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Health Care, Economics Symposia

Posted on Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Alums and former faculty will present an afternoon symposia on Friday to look at some of the most significant issues facing the U.S. today. The first talk will focus on the current economic crisis and its impact on individuals. The second talk will provide the audience with an in-depth look at the policy behind the current healthcare debate, with the expertise of a hospital administrator, a health insurance provider, and a medical affairs adviser. Both talks will be held in the Warren Hunting Smith Library. The talk on the economy will be held from 1 to 2:15 p.m. in the Sanford Room and the healthcare discussion will be held from 2:30 - 3:45 p.m. in the Geneva Room.

"Debts, Deficits and the Great Recession: The Future of Economic Policy and Strategies for the Maintenance of Individual Wealth" will be led by Interim Provost and Dean of Faculty and Professor of Economics Patrick A. McGuire HON '10 and financial analyst Kelly LaVoie '99, consulting group analyst with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. McGuire will explain the current "crisis" in the federal debt and deficit within the context of the lingering effect of the Great Recession that resulted from the financial crisis in 2007-2008. Moreover, he will take an in-depth look at the economic challenge presented from the housing bubble and the resulting financial crisis through the conventional understanding of macroeconomic theory and policy. In the second half of the presentation, LaVoie will discuss personal investment strategies targeted at maintaining or enhancing individual or household wealth within the context of our slower than expected recovery from the Great Recession.

"The Colleges are fortunate to have someone of Pat McGuire's stature and Kelly LaVoie's expertise in helping alums to unravel the mystery behind the current economic recession, and how national policy can affect wealth at the personal level," says Kathy Killius Regan '82, P'13, director of alumnae relations.

McGuire was educated at St. Peter's College, before receiving his M.A. and Ph.D. from Fordham University.

LaVoie earned her B.A. in economics from William Smith. She was a financial adviser for more than 10 years and has recently assumed the role of Consulting Group Analyst, working primarily from the Canandaigua Office of the Pitti Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Her primary responsibility as a Consulting Group Analyst is to monitor the firm's discretionary portfolio management accounts, and to construct and manage the investment strategies.

The second talk, "U.S. Healthcare: The Conflicts, the Costs, the Benefits, the Social Implications," will be led by Dr. Richard L. Goldberg '68, president of Georgetown University Hospital; Christy W. Bell '71, executive vice president of healthcare management and president and CEO of Horizon Healthcare, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey's statewide HMO; and Dr. Jason S. Feinberg '89, vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer for Finger Lakes Health. The talk will be followed by a Q & A session.

"Given the national attention on healthcare and the fact that we have so many alums with such an expertise in this field, this provides a unique opportunity to get at the heart of such a nationally contested issue from those who are in the center of the debate," says Jared Weeden'91, director of alumni relations.

Goldberg earned his medical degree with a specialty in psychiatry from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He currently is affiliated with Georgetown University Hospital and is a member of the Washington Regional Operations Council. In this position, Goldberg has made several contributions to the planning and operational implementation of the medical care delivery network for the Washington region. He is also an active member of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychosomatic Society. During his time at Hobart, Goldberg majored in biology and was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa. He also was a member of the concert band, marching band and Temple club.

Bell graduated from Hobart with a B.A. in sociology. In 1972, he graduated first in his class from Sheppard Air Force Base. He is chair of the Professional and Technical Advisory Committee on Managed Care of the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Health Care Organizations; a member of the Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital Trustee and Executive Committee; vice president of the Massachusetts HMO Association; and, in 1990, was the president of the Board of Directors of the Group Health Association of America.

Feinberg graduated with Honors from Hobart with a B.S. in chemistry. He served in the U. S. Navy from 1990-1999, achieving the rank of lieutenant commander. After his time with the Navy, Feinberg relocated to Geneva, where he joined the internal medicine department at the Finger Lakes Medical Associates. He is a member of the American College of Physicians; department head of Comprehensive Clinical Evaluation Program for Persian Gulf War Veterans; and is currently on the board of Lakeview Mental Health in Geneva.

 

 

 


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