NU Hosts Healthcare Symposium on Community Benefits

November 15, 2012  |  by Michael Freedman

  • Warren S. Marcus, Ph.D., president of Healthcare Executive Forum Inc., addresses the audience at Wednesday's healthcare symposium.

  • The Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., president of Niagara University, welcomes the 60-plus healthcare symposium attendees to Monteagle Ridge.

The Castellani Art Museum served as the site for a symposium concentrated on discussing how nonprofit healthcare providers can demonstrate community benefit activities.

The Nov. 14 event was sponsored by the Healthcare Executive Forum Inc., the Healthcare Financial Management Association, Catholic Health, and Niagara University.

The Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., president of Niagara University, welcomed participants and spoke about how hosting events for healthcare professionals correlates with Niagara’s Catholic and Vincentian mission.

“For us, it is tremendously important to serve others and to teach our students how to serve others,” Father Levesque said. “So leadership here is servant leadership.”

The four-hour symposium addressed how nonprofit healthcare providers can achieve their missions of service despite shrinking profit margins. Additionally, two panel discussions will be held, one on community benefits reporting and another offering insight on the ethical challenges that healthcare providers face on daily basis.

The assemblage of 60-plus students, faculty and healthcare administrators included the following panelists:

  • Kristine Principe, Ph.D., Professor, MBA Program, Niagara University
  • Jack Sieber, CPA, Director Healthcare Consulting, Freed Maxick Healthcare (HFMA)
  • Betsy Bittar, CPA, Manager of Internal Controls, Catholic Health
  • Carol Cassell, Senior Manager, Freed Maxick Healthcare (HFMA)
  • Nancy Sheehan Esq., Vice President of General Services and Legal Counsel, Catholic Health
  • Marianne Hanley Esq., Vice President Risk Management and Corporate Compliance, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • Linda Schwab, RN, Trauma Coordinator and Ethics Committee Co-chair, Erie County Medical Center
  • Momba Collins Chia, President and C.E.O., Western New York Healthcare Collaborative Council

“I would like to thank Niagara University for hosting this program. This is a wonderful campus and I encourage you to take some time to look around,” said Warren S. Marcus, Ph.D., president of Healthcare Executive Forum Inc. “This is an institution that puts service and community first and this program could not have happened without the support of several individuals associated with the university.”

Niagara University presently offers an MBA track in healthcare administration. For information, please call 716.286.8596, email ude.aragainnull@abm or visit