Rural healthcare expert to present lecture at Fowler Center

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Eric Shell, a nationally known healthcare consultant, will present a lecture, “The Future of Healthcare: Strategies for Success,” on Thursday (April 20), at the Arkansas State University Fowler Center. New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University is hosting the event, which is open to the public.

“Rural and community-based hospitals and physicians who practice in those areas are facing very unique challenges,” said Shane Speights, D.O., dean of NYITCOM at A-State. “Mr. Shell does an excellent job explaining the current landscape and providing perspective on future models that will impact the delivery of care across the country. It’s a conversation that is extremely important in a largely rural state like Arkansas, which sits in the heart of one of the most medically-underserved regions of the country.”

Shell is the Chairman of Stroudwater Associates, a Maine-based healthcare consulting firm that provides actionable, accelerated results for rural & community hospitals, health systems and large physician practices. He is a leader in supporting rural healthcare through the industry’s transition to population health and is the longtime leader of the firm’s rural practice and chair of the firm’s Board of Directors.

With nearly 30 years of experience in healthcare financial management and consulting, Shell’s areas of focus include assisting rural hospitals, rural health clinics, and physician group practices to improve financial and operational performance and develop strategic and operational plans.

Shell is often a featured speaker at rural conferences presenting on the future of rural healthcare, CAH financial, and reimbursement issues, as well as rural hospital performance improvement. He currently serves on the National Rural Health Association’s (NRHA) Rural Health Congress and has recently served on NRHA’s Governmental Affairs Committee and the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy’s Rural Hospital Issues Group.