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Friends of Nursing Gala Focuses on Future of Health Care

The turbulent future of health care in America and the implications to this “most intimate of human services” will be the keynote topic of the 2013 Friends of Nursing Gala at Boise State University on Nov. 7.

Patrick G. Hays will deliver the keynote address at the annual event. Hays has 35 years of health care executive experience as the founder of Sutter Health, one of the nation’s top integrated health systems, and as the former president and CEO of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Hays believes health care in America is “in the midst of some dangerous whitewater.” In his talk, he’ll examine what it will take to “get past the rapids and into calm waters.”

In addition to Hays, the evening will feature Rodney Rieder, president of Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, and Chris Roth, CEO of St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center, Treasure Valley, who will discuss the role of collaboration between community hospitals and Boise State’s School of Nursing for the benefit of health care in the Treasure Valley and other Idaho communities.

The seventh annual “A Night for Nursing Excellence” Gala runs from 6-9 p.m. in the Stueckle Sky Center at Boise State. The event, which benefits Boise State’s School of Nursing, is hosted by the Friends of Nursing, a volunteer group of community members established to support excellence in nursing education at Boise State. Board membership includes registered nurses, physicians, key hospital administrators, proactive leaders in professional organizations and others.

Cost is $150 for an individual, $1,200 for a table of eight and $1,500 for a table of 10. Parking will be provided in the west side of the Bronco Stadium parking lot.

For more information about the gala event or Friends of Nursing, contact Leslie Black, administrative assistant in the College of Health Sciences at 426-5776 or