Contact Information
We meet Thursdays at 12:00 pm at Tavern 4&5 in Eden Prairie.
 
If you have a question, are interested in joining or have a comment on our website, please contact:
    John Urbanski
    952-949-0744
 
If you'd like to speak to our club at an upcoming meeting, please contact:
    Mike Thomas
 
Speakers
Marcus Beyer
Sep 27, 2018 12:00 PM
The Future of Pong Fest
Ben Grabski
Oct 04, 2018 12:00 PM
State of Healthcare
PingPing Yu
Oct 11, 2018 12:00 PM
Chinese Culture in the US
Chris Wright
Oct 18, 2018 5:00 PM
Professional Soccer in Minnesota
Rich Torres
Oct 25, 2018 12:00 PM
State of Agriculture
Paul Smaby
Nov 01, 2018 12:00 PM
The Benefits of Stress, Part 1
Amanda Ottman
Nov 08, 2018 12:00 PM
American Refugee Program
Paul Smaby
Nov 15, 2018 12:00 PM
The Benefits of Stress, Part 2
No Meeting Today
Nov 22, 2018 12:00 PM
Thansgiving: Home with Family and Friends
Doug Lobdell
Nov 29, 2018 12:00 PM
The Eden Prairie Rotary Foundation
Offsite meeting
Dec 27, 2018 12:00 PM
TBD
 
 
Weekly Update
The Chief Medical Officer of Ridgeview Medical Center, Alvaro Sanchez, MD, spoke to the Eden Prairie Noon Rotary Club about the state of healthcare in our country and in the world. Having decades of experience in the medical field, Dr. Sanchez has experienced first hand the ups and downs of healthcare. He began by explaining the seemingly impossible balance medical professionals must maintain. They are expected to do the right thing scientifically, while keeping the patient satisfied, and this all must be done in an affordable way. 
 
Specifically for the United States, Dr. Sanchez shared that out of all of the money we invest into healthcare, only 10% of cases are being impacted. This is a staggering statistic, considering that 17% of our GDP is spent on health.  With this much being spent, one would hope that the results are positive. However, studies show that the U.S. has the highest rate of deaths that could have been prevented by the right medical care.
 
Thankfully in Minnesota, we have great healthcare. However, it is one of the states with the biggest disparity between the rich and successful, and the poor. This makes the discussion of healthcare much more complex.
 
Now, what could possibly be a solution? Dr. Sanchez shared a few ideas. First, medical professionals need to address the way they are paid for services, how they are delivered, and make sure they are listening to what each patient wants. Imagine if medical professionals were paid for the outcome instead of the services provided? Because so many are being paid for service, over 30% of health procedures performed are simply unnecessary. There really is no solution that can be put in to effect overnight, but Dr. Sanchez believes that we must continue to take steps forward in the world of healthcare, with a focus on each patient. 
 
Opioids, Part of the Fix: the Steve Rummler Foundation
The Rotary has a strong commitment to play a significant part in the search for relief from the scourge of drug addiction especially opioids. We are partnered, as is our practice, with a phenomenal organization dedicated to helping to solve the problem called the Steve Rummler Foundation.
 
 
 
 
 
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