Chamber to Host Healthcare Conference for Employers

Area businesses will have the opportunity to explore trends and options available for employer-sponsored healthcare insurance programs at the upcoming Fall Healthcare Conference. Set for Tuesday, September 28 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Lanier Technical College, conference discussion will cover the impact of wellness programs on overall healthcare costs for employers and how employers can implement successful initiatives.

”Every company and individual is impacted by healthcare costs and insurance costs,” said Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Kit Dunlap. “This seminar should be beneficial to all businesses. We are proud to partner with experts on these issues and host this important seminar.”

Coordinated by the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Committee, the program will be presented by a diverse group of area professionals. Dr. Jack Chapman of Gainesville Eye Associates and Chairman of the Board of the Medical Association of Georgia and Dr. Holmes Marchman, The Longstreet Clinic, will discuss healthcare pressure impacting employers and the malpractice crisis.

Lynda Askew, formerly with United Way of Hall County, will discuss indigent care, and representatives from poultry giant Fieldale Farms will present a true success story with lessons learned in the process.

Event sponsors Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Georgia and Purchasing Alliance Solutions will deliver options for small employers, ways to offer competitive benefits and health savings accounts.

”This interesting and informative seminar will be offered at a time of year when many employers in our area are contemplating what they will offer employees for healthcare coverage in the next calendar year,” said Longstreet Clinic Administrator and Chamber Healthcare Committee Chairman Mimi Collins. “We hope professionals from businesses, both large and small, will participate in the Fall Healthcare Conference and learn of local healthcare options and solutions.”

There is no charge for attendance and a light breakfast is included. Reservations are required. At the end of the conference, a drawing will be held for a one-night stay in Chattanooga with complimentary tickets to the Tennessee Aquarium.

Reservations or information: Katie Davis, 770-532-6206 or e-mail: