Senior policy adviser at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to keynote annual Health Care Lecture Series

The Misericordia University Annual Health Care Lecture Series is presenting, “The Future of Health Care in the United States,’’ by Susan Dentzer, a journalist and senior policy adviser at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, on Friday, Oct. 4 beginning at 7:45 a.m. in the Dudrick, Muth, Huntzinger and Alden Trust Rooms of Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall. The symposium is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

 Co-sponsored by the Misericordia University Health Care Advisory Board, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania and Geisinger, the lecture series is open to health care managers and executives, as well as business leaders and members of the general public who are interested in the state of the nation’s health care system, health care policies and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
The Misericordia University Annual Health Care Lecture Series is a collaborative effort between health care educators in higher education and regional health care providers. Members of the Misericordia University Health Care Advisory Board include: Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D., co-chair and president, Misericordia University; Joseph J. Grilli, M.P.A., D.P.A., co-chair, director of Corporate and Institutional Recruitment, Misericordia University; Carmen Ambrosino, CEO, Wyoming Valley Alcohol and Drug Services, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Michael Amory, president, Amory Medical Associates, Dallas, Pa.; Alfred Casale, M.D., Geisinger Health System, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Cornelio Catena, CEO, Wyoming Valley Healthcare System, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Dr. Dana Charles Clark, vice president of academic affairs, Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke, Pa.; James D. Edwards, president and CEO, Greater Hazleton Health Alliance, Hazleton, Pa.; Mary Erwine, president, Erwine Home Health and Hospice, Inc., Kingston, Pa.; Patricia Finan-Castellano, health care consultant;George Huntzinger, CEO and president, The Huntzinger Group, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Gene Marola, senior administrator, Bucci Eye Clinics, Lehighton, Pa.; Brian Rinker, senior vice president, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Conrad Schintz, vice president, Geisinger, Wilkes Barre, Pa.; Eric Williams, account executive, Sanofi Pasteur, Swiftwater, Pa.; Paul Woelkers, president, Lackawanna Mobile X-Ray, Dunmore, Pa.; Barbara Leggat, director, Center for Adult and Continuing Education, Misericordia University; Allen C. Minor, D.B.A., director, Health Care Management Program, Misericordia University; Cynthia Mailloux, Ph.D., chair, Department of Nursing, Misericordia University; Scott Massey, Ph.D., P.A.-C., professor, founding chair and director, Physician Assistant Program, Misericordia University, and Thomas O’Neill, dean emeritus, Misericordia University.
To register for the symposium, please contact Theresa Hollock in the Misericordia University Center for Adult and Continuing Education at (570) 674-6332 or by e-mail at
Ms. Dentzer is a senior policy adviser at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, N.J., the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted to the public’s health. In her role, she works closely with foundation leaders to carry out the organizational mission of improving the health and health care of all Americans. One of the nation’s most respected health and health policy thought leaders and journalists, Ms. Dentzer is also an on-air analyst for PBS’ “NewsHour” on health issues.
“Your insightful and thoughtful remarks and your candor responding to questions brought precisely the type of focus we hoped would transpire during the conference,’’ a Kelly School of Business, Indiana University spokesperson said about one of her keynote addresses. “The attendee evaluations of the conference were uniform in their praise of your good work.’’
From 2008 to April 2013, Ms. Dentzer was the editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, the nation’s leading peer-reviewed journal of health policy. She led the transformation of the journal from a bimonthly academic publication into a highly topical publication and website with more than 120 million page views annually. She led “NewsHour’s” health unit as an on-air health correspondent from 1998 to 2008 and has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards.
Ms. Dentzer is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and the Council on Foreign Relations, and a fellow of both the National Academy of Social Insurance, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization made up of the nation’s leading experts on social insurance, and the Hastings Center, an institution dedicated to bioethics and the public interest. She is also a public trustee of the American Board of Medical Specialties, a not-for-profit organization that oversees 24 approved medical specialty boards in setting standards for board certification and maintenance of certification for the nation’s physicians, and is a member of the board of directors of Research!America, which advocates for increased U.S. investment in biomedical research
Ms. Dentzer is a graduat of Dartmouth College, where she also served as the chair of the Board of Trustees from 2001-04. Ms. Dentzer currently serves as a member of the Board of Overseers of Dartmouth Medical School and is an overseer of the International Rescue Committee, a leading humanitarian organization.
As a widely admired communicator, Dentzer is a frequent speaker before a wide variety of health care and other groups, and is a regular commentator on National Public Radio shows, such as the “Diane Rehm Show” and “This American Life.’’
Ms. Dentzer and her husband have three children and live in the Washington, D.C., area.