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How the Nurse Staffing Mandate is a Prescription for Higher Costs

August 17, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., August 15, 2018  - The Springfield Regional Chamber, in partnership with the Greater Easthampton and Chicopee chambers of commerce, will present a forum on the rising costs of health care and the impact on businesses and patient care on Friday, September 21, from 8- 9 a.m. at the TD Bank Conference Center, 1441 Main Street, Springfield. Registration and continental breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m. 

Guest speakers Christine Klucznik, chief nursing officer at Baystate Medical Center, Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, and Michael Sroczynski, vice president of government advocacy for the Massachusetts Association of Hospitals, will discuss how the proposed nurse staffing mandate law will directly impact the ability of local hospitals to treat patients, drive up health care costs and taxes. The discussion will focus on how expenses and wait times can be reduced and vital resources and access to care can be maintained.

Klucznik, a seasoned nursing executive with 40 years of nursing experience, has spent most of her career in leadership roles. She joined Baystate Medical Center in 2014 as Vice President, Medicine, Cancer Services, Magnet & Professional Practice, and was promoted to the position of Chief Nursing Officer in 2015. Prior to joining Baystate, Klucznik was Associate Chief Nursing Officer at Cambridge Health Alliance. She received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Massachusetts Graduate School of Nursing in 2014. She is also an assistant professor at the UMass Worcester Graduate School of Nursing.

McAnneny, an attorney, joined the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation in 2015. She has more than 20 years of government relations, public policy, advocacy and management experience in both the public and private sectors in Massachusetts. She held executive level positions at the Massachusetts Society of CPAs, serving as its President and CEO, at Fidelity Investments as Director of Public Policy; and at Associated Industries of Massachusetts as its Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Associate General Counsel, where she focused on health care and tax policy issues for the employer community. She is a cum laude graduate of Tufts University and Suffolk University Law School.

Sroczynski,an attorney, joined the Massachusetts Hospitals Association in 1999, and has been a leading advocate for the hospital community throughout the state and federal healthcare reform efforts. He is responsible for the strategic direction and management of MHA’s efforts before the legislative and executive branch of government and is an active participant in numerous statewide business, healthcare and advocacy coalitions and partnerships. He is a former board member of the Massachusetts Center for Nursing and served as a gubernatorial appointment to the state’s Healthcare Workforce Advisory Council. He is a graduate of Syracuse University College of Law and the Whitman School of Business at Syracuse University.

Reservations are $20 for members of the three chambers ($25 at the door), $25 for general admission ($30 at door) and include continental breakfast.  Reservations may be made online at www.springfieldregionalchamber.com or by emailing events@springfieldregionalchamber.com.

 

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