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SE*ED: Choosing Wisely Initiative

Mar 25, 2016

Join general internist Lauren Graham, MD, on Monday, April 4 at the Senior Education Program to discuss the “Choosing Wisely Initiative.” Grinnell Regional Medical Center begins its weekly programming with this thought-provoking issue about healthcare resources.

The Choosing Wisely Initiative is a campaign to encourage value-base healthcare and changing the practice of over testing and over treating at both the provider and patient level. Started by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the goal to avoid risks associated with unnecessary treatment, reduce waste in the healthcare system, and improve care for all patients. Over 70 medical specialist societies have contributed recommendations on overused test and treatments. Graham’s presentation will include recommendations and what providers, hospital systems, and patients across the country and at GRMC are doing to help wisely use our healthcare resources. 

Graham is a general internist practicing at GRMC. She completed her medical degree and masters of public health at Johns Hopkins, where she also did her residency training in internal medicine with a focus on primary care. Currently, she sees adult patients on a referral basis for chronic disease management.

This program is free and open to the public. It will be held at 10 a.m. in the Drake Community Library, with refreshments beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Parking is available at the Drake Community Library, along Park Street, on Fifth Avenue, and in the First Presbyterian Church parking lot. Seniors needing transportation may call GRMC Communications and Development at 641-236-2593 by the Thursday before the program.