On Wednesday, January 30, former Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini will discuss
“When East Meets West: The Future of a Healthy America.” The
presentation takes place at 6 pm at the National Museum of Wildlife Art,
as part of the St. John’s Medical Center Words on Wellness speaker series.
Health care was reported as a top concern of Americans in the exit polls
for the November 2018 elections. Yet despite spending more on health care
than any other country, the US remains ranked 37th in the world for health
care outcomes. Bertolini, recognized in 2017 as one of the 100 Most Influential
People in Healthcare, embraced eastern and western medical techniques
to recover from a near-fatal ski accident. He then transformed the Aetna
workforce with mindfulness, yoga, and a significant raise for front line
employees. Could this approach set the new standard for Americans’ health?
“Mark Bertolini’s presentation is timely and warranted,”
said Julia Heemstra, director of St. John’s Medical Center wellness
department. “His leadership style of compassion and collaboration
had a dramatic impact on Aetna as an institution. We look forward to seeing
how his thoughts and actions might influence our community.”
The presentation will be facilitated by Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN, FAAN,
president of the
Mind and Life Institute. Dr. Bauer-Wu is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She previously
served on the faculties of Harvard and UMass medical schools, as president
of the Society for Integrative Oncology, and as director of a research
center at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
The event is free, but ticketed. Tickets are available at
tetonhospital.org/wordsonwellness. Doors open at 5:15 pm, and appetizers and a cash bar will be available.
Tickets include access to the galleries prior to the presentation. For
information, call 307.739.7399.
Media contact: Karen Connelly, 307.739.7380,
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