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Health care is topic for HCOB distinguished speaker

Jan. 21, 2005

KALAMAZOO--The head of the third-largest health care system in the United States will discuss the serious problems confronting the nation's health care system as the third speaker in the Western Michigan University Haworth College of Business 2004-05 Distinguished Speaker Series.

Lloyd H. Dean, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Healthcare West, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, in Brown Auditorium of Schneider Hall. His presentation, titled "At the Crossroads: American Healthcare in 2005," is open to all WMU faculty staff and students. Attendance by the general public is by invitation only.

Dean earned two degrees from WMU, a bachelor of science in 1972 and master of arts in 1978. He spent many years with the Upjohn Co., rising to national vice president of sales for the Upjohn Health Care Services Division. In 1997, he joined the Advocate Health Care system in Oakbrook, Ill., as executive vice president and chief operating officer. He assumed his current position with Catholic Healthcare West in 2000.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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