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GVSU produces Health Care Economic Forecast

January 7, 2015
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GVSU economics professor Paul Isely discusses regional health care trends at the Eberhard Center. Courtesy GVSU

The health care industry is uniting this week to examine trends across the region.

Grand Valley State University will host the sixth-annual West Michigan Health Care Economic Forecast this Friday in Grand Rapids at the Eberhard Center, at 301 W. Fulton St.

The free event is open to the public and begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m., before presentations start at 8 a.m.

About 500 people are expected to attend the annual summit.

Jean Nagelkerk, vice provost of Health at GVSU, said the summit is meant to inform policies and community decisions about health care services, costs and delivery systems.


The event will feature a presentation on the 2015 “Health Check Report.”

The “Health Check Report” highlights information on cost averages based on data from Blue Cross Blue Shield and Priority Health and also includes a section focused on women’s health.

The report was compiled by GVSU economics department faculty members Paul Isely and Sonia Dalmia, with the collaboration of Lesley Muller and Kevin Callison.


A panel of experts will also discuss health care trends in the four-county region: Mike Faas, president of Metro Health; Dr. Karen Kennedy, from the Browning Claytor Center at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s; Christ Priest, senior advisor to Gov. Rick Snyder; and Dr. Corey Waller, from the Center for Integrative Medicine at Spectrum Health.


People can register for the free event online.

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