Bagley Slated to Give 2009 Mayers Lecture

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (March 30, 2009) - Bruce Bagley, M.D., medical director for quality improvement at the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), will give the twelfth-annual Stanley P. Mayers Endowed Lecture on April 14, 2009. The lecture will be presented by Penn State’s Department of Health Policy and Administration, in conjunction with Mount Nittany Medical Center.

Dr. Bagley’s lecture, "The Primary Care Crisis in America—Redesigning Practices to Meet the Challenge," will begin at 7:30 p.m. at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel’s Dean’s Hall.

Dr. Bagley has focused his career on improving health in individuals and on improving standards of health care. In his current role at AAFP, he communicates with other national organizations in the quality arena. He actively participates in the development, deployment, and implementation of performance measures, and he also provides clinical oversight for quality-improvement programs and products developed by the AAFP.

Dr. Bagley’s past roles with AAFP have included: president-elect, president, board chair, and member of the board of the directors. He has also chaired several task forces led by the AAFP that have researched areas such as obstetrics, quality enhancement, and quality in family medicine. Representing more than 94,000 family physicians, family medicine residents, and medical students nationwide, the AAFP focuses on promoting and maintaining high-quality standards for family doctors who are providing continuing comprehensive health care to the public.

Dr. Bagley has practiced medicine for twenty-eight years, providing the full range of family medicine services in Albany, New York. Under his leadership, the ten-person group made themselves well-known in the community by adapting to the challenges of managed care, quality improvement, informatics, and patient-centered care.

From 2005 to 2007, Dr. Bagley was a Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award examiner. He has spoken extensively on the topics of performance measurement, office redesign, electronic medical records, and leadership.

Stanley P. Mayers Jr., M.D., co-founder of Penn State’s undergraduate program in the Department of Health Policy and Administration (HPA), retired after a distinguished twenty-six-year career with Penn State. During that time, Mayers served as HPA department head, associate dean for undergraduate studies, and associate dean for academic studies in the College of Health and Human Development. He brought extensive experience in public health and critical perspectives on the role of medicine in society to his students and colleagues.

The Stanley P. Mayers Jr. Health Policy and Administration Excellence Endowment is aimed at enhancing students’ education and increasing faculty expertise in areas that will continue to honor Dr. Mayers’ contributions as a professor, administrator, and philanthropist. The Endowment was initiated by Dr. Mayers, and has been enlarged by contributions from alumni, faculty, and staff.

The lecture is free and open to the public; however, registration is required. For more information, please contact Kim Hannon (kmh42@psu.edu; 814-863-2900).

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Editors: For additional information please contact Kim Hannon at kmh42@psu.edu.

Accreditation: The Mount Nittany Medical Center is accredited by the Pennsylvania Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation: The Mount Nittany Medical Center designates this educational activity for a maximum of two AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the educational activity. Faculty and all others who have the ability to control the content of continuing medical education activities sponsored by the Mount Nittany Medical Center are expected to disclose to the audience whether they do or do not have any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest or other relationships related to the content of their presentations.

Objectives: After attending the lecture and participating in the discussion, participants should be able to: (1) Explain the genesis of the current crisis in primary care in order to address the root causes; (2) Analyze the essential elements of the medical home practice that support quality, reliability, and service in patient care; and (3) Discuss health policy that fosters the reintegration of public health and primary care.

Audience: This program is designed for physicians and other healthcare practitioners, administrators, students and researchers in health care and policy.