A gift from Novant Health will establish the Novant Health Distinguished Lecturer Fund at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.
The Novant Health Distinguished Lecturers will be chosen and presented by the Gillings School’s Department of Health Policy and Management. The first lectures will be scheduled for fall 2016.
“The fund will allow us to invite leaders in health policy and management to discuss important health-care issues and trends and share their perspectives with our students and faculty,” said Dr. Daniel Lee, health policy and management professor and chair. “It will enrich our students’ learning experience and expand our faculty’s professional outreach.”
The Gillings School’s health policy and management department consistently is ranked as one of the top health-care management programs in the U.S. The department strives to improve health for all by translating knowledge into policy and practice and by educating current and future health-care administrators, policy makers, practitioners and researchers. Nearly 450 students are currently enrolled in the department’s undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs.
Novant Health is an integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient facilities and hospitals, comprised of more than 1,380 physicians and nearly 24,000 employees at 530 locations, including 14 medical centers. The organization is committed to improving the health of the communities it serves and provides hundreds of millions of dollars of community benefit each year through efforts such as charity care, health education programs and other initiatives.
“We are pleased to support UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and their efforts to educate leaders about important health care issues and trends,” said Mr. Fred Hargett, Novant Health’s executive vice president and chief financial officer. “As health-care providers, we are facing an exciting and challenging time. Government reform, new technologies and increased demands for access, quality and affordable care are transforming the health-care industry. Educating leaders about these important issues will help shape the industry for the future.”