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County to Hold Economic Summit on Health Care Today

Board of Supervisors and industry experts to examine job growth potential, trends and obstacles
SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF.—Join the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors and industry experts in health care for the Economic Summit 2012, Aug. 10, 1-3 p.m., at the County Government Center Board Chambers. The health care summit is one session in a three-part Economic Summit that examines job growth potential, trends and challenges in the areas of green economy, health care and small business, as well as how the County of Santa Clara government can help improve economic activity that will lead to business growth and greater employment.
“The Economic Summit will be a forum for County government and industry experts to examine future job trends and propose ideas for how we can create opportunities for businesses to thrive and continue to hire,” said Supervisor Dave Cortese, co-sponsor of the Economic Summit.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), approximately seven of the 20 fastest-growing occupations are in health care. The industry is expected to generate 3 million new jobs from 2006 through 2016 (a growth of 21.7%), the highest among all industry verticals.
The health care summit includes a panel discussion with industry experts, the Board of Supervisors and County departments, facilitated by moderator Deputy County Executive Rene Santiago, to discuss job growth and creation in the health care sector.  Industry experts, who represent hospitals and clinics, health care workers and consumers, will share their insights on the future for job growth in the health care sector in Santa Clara County.
Health Care Expert Panelists will include: Amir Dan Rubin, Stanford Hospitals and Clinics; Bob Brownstein, Working Partnerships; Phil Forgione, Rural Metro; Chris Boyd, Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center; and John Williams, North East Medical Services.
“The Santa Clara County Economic Summit is an opportunity for us to engage industry exper
ts, local business leaders and the community in a new way,” said Supervisor Mike Wasserman, co-sponsor of the Economic Summit. “Our hope is that the County will be able to identify ways to support future job growth in the community.” 
The health care summit includes special guest speaker Herb K. Schultz, Regional Director of the US Department of Health and Human Services, who will discuss the impact of health care reform and national trends on jobs in the industry. The session includes an opportunity for public comment and questions.  The Board will then make recommendations to staff for follow up on any potential actions the Board could take to help improve job growth.
Anyone interested in the future of job growth in Santa Clara County, including business owners, consumers, residents, and human resource professionals, should attend to add their voice as the County looks for ways to help shape a vibrant, resilient economy.
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Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Laurel Anderson, Office of Public Affairs, 408-299-5119, or 
Joy Alexiou, Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System, 408-885-4164, or Michelle Pelayo-Osorio, Office of Supervisor Dave Cortese, 408-299-5030, or Elizabeth Sanford, Office of Supervisor Mike Wasserman, 408-299-5010   
Posted: August 10, 2012