Terry Murphy, Bayhealth President and CEO, joined the annual STEPS to Healthy Aging Breakfast to share his insights on Bayhealth and healthcare reform.
Murphy provided an overview of Bayhealth’s economic impact on local communities and then segued into an explanation of several complex factors that will play a role in the demand for and cost of healthcare services: a larger number of older, sicker patients; more patients with several complicated conditions; an increase in chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.
Murphy offered suggestions for ways to manage rising healthcare costs. A large-scale focus on preventive care and collaboration between healthcare providers and community organizations will comprise a new model of healthcare delivery.
For individuals, Murphy emphasized that a healthy diet, regular exercise, and visits to a primary care provider can go a long way in preventing more serious complications.
The event concluded with a lively question-and-answer session and positive dialogue among the attendees.
To learn about the next STEPS to Healthy Aging event, contact Bayhealth’s Education Department at 302-744-7135 or 1-877-453-7107, or visit us at bayhealth.org/steps.