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Amer Kaissi authored a book chapter entitled Dealing with the Challenges of Healthcare Reform: American Hospital Systems Strive to Improve Access & Value through Retail Clinics. It will be published in an international book titled Managing Change-From Health Policy to Practice. 

Kaissi is collaborating with a group of researchers from the Institute of Communication & Health in Lugano, Switzerland on measuring managers' perceptions of quality of care. He will present a paper from that collaboration at the Conference of the "International Society for Communication Science and Medicine" in Italy in June. 

He recently presented at the Food For Thought Lecture series sponsored by the Trinity University Alumni Association, San Antonio Chapter. The title of the presentation was "Flipping Healthcare Through Retail Clinics and Convenient Care Models" and was based on research conducted for his recently published book of the same title. 

After serving on the Search Committee that selected Trinity University President Danny Anderson, he is currently serving on the Transition Team for Anderson. 

Patrick Shay has thoroughly enjoyed working with the On Campus graduate students in the Health Services Organization & Policy II Course this past spring, collaborating with Schumacher's Health Economics course on two joint course projects. The first project included a Community Health Needs Assessment of various markets across the U.S., and the second project included the first-ever "Tiger Tank" competition. Students worked in small groups to develop innovative solutions for current health care problems, and they competed by pitching their innovative ideas - similar to the popular TV show "Shark Tank" - to a panel of entrepreneurial judges. He is proud of his students for rising to the challenge and thinking of creative ways to solve today's complex health care challenges! Shay is looking forward to sharing some of his research, including the organizational and environmental factors associated with local multihospital systems' diverse forms, at academic conferences in Richmond, Miami, and Vancouver. 

Mary Stefl plans to attend the AUPHA Leaders Conference in Chicago. The topic will be Big Data and Data Analytics, and she will conduct an interim site visit for CAHME (Commission on Accreditation for Healthcare Management Education). In addition, Stefl gave the invited address to the San Antonio chapter of HIMSS (Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society) about the economic impact of Healthcare and Bioscience on the local economy (with Richard Butler, Professor/Interim Dean School of Business, Economics/School of Business). 


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