Scholar Describes New Script for Health Care

SPOKANE, Wash. — Tim Porter-O’Grady, an international expert in nursing, community
health and programs for the homeless and elderly, is the 1999 Cleveland Visiting Scholar,
speaking at the Intercollegiate Center for Nursing Education/Washington State University
College of Nursing Sept. 28-29 in Spokane.
He will offer two presentations during his Spokane visit. The first, “The New Script for
Health Care–Building Healthy Communities,” is for the general public. It is set for 7 p.m. Sept. 28
in Room 156 of the ICNE building.
The second, “Chaos and Complexity–Strategies for the New Millennium,” is for clinical
health professionals. It is set for 7:30 a.m. Sept. 2 in the Mother Joseph Room at Sacred Heart
Medical Center.
Porter-O’Grady is the second annual Cleveland Visiting Scholar, a program established in
1998 to honor ICNE Dean Emeritus Thelma Cleveland, who retired in 1997 after 23 years of
service. The program brings premiere national and international nursing and health care leaders
to the Inland Northwest to present lectures and seminars to health care professionals, consumers
and ICNE/WSU College of Nursing students and faculty.
Porter-O’Grady, president of Tim Porter-O’Grady Associates, Inc., and a senior consultant
with Affiliated Dynamics, Inc., both of Atlanta, Ga., works to lead health care systems to more
effectively create their own futures. Specializing in organizational innovation and health
transformation issues applied creatively to the delivery of health services, Porter-O’Grady says
he challenges all leaders to develop new ways of thinking.
“Health care is not the same in the coming age,” said Porter-O’Grady. “We need to discern
what the possibilities are and adjust our practices and behaviors to create a new practice
foundation for nursing service and for health care over the next two decades.”
He has published 10 books and has authored more than 130 articles and book chapters for
health-related publications.
“We are delighted Dr. Porter-O’Grady will be in Spokane to share his thoughts on health care
in the new century,” said Dean Dorothy Detlor, ICNE/WSU College of Nursing. “The college
integrates the art of caring and scientific foundations of knowledge into a practice and
research-oriented profession. Porter-O’Grady’s message will reinforce that today’s nursing
students and professionals have all the necessary tools to shape the future of patient care,
research, and innovative technology to become tomorrow’s health care leaders.”
Inland Northwest TeleHEALTH Services, a telemedicine network, will televise the
Sept. 28 session live to nine rural health care/hospital sites across the state.
The ICNE/WSU College of Nursing is the nation’s oldest nursing education consortium
institution. Based in Spokane, the college is a progressive leader in the field of nursing education
and research. The college is currently educating, preparing and advancing 513 graduate and
undergraduate students for professional nursing careers.
Founded in 1968, the college offers baccalaureate, graduate and professional development
coursework to nursing students enrolled through its four consortium partners: Eastern
Washington University, Gonzaga University, Washington State University and Whitworth
For more information about the ICNE/WSU College of Nursing, visit the Web site at