Speakers included Dan Styf, vice president of market strategy with Kaiser Permanente, David Tatum, vice president of governmental affairs with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Richard Tanzella, vice president of operations for Piedmont Heart Institute and Glenn Pearson, executive vice president of the Georgia Hospital Association. Russ Davis, director of marketing and public relations for Northside Hospital served as the panel moderator.
Robert Voyles, PBA chair, gave opening remarks on how the purpose of the lunch series was to highlight industries in the Perimeter area.
Each member of the panel began by listing their respective medical institutions’ greatest specialty. Styf said Kaiser was about affordable, quality healthcare, while Tatum touted CHOA’s pediatric status in being the largest pediatric healthcare system in the U.S. — with patients visiting from across the state. According to Tanzella, Piedmont Heart Institute’s great specialty is, of course, cardiology — with it being in the top five in the U.S. Pearson noted how the Georgia Hospital Association was active in quality improvement areas and Davis touted Northside Hospital’s women’s care.
The speakers covered a myriad of topics including the economic impact of the hospitals in regards to their location in the Perimeter area, recent awards each have received due to their care, as well as access to facilities from major interstates.
“We provide easy access to some of the best healthcare close to home — and many support local businesses,” said Davis of the access to major interstates.
Davis went on to add the quality of healthcare, plus the interstate access was a way to attract top notch physician and healthcare workers to the area.
“The geographic location is great for people to get into and out of,” he said. “Healthcare is a major calling card for the area. The strength of healthcare in the market is a big deal.”
Tatum added the transportation infrastructure for medical facilities was positive, with Styf saying the Perimeter area has a rich business environment.
The panel also responded to Sandy Springs Mayor Eva Galambos on their thoughts of the many urgent care facilities opening. While they all agreed they facilities provide care for those who may be uninsured, they said it is important to seek doctors who know more of their medical history.
“Our concern is taking a child to a place that truly understands pediatrics,” said Tatum.