The University of Toledo College of Nursing will host the eighth annual Dorothy Hussain Distinguished Lectureship Tuesday, Oct. 28.Dr. George E. Thibault, president of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation and chairman of the board of the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, will be the keynote speaker at the event that will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. in Collier Building Room 1000 on UT’s Health Science Campus.
Thibault will give a lecture titled “The Future of Interprofessional Health Care,” and will speak about concepts stated in a recent report from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation published in June titled “Partnering With Patients, Families and Communities: An Urgent Imperative for Health Care.”
The report expresses a new way to improve health care by integrating patients, families and communities in the planning and implementation of health care. This would involve health-care educators and providers to work collaboratively with patients to determine policies and priorities, set agendas, and help guide and implement necessary reforms in both clinical practice and health professions training and education.
Thibault is the Daniel D. Federman Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Medical Education at Harvard Medical School. He serves on the board of the New York Academy of Sciences, the Institute on Medicine as a Profession, the Lebanese American University and the President’s White House Fellows Commission.
He previously served as vice president of clinical affairs at Partners Healthcare System in Boston and director of the Academy at Harvard Medical School.
The free, public lecture is named after the late Dorothy Gladys Hussain, whose professional career spanned 32 years as a staff nurse and critical care nurse at the former Medical College of Ohio Hospital. She was known for patient advocacy and championing patients’ rights.
Additionally, she was recognized as a conscientious nurse who taught and mentored a generation of young nurses, medical students and residents.
She was honored twice with the Nursing Excellence Award for her passion for the profession and her willingness to deliver beyond the call of duty.
Hussain passed away in 2006 at age 62 of ovarian cancer. The lectureship was established in her honor through the Hussain Family Fun at the Toledo Community Foundation.