Seidman Lecture Series Focuses on Healthcare Reform

Andrew WebberMemphis –Andrew Webber, president and CEO of the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH), will be the keynote speaker at the Fall 2009 M.L. Seidman Lecture Series at Christian Brothers University (CBU) on Monday, November 23 at 7:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium. Webber will address the topic, “Healthcare Reform: Has Its Time Come?”

As president and CEO of NBCH, a non-profit, membership organization of nearly 60 employer-based healthcare coalitions, Webber oversees all association activities which represents 7, 000 employers and approximately 25 million employees and their dependents across the United States. NBCH is dedicated to improving health and transforming healthcare, community by community.

Recognized as one of the “Top 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare for 2008” by Modern Health Care, Webber is actively involved in healthcare initiatives and boards across the country.  He serves on the Board of Directors for the National Quality Forum, The Leapfrog Group, Bridges to Excellence, PROMETHEUS Payment, Inc. and the Center for Information Therapy. Webber is also a principal of the Hospital Quality Alliance, on the Quality Alliance Steering Committee Purchaser/Business Advisory Councils for the National Committee for Quality Assurance, the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, and the eHealth Initiative.

The M.L Seidman Memorial Town Hall Series was established by Mr. and Mrs. P.K. Seidman in memory of Mr. M.L. Seidman, founder of an international accounting firm who maintained an active interest in public issues.

A series of lectures is scheduled each year in which recognized authorities on current public issues are presented in a town hall forum. In each series, opposing points of view on the public issue are developed and the active participation of students, faculty and members of the Memphis community is encouraged. The lecture series is in its 42nd year.

A reception for Webber will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the Montesi Executive Center prior to his lecture, which is free and open to the public. However, reservations are recommended as seating is limited. For more information or to RSVP for the reception and lecture, call the CBU Advancement Office at (901) 321-3270, or emailrsvp@cbu.edu by November 16.  ###

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