This symposium was held in association with Boling & Company at the University of Georgia School of Law in Athens, Georgia, on March 25, 2016. Thanks again to our co-sponsors, Georgia Partnership for Telehealth and Healthcare Georgia Foundation.

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Panel 1: Rural Hospital Consolidation, Affiliations, and Closures

  • Robin Rau, CEO, Miller County Hospital
  • Jim Coleman, SVP of Southeast Hospital Operations, Community Hospital Corporation
  • H.D. Cannington, CEO, Cannington Healthcare Consulting, LLC 

Panel 2: Regulatory Issues Affecting Rural Healthcare

  • Lisa Carhuff, Director of Hospital Services, Georgia State Office of Rural Health
  • Kay Floyd, CEO, Monroe County Hospital
  • Dr. Gary Nelson, President, Healthcare Georgia Foundation

Keynote Speaker: Alan Morgan, CEO, National Rural Health Association

Panel 3: Technological Innovations Addressing Access Shortages

  • Jeff Robbins, Director of Telemedicine, Tift Regional Medical Center
  • Sherrie Williams, Executive Director, Georgia Partnership for Telehealth
  • Baha Zeidan, CEO, Azalea Health
  • Troy Heidesch, CEO, Smart House Calls LLC

Panel 4: Medical Staff Alignment and Recruitment Strategies

  • Carol Alexander, Consultant, Stroudwater Associates
  • State Rep. Sharon Cooper (R - Marietta), Chair of Health and Human Services Committee
  • Dr. William Kanto, Augusta University 
  • Ben Robinson, Executive Director for the Center for Health Planning and Workforce Analysis, University System of Georgia