Saint Joseph's professor named to state health care panel

June 17, 2009 Contact: Charmaine Daniels at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail cdaniels@sjcme.edu

Susan Henderson of South Portland has been appointed to the Maine Quality Forum Advisory Council, a group that includes health care consumers, providers, payers and insurers. A professor at Saint Joseph's College, she is president of the American Nursing Association-Maine.

In 2003, Gov. John Baldacci and the Maine Legislature created the Maine Quality Forum as an independent division of the Dirigo Health Agency. The Forum's mission is to advocate for high-quality health care and help Maine citizens make informed health care choices.

The advisory council provides a wide range of perspectives and expertise to advise the Forum by guiding its research and dissemination, quality performance measures, data coordination and public reporting of data, consumer education, and technology assessment.

The Forum has been charged with collecting research, promoting best practices, collecting and publishing comparative quality data, promoting electronic technology, promoting healthy lifestyles and reporting to consumers and the Legislature.