With seven weeks remaining in the 2012 presidential campaign, one of the most critical topics affecting the electorate will be the focus at Mary Baldwin University on September 18 as a leading health industry analyst will deliver the annual Carpenter Lecture in Health Care Administration.

Jeff Goldsmith

Jeff Goldsmith, founder and president of Health Futures, Inc. and associate professor of public health at the University of Virginia, draws on nearly 40 years of experience in healthcare planning and policy analysis. His lecture, “Beyond Health Reform: A Forecast in Plain English,” begins at 7 p.m. in Francis Auditorium.

“Jeff is one of the most respected and sought after health policy analysts in the United States and we are incredibly lucky to have him as our speaker,” said Steven Mosher, professor of political science and Health Care Administration. “Given the president’s Patient Protection and Affordability Act, the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, and the current presidential campaign we are fortunate to have Jeff lead us through the issues that health reform solves, creates, and/or does not address.”

Specializing in corporate strategy, trend analysis, health policy and emerging technologies, Goldsmith has worked across the health system — with hospitals, health plans, physician groups, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and health manufacturing and distribution — advising senior management and boards. Health Futures also helps guide venture and private equity investment in emerging technologies. Goldsmith writes and lectures actively on health policy, financing and technology, both in the United States and overseas.

“This lecture will have something for everyone,” Mosher said. “Health care is such a broad issue and is front and center in the race for the White House. More importantly, all health care is personal. I encourage the local community to come and participate in a true learning experience about an issue that affects each of us individually and in our communities.”

For nearly a decade, the Carpenter Lecture series has brought international and national speakers to the Mary Baldwin campus to address timely issues in health care. This lecture is an outgrowth of the highly successful Carpenter Conferences, which were held from 1990–1999. The lecture series is made possible by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation of Philadelphia.