka System of Care, visit www.southcentralfoundation.com/nuka.

About Southcentral Foundation

Established in 1982, SCF’s mission is to work together with the Native Community to achieve wellness through health and related services. The nonprofit health care affiliate of Cook Inlet Region Inc. (CIRI), SCF has grown in its 31 years, from a single dental clinic to an internationally recognized, award-winning health care organization that employs some 1,500 people and manages more than 65 health care programs and services. SCF is a recipient of the 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award – one of 15 health care organizations in the nation to ever receive this prestigious recognition.

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