HPU School of Health Sciences to Feature Cornerstone Health Care President

HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 1, 2013 – The School of Health Sciences at High Point University will present Dr. Grace Terrell, President and CEO of Cornerstone Health Care, as part of its Distinguished Lecture Series. The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 11 in the Francis Auditorium of Phillips Hall. The event is open to the public; no tickets are required.

Terrell’s lecture, titled “Towards Accountable Care,” will focus on the national health care environment and the road ahead for the High Point community. She will address innovative techniques to better prepare graduates for the world of health care reform and give an overview of challenges graduates now face as they enter the workforce.

Terrell, originally from Siler City, N.C., received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her medical degree from Duke University, and later earned a master’s in Medical Management from Carnegie Mellon University. She is a national and local leader in health care initiatives and reform, and has served in many organizations, including the American Medical Association’s Innovators Committee, the Towards Accountable Care Consortium for the North Carolina Medical Society, the Certifying Commission of Health Information Technology and the American College of Physician Executives.

Dr. Linda Sekhon, founding chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at HPU, notes that the High Point community is blessed to have such an accomplished national health care leader as part of the local community.

“Dr. Terrell is not only a terrific practitioner, but also a visionary leader in the field of health care,” says Sekhon. “Her support of the physician assistant program at HPU will have a positive impact on health care in the Triad for years to come.”

Sekhon adds that Terrell’s presentation will help further develop a university-wide culture of health and health science and a culture of evidence-based practice.

The purpose of the School of Health Sciences Distinguished Lecture Series, held twice a year, is to share and learn about perspectives and work being performed in various disciplines. Lecture topics are intentionally diverse, and may include, but not be limited to, bench research, patient/client care, education, economics, societal issues, government, business and more. Presenters are of national and international reputation and their presence on campus provides opportunities for students and faculty to share common interests, discuss the contemporary state of the lecture content and explore possibilities for collaboration.

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