Dr. Paul Grundy is known as “The Godfather.”
Not that kind of Godfather, actually, but “The Godfather of the Patient Centered Medical Home” effort that encourages physicians, patients and employers to provide a more focused family physician-patient relationship to manage the overall health and well-being of each individual patient.
“The world is very different now when it comes to the expectations of service and how a patient’s health is managed, especially the patient’s expectations – their view of the world is that ‘the patient will see you now, not ‘the doctor will see you now,’” said Grundy, who will be in Tuscarawas County during a free community event to talk about his observations, expectations for the future and how employers, employees and the general public can be prepared for it.
Grundy, who is the Global Director of Healthcare Transformation for IBM and an internationally known social entrepreneur and speaker, will headline the free local “Transforming Our Health” daylong healthcare seminar scheduled Tuesday (Nov. 15) beginning at 1 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Kent State University at Tuscarawas at New Philadelphia. The event is presented by Access Tuscarawas, the collaboration of the local social services agencies in Tuscarawas County that was formed to improve access to services for area residents.
Grundy’s presentation kicks off the day’s events in the Performing Arts Center auditorium at 1 p.m. Employers, employees and the general public are invited to hear Grundy discuss his experiences and ideas – no reservations are necessary. After Grundy, numerous other events and presentations also are planned between 2:30 and 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center and free health screens are scheduled from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
Attendees can come and go to the various events as their schedules permit.
Grundy, who develops and executes strategies that support IBM’s healthcare-industry transformation initiatives, is the founding president of the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative, an adjunct professor for the University of Utah School of Medicine, has been named an ambassador for healthcare for Denmark, retired with the rank of Minister-Counselor from the U.S. State Department and has written various books and journals. In his role with IBM, he is working to shift healthcare delivery around the world toward a consumer-focused, primary-care based system.
The whole conversation around the primary care system for Grundy began about 11 years ago with the near death of one of his IBM supervisors who suffered adverse effects from an interaction of prescribed drugs. Concerns were raised about the coordination of care for not only the supervisor, but all patients covered by IBM’s employee health plan.
“We began asking ourselves at our senior leadership level about what we as employers were buying in healthcare for our employees, what we were getting and what were the results,” Grundy said. “At the time, we were the fifth largest buyer of healthcare services in the world and we sensed that we needed to enact a change – not only for IBM but for everyone.”
So IBM moved to the primary care model that provides for a primary care physician coordinating the care for a patient. The results were dramatic, too, Grundy said, as IBM’s costs were reduced by one-third overall and death rates dropped by 19 percent.
“What we found is that any care relationship that worked effectively had at its core a primary care relationship,” said Grundy, who now travels the world sharing his experiences.
Following Grundy’s presentation, a review of the recently completed Community Health Needs Assessment in Tuscarawas County will be held, along with a panel discussion of local experts focusing on financial and legal health. Breakout sessions on parenting, personal health and wellness and aging gracefully will be up next.
Area-based speakers such as Dr. Michelle N. Levitt will discuss childhood obesity, Dr. Spencer Pinion will lead a session on preventative health, Dr. Timothy McKnight will talk about weight loss and diabetes prevention, and Dr. Anne Harper will focus on healthy aging. Presentations about retirement, prevention of youth substance abuse, caring for caregivers, raising emotionally healthy and competent children and depression also are planned.
The event is sponsored by Aultcare, Lauren International, Pipes Insurance and MaPP Investments, Trinity Hospital Twin City, Union Hospital and WTUZ Radio, and Grundy’s presentation is presented by Employer Advantage Health Care Solutions. Other companies and organizations also will be on hand with exhibits and information for those in attendance.
A complete schedule is available on the Access Tuscarawas website at www.accesstusc.org