Medical Alums Debate Managed Care – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Medical Alums Debate Managed Care

Geneva, NY — Five Hobart and William Smith alums, consisting of three doctors and two insurance company officers, have agreed to participate in a lively and timely panel discussion called “The Ethics of Managed Health Care” from 4 until 6 p.m. on Friday, April 23, in the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the HWS campus. The event is being held in conjunction with the Colleges annual celebration of Charter Day, which commemorates the founding of Hobart College. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Celebrating the Legacy of Hobart Alumni in the Medical Profession” in tribute of the 150th anniversary of the graduation of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell from Geneva Medical College, later a part of Hobart College. The public is invited.

The alums will “role play” the panel discussion in order to better facilitate a discussion that debates the quality of health care vs. cost, resources, delays, corporate policy, and medical necessity. Each of the panelists will play a “role” in a fictional scenario about a 35-year-old mother of three who finds a lump in her breast during a self-examination. Other roles include: a primary care physician, a medical oncologist, and chief executive officers of the hospital and the insurance company.

Participating alums include Dr. Richard Wasserman ’70, a pediatric immunologist at Pediatric A/I Associates in Dallas, Texas; James Albright ’66, president and chief executive officer of Rex Healthcare in Raleigh, North Carolina; Christy Bell ’71, senior vice president with Blue Cross/Blue Shield in Newark, New Jersey; Dr. Kenneth Spitzer ’55, an ophthalmologist with Eye Consultants of Syracuse in Syracuse, New York; and Dr. Laura Hamilton ’78, a physician working with Oswego Hospital and Parish Family Health Center in Parish, New York. Scott Brophy ’78, associate professor of philosophy at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, is the ethicist who will provide comments and ethical perspective of the issues discussed.

Charter Day commemorates the founding of Hobart College on April 10, 1822 when the Regents granted a provisional charter for the establishment of Geneva Medical College. Blackwell was the first woman in America to receive the Doctor of Medicine degree in 1849.

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