Published: 04/04/2011

Second Annual Fasano Memorial Lecture Planned for April 26


FasanoMemorialLectureThe Second Annual Charles P. Fasano Memorial Lecture will be held on Tuesday, April 26 at 7 pm in Trout Auditorium of the Vaughan Literature Building on the campus of Bucknell University. The event is free and open to the public, thanks to premier sponsorships by Evangelical Community Hospital and Family Practice Center, PC, and gifts from the Fasano family, colleagues and friends.

This year’s lecture will feature a panel discussion on the topic of “Accountable Care Organizations: A Next Step in Healthcare Reform.” Panelists include Thomas Graf, MD of Geisinger Health System; James Herman, MD, MSPH of Penn State University College of Medicine; and Christopher Rumpf, MD of Capital BlueCross. The evening will be moderated by Douglas Spotts, MD, FAAFP of Family Medical Care, PC in Lewisburg, Evangelical’s Chief Medical Information Officer and a member of the Hospital’s Medical Staff.

The new healthcare reform law requires the creation of accountable care organizations (ACOs): networks of doctors, hospitals and other healthcare team members that jointly provide care to patients. The discussion will explore how ACOs will be integrated into the current healthcare system, and what it will mean for patients, doctors and hospitals.

This year’s lecture is the second to be held in memory of Charles P. Fasano, DO. Dr. Fasano was a beloved member of the community, having practiced medicine in the Central Susquehanna Valley since 1973. Dr. Fasano worked as a solo family practitioner until 1980, when he partnered with Domenick Ronco, DO. Their practice grew into the Family Practice Center, which currently has 21 practice sites throughout Central Pennsylvania. Dr. Fasano maintained an active medical practice until his death in March 2009 and was committed to providing quality and compassionate care to the patients of Family Practice Center.

Following the passing of Dr. Fasano, his daughter, Maria Fasano-Bhangdia, MD, Evangelical Community Hospital physicians and other friends formed the Fasano Memorial Lecture Fund, honoring his lifelong commitment to education and medicine.

About the Panelists

Dr. Graf is responsible for the Community Practice network at Geisinger Health System, the physician medical group’s advanced medical home pilot process as well as participating on the network-wide quality improvement, electronic health record and physician compensation task forces. Dr. Graf has established innovative care models for optimizing chronic disease treatments. After graduating from University of Michigan Medical School and completing Family Medicine residency training at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, he served on the faculty of the Henry Ford Family Practice Residency and was Director of the Southwest Georgia Family Practice Residency prior to joining Geisinger.

Dr. Herman is currently the Hershey Company Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Penn State College of Medicine, where he also serves as Associate Dean for Primary Care and Primary Care Research, Director of the Center for Primary Care, and Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine. In these capacities he is responsible for the coordination of educational programs relating to the production of future primary care physicians, rural health programs and the management of primary care practices in Central Pennsylvania. Prior to his tenure at Penn State, he directed a Family Practice Residency Program, served as a Medical Director for a managed care firm and was on the faculty of Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University, North Carolina. He is the author of numerous publications in the fields of epidemiology, women’s health, rural health and medical decision making.

Dr. Rumpf is Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Capital BlueCross. He is responsible for Clinical affairs, quality management, cost of care analysis, provider profiling and sales and marketing support. He serves on the Governor’s Chronic Care Commission. Dr. Rumpf joined Capital BlueCross in early 2006 after 25 years of clinical practice and leadership experience. He graduated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown and Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Lehigh Valley Hospital. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine.

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Lizz Hendricks
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