What They’re Watching: Aaron Byzak, Tri-City Medical Center

Aaron Byzak is the Chief External Affairs Officer for Tri-City Medical Center. He joins us in this edition of “What They’re Watching” to discuss investing in the health care pipeline.

“I’ve been watching a lot on health care pipeline programs and workforce development issues. I think that we as a state and as an industry need to do a better job of investing in workforce development and in particular, bringing the segments of pipeline together because all the segments kind of exist independent of each other. And if you really want them to work, you have to bring them together so there’s a very clear flow from the time that somebody’s very young, all the way through their education training and into a job or a career.

I think there’s a lot of [pipeline programs] that have really good components, but you know every one of them exists in their own kind of context which makes it difficult to design one that’s applicable at a number of different locations. So, I think that’s really the goal is to take the best pieces of the different programs that are working fairly well and put them together into something that public policy leaders can actually institute across the state. You need to invest in the workforce of tomorrow when it comes to health care, you need to really look into your crystal ball and figure out what that workforce needs to look like, not only five years down the road but 10 and 20 years down the road so we can be responsive and actually really proactive as we start to plan these things. And then the last thing I would say is you have to focus on mental health reform and mental health policy — it is an essential component in particular the area of reimbursement.”