News: Fox Cities Regional Partnership to host International Delegation


Media Contact: Karen Schlieve
Red Shoes PR
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Fox Cities Regional Partnership to host
international health care delegates on April 10-11

Appleton, Wis., (April 8, 2014) –The Fox Cities Regional Partnership will host nearly twenty delegates from the Special American Business Internship Training (SABIT) Hospital Administration program on April 10 and 11. The delegation, comprised of Eurasian mid- to senior-level health care executives, will be meeting with leadership from numerous Fox Valley health care organizations to talk about health care management best practices and tour their facilities. The U.S. Department of Commerce is coordinating the group’s visit.

SABIT delegates from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Ukraine began their American tour in Washington D.C. on March 28. They are now spending two weeks traveling across the country to gain insight into different health care services and providers.

“We’re excited to host this prestigious delegation and have teamed up with our region’s world-class health care organizations to share their knowledge and experiences with the group,” said Larry Burkhardt, CEcD, executive vice president at Fox Cities Regional Partnership. “Our local health systems have been able to provide a variety of the best health care options in the region, and to have others outside the Fox Valley learn and benefit from our leaders is an honor.”

A Commerce Department representative contacted the Fox Cities Regional Partnership and requested the visit after finding information about the region’s health care assets on the Partnership’s website. The representative said the Fox Cities was selected for its national reputation as a leader in high quality health care at low cost.

The delegates will visit with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Fox Valley, the Orthopedic & Sports Institute of the Fox Valley (OSI), Neuroscience Group, Affinity Health System at St. Elizabeth Hospital, ThedaCare at the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value, Neurospine Center and end their visit at Fox Valley Technical College by touring and learning about its new three-story, Health Simulation & Technology Lab.

Local health care staff and service providers will provide tours, presentations and discussions on topics such as financial management, new medical technologies and risk management, equipment manufacturers, relationships with insurance companies, medical ethics and conflict resolution, and doctor and patient rights.

The Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau is assisting with tourism aspects of the visit.  The delegation will arrive in the Fox Cities after completing a similar visit in Tampa, Fla.  After their time in the Fox Cities, the group will travel to Minneapolis.

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Media note: The media will be invited to cover parts of the delegation’s two-day visit on April 10-11. To get more details of the schedule and to coordinate coverage, please contact Karen Schlieve at or (920) 420-7078.