NORWAY — The annual Walter G. Dixon Lecture was held on Aug. 10 in the Harper Conference Center of Stephens Memorial Hospital. Topic was “The Patient-Centered Medical Home: Transforming Healthcare,” presented by Dr. Michael S. Barr, American College of Physicians (ACP).

Speaking to an audience that included physicians, nurses and primary care administrators, Barr described the Medical Home Model of healthcare delivery which is, as stated on the ACP Web site, a “model of practice in which a team of health professionals, coordinated by a personal physician, works collaboratively to provide high levels of care, access and communication, care coordination and integration, and care quality and safety.”

Dr. David Kumaki, Oxford Hills Internal Medicine, was instrumental in bringing Barr to SMH for the lecture. He said, “It is not often that members of the local medical community are privileged to get an inside look at current discussions going on in Washington concerning health care reform. We had that opportunity today with Dr. Michael Barr’s presentation at the annual Dixon Lecture, where he outlined pending legislation and discussed the concept of the patient-centered medical home. I think the PCMH has the potential to revolutionize and revitalize medical practice, especially in rural underserved areas like Oxford County.”

Barr is a graduate of New York University School of Medicine, the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management and the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Dr. Walter Dixon was an orthopedic surgeon at Stephens Memorial Hospital for 45 years, retiring in 1984. The medical staff of Stephens Memorial Hospital established the Dixon Fund, in honor of Dixon’s years of service, to help defray the cost of speakers coming to the area for continuing medical education for physicians and staff. The first Dixon lecture was held in 1986 and has become an annual event.

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