Bagley slated to give 2009 Mayers Lecture

University Park, Pa. -- Bruce Bagley, M.D., medical director for quality improvement at the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), will give the 12th annual Stanley P. Mayers Endowed Lecture on Tuesday, April 14. The lecture will be presented by Penn State’s Department of Health Policy and Administration, in conjunction with the Mount Nittany Medical Center.

Bagley’s lecture, "The Primary Care Crisis in America — Redesigning Practices to Meet the Challenge," will begin at 7:30 p.m. at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel’s Dean’s Hall, on Penn State's University Park campus.

Bagley has focused his career on improving health in individuals and on improving standards of health care. In his current role at AAFP, he communicates with other national organizations in the quality arena. He actively participates in the development, deployment, and implementation of performance measures, and he also provides clinical oversight for quality-improvement programs and products developed by the AAFP.

Bagley’s past roles with AAFP have included: president-elect, president, board chair, and member of the board of the directors. He has also chaired several task forces led by the AAFP that have researched areas such as obstetrics, quality enhancement, and quality in family medicine. Representing more than 94,000 family physicians, family medicine residents, and medical students nationwide, the AAFP focuses on promoting and maintaining high-quality standards for family doctors who are providing continuing comprehensive health care to the public.

Bagley has practiced medicine for 28 years, providing the full range of family medicine services in Albany, New York. Under his leadership, the 10-person group made themselves well-known in the community by adapting to the challenges of managed care, quality improvement, informatics and patient-centered care.

From 2005 to 2007, Bagley was a Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award examiner. He has spoken extensively on the topics of performance measurement, office redesign, electronic medical records and leadership.

Stanley P. Mayers Jr., M.D., co-founder of Penn State’s undergraduate program in the Department of Health Policy and Administration (HPA), retired after a distinguished 26-year career with Penn State. During that time, Mayers served as HPA department head, associate dean for undergraduate studies, and associate dean for academic studies in the College of Health and Human Development. He brought extensive experience in public health and critical perspectives on the role of medicine in society to his students and colleagues.

The Stanley P. Mayers Jr. Health Policy and Administration Excellence Endowment is aimed at enhancing students’ education and increasing faculty expertise in areas that will continue to honor Mayers’ contributions as a professor, administrator and philanthropist. The endowment was initiated by Mayers, and has been enlarged by contributions from alumni, faculty and staff.

The lecture is free and open to the public; however, registration is required. For more information, contact Kim Hannon at kmh42@psu.edu or (814) 863-2900.

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Last Updated April 02, 2009