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Globalization of Healthcare: Medical Tourism Panel Discussion

For Immediate Release: September 22, 2011

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults, will partner with the American College of Healthcare Executives to host a panel discussion on the changing dynamics of healthcare.

It used to be said that all health care is local, but cost and access issues are changing healthcare dynamics. Medical tourism, the rapidly growing practice of traveling across international or state borders to seek health care, has created a national industry for over 50 countries. This emerging industry including services such as cardiac, dental, bariatric and cosmetic surgery, psychiatry and joint replacement.

Moderated by Dr. Leslie Mathew, MD, MS, EMBA, Program Chair of the Franklin University Healthcare Management Major, the forum will discuss:

  • The origins and current trends in medical tourism
  • Inbound, Outbound and Intrabound
  • The impact on the US healthcare industry
  • Comparison of quality standards
  • Strategies to maximize international healthcare
  • Opportunities that balance minimizing domestic erosion


  • Dr. Joyce Johnson, DO, MA: Vice-President, Health Sciences Battelle
  • Rudy Rupak: CEO, Planet Hospital
  • Helen Kate Liebelt: President, Chicago Health Executives Forum

Globalization of Healthcare: Medical Tourism
Panel Discussion

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011

Networking Breakfast: 7:30-8 am
Panel Discussion: 8 – 9:30 am

Ross Auditorium
Franklin University’s Main Campus Downtown Columbus
301 E. Rich St., Columbus, Ohio 43215


$45 Members
$60 Non-Members

Please Click on Link for Registration:

As an independent chartered Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Greater Ohio Healthcare Leaders’ Forum is authorized to award 1.5 hours of Category I continuing education credit toward advancement or recertification in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

About Franklin University
Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. The University offers applied, in-demand undergraduate, master's and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals.  From entrepreneurs to CEOs, more than 45,000 Franklin alumni can be found around the world contributing to the communities in which they live and work. Students can take classes through Franklin through its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, two central Ohio locations, in Beavercreek, at co-locations across Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and online. In addition, the University's MBA program is offered internationally through agreements with institutions in Europe and the Middle East. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


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