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Whole Foods' Mackey to Keynote 2005 World Health Care Congress

WOBURN, Mass. - Whole Foods Market c.e.o. John Mackey and other leaders from government and industry have been confirmed to speak at the 2005 World Health Care Congress, which will take place in Washington, D.C. Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, 2005.

The World Health Care Congress is a forum geared toward achieving an affordable, accountable health care system in the United States. Sponsored by the Wall Street Journal and CNBC, the conference will bring together more than 1,500 c.e.o.'s, senior executives, and government officials from the nation's largest employers, hospitals, health systems, health plans, and pharmaceutical and biotech companies, with the goal of creating a new health care model based on value, quality, accountability, and consumer choice.

Conference delegates participate in industrywide debates and exclusive by-invitation-only summits, and learn from in-depth case studies how to develop actionable implementation strategies. Topics will be presented by industry leaders and renowned health care professionals.

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

-John Mackey, chairman and c.e.o., Whole Foods Market, Austin, Texas

-David M. Walker, comptroller general, U.S. Government
Accountability Office

-Muhammad Yunus, founder and managing director, Grameen Bank

Other speakers include:
-Caroline (Caz) S. Matthews, President, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

-A.J. Rice, first v.p., Merrill Lynch

-Dean Manheimer, v.p., HR, Northwestern Memorial Hospital

-Georgina Challis-Tillinger, s.v.p., VNU, Inc.

-John Toussaint, M.D., president/c.e.o., ThedaCare, Inc.

-Richard Migliori, M.D., c.e.o., United Resource Networks

-David Seligman, c.e.o., Best Doctors, Inc.
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