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Healthcare: Confronting Disparities

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
7:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Grappone Conference Center
Concord, NH  

What’s behind the $3.4 trillion America spends each year on healthcare? Renowned journalist T.R. Reid, a popular speaker at NH Business Review’s 2011 Health Care Forum, will address the factors behind this enormous figure at NH Business Review’s Healthcare: Confronting Disparities event.

Author of the best-selling book “The Healing of America,” Reid has taken an in-depth examination of the U.S. healthcare system, a topic he frequently discusses on NPR’s Morning Edition. His latest film, “U.S. Health Care: The Good News” premiered on the national PBS network in 2012, and is still being broadcast by local PBS affiliates. His other two PBS Frontline documentaries, “Sick Around the World” and “India—A Second Opinion,” reveal how other countries manage healthcare.

Following, Reid’s insight into the national health care system, Joanne Conroy, CEO and president of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and former CEO of Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, will provide the local perspective of the health care market in New England. In addition to speaking about the future of the healthcare industry in the near and long term, Conroy will also discuss how Dartmouth-Hitchcock addresses its competition through efficiency and cost-effectiveness.


  • Individual Early Bird (through August 31): $37 per person
  • Group Early Bird (6 or more people, through August 31): $32 per person
  • Individual Registration: $42 per person
  • Group Registration (6 or more people) $37 per person

Keynote speaker: T.R. Reid, renowned journalist, author and healthcare expert 

T. R. Reid has become one of the nation's best-known reporters through his reporting for the Washington Post, authored works and light-hearted commentaries on NPR's Morning Edition.

Reid was launched into a national role, describing ways to provide health coverage for every American, after his 2009 best-seller book, “The Healing of America.”

PBS Frontline made two documentaries, “Sick Around the World” and “India — A Second Opinion” following Reid as he did the reporting for that book.

In 2012, his film, "U.S. Health Care: The Good News" premiered on the national PBS network, and is still being broadcast by local PBS affiliates.

Reid continues to focus on health care, currently serving as a member of the board of the Health Research and Education Trust, among other community and educational institutions.

Speaker: Joanne M. Conroy, MD,  CEO & President, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Joanne Mather Conroy, MD, was selected as the chief executive officer and president of Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health by the Board of Trustees on June 14, 2017.

Dr. Conroy comes to Dartmouth-Hitchcock from a position as CEO of Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, MA. In this role, she drove the clinical integration strategy for the hospital, expanded its educational and research programs and strengthened the organization’s operational infrastructure and facilities to support the overall objectives of Lahey Health.

She received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire and was the recipient of a Robert Sloan scholarship from Singer Corporation. Dr. Conroy received her medical degree from MUSC, where she completed her residency in anesthesiology, serving as chief resident for one year.

Dr. Conroy is board certified with the American Board of Anesthesiologists, attained a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Pain Management, and is a diplomate with the American Academy of Pain Management.

Photos from 2017 Health Care Trends


2018 event Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

Northeast Delta Dental

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