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Forum Addresses Challenges in Combining Healthcare and Business Transactions

Feb. 9, 2016

Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business and Gray Reed & McGraw hosted “The Business of Healthcare,” as part of the Forum for Healthcare Professionals series on Jan. 26 at the Westin Gallery. Designed to bridge a gap in the healthcare industry for individuals whose professions overlap in both healthcare and business, the Forum targets industry leaders from widespread operations to exchange ideas, network and discuss best practices in the marketplace.

Moderating the event was associate dean for Graduate Business Programs Gary Carini, who led a discussion from a panel of esteemed healthcare professionals and experienced advisors to provide insights on the healthcare market in today’s evolving economy. The panel included: Mark Francis, managing director and head of the Healthcare Group at Houlihan Lokey; Greg Koonsman, senior managing director at VMB Health; and Ken Kramer, executive vice president and general counsel at Texas Health Resources.

With the significant changes occurring in the healthcare market, “The Business of Healthcare” event was a result of a growing need to help educate healthcare professionals on strategies for navigating and streamlining business transactions like acquisitions, consolidations and mergers, while continuing to achieve excellence in patient care.

Richard Membreno, Executive MBA candidate at Baylor University and business development manager at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center said, “the discussion from the forum was timely and accurate—working in hospital administration for Baylor Scott & White Health, our goal is to provide quality and affordable care for our patients every day.”

He continued, “Staying ahead of all the different changes and regulations is comparable to aiming at a moving target, but we are all getting through it together.”

Among those in attendance were Baylor Regent Joel Allison, Gray Reed & McGraw shareholders Cary Gray and Andrew Meyercord, several Baylor Executive MBA adjunct faculty members and students, as well as more than 100 healthcare and business professionals. The next Healthcare Forum is expected to take place later this summer.

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