The Princeton Regional Chamber’s Fourth Annual Healthcare Symposium will be Tuesday, September 23, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Conference Center at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor. Cost: $75. Tickets can be purchased at www.princetonchamber.org or by calling 609-924-1776.

At the symposium, industry leaders will talk about reducing healthcare costs through wellness. The first keynote speaker is Melita Jordan, director of chronic disease prevention at the New Jersey Department of Health, who will discuss the state’s Chronic Disease Prevention Plan, the impact employee illness has on an employer, and the resources available for both employees and employers.

The second keynote will be delivered by Peter Gillies, director of the New Jersey Institute for Food Nutrition & Health at Rutgers. He will talk about how his institute can be a support system and a resource to the state, how health and wellness affect businesses and their employees, and the importance for employers to create a culture of health in their business.

In addition to the panel on wellness programs (see main story, page 28), a second panel, “An Update on the Affordable Care Act,” includes Christine Stearns of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, Bill Rue of Rue Insurance, and Ryan Petrizzi of Amerihealth. The morning will conclude with a CEO roundtable of healthcare leaders, focusing on healthcare trends and strategies for delivering quality care at low costs, as well as the importance of employee wellness.

Panelists will be Richard Freeman, president and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson Hospital Hamilton; Darlene Hanley, president of St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center in Lawrenceville; Christy Stephenson, interim president and CEO of St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton; Al Maghazehe, president and CEO of Capital Health in Hopewell; and Robert Wise, president and CEO of Hunterdon Medical Center.

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