SMH CEO Joins Industry Heavyweights at Regional Healthcare Forum

Contact: Steve McLean
Communications Director
(206) 302-2261

SEATTLE – March 20, 2012 – David Stone, Ph.D., Sound Mental Health CEO, will join executives from Virginia Mason Medical Center, Group Health Cooperative, Swedish Medical Center and others to share their vision for healthcare in the years to come during Puget Sound Business Journal’s Healthcare of the Future forum on March 22 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington.

The forum brings some of the most strategic thinkers together to examine big changes in healthcare, the implications of Healthcare Reform and emerging practices that will drive greater efficiencies, control costs and improve healthcare outcomes. Dr. Stone’s panel will address significant developments emerging from the healthcare legislation and their impact on employers. Specifically, Stone will share his thoughts on the transformation of behavioral health in the new healthcare model, which mandates the integration of primary healthcare with behavioral health services.

With the U.S. Supreme Court expected to render a decision about the constitutionality of the landmark healthcare reform law in June of 2012, there is a great deal at stake for individuals, employers, medical providers and the insurance industry. Dr. Stone believes the forum provides a timely opportunity for major stakeholders to discuss the future direction of our nation’s health system.

“While promising tremendous potential to reduce costs and improve health outcomes, the drive to integrate various health-related programs and services still holds many questions for employers,” said Dr. Stone. “We hope that our perspective on the issues will help provide the business community a more comprehensive understanding of the proposed healthcare changes and how they may impact their bottom lines.”

Healthcare of the Future, hosted by Puget Sound Business Journal, attracts hundreds of business leaders from around the region interested in learning about what’s next in healthcare and how it will shape future business strategies.

To learn more about the event, visit the Puget Sound Business Journal.

About Sound Mental Health

Sound Mental Health is a private, tax-exempt organization that has provided a comprehensive array of mental health and related services to the King County community since 1966. Our goal is to help individuals and families achieve the highest level of independence and (mental) health possible. Services are tailored to meet the unique needs of different age, disability and cultural/ethnic groups. To learn more, visit www.smh.org.