ST. LOUIS -- Susan Nestor Levy, chief advocacy officer of Ascension Health, will discuss the opportunities and challenges of health care reform at Saint Louis University School of Public Health's 37th annual Flanagan Lecture. Levy will focus on the role of leaders post health reform and the opportunities for the business community.
|Susan Nestor Levy|
Nationally recognized for her leadership role in health administration, Levy will speak at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24 in the auditorium of the Learning Resource Center, 3544 Caroline Mall, at Saint Louis University Medical Center.
As chief advocacy officer, Levy oversees part of Ascension Health's Call to Action, "Healthcare that Leaves No One Behind." The initiative frames Ascension Health's commitment to the most vulnerable, setting a goal of providing 100 percent access and 100 percent coverage by 2020. Levy also operates a legislative and public policy office in Washington, D.C., and oversees Ascension Health's national role in expanding access to communities in 19 states and Washington, D.C.
She also oversees the Daughters of Charity-St. Louis Foundation and serves as executive director of Ascension Health's international ministry, Seton Institute, which supports primary care projects and serves as a humanitarian early responder to emergencies in some of the world's poorest communities.
Prior to joining Ascension Health, Levy served as executive director of policy in the office of policy and representation for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association in Washington, D.C., and was responsible for formulating the association's national policy on health care legislation. She also served as the Medicare Part A legislative and policy expert to the United States Senate Committee on Finance, one of a small number of health staff to the U.S. Congress during the historic Clinton health reform debate. This followed a dozen years overseeing strategy in multi-hospital systems in Michigan and Minnesota.
Levy received her bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame and holds a master's of hospital and health services administration degree from Saint Louis University.
The Saint Louis University School of Public Health Flanagan Lecture honors the Rev. John J. Flanagan, S.J., a Jesuit leader who founded Saint Louis University's hospital administration program in 1947. Father Flanagan served as director of that degree program for 20 years, which is now the Master of Health Administration program.
Since 1969, a long list of distinguished leaders have shared their insights on issues of access to care, financing and quality as Flanagan lecturers. As Levy addresses the ethical challenges of health care reform, she builds upon the tradition that Father Flanagan began.
The lecture, which is followed by a reception, is open to the public. Parking is available in the Hickory East garage, at the corner of Theresa Avenue and Hickory.
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